With the rush of people every September to see the larches I got to an early start to hike Saddleback Pass (I had done this hike the year before).
I got to the Lake Louise turnoff around 8am on a Friday, on the way to the trailhead they had already closed the road up to Moraine Lake (trailhead for the ever popular Larch Valley hike) – Parks Canada has shuttle buses running from Lake Louise Hamlet. The Saddleback Pass trail isn’t anywhere near as jammed packed as the Larch Valley one – making it preferable for me. There was still room at the Lake Louise parking lot, but it was filling up fast.
Trail Approaching Avalanche Chute
The trail isn’t too bad to begin with but definitely gets steeper the further you go, provides some great views of the Bow Valley and plenty of flora if you need a breather.
Looking Back towards Mount St. Piran
Morning in the Bow Valley
As you go higher the forest begins to thin and the larches become more abundant.
Trail Approaching the Pass
Views Approaching the Pass
Mount Temple and Sheol Mountain
View at the Pass
I stopped here for a quick lunch before heading up Fairview Mountain.