Moraine Lake Trip Reports

Neil Colgan Hut, Schiesser Ledges, Perren Route


Location: Moraine Lake

Summit Elevation (m): – 

Elevation Gain (m): 1067 (Hut)

Total Distance (km): 11.00km (Hut)

Total Time: 5-7 Hours according to ACC (We made it in 4.5)

Difficulty: 3rd class, chains on difficult sections reduce difficulty

Water Available: End of river, waterfall halfway up ledges (dirty), snow near hut

Cell reception: None on approach or at Hut, reliable on summits

Rating: 5/5


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Take the Lake Louise exit off the Trans Canada Highway, follow signs for Moraine Lake, and after the 14km of mountain road park at the Moraine Lake Parking lot. ARRIVE EARLY to get a decent parking spot, as the lot will fill by 10:00am and staff will close the road.

The 4 peaks we covered in 2 days, adding Bowlen is easy as well. The 4 peaks we covered in 2 days, adding Bowlen is easy as well.


From the Summit Post page it says

Just before the final boardwalk at the end of the Moraine Lake Trail (200m or so before the “end” of the trail), there is an unmarked Y-junction.”

I found this to be incorrect, as there is in fact a junction 200m or so from the end of the board walk, but the trail quickly disappears into the forest and it is very hard to find again. Instead there is a trail on the right side of the river, walk past the board walk and up the river as if you were going to the log crossing. Keep going past the log crossing and you will find a trail that follow the river all the way to an open, swampy meadow. From this large bog continue slightly in land from the river, but still following it and you will regain the trail on the other side of the meadow (approximately 50m to the right of the river, marked by a small carin on a large rock, white flag tape). Continue on this overgrown trail for another 5 minutes and you will exit at the moraine. Ascend the moraine wall and look for cairns slightly left of where you exited the forest, you will find the trail here. The trail can be hard to follow, so aim for a prominent moraine ridge in the distance like beta suggests.

Trip Report

Last year I was given the opportunity to work at Moraine Lake Lodge, and being from Vancouver I had little to no knowledge of the magical place where I was to spend my next four months. The few weeks before I left for the summer I researched hiking trails, bought an ice axe and crampons, and prepared to spend the summer living at almost 2000m. I started to prepare myself by hiking the highest mountain on the North Shore in Vancouver however, Moraine Lake is a whole 100m higher than this peak, so I really had no idea what I was in for. The view from Moraine is absolutely incredible, and I still wasn’t used to waking up and seeing the Valley of the Ten Peaks every morning before work. I never would have guessed when I first drove up that long 14km mountain road and had my first glimpse of the surrounding peaks, that I would be climbing half of them the next year! 

The trip report continues with our multiple ascents of Mount Fay, Mount Little, Mount Perren, and Tonsa.

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