Fairview Mountain Aug 30,2009

A late start for us this time around. We only got to the trail at 9;30 AM. It was 11 celsius at the parking lot. It was going to be a hot day.The saddleback fairview hike is on the other side of Lake Louise so the sun would be beaming on us most of the day. I had just purchased my new GPS .. a Garmin csx60 .. wanted to test my new toy. :). The hike to the Saddleback was a trail through nicely treed area. Once we arrived at the base of Fairview there was no protection from the sun. The trail to Fairview Mountain is not clearly defined. The trail is full of switchbacks up a steep slope made up of loose scree. It was steep.The 1.5 km trail gains an elevation of 444 m. At the summit, we were 1 km above Lake Louise with some incredible views of Mt. Temple and Mt Victoria . Beautiful hike- well worth it !!!

A metal plaque affixed to a summit boulder warns against the common error of short-cutting down the north side toward the end of the lake; apparently many rescues have been needed by those who have tried.

You will need a Banff national park pass to use this area.





The trail for Fairview Mountain starts at the parking lot at the Lake Louise Chateau. From the parking lot walk towards the canoe rental kiosk and take a left on the asphalt trail. This is the start of the Fairview Lookout, Fairview Mountain and The Saddleback Trails. Keep going straight at any junctions that you encounter.

Trail Details

The trail to the Saddleback is 3.5 km and has an elevation gain of 600 m. After 0.8 km there is a junction that takes you to Fairview Lookout (right trail), The Saddleback and Fairview Mountain (center trail), and a trail that leads to the Paradise Valley Trail (left trail).

The trail goes through some avalanche paths, forested areas and open meadows. About 3 km later with many switchbacks and elevation gain you will have climbed the Saddleback. From here you can go left onto the Sheol Valley Trail or right to Fairview Mountain.


Total Distance; 10.0 km return ( 6.25 miles)
Elevation Gain- 1000 m (3252 feet)
Time; It took us about 5-1/4 hours
Start Elevation : 1772.6 m (5761 feet)
Max Elevation- 2772.6 m (9011 feet)