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“Beautiful and peaceful”
Review of Rockbound Lake

Rockbound Lake
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Owner description: A lake completely surrounded by rock.
Reviewed 18 August 2016

We did this trail after a recommendation from one of the staff members at the Banff information centre. I think her name was Carla(?) and to her goes my big thank you! What a lovely hike and stunning views at the top.

Rockbound lake is surrounded by Castle mountain and can be reached after a 8.4 km hike (one way) and 760 m of elevation gain starting from the parking lot at Castle junction. It is not a particularly difficult hike, just long, but can be done in about 5 hours roundtrip at a good pace. The last 500m or so (after passing the first lake) are very steep, hiking poles are useful at this stage.

The view at the top is beautiful. It was very peaceful since there weren't many hikers around, maybe because we hiked in the morning. Make sure you do this hike if visiting Banff and plan for a relaxing rest at Rockbound lake.

Thank sirx
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Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

Important tip. If you make an early start and get to the region before 9am, use the washrooms at nearby Johnsons Canyon - they are the best mountainside washrooms in the area and there are no washrooms at the Base of the Rockbound Lake walk.

The walk itself is an 8.4km long trail with a 760m elevation. The prize is the lake at the top with the cliff rocks around it. Well worth it but it is a long way down.

Thank DandJandFam
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Reviewed 20 July 2016

We were planning to do the Ink Pots Hike but it was suggested we do Rockbound Lake and boy were we pleased we did. We started about 8am and we only saw 3 other people on the way up to the lake. The trail is clear, lots of different terrain but nearly all uphill. There is a smaller, very pretty, lake before the last steep climb to Rockbound, it's called Tower Lake. It took us about two and a half hours getting to the lake. Stunning and very quiet when you get there. Take mosquito repellent as they are out in force at the lake! Also LOTS OF WATER, don't forget the water!

1  Thank Howie603
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Reviewed 20 January 2016

Rockbound Lake lives up to its name. If you choose to hike around the lake you encounter massive house-sized boulders on the left side of the lake. The lake is a jewel surrounded by high cliffs that look impenetrable. I had heard there was a way up the cliffs and managed to find a narrow scree slope at the far end of the lake that I was able to ascend with difficulty, as it was steep and slippery, but it took me atop the first cliffs. By meandering further to the left, I was able to find a way up to the next level. After that, I was free to roam along the side of the high ridge overlooking the lake for expansive views. Due to running out of time and potential daylight I was unable to achieve the top of the ridge, but it was remote, solitary, satisfying wilderness experience. Attaining the high ridge made the hike much more memorable than simply arriving at the lake and staying there.

Thank Lesly D
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Reviewed 1 July 2015

The location is spectacular.
The trail up and down is deteriorating through Parks Canada's lack of maintenance
This old road access does not allow bike access although the site is perfect for
those with the skill sets.
And Parks are still not even handling water management on the old road.
And this is in a World Heritage Site?

Thank David P
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