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.
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