Helen Lake and Cirque Peak

Several weeks ago I headed to Lake Louise for a weekend of hiking. My favorite hike of the weekend was to Helen Lake and onto Cirque Peak near Saskatchewan River Crossing.

The hike into Helen Lake is packed with great scenery once you get past the initial, relatively short, climb through the forest. Closer to the lake you are likely to see a Marmot or two.  The horse flies are very thick around the shore. We saw fish jumping in an almost continuous fashion munching away on the flies.

Helen Lake Trail

The trail leading up to Lake Helen
The trail leading up to Lake Helen

Once at the lake you have the option to do an easy scramble up Cirque Peak. Although the slog up is not the most exciting – largely large rock with some scree – the view from the top more than makes up for it. Visible from the peak is Bow Lake/Falls/Glacier, as well as the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge.

Bow Lake, Bow Glacier, and Portal Peak in the distance.
Bow Lake, Bow Glacier, and Portal Peak in the distance.

Looking out to Bow Lake and Portal Peak

Lake Helen is straight ahead, a few hundred meters lower.
Lake Helen is straight ahead, a few hundred meters lower.

View from Cirque Peak

Families might enjoy hiking to the lake together, with the more energetic members continuing on up to Cirque Peak, while the rest enjoy hanging out at the lake.  The experience could be less pleasant if the bugs are bad at the lake.

Picture quality is not up to usual standards as we forgot our camera and ended up using the cell phones camera for the photos.

View from Cirque Peak

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Please note that my altimeter was not calibrated based on a known elevation and as such the max and min altitude could not be accurate. The change is altitude should be reasonably accurate.

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