Banff National Park: Skoki Lakes Backpacking Loop (4 days / 40 km)

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The Skoki Lakes backpacking loop is located in Banff National Park. It is one of many backpacking options in the area and is often overlooked in favor of other, more popular routes. Don’t be fooled though. This trip is jam packed with incredible views and a ton of day hiking options.

The trail is a loop so the starting and ending points are the same. Overall, the difficulty level is intermediate with add-on sections that can easily increase the trail difficulty. I would not attempt this as a new backpacker.

Generally, the trail increases in elevation for the first 6.5 km and then drops into a valley. There are some ups and downs throughout the trip and there is one section that is relatively steep. The trail is easy to follow in most areas, but always have a map for reference just in case! 

Trip Completed: September 2022

Trip Summary

Starting Point: Fish Creek Trailhead (right before Lake Louise Ski Resort)

Ending Point: Fish Creek Trailhead 

Total Distance: 40 km

Elevation Gain: 1510 m

Duration: 4 days

Difficulty: Intermediate

Location

The Skoki Lakes Backpacking Trail leaves from Lake Louise, which is located off Trans Canada Highway 1 in Banff National Park.

Traditional Territory: This route takes place on the traditional territory of Tsuut’ina (source).

Maps & Resources

Map: For a digital map, we made use of Alltrails. The Alltrails map is great to have downloaded so that you can see where you’re at on the trail. I also downloaded a few day hikes to have access to and they came in handy a few times!

On top of the digital map, we also picked up this physical map of Lake Louise and Yoho. Personally, I always feel most comfortable having two types of maps, especially if I’ve never done the route. Sometimes technology fails us so it’s best to have a back up!

Campsite Reservations: You can make your booking through the Parks Canada Online Reservation. For this route, you book for a campsi...

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