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Peyto Lake Hike In Banff National Park.

Peyto Lake is located in Banff National Park near Bow Summit approximately 38Km north of Lake Louise on the Icefields Parkway. The Peyto Lake lookout is more of a walk then a hike but for those who want to explore further and escape the crowds you can hike past the tourist lookout and up the 1st visible Peak that can be seen on your left to the south. You can also hike down to the lake and then towards the Peyto Glacier. Park at the Peyto Lake view point parking lot then walk up the paved path to the lookout. Expect to see large crowds of people here during the summer months. From the lookout follow the short loop trail to your left. Near the start of the loop trail you'll see a trail on your right that leads down to Peyto Lake. If you want to see better views of Peyto Lake stay on the loop trail until you see another trail leading of to an old fire road. This fire road leads to nearby Bow Lake Lookout. Follow the road a short distance until Peyto Lake comes into view. At this point you can scramble up the mountain behind you for better views of the lake. This peak is where all the calendar pictures are taken from. Views of Peyto Lake get better the higher up you go. To my surprise there was no one here other then myself and hundreds of tourists were trying to catch a turn at the view point located way below. Interesting to note that a National Parks statistic states 93% of all tourist do not venture further then 1km from their cars. Peyto Lake was name after Bill Peyto who was a historical trapper and trail guide in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Peyto Lake gets it's beautiful turquoise green color from glacial silt created by the Peyto Glacier and the Wapta Icefield. Trailheads to Bow Falls Hike, Fish Lakes, Molar Pass, Helen Lake, Cirque Peak, Bow Lake Lookout Hike, Chephren Cirque Lake Hikes, Mount Hector Alpine Climb are all located near here. You are in bear country.

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Bow Lake Lookout Fire Road Views Towards Peyto Glacier and Peyto Creek
   
Wildflowers Wildflowers
   
Peyto Lake Peyto Lake
   
Views Towards Peyto Glacier and Peyto Creek Views Towards Peyto Glacier and Peyto Creek
   
   
   
   
   
  Views Towards Peyto Glacier
   
Peyto Stream Braided Flats Peyto Lake
   
   
Views south Towards Bow Lake and Bow Lake Lookout Trail Below Views north Along The Icefields Parkway
   
Views south Towards Bow Lake Views Towards Peyto Glacier
   
 
   
   
   

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