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Trip Preparation - Summer

Shadow Lake Lodge is located in the backcountry of Banff National Park; a days hike from the trailhead and any conveniences, so thoughtfull trip preparation is advised. Weather in the mountains can change frequently despite the weather forecast, so be prepared for a variety of conditions.


Prior to your arrival date at Shadow Lake Lodge all guests must have signed our Covid-19 questionnaire and disclosure form. This will be emailed to all guests 48 hours prior to your arrival date.


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Before heading out, we recommend visiting www.pc.gc.ca/banff for trail reports. For a Banff weather forecast, call (403) 762-2088 or go to www.weather.gc.ca.


GPS Coordinates:
51 N 10' 6"
115 W 56' 19"

Three hiking trails lead to Shadow Lake Lodge. They range in length from 14 kilometres (eight miles) to 26 kilometres (16 miles). The shortest and most popular follows Redearth Creek from the Trans-Canada Highway to our lodge, while the other two approach from the south and north along the historic Highline Trail.

Redearth Creek

Rating: Moderate
Distance: 14km
Elevation gain: 440m
Allow: 4 to 5 hours one way
Trailhead: The Redearth Creek parking lot off of the Trans-Canada Highway 19.6km west of the Town of Banff. This is our most popular route into Shadow Lake Lodge. You can hike or bike (10.5km) on the old fire road, and easy-to-follow trail.

From the parking lot, the trail is a gradual climb on a wide, tree fringed dirt road. At the 7km mark, the trail meets the Lost Horse campground and continues on to a signed junction at approximately 10.5km. Turn right (northeast) off of the fire road towards Shadow Lake. All bikes are to be locked at the provided bike rack at this point. The path steepens briefly, then levels out for the last 2.4km to the lodge. This last part of the trip will take you approximately 30 - 40 minutes.

Alternate access routes

You can also access Shadow Lake Lodge the following ways.

Arnica / Twin Lakes Access

Rating: Moderate to Strenuous
Distance: 14.0km
Elevation gain: 960m
Allow: 6 to 7 hours one way

Sunshine Village Access & Hawk Creek Access

Please contact the lodge for further information.