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Mosquito Creek

Banff National Park

Banff + Yoho, Alberta

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  • Looking up toward Noseum Peak- Mosquito Creek
  • Gazing up toward Mosquito Pass.- Mosquito Creek
  • Coming out of the valley, Noseeum Peak in the background. - Mosquito Creek
  • Approaching the pass.- Mosquito Creek
  • Looking back down the valley from where the trail wanders up. To the looker's left is the unmarked passage toward the second easiest 11,000er, Mount Willingdon. - Mosquito Creek
  • Fish Lake. There is a campsite on the left shore. - Mosquito Creek
  • Looking toward seldom visited eastern Banff.- Mosquito Creek
  • Misty conditions.- Mosquito Creek
  • Heading back up to Mosquito Pass.- Mosquito Creek
  • Alpine bridge.- Mosquito Creek
  • Overnight snows make for interesting walking. Trekking poles are very handy. - Mosquito Creek
  • The gorgeous valley. - Mosquito Creek
  • Looking out on great views of Dolomite.- Mosquito Creek
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Pros: 
Beautiful alpine meadows. Many campsites.
Cons: 
Long distance. Very basic campsite.
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Region:
Banff + Yoho, AL
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Number of days: 
2
Highest point: 
2,790.00 m (9,153.54 ft)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
National or state forest pass
Permit required: 
Yes
Permit self-issue on site: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
14.66 km (9.11 mi)
Total elevation gain: 
1,440.00 m (4,724.41 ft)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,850.00 m (6,069.55 ft)
Typically multi-day: 
Yes
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Backpack along quiet trails, through alpine meadows, and enjoy non-glacial lakes that are great for fishing or swimming later in the summer. Even during the busier summer season, this trail receives less traffic than other sections of Banff National Park. The Mosquito Creek Trailhead is on the east side of the Icefield parkway road just across from the Mosquito Creek Hostel. You park in front of the hostel and hop across the road to begin the trek. The trail winds up the Mosquito Valley, occasionally popping into a clearing where you get good views of the river and Noseeum Mountain. 

At around 4 kilometers into the hike you'll come across the first campground. This is a perfect stop for kids because it is a lovely site where two rivers meet, and the distance is perfect. There are tables and outhouses. You'll start to gain elevation gently after you cross the bridge. Increasingly the trees drop away and the views get better. At 6.5 kilometers you'll reach a fork. Take the eastern fork heading for Fish Lake. The gradient steepens as you progress into a spectacular alpine meadow. The flowers are overwhelming in early summer once the snows are gone. There is a marshy lake around 8 kilometers into the hike that offers warm and muddy swimming. The steepest section arrives as you work your way up the trail through boulders, gargoyle shaped rocks, and scree up to a col between two sub-peaks. The sub-peaks make for a straightforward scramble if you take the east-northeast ridge. It's all downhill from here as you make your way down toward Fish Lake. The views and meadows remain exhilarating with marmots and pika to keep you company. 

PACK LIST

The normal backpacking gear is required for this trip. Keep things lightweight as you'll have uphill both there and back. 

  • Banff Backcountry Map
  • Solid hiking boots
  • A layering system (base layer, midlayer, insulating layer, and shell)
  • Fitted 50-65 liter backpack
  • Lightweight tent
  • Sleeping bag and mat
  • Stove, pots, bowls, utensils, cups
  • Lunches, snacks, dinner, breakfast, warm drinks. 
  • Bear spray
  • The 10 essentials
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