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Johnson Lake

Johnson Lake

Banff, Alberta

Due to its low elevation, the trail around Johnson Lake is a fine walk in the early season (the trail is often snowfree by late April). There is a lot of variety in the montane forest of the lower Bow Valley, and this short trail samples much of it, as well as a couple of marshy areas where waterfowl and muskrat are sometimes seen. By hiking around the lake counterclockwise, you will enjoy continuous views of Cascade Mountain on the return along the sparsely forested north shore.

From the picnic area parking lot, walk downhill and across a small earth-fill dam and bridge. Beyond the bridge the trail angles uphill briefly beneath a powerline, then branches left into the forest where it rolls along through a dense forest of pine and spruce above the lake's south shore. In May, the forest floor is alive with the blooms purple calypso orchids.

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Johnson Lake

Johnson Lake

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Fir Larch Cedar Spruce

Due to its low elevation, the trail around Johnson Lake is a fine walk in the early season (the trail is often snowfree by late April). There is a lot of variety in the montane forest of the lower Bow Valley, and this short trail samples much of it, as well as a couple of marshy areas where waterfowl and muskrat are sometimes seen. By hiking around the lake counterclockwise, you will enjoy continuous views of Cascade Mountain on the return along the sparsely forested north shore.

From the picnic area parking lot, walk downhill and across a small earth-fill dam and bridge. Beyond the bridge the trail angles uphill briefly beneath a powerline, then branches left into the forest where it rolls along through a dense forest of pine and spruce above the lake's south shore. In May, the forest floor is alive with the blooms purple calypso orchids.

Banff, Alberta
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Photo: Photo taken from https://www.banff.ca/index.aspx?NID=637, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License