Thanks to Chuck for the photos and report from Lake Louise. The damage created by the vehicle driving on the road has been repaired and the trail looks to be in great condition. Now I’m hoping we’ll get a report regarding conditions on the Great Divide.
Parks Canada will be closing the parking lot at Moraine Lake road for a significant length of time this fall. Unless parking is allowed on the road(Lake Louise Drive), your access will be from Upper Tramline which starts at the Parks Canada parking lot at the lake. It will add 1.6K to your trip one way. Skiing to the end of MLR will become 10.6K or 21.2 return. When I say the end, I mean the end of the grooming. MLR carries on for a few kilometres further but it’s not groomed due to avalanche hazard.
The final sentence on the notice doesn’t make sense to me. “The Moraine Lake road traffic gate will remain closed during the seasonal winter road closure.” I hope that’s a mistake.
Update: According to Chuck the parking lot will not be closed once the gate is installed. “It just means that the Moraine Lake road will continue to be closed to vehicle traffic for the remainder of the winter season (after the improved gate is installed), as usual.”
In addition to the first tracksetting on MLR, every fall I look forward to Steve Riggs’ photos from his Urban Tour in Calgary.