|Copyright: Robert DeMay (BOBDEMAY) (150)|
|Date Taken: 2005-08-18|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2007-11-14 11:28|
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|Moraine Lake is a glacially fed lake in Banff National Park, 14 kilometres outside the Village of Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. It is situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, at an elevation of approximately 6183 feet (1884 m). The lake has a surface area of 0.5 kmē.|
The blue-green colour is due to glacial rock flour.The lake, being glacially fed, does not reach its crest until mid to late June. However, when it is full, it is a beautiful shade of blue. The lake gets its color from the refraction of light off the rock flour deposited in the lake on a continual basis.
Lower Consolation LakeThe area around the lake has several walking/hiking trails, which are from time to time, restricted because of grizzly bear activity. For the sake of the bears, one should never break the Group Access Restrictions. Parks Canada provides updated trail conditions and/or restrictions .
The easiest of the hiking trails is the one most commonly taken by tourists. The Rockpile Trail is approximately 300 metres long, with an elevation change of 24 metres (79 ft). The view of the lake from the top of the rockpile is one of the most photographed locations in all of Canada.
Along the same trailhead, the Consolation Lakes trail starts, which is approximately 3 kilometers (2 mi) long, with an elevation change of 90 meters (295 ft). Upon reaching Consolation Lakes hikers may continue along to the upper lake, which is not visible from the end of the lower lake. There is, however, no clearly marked trail, and can often be a scramble over large rocky areas.
Near the canoe docks of Moraine Lake Lodge there is another trailhead. This trailhead is the start of two trails, one of which branches out into four different trails - so there are in total, five trails starting at that trailhead (Moraine Lake Lakeshore Trail, Eiffel Lake, Wenkchemna Pass, Larch Valley, and Sentinel Pass). The Lake Louise & Yoho Map provides information on these trails.
Moraine Lake was featured on the reverse side of the 1969 and 1979 issues of the Canadian twenty dollar bill.
In one of the main prewiew pictures for Googles new mobile-platform Android, Moraine lake was used as a background picture.
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