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25 Larch Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were In The Mountains

25 Larch Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were in the Mountains

I’ve had the pleasure of hiking in the mountains of Alberta on three different days in the past week. On one I had perfect weather while on the other two I had snow and below freezing temperatures. The bottom line – you never know what the mountains will deliver so pack lots of layers. Don’t shortchange yourself on a visit either. Allow several hours to revel in the beauty and the magic of the larches.

My hope is that these 25 photographs will inspire you to get out and enjoy the best of what Alberta offers in September. Both Banff National Park and Kananaskis Country offer incredible viewing opportunities. And there is still time to see the larches this fall. In Kananaskis Country I used the Delta Kananaskis Lodge as a base – and enjoyed my stay in one of their newly renovated rooms. In Banff, I like the new Moose Hotel.

Before you go read: A Complete guide to the Best Places for Larch Viewing in Alberta 

Pocaterra Ridge, Kananaskis Country

25 Larch Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were in the Mountains

The approach to Pocaterra Ridge takes you through great stands of larches

25 Larch Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were in the Mountains

I think everyone is in their happy place as they march through stand after stand of larches

25 Larch Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were in the Mountains

Larches will bring out the tree hugger in you

25 Larch Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were in the Mountains

Grand views over to the Highwood Pass area

25 Larch Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were in the Mountains

Looking out into a sea of gold

25 Larch Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were in the Mountains

The Pocaterra Ridge hikes rewards with larches at the start and end of the hike and incredible views for hours above treeline

Arethusa Cirque Hike, Kananskis Country

Read: The Fabulous Arethusa Cirque Hike in Kananaskis Country

25 Larch Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were in the Mountains

It takes only 20 minutes tops to get into the larches on the Arethusa Cirque hike

25 Larch Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were in the Mountains

The hike to Arethusa Cirque, Kananakis Country

25 Larch Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were in the Mountains

The larches glow in the Highwood Pass area

25 Larch Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were in the Mountains

The last larch before treeline – Arethusa Cirque

25 Larch Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were in the Mountains

A little snow got everyone off the trail and added such beauty especially when the sun made a brief appearance

Chester Lake, Kananskis Country

25 Larch Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were in the Mountains

There are stands of larches on the approach in to Chester Lake

25 Larch Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were in the Mountains

Chester Lake is beautiful even if the colours are muted

25 Larch Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were in the Mountains

Take the walk around Chester Lake on a trail for a completely different view of the area

25 Larch Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were in the Mountains

Looking out across Chester Lake to a stand of larches

25 Larch Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were in the Mountains

Energetic hikers could explore the bench for larches above the lake

25 Larch Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were in the Mountains

It looks more like mid-December than mid-September

25 Larch Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were in the Mountains

There’s a magic to the texture of the larches

Taylor and O’Brien Lakes, Banff National Park

25 Larch Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were in the Mountains

Taylor Lake in all its glory

25 Larch Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were in the Mountains

The landscape practically glowed golden

25 Larch Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were in the Mountains

Taylor Lake is definitely worth the 6.1 km one way hike

25 Larch Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were in the Mountains

Perfect time when larch and both deciduous trees and shrubs are at their peak

25 Larch Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were in the Mountains

Even baby larch can have an impact

25 Larch Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were in the Mountains

O’Brien Lake is nothing short of mind blowing on a sunny day in larch season

25 Larch Photos That Will Make You Wish You Were in the Mountains

This week is prime time for this scene

Which one of these four areas would you most like to visit for the larches? 

Disclosure: Without Travel Alberta’s sponsorship I would have missed the two outings to see the larches in the snow.

Leigh McAdam

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta
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Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 57,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

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