The Tramline Trail connects the Village of Lake Louise to the shores of Lake Louise in Banff National Park. The route is used as a community trail connecting the chateau resort with the village square and with other adventure trails in the area.
The Tramline Trail measures 4.5 kilometres one-way with an elevation gain of 200 metres. It is a route popular for hiking and mountain biking in the summer and cross country skiing in the winter. Some sections of the trail are hiking only.
The Tramline Trail begins near the railway station in the Village of Lake Louise. It begins with a footbridge crossing over Louise Creek leading to a junction. The lower trail follows the Bow River Loop Trail. The upper trail follows the Tramline Trail.
The Tramline Trail follows along an old railway bed up the mountain and, at some points, follows along the same route as the paved Lake Louise Drive.
The route is very well maintained, well signed and well used. There are sections of the trail with sitting benches, information signs and wooden footbridges. The trail crosses over Louise Creek on several occasions.
The top section of the Tramline Trail includes some areas with wooden stairs and tree root steps. The upper route mostly follows a narrow single-track trail exploring uphill through a forest of alpine trees.
The route should take no longer than 3 hours one way to complete depending on the size of the group and fitness levels of the group. For more adventure the Tramline Trail connects to the Bow River and the Louise Creek Trails.