Larch season is short and sweet in the Canadian Rockies. The larches typically begin to turn yellow around the third week of September, but this can of course vary. Since larches are deciduous, within two or three weeks they will lose their needles. Their splash of yellow is a stunning addition to the alpine environments they grow in. We are very lucky to have so many larch hikes nearby to take advantage of, from Kananaskis, to Banff, to Yoho National Park.

Over the last few years I’ve tried to get out around Alberta and B.C. to hike through the beautiful larch forests that are prevalent throughout the provinces. I never do as much as I want to, but here’s hoping I can get even more larch adventures in this year.

Here are some of my favourite images to date.

Jewel colored lake surrounded by Larches and mountains
Larches filling the Valley around Schaffer Lake in Yoho National Park
Mountain Assiniboine's reflection framed by frosted trees
A frosty morning with the top of Mount Assiniboine reflecting with Sunburst Peak.
Waterfall framed by larches with snow covering the landscape
Waterfall framed by larches. Winter came early this year.
Whiskey Jack singing from a perk on a larch tree
Whiskey Jack singing from his perch on a Larch Tree
Larch needles in a pond with larch trees reflecting
Larch needles floating in a small pond.
Larch forest in Valley below towering mountains
Sunlight hitting Larches on the way up to the summit of Mount Yukeness.
Single small yellow larch tree framed against deep blue alpine lake
Single larch framed by the stunning blue of Lake McArthur.
Big Horn Sheep standing stoically in front of vibrant yellow Larch trees.
Larch Kings.
Hiker in red jacket looking down at a larch forest
Moody skies over golden Larches.
Sunlight hitting a patch of larch trees while the rest of the forest remains in shadow
A long lens is a must for a lot of my hikes.
Larches decording a ridge leading up to Storm Mountain, Kootenay National Park
Larches surrounding Storm Mountain.
Sunset over a larch forest and Sunburst Peak
Sunset hitting Sunburst Peak.
Larches and a snowy Mount Assiniboine reflecting in Sunburst Lake
Assiniboine covered in early season snow makes the colours really pop.