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    Hiking trails in Alberta

    Hikes in Alberta

    Province in Canada

    The Canadian Province of Alberta is an outdoor-lovers paradise. World famous destinations like Jasper, Lake Louise, Waterton and Banff draw the crowds, and for good reason – they’re beautiful. Big mountains, stunning emerald coloured lakes, abundant glaciers, forests, game and fresh air make Alberta one of the best places for your upcoming holiday.

    With most of the accessible Rocky Mountains in Alberta protected by national and provincial parks, a holiday in Alberta is special. There are big mountains, stunning emerald coloured lakes, glaciers, forests and fresh air. Alberta has some of the best, untouched wilderness on earth, and the ideal way to explore this wonderful province is on foot, ski or bike.

    In winter, there are downhill ski areas, most famous are the ski resorts Sunshine Village and Lake Louise. Winter is not just about downhill skiing, there is also abundant xc-ski trails and exhilarating backcountry skiing options. Winter is also low season, and a trip to Alberta in winter means great hotel rates.

    Summer sees Alberta’s national parks fill up with eager outdoor explorers. Luckily there is just so much nature that you only notice the crowds in a few places, the rest of the Canadian Rockies stay peaceful and tranquil. While hiking is the most popular summer activity, you can also climb, bike, canoe and kayak.

    After a hard day outdoors, one of the best parts of Alberta are the great mountain towns. Full of everything from campsites to 5-star hotels, these towns allow you to enjoy some civilization, which means great coffee, good food and fun bars!

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      Open details for Scenic Loop Trail

      Scenic Loop Trail

      Very Easy
      4.7 km
      117 m
      1-1.5h

      Walk the beautiful Scenic Loop in Dinosaur Provincial Park. Along the way, hit three of the best trails: Cottonwood Flats Trail, Trail of the Fossil Hunters, and Badlands Trail.

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      Open details for Cottonwood Flats Trail

      Cottonwood Flats Trail

      Very Easy
      1.4 km
      20 m
      0.5h

      The Cottonwood Flats Trail is a unique trail in Dinosaur Provincial Park, with greenery, abundant bird life, and stunning river views.

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      Black Rock Mountain

      Very Hard
      10.3 km
      835 m
      4-6h

      While Black Rock Mountain offers gratifying views, reaching the summit comes with its fair share of challenges, such as finding the trailhead and rockfall in some sections as you ascend. But, after your heart rate settles at the top, peaks stretching into the horizon and cradling the valley emulating a quintessential image of the wild below will force you to forget about any of the challenges along this route. The abandoned fire hall at the top adds a cool look to the already-epic scenery!

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      Warden Lake

      Very Easy
      4.7 km
      15 m
      1h

      The Warden Lake trail is an easy, family-friendly hike through an area that was recently affected by wildfire. With open views of the North Saskatchewan River and the surrounding peaks, this trail is a fun hike for the whole family.

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      Open details for Parker Ridge Trail

      Parker Ridge Trail

      Easy
      5.9 km
      250 m
      1.5-2.5h

      Hiking up Parker Ridge unlocks some amazing views of the Saskatchewan Glacier, the largest of the Columbia Icefield’s six valley outlet glaciers. This hike is a great stop when driving the Icefield Parkway between Lake Louise and Jasper. 

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      Open details for North Molar Pass

      North Molar Pass

      Very Hard
      23.9 km
      737 m
      6.5-9h

      The hiking trail to North Molar Pass takes you to one of the most amazing, vast alpine meadows in Banff National Park. This long day hike has ample rewards for strong hikers. Add the North Molar Pass hike to your bucket-list!

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      Hidden Lake

      Hard
      17.0 km
      610 m
      4.5-6.5h

      Hidden Lake is a very pretty lake in the Skoki Region. There is also a backcountry campground here that you can use to better explore the Skoki region. In autumn the views are very pretty with the golden larches on this hike.

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      Open details for Cirque & Chephren Lakes

      Cirque & Chephren Lakes

      Moderate
      14.6 km
      322 m
      3.5-5h

      Hiking around Cirque & Chephren Lakes is an easy hike that goes to two classic, and seldom visited, Canadian Rockies Lakes on the Icefields Parkway. These lakes are situated at the base of the rugged mountains making up the continental divide.

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      Open details for Bow Hut

      Bow Hut

      Hard
      15.6 km
      555 m
      4.5-6h

      Hiking to Bow Hut is a wonderful way to hike the day away if you're going to be on the Icefields Parkway. Bow Hut is an Alpine Club of Canada Hut, and the route to get there is challenging but also spectacular! Book a night at Bow Hut for a true Canadian hiking experience.

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      9.7
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      Open details for Lake Louise Ski Hill

      Lake Louise Ski Hill

      Very Easy
      2.1 km
      110 m
      0.5-1h

      If you have kids, taking the gondola up the Lake Louise Ski Hill is a great trip for the whole family. Not only do you get great views across the valley, but you can add on the Trail of the Great Bear guided hike and the whole family can learn about Grizzly Bears in Banff National Park.

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      Open details for Tramline Trail

      Tramline Trail

      Hard
      12.2 km
      479 m
      3.5-5h

      Taking the Tramline trail to the central Lake Louise area is an amazing way to explore the trail system without taking on anything too strenuous. This multi-use trail is a beautiful forested route that avoids any driving or parking at all. See the lake and all its glory without the headache of trying to find a spot in the hectic parking lot.

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      Open details for Prairie View Trail

      Prairie View Trail

      Moderate
      11.7 km
      761 m
      4-6h

      Prairie View is a must-do in the Barrier Lake and Highway 40 area. It is a moderate trail that is easy to follow and offers incredible views. The prairie view is like no other and is the perfect place to get your photos taken. The trail is made up of easy switchbacks that lead to an incredibly rewarding summit. There are options to continue on with a scramble to the summit of Yates Mountain.

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      Open details for Tryst Lake Trail

      Tryst Lake Trail

      Moderate
      7.2 km
      397 m
      2.5-3.5h

      The trail to Tryst Lake is used year-round by many different types of adventurers. The summer trail is easy to follow and very straightforward. The elevation comes gradually and the lake is a great objective for beginner-intermediate hikers.

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      Open details for Herbert Lake

      Herbert Lake

      Very Easy
      1.6 km
      42 m
      0.5h

      The Herbert Lake hike is a short loop around a beautiful roadside lake. Often bypassed by those driving the Icefields Parkway, the Herbert Lake trail is a wonderful way to stretch your legs, walk the dog, and hop in for a swim!

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      Open details for Porcupine Ridge Hike

      Porcupine Ridge Hike

      Hard
      10.8 km
      904 m
      4.5-6h

      Porcupine Ridge is a challenging hike up a stunning ridge in the centre of Kananaskis. The views are astounding, and if you spend enough time in the area, you will be able to recognize many of the surrounding peaks and their trails. The day use area at the trailhead is a great spot to wind down after a long trek up Porcupine Ridge.

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      Open details for Hidden Valley Hike

      Hidden Valley Hike

      Easy
      3.9 km
      445 m
      2-2.5h

      Hidden Valley is a hike that will take you on a journey through rocky cliffs and over ladders with chain traverses. This easy scramble is an exciting way to spend a half-day and is a lesser-known hike in the Jasper area. Hidden Valley is considered a climber’s paradise but sees very few hikers, so enjoy the solitude on this exciting route.

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      Open details for Junction Creek to Junction Falls

      Junction Creek to Junction Falls

      Moderate
      14.8 km
      574 m
      4-6h

      The trail to Junction Falls via Junction Creek is a great intermediate hike that crosses some water and otherwise is straightforward and easy to follow. It passes through an old logging camp that is interesting to hike through. You will cross a small stream later on near an old log cabin. This trail is easy to follow and holds a lot of history in the area.

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      Open details for Big Elbow Trail

      Big Elbow Trail

      Very Easy
      11.8 km
      172 m
      2.5-3.5h

      Big Elbow Trail is a scenic, easy hike that leads to a backcountry campground. The trail follows an access road with very gradual elevation change, making it a family-friendly outing that’s shoulder season-friendly. The views of Threepoint Mountain and Banded Peak are fantastic.

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      Open details for Big Beehive Hike

      Big Beehive Hike

      Moderate
      10.3 km
      647 m
      3.5-5h

      The Big Beehive not only boasts a stunning viewpoint soaring high above Lake Louise, but it offers steady highlights along the way. Starting at Lake Louise itself is satisfying enough for some, and it only gets better as you continue. Many lakes and options to extend the trail into a loop, or add on viewpoints, make the Big Beehive an excellent hike for those visiting the Lake Louise area of Banff National Park.

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      Open details for Hoodoos Trail

      Hoodoos Trail

      Easy
      10.0 km
      305 m
      2.5-3.5h

      The Hoodoos Trail near Banff is an excellent choice for those with families and dogs. With minimal elevation and unrivalled views of the area, you won’t be disappointed with this easy hike. It is a great way to get some exercise and explore the area directly from town. Watch out for wildlife; you might get lucky!

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