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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 Silverton Falls Trail

      Silverton Falls Trail

      Very Easy
      1.8 km
      106 m
      0.5-1h

      The Silverton Falls hike is more of a short walk than a hike, however, it is worth it. If you are looking for something along the Bow Valley Parkway to explore but you are short on time, this is an excellent choice. You won’t need much on this hike as it will take you less than an hour to complete.

      Looking to get outside, but not in the mood for a long, intense hike? The Silverton Falls Hike along the Bow Valley Parkway is where to go! It takes less than an hour to complete, so you won't have to worry about packing a lot of snacks and water.

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      Open details for Taylor Lake

      Taylor Lake

      Moderate
      13.7 km
      665 m
      5-7h

      The trail to Taylor Lake is a straightforward fire road type trail that ascends straight to the lake with no junctions or diversions. It gains elevation steadily through the forest and ends with a meadow before reaching the lake. You’ll be able to admire the astonishing Mount Bell from the shores. A backcountry campground equipped with a pit toilet and picnic tables makes stopping at Taylor Lake extra comfortable.

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      Panther Falls

      Very Easy
      1.3 km
      75 m
      0.5h

      The Panther Falls Hike is often missed by those travelling the Icefields Parkway. Tucked away between more popular landmarks, Panther Falls is the perfect way to stretch your legs during the long drive. You’ll have your breath taken away by the powerful waterfall that rests close to the main road. Not many visitors stop here, so mark it on your list of must-do’s!

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      Open details for Fenland Trail

      Fenland Trail

      Very Easy
      1.8 km
      55 m
      0.5h

      The Fenland Trail is a simple, flat walk that explores the marshlands from the town of Banff. It is accessible from downtown and is equipped with many interpretive signs along the way. Take in some knowledge of the area and learn about the wildlife as you look for signs of marsh animals around Echo Creek. Families love this short, easy hike!

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      Open details for Spray River Loop

      Spray River Loop

      Easy
      12.2 km
      519 m
      3.5-5h

      The Spray Loop is surprisingly scenic for a trail that remains in the valley bottom. You will cross the Spray River and be able to admire incredible mountain views intermittently throughout the loop. Escape the crowds on the Spray Loop as you aren’t likely to encounter many others.

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      Open details for Aylmer Pass

      Aylmer Pass

      Very Hard
      28.3 km
      1,278 m
      8.5-12h

      Aylmer Pass hike makes for a long day at almost 30.0 km, but half of that is done on the flat Minnewanka lakeshore. The lakeshore trail itself is incredible, with views of the turquoise waters below the trail. There is an option to stay at the backcountry campsite at Aylmer Junction to spread this hike out over a few days. Reach new heights above Lake Minnewanka at Aylmer Pass.

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      Open details for Saddleback Pass

      Saddleback Pass

      Moderate
      7.4 km
      585 m
      3-4h

      Saddleback Pass hike is an excellent family-friendly trail that leaves the crowds behind. Starting at world-renowned Lake Louise, you’ll be able to visit the famous landmark before taking off on your own path. You will catch breathtaking views of the Bow Valley below and Mount Temple rising above the Sheol Valley when you reach the pass.

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      Open details for Saddle Mountain

      Saddle Mountain

      Moderate
      8.2 km
      658 m
      3.5-4.5h

      Saddle Mountain Hike is a simple and quick add-on to Saddleback Pass trail. You’ll be able to see the peak from the pass, and is an accessible way to get some great views across the Bow Valley and into Sheol Valley. This is an excellent moderate hike in the Lake Louise area on the less-populated side of the lake.

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      Open details for Waterfowl Lake Trail

      Waterfowl Lake Trail

      Very Easy
      1.4 km
      34 m
      0.5h

      This quick and easy route takes families to Upper Waterfowl Lake from the Waterfowl Lakes Campground. Lower Waterfowl Lake is visible from the Icefields Parkway, but this short trail will take you to the nicer of the two lakes in no time. A great way to stretch the lakes or explore the area from the campground.

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      Open details for Moose Meadows Trail

      Moose Meadows Trail

      Moderate
      8.0 km
      358 m
      2.5-3.5h

      The Moose Meadows hiking trail is an alternate route to Johnston’s Canyon. It is roughly 1.0 km down the road and feels like an entirely different area. This is a popular trailhead for backpackers and day hikers trying to avoid the masses at Johnston Canyon. Take your time and enjoy the quiet trail through the woods.

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      Open details for Giant Steps

      Giant Steps

      Hard
      20.6 km
      753 m
      5.5-8h

      This hike is often forgotten as it begins at a lesser-known trailhead on Moraine Lake Road. The Giant Steps Hike is a great way to leave the crowds behind and feel like you have the park to yourself. A backcountry campground is located just beyond the Giant Steps and is a great place to spend the night.

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      Open details for Louise Creek Trail

      Louise Creek Trail

      Easy
      6.9 km
      257 m
      2-2.5h

      The Louise Creek Trail is the best way to get to Lake Louise without worrying about parking, traffic, and the busy road. You will be able to hike up to the lake through the forest next to the rushing waters of Louise Creek. This is a great option for those looking to hike right from the village of Lake Louise.

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      Open details for Healy Creek Trail

      Healy Creek Trail

      Moderate
      16.1 km
      413 m
      4-5.5h

      Hiking along Healy Creek Trail is an enjoyable route wide enough for a stroller or chariot. This hike can be easily cut in half and completed as a point-to-point trail if you’re looking for a quick hike. Watch out for cyclists, as this is a multi-use trail!

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      Open details for Heather Ridge

      Heather Ridge

      Hard
      22.7 km
      1,102 m
      7-10h

      The Heather Ridge Hike in Lake Louise is a great way to get a taste of the stunning Skoki area. Many hikers take a backpacking trip into Skoki Valley to capture all the area has to offer. Hiking Heather Ridge will give you an excellent mixture of what lies on the other side of the Bow Valley from Lake Louise. This hike is excellent for wildflowers and great in larch season.

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      Open details for Smith Lake Trail

      Smith Lake Trail

      Moderate
      4.8 km
      267 m
      1.5-2h

      Smith Lake is an often-forgotten lake that is nestled in the forest at Castle Junction. It is a stunning green-blue colour and a great place for fishing. Nearby Copper Lake is only a 0.6 km side trail that is a must-see on this route. If you are looking for a quick walk in the woods, this is a wonderful option.

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      Open details for Tower Lake

      Tower Lake

      Hard
      16.1 km
      831 m
      5-7h

      The hike to Tower Lake is great for those who don’t have the time or energy to trek all the way to Rockbound Lake. It is also a wonderful turn around point for folks who change their minds. It is a beautiful alpine lake that sits below the impressive Eisenhower Tower—a popular climbing objective.

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      Open details for Rundle Riverside Trail

      Rundle Riverside Trail

      Moderate
      17.7 km
      755 m
      5-7.5h

      The straightforward Rundle Riverside trail is an easy to follow trail that connects Banff to Canmore. It is a great option for those who find the Goat Creek trail to be overpopulated. This quiet trail is tailor-made for those seeking solitude on easy terrain. It is also a fantastic route for trail runners and families with children that can go the distance.

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      Sarbach Lookout

      Hard
      12.6 km
      1,077 m
      5-7.5h

      Hiking to Sarbach Lookout is a great way to cleanse your palate after walking through the crowds at Mistaya Canyon. You will be able to see the famed canyon before continuing on and leaving the crowds behind. Take in unbeatable views of Glacier Lake and Howse Pass from the lookout.

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      Open details for Riverside Loop

      Riverside Loop

      Easy
      4.3 km
      82 m
      1-1.5h

      The Riverside Loop is easily accessible from town and the many accommodations in Lake Louise. It is a quiet trail that creates a serene loop along the Bow River. This is part of a wildlife corridor, so watch out for Grizzlies!

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      Open details for Glacier Lake

      Glacier Lake

      Moderate
      16.9 km
      320 m
      4-5.5h

      The relatively flat Glacier Lake trail is commonly used by backpackers; however, it makes for an excellent day hike. Whether you are travelling the entirety of the Icefields Parkway or just looking to add a scenic drive to your hike, this is a great hike.

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