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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 Cox Hill Hike

      Cox Hill Hike

      Hard
      13.4 km
      774 m
      4.5-6.5h

      Hiking Cox Hill Ridge is a great way to spend a half-day in the summer. Save this one for wildflower season, and you won’t be disappointed. The multi-use trail can get busy with bikers, hikers, and runners, so be prepared to run into some speedy trail users.

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      Open details for Islet Lake and Lost Lake Trail

      Islet Lake and Lost Lake Trail

      Moderate
      17.1 km
      223 m
      3.5-5h

      The Islet Lake and Lost Lake route follows a figure eight shape starting at Islet Lake. Many visitors stop at Islet Lake and take in the scenery without continuing on. The trail is largely forested between the lakes and features some lookout shelters, signage, and opportunities for wildlife sightings.

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      Open details for Horsethief Canyon Trail

      Horsethief Canyon Trail

      Very Easy
      0.8 km
      22 m
      0.5h

      The short and easy Horsethief Canyon is just outside of Drumheller and is only 800 m long. It is the perfect fresh air stop for all abilities. The canyon itself is a stunning landmark that can’t be missed when passing through.

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      Open details for Chickakoo Lake Outer Loop

      Chickakoo Lake Outer Loop

      Moderate
      6.8 km
      164 m
      1.5-2.5h

      The Chickakoo Lake Trail is located outside of Edmonton at the namesake recreation area. The 6.8 km trail loops around the lake, passing by other water features and marshlands. There are many small intersecting trails here as well as plenty of picnic areas. The outer loop trail is the longest in the area, making it the best way to explore the area.

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      Open details for Rummel Lake Hike

      Rummel Lake Hike

      Moderate
      13.3 km
      380 m
      3.5-5h

      The hike to Rummel Lake is a Kananaskis classic, with people returning year after year. The colours in autumn are spectacular, and if you have the energy push the trip a bit farther up to Rummel Pass for very special views.

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      10.0
      Technical Difficulty
      Easy (Circle)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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      Open details for Helen Lake and Cirque Peak

      Helen Lake and Cirque Peak

      Very Hard
      17.2 km
      1,007 m
      6-8h

      Hiking to Helen Lake and Cirque Peak is a local favourite. From Helen Lake up to Cirque Peak the hike provides incredible views. Be warned that this is a challenging day with steady uphill climbs, particularly the final push to the top of Cirque Peak, which also involves some scrambling.

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      9.9
      Technical Difficulty
      Intermediate (Square)
      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
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      Suitable for advanced experience level looking for a solid adventure.
      Open details for Bow River Pathway North

      Bow River Pathway North

      Easy
      7.8 km
      77 m
      1.5-2h

      Embark on a stunning urban hike in the city of Calgary from Dale Hodges Park, following the popular Bow River Trail. This trail is a local favourite, known for its sweeping views over the city, paths that follow the babbling Bow River and a picturesque pond with a small dock for picnic stops.

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      9.9
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      Easy (Circle)
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      Easy (Circle)
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      Open details for Pyramid Lake

      Pyramid Lake

      Easy
      5.8 km
      207 m
      1.5-2h

      The hike to Pyramid Lake and the Pyramid Overlook is a wonderful after dinner walk close to the town of Jasper. The trail is family-friendly, perfect for people of all ages and hiking levels with beautiful nature views of the stunning lake and an impressive overlook.

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      9.8
      Technical Difficulty
      Easy (Circle)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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      Easy (Circle)
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      Open details for Ha Ling Peak Hike

      Ha Ling Peak Hike

      Moderate
      9.0 km
      860 m
      4-5.5h

      The amazing Ha Ling Peak hike rewards you with some stunning views over the Canmore area. This particular Ha Ling Peak trail takes you past Miners Peak and the Three Humps, offering better views and extending the hike. This popular hike near Canmore is a great way to feel like a mountaineer only 20 minutes from the town.

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      9.7
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      Easy (Circle)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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      Open details for Bertha Lake and Bertha Falls Hike

      Bertha Lake and Bertha Falls Hike

      Moderate
      11.2 km
      471 m
      3.5-4.5h

      This Waterton classic hike boasts waterfalls, sweeping vistas, and an alpine lake, making the trail to Bertha Lake and Bertha Falls a stunning hike. The benches and minimal elevation gain to Lower Bertha Falls make the first half of the hike an excellent family option. However, the second half is where the elevation kicks in.

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      9.7
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      Easy (Circle)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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      Intermediate (Square)
      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
      Open details for North Cooking Lake Trail

      North Cooking Lake Trail

      Very Easy
      2.3 km
      26 m
      0.5h

      The out-and-back trip on the North Cooking Lake features a quaint lake that is located just outside of Elk Island National Park. If you are passing through the area, this is a great option to stop for some fresh air. The trail is easy to follow and manageable for all abilities.

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      Open details for Whitemud Park Trail

      Whitemud Park Trail

      Moderate
      5.8 km
      154 m
      1.5-2h

      The Whitemud Park Trail is a great route in the middle of a diverse recreation area. The park itself occupies a space between a popular campground and the North Saskatchewan River making for an excellent hiking option within city limits. The trail starts just off Fox Drive and follows a lollipop route down to the Rainbow Valley Campground and back.

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      Open details for Fish Creek and Parkland Ridge

      Fish Creek and Parkland Ridge

      Easy
      8.8 km
      56 m
      1.5-2.5h

      The Fish Creek and Parkland Ridge Hike starts in Canada’s largest urban park, spanning over much of the south side of Calgary. Exploring Fish Creek Park is ideal for a day trip, with gentle trails leading towards Fish Creek. Bring binoculars for spotting wildlife, including beavers, deer, and endemic bird species.

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      10.0
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      Easy (Circle)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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      Easy (Circle)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
      Open details for Pocaterra Ridge Hike

      Pocaterra Ridge Hike

      Hard
      12.0 km
      985 m
      5-7h

      This wonderful hike along Pocaterra Ridge is a stunner! A challenging hike, but with spectacular views, we love hiking Pocaterra Ridge in autumn with the beautiful fall colours. Pocaterra Ridge is known as one of the best places to hike among the autumn larch trees in Alberta.

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      9.9
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      Intermediate (Square)
      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
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      Advanced (Diamond)
      Suitable for advanced experience level looking for a solid adventure.
      Open details for Quarry Lake

      Quarry Lake

      Very Easy
      3.0 km
      15 m
      0.5-1h

      A hike around Quarry Lake is one of Canmore’s hidden gems. Not only is Quarry Lake a great place to swim, but a family hike around Quarry Lake and the surrounding area delights with wonderful views. Quarry Lake is also a popular off-leash dog-park.

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      9.8
      Technical Difficulty
      Easy (Circle)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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      Easy (Circle)
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      Open details for Lineham Falls

      Lineham Falls

      Moderate
      9.1 km
      340 m
      2.5-3.5h

      The Lineham Falls hike is an awesome Waterton activity. The trail passes along a bubbling creak and offers sweeping mountain views. This hike courses through an avalanche path and culminates in a beautiful waterfall view. The best part of the hike is the real possibility that you may have the trail to yourself.

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      9.8
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      Easy (Circle)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
      Open details for Athabasca Falls

      Athabasca Falls

      Very Easy
      1.5 km
      25 m
      0.5h

      A walk along Athabasca Falls in Jasper National Park is a great family-friendly hike. See one of the most powerful and spectacular waterfalls in Jasper as well as get great views along the Athabasca River.

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      9.7
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      Easy (Circle)
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      Open details for Edith and Cory Pass Circuit

      Edith and Cory Pass Circuit

      Hard
      14.3 km
      1,075 m
      5.5-7.5h

      This incredible hike through Edith and Cory Passes is the most varied hike close to Banff. This circuit takes in a number of different micro ecosystems – from a steep and dry ridge, to an arid pass, back through a lush forest. Be aware of some modest scrambling sections (both up and down) on the approach to Cory Pass.

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      9.6
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      Intermediate (Square)
      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
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      Open details for Vision Quest Ridge Trail

      Vision Quest Ridge Trail

      Hard
      4.1 km
      700 m
      2.5-3.5h

      The Vision Quest Ridge hike near David Thompson Hwy is a short challenging hike. The trail up is quite steep, but the views once you go above the treeline are breathtaking! This trail also leads to the site that is believed to have held a spiritual meaning to former inhabitants of the surrounding areas.

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      Open details for Wood Bison Trail

      Wood Bison Trail

      Moderate
      15.9 km
      171 m
      3.5-4.5h

      The Wood Bison Trail is true to its name and offers the only chance to spot wood bison in the national park. It is a 15.9 km circuit that is popular with hikers and mountain bikers. The trail circles around the plains reaching Flyingshot Lake which offers memorable views of the surrounding area. This hike is a must-do for wildlife viewing.

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