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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 Moraine Lake Hike (The Rockpile and Lakeshore Trail)

      Moraine Lake Hike (The Rockpile and Lakeshore Trail)

      Very Easy
      3.4 km
      38 m
      0.5-1h

      The Moraine Lake hike through Rockpile and Lakeshore trail in Lake Louise provides one of the best views of the Canadian Rockies and the stunning Moraine Lake. This hike is best enjoyed very early or in the evening due to large crowds and limited parking.

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      Open details for Fish Lake Trail

      Fish Lake Trail

      Easy
      4.7 km
      141 m
      1-1.5h

      Hiking the Fish Lake Trail won’t take long, but it makes for the perfect family walk from the Fish Lake Campground. This might not be a bucket list pitstop along the David Thompson Highway, but it’s sure worth the walk when staying at the Fish Lake Campground of the Frontier Lodge. The trail is perfect for families or those with a time limit.

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      Open details for King Creek Ridge

      King Creek Ridge

      Hard
      7.3 km
      740 m
      3.5-4.5h

      The hike up King Creek Ridge is spectacular – offering the chance to get up close with the spectacular Opal Range, views of Mount Wintour and the valley of the Kananaskis Lakes. Although this is a very steep hike in Canmore, it’s absolutely worth it for adventurous, fit hikers.

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      9.7
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      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 Johnson Lake

      Johnson Lake

      Very Easy
      3.0 km
      30 m
      0.5-1h

      This hike around Johnson Lake is a great choice for beginners or those with limited physical abilities and it is especially family-friendly. We also think it’s a great way to start or end the day and makes a great after-dinner walk in summer.

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      9.7
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      Open details for Whistlers Mountain and Indian Ridge

      Whistlers Mountain and Indian Ridge

      Hard
      8.8 km
      750 m
      3.5-5h

      Want a great walk in Jasper? Try this hike from the top of the Jasper SkyTram to Whistlers Mountain and onwards to Indian Ridge. The first section is typically crowded, but for some solitude, continue over the peak, then down and back-up partway of Indian Ridge.

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      9.6
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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 Hoodoo Creek

      Hoodoo Creek

      Hard
      5.6 km
      607 m
      2.5-3.5h

      Hiking Hoodoo Creek is very straightforward, but be warned—it’s extremely steep. This trail heads straight up the face of Abraham Mountain along Hoodoo Creek to an excellent viewpoint. If you are up for the challenge, you will be rewarded with unforgettable views of Abraham Lake.

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      Open details for Bow River & Downtown Calgary

      Bow River & Downtown Calgary

      Easy
      10.5 km
      56 m
      2-3h

      For extraordinary views and easy paved trails, the Bow River Downtown hike is unmatched. Take in the bustle of the city, where St. Patrick’s Island Park, inner-city energy, and great coffee await.

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      Open details for Pocaterra Cirque

      Pocaterra Cirque

      Easy
      6.7 km
      262 m
      2-2.5h

      Pocaterra Cirque may often be passed up for other nearby, well-known hikes, but this little gem is the perfect way to enjoy mountain views with little effort. Passing by Pocaterra Tarn, the trail gives wonderful views of Mount Tyrwhitt, Grizzly Col, and Mount Rae. However, its popularity increases during larch season, so prepare for crowds and a full parking lot. The beauty of the larches makes up for the crowds, though.

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      Open details for Upper Stoney Trail

      Upper Stoney Trail

      Easy
      4.5 km
      190 m
      1.5-2h

      The Upper Stoney Trail takes you to one of our favourite viewpoints near Banff. The first half is a fun family hike, though the 2nd half of the hike isn’t as great for little kids. This is a good hike when other parts of Banff are very busy in summer.

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      9.5
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      Open details for White Goat Falls

      White Goat Falls

      Easy
      2.6 km
      135 m
      1h

      White Goat Falls is a beautiful hike that departs from the waste transfer station. The trail climbs up the creek above a canyon to the falls. This is an adventurous trail for something so short, which makes for an exciting outing. We recommend this for families with kids as it’s easy for all abilities yet thrilling at the same time.

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      Open details for ForgetMeNot Ridge

      ForgetMeNot Ridge

      Hard
      24.5 km
      944 m
      7-9.5h

      Great views without a ton of work? Sign me up! This walk up Forget Me Not Mountain gives great views of the surrounding peaks, the elbow river valley, and gravel fields.

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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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      Intermediate (Square)
      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
      Open details for Sulphur Skyline

      Sulphur Skyline

      Moderate
      8.2 km
      666 m
      3.5-4.5h

      Hiking in Jasper is exquisite when combined with a soak in a natural hot spring pool afterwards. Luckily for us, we have the Sulphur Skyline trail – naturally followed by a dip in the Miette Hot Springs making for a phenomenal day-trip in Jasper National Park.

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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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      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
      Open details for Onion Lake Trail

      Onion Lake Trail

      Very Hard
      28.2 km
      562 m
      6.5-9h

      Onion Lake is a secluded subalpine lake that makes for a long day hike. The 28.0 km trail is easy to follow and passes many junctions. Some choose to camp along the way, but it’s also possible to complete in a day. Enjoy the spectacular views of the lake when you reach it.

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      Open details for Cranston Ridge

      Cranston Ridge

      Moderate
      13.0 km
      153 m
      2.5-4h

      Kick off the Cranston Ridge hike in the bottom of the valley with a tranquil walk along the Bow River. Then, climb to Cranston Ridge with great views of the Rocky Mountains.

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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 Tunnel Mountain

      Tunnel Mountain

      Easy
      4.3 km
      300 m
      1.5-2h

      The Tunnel Mountain hike gives you a short respite away from the crowded streets of Banff. The viewpoint from the top of the trail is beautiful, making you feel like you’re immersed in nature, despite the hordes shopping on Banff Ave just a kilometer away.

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      9.6
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      Easy (Circle)
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      Easy (Circle)
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      Open details for Ptarmigan Cirque

      Ptarmigan Cirque

      Very Easy
      3.5 km
      195 m
      1-1.5h

      The hike to Ptarmigan Cirque is a family favourite and is especially great for little kids. Starting at Highwood Pass means you are in the alpine almost immediately. Ptarmigan Cirque is locally famous as a great hike to view autumn larches, it is also a fun location for a family photo shoot!

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      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 Coral Creek Trail

      Coral Creek Trail

      Easy
      8.0 km
      290 m
      2-3h

      The trail up to Coral Creek begins along the Cline River. You can see the effects of the 2013 floods here as you make your way upstream, above the impressive canyon. You’ll hike to the confluence of the Cline River and Coral Creek, following Coral Creek to the mouth of the canyon. Here, a wide-open valley appears, marking an ideal turnaround point.

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      Open details for Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation

      Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation

      Easy
      8.8 km
      205 m
      2-3h

      Embark on a hike at Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation to take in the rolling foothills of the Rocky Mountains. With unique vantage points along the way, the trail is teeming with wildlife in their natural, protected habitat. Here, find quiet trails that provide a retreat in nature and a respite from busy city life.

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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 Toe of the Athabasca Glacier

      Toe of the Athabasca Glacier

      Very Easy
      1.4 km
      60 m
      0.5h

      Do you want to see the Athabasca Glacier for Free? While at the Columbia Icefields consider hiking the Toe of the Athabasca Glacier trail. This family-friendly hike is a great alternative to the expensive tour of the glacier. The Athabasca Glacier are sublime.

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      9.9
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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 Cascade Amphitheatre

      Cascade Amphitheatre

      Moderate
      12.9 km
      675 m
      4-6h

      The hike to the Cascade Amphitheatre is a popular hike near Banff. While the views once you get to Cascade Amphitheatre are great, the journey through the forest to get there can feel a bit long.

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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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      Easy (Circle)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.

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