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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 Sparrowhawk Tarns

      Sparrowhawk Tarns

      Hard
      14.9 km
      720 m
      4.5-6.5h

      The pretty hike to the Sparrowhawk Tarns is a hard trail to follow, however once you reach the tarns, the beautiful views make up for the route-finding challenges. Don’t wait until autumn, as the tarns dry up and are not as stunning.

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      9.8
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      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
      Open details for Foran Grade and Windy Point

      Foran Grade and Windy Point

      Moderate
      12.5 km
      454 m
      3.5-5h

      Foran Grade and Windy Point Ridge are two smallish peaks in the front ranges providing great views of the surrounding ranges to the west and the prairie to the east. The views are gorgeous, especially considering the limited elevation you gain at just over 305 m.

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      9.6
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      Open details for Mount Ware

      Mount Ware

      Moderate
      14.5 km
      603 m
      4-6h

      This mid-length moderate hike has us summit Mt. Ware. As our final elevation takes us above all the surrounding foothills we are afforded great views of the surrounding area, including the impressive Bluerock Mountain to the west.

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      Open details for Old Goat Glacier

      Old Goat Glacier

      Moderate
      9.6 km
      705 m
      3.5-5h

      The hike to Old Goat Glacier is a classic Kananaskis hike on the Smith-Dorrien. While not as popular as other trails, this is a fun hike that is great for intermediate hikers who don’t mind a few steep bits. There are great views of the Old Goat Glacier as well as back towards the Spray Lakes Reservoir.

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      Open details for Black Prince Lakes and Cirque

      Black Prince Lakes and Cirque

      Moderate
      13.9 km
      680 m
      4.5-6h

      The hike to Black Prince Cirque and then Black Prince Lakes is stunning. This hike takes you to a classic Kananaskis cirque and then the beautiful Black Prince Lakes. It’s hard to believe so few people take the time to hike up to Black Prince Lakes and Black Prince Cirque.

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      9.9
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      Open details for Prairie Mountain

      Prairie Mountain

      Moderate
      6.9 km
      699 m
      3-4.5h

      While this is not the most scenic of hikes until you reach the summit, it can be done year-round (no avalanche risk) and is one heck of a workout.

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      9.5
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      Open details for Black Prince Interpretive Trail / Warspite Lake

      Black Prince Interpretive Trail / Warspite Lake

      Very Easy
      5.1 km
      125 m
      1.5-2h

      The hike on the Black Prince Interpretive Trail is a great family-friendly hike on the Smith-Dorrien. The trip takes you to Warspite Lake on a good path and there are great views once at Warspite Lake.

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      Open details for Canyon Creek Ice Caves

      Canyon Creek Ice Caves

      Moderate
      13.7 km
      285 m
      3-4.5h

      This hike is more about the destination than the journey. The first 6.0 km is more of a walk along a forestry road before things get good, with a steep 1.0 km hike before we reach the cave.

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      9.4
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      Open details for Beauty Creek to Stanley Falls

      Beauty Creek to Stanley Falls

      Easy
      3.8 km
      163 m
      1-1.5h

      Beauty Creek to Stanley Falls offers fantastic payoff for relatively little effort, passing eight different waterfalls during one short hike. It’s a less-busy, underrated trail sure to be loved but beware that there are no railings on this trip, and little ones should be holding adults hands at all times.

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      10.0
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      Open details for Cavell Lake

      Cavell Lake

      Very Easy
      0.8 km
      14 m
      0.5h

      Cavell Lake is a quick hike that allows you to enjoy the pretty views of Cavell Lake, below Mount Edith Cavell. This is a good hike for families to stretch their legs.

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      Open details for Maligne Lakeshore

      Maligne Lakeshore

      Easy
      6.1 km
      102 m
      1.5-2h

      This hike combines a relaxed trail around Maligne Lake with a hike up to Moose Lake. It’s incredibly scenic and family-friendly, providing both a look at a quintessential Jasper site as well as a lesser-explored extension away from the crowds.

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      Open details for Old Fort Point Trail

      Old Fort Point Trail

      Easy
      4.3 km
      151 m
      1-1.5h

      The Old Fort Point Trail is a beautiful hike leading to a fantastic viewpoint over the Jasper Valley. Cozying up at the red chairs along the trail is a highlight of this scenic, family-friendly trail.

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      Open details for Pyramid Island

      Pyramid Island

      Very Easy
      0.8 km
      13 m
      0.5h

      Pyramid Island is a stunning, serene trip across a bridge to a scenic, tree-clad island in Pyramid Lake. It’s a short, accessible trail that the whole family can easily enjoy. The view looking down the bridge at the island is a favourite shot in the Jasper area.

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      Open details for Sunwapta Falls

      Sunwapta Falls

      Easy
      3.2 km
      125 m
      1-1.5h

      Sunwapta Falls is an easy, enjoyable hike to two sets of scenic waterfalls. The trail passes through a peaceful forest, and the falls are framed by pine trees and mountain peaks. The trail is family-friendly and great for all skill levels.

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      Open details for Blackshale Suspension Bridge

      Blackshale Suspension Bridge

      Very Easy
      1.1 km
      72 m
      0.5h

      The Blackshale Suspension Bridge Route is an easy, family-friendly trail with fantastic wildflowers, mountain views, and an impressive suspension bridge to cross. Some people make a longer trip of this by accessing it from Black Prince Trail, but this short loop is for those who just want to enjoy the bridge.

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      Open details for Little Elbow Trail

      Little Elbow Trail

      Very Easy
      11.5 km
      238 m
      2.5-4h

      Little Elbow Trail connects with Big Elbow Trail to form a loop that connects three backcountry campgrounds. It’s a beautiful hike with views of Mount Romulus, Mount Glasgow, and more. You can go as far as you like on this trail, and it’s largely family-friendly.

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      Open details for Sundance Canyon Trail

      Sundance Canyon Trail

      Easy
      9.0 km
      351 m
      2.5-3.5h

      This route leaves from the heritage Cave and Basin National Historic Site and is the ideal add-on for those seeking a hike with some cultural flair. Explore surrounding boardwalks and take in what the historic site has to offer before embarking on the calm, paved path through the valley leading to Sundance Canyon. Climb through the canyon for rushing water and smooth rock textures before returning the way you came.

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      Open details for C-Level Cirque

      C-Level Cirque

      Moderate
      12.1 km
      755 m
      4-6h

      C-Level Cirque is in the Lake Minnewanka area just outside the Banff townsite. It is a unique hike that travels past some historic mine sites from the town of Bankhead. Hikers have the opportunity to explore some old buildings. This trail is graded as steep for a moderate hike and doesn’t offer many views until the final third. Leaving the forest, the views open up to a large basin on the side of Cascade Mountain. Watch for Pikas and Marmots as they are often hiding in the boulders. Hikers may choose to scramble up to the top for exquisite views of Minnewanka and surrounding peaks.

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      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
      Open details for Fullerton Loop Hike

      Fullerton Loop Hike

      Moderate
      6.9 km
      239 m
      2-2.5h

      The Fullerton Loop offers superb views of Moose Mountain and the foothills surrounding the area. This trail has a long season and is a great choice for early and late season hiking. There are many connecting trails nearby if you are looking for something a bit longer.

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      Open details for Little Lawson Hike

      Little Lawson Hike

      Hard
      8.9 km
      770 m
      3.5-5h

      The Little Lawson Peak route (also known as South Lawson) is a straightforward trail that takes users to an incredible viewpoint. The trail travels straight up the ridge from the highway, making it very easy to follow. It is a great option in the early and late season as it isn’t dangerous and it rarely has snow along the ridge during hiking season.

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      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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