Big Hill Springs
- Physical DifficultyThis is the average user-submitted rating on the physical difficulty of this route. In general, green is beginner, blue is intermediate, black is advanced/most difficult and double-black is expert-only. It is recommended that users build up to black and double-black routes.
- Technical DifficultyThis is the average user-submitted rating on the technical difficulty of this route. In general, green is beginner, blue is intermediate, black is advanced/most difficult and double-black is expert-only. It is recommended that users build up to black and double-black routes.
For a visually stunning hike, try the Big Hill Springs trail in the foothills of Alberta's Rocky Mountains. Trek past a series of small, rushing waterfalls and bubbling springs, all isolated within a beautiful coulee. This kid-friendly trail makes for a fun time for adventurers of all ages!
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Route Description for Big Hill Springs
Big Hill Springs Provincial Park is a fabulous outing, but it can get busy on the weekends. Coming out midweek or early in the morning helps to make it a quieter walk.
Start the Big Hills Springs hike from the parking lot, heading counterclockwise. Walk north from the parking lot, passing over the road and along a path that initially goes along the creek. Enjoy the little waterfalls along the way.
There are a multitude of paths here, so don’t be afraid to explore. As you get near the top, the path enters an aspen forest where you turn left and head uphill. The trail is not overly steep, and little kids should comfortably be able to enjoy it. Once at the top of the hill, the path continues along through the forest.
Follow the path until it heads down. While there are some trails that go straight down, we prefer the gentler routes.
When back at your car, take a trip out into the field south of the car park for a nice, quiet view of the area.
Insider Hints for Big Hill Springs
- This trail can be a treat in the shoulder season or midweek, but give it a pass on weekends in summer unless coming in the early morning.
Getting to the Big Hill Springs Trailhead
This trail is the furthest from downtown Calgary but worth it! Exit right to on Crowchild Trail SW from 6 Ave SE West and Bow Trail SW. Then, take AB-1A West and Lochend Road/AB-766 North to Range Road 34A in Rocky View County. Follow Range Road 34A until you reach the Big Hill Springs Trail parking lot on the left-hand side.
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