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    Onion Lake Trail

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    Very Hard
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    28.2 km
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    562 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    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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    Route Description for Onion Lake Trail

    Hiking to Onion Lake is a long out-and-back that is well worth it. There are some random camping spots along the way and intersecting trail systems if you would like to spend a night out on this trail. The lake is stunning and located 14km from the trailhead. The path is easy to follow once you start, and you’ll be happy you chose this long route just for the views at the end.

    Getting to the Onion Lake Trail Trailhead

    To reach the Onion Lake trailhead, head west on Highway 11 and turn left onto Forestry Trunk Rd/AB-40 S/AB-734 S for 58.5 km. Before the highway veers left around a bend, you’ll take a right onto Hummingbird Road and continue for 10.3 km. Park by the Hummingbird Campground and follow Hummingbird Road on foot until you see a trail for Onion Lake.

    Route Information

    • When to do


    • Backcountry Campsites

      Random camping, Hummingbird Creek

    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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