Ribbon Falls Hike

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18.0 km
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650 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The hike to Ribbon Falls is a stunning half-day hike in a popular area. It sees plenty of hikers and backpackers throughout the summer, so be sure to head out early for your trip. Hiking up the valley of Ribbon Creek offers incredible views of the surrounding peaks on your way to the falls. Enjoy the falls and the amenities of the campground before heading back.

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Route Description for Ribbon Falls Hike

The hike to Ribbon Falls is a popular one due to the beautiful backcountry campsites along the way and the well-known landmarks of both Ribbon Falls and Ribbon Lake. The trail follows a valley between Ribbon Peak and Mount Kidd. It climbs gently to the falls and the accompanying campground. If you are willing to push on further and enjoy a bit of scrambling, continue on to Ribbon Lake for an exhilarating end to your trip.

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Getting to the Ribbon Falls Hike Trailhead

From the junction with the Trans Canada Highway, take Highway 40 for 22.0 km before turning onto Mount Allan Drive at Kananaskis Village. Turn Right onto Centennial Drive for the Kananaskis HI Hostel. Turn right again onto Ribbon Creek Road and follow the road past the Hostel to the day use area, where your hike will begin.

Route Information

  • When to do


  • Backcountry Campsites

    Ribbon Falls, Ribbon Lake

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

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  • Crowd Levels


  • Route Type

    Out and back

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