Stanley Glacier is a 5.6 mile out and back trail located near East Kootenay, BC and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until September.
It's only when you get to the lower lookout does the adventure begin. Take the trail right up the side of the valley wall to a waterfall and cave. Then continue up to the upper plateau for amazing views of the glacier and valley. Watch out for a fast running stream that can be difficult to traverse between the cave and the plateau. To get down, go to the opposite side of the plateau to try the north face back down. Be cautious of the scree and loose gravel in a steep decline back down to the lookout. The extra hiking to the plateau likely added 2 hrs but well worth it.
Great hike. Did it two years ago and really enjoyed it. It's an experience!
One of the best trails I have done! The end is gorgeous surrounded by peaks that look like they are gonna cave on you! Medium level hike with most of the elevation at the beginning.
Just a nice 2 1/2 hour out and back. Moderate and consistent effort on the way up. Interesting views but not breathtaking. A good solid hike though.
This was a very pleasurable hike - about 10 km out and back. It is rated easy but some may find it a challenge. It takes about 45 mins or so to break through the trees, then the views of the glacier and falls in the distance become amazing. We did the hike with 3 kids, 9 and 8 years, and they handled it fine.
Great bang for your buck. Not very difficult but the views up top were awesome!
Love this hike!!! Beautiful views throughout the hike. Steady incline for approximately the first 2km, then levels out a bit for the next km, then some steeper sections at the end.
Gorgeous views of the stunning mountains the entire hike!!! Dog friendly 3/4 of the way (streams to stop and drink and not too rocky) on the marked trail. First half is through an old burn with lots of wildflowers. Second half is more rocky. When you reach the end of the maintained trail there is lots of exploring to be done! Be careful as when we were there many rocks were falling from the top of the mountain to the base where the caves are. Hiking poles are recommended for this trip. We started our hike at 6:30am and didn't see anyone until the way back. On our way out a grizzly was near the trailhead. A reminder that being bear smart is a must!