Best trails in Alberta, Canada

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Trying to find the best Alberta trails? AllTrails has 2,139 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Whether you're looking for the best trails in Banff National Park or around Kananaskis Improvement, Lake Louise or Calgary we've got you covered. If you're looking for great Alberta state park trails, check out Bow Valley Provincial Park. Or for some great local park options, check out Nose Hill Park or Griffith Woods Park near Calgary. Ready for some activity? There are 761 moderate trails in Alberta ranging from 0.6 to 76.5 miles and from 843 to 10,026 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Alberta, Canada
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#1 - Ha Ling Trail to Ha Ling Peak
Bow Valley Provincial Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 48 m
The Ha Ling Trail to Ha Ling Peak is a difficult trail that users confirm lives up to the challenge. The trail begins at a parking lot and makes its way through beautiful Canadian Rocky Mountain forest, as it starts to climb and then makes its way onto open rock and fewer trees. During the summer, the trail is mostly clear of obstructions, but users recommend still bringing proper climbing equipment especially for the higher sections. Since the weather and climate vary tremendously from the trailhead to the peak, it is recommended to also wear plenty of layers since the top is very cold even in summer. As the trail gets steeper and users feel more like mountain goats, this is the moment where the stairs show up and take users to a scramble. These are the most challenging portions, so definitely take time to break and enjoy the view since legs and knees are known to get very tired. Stopping at the saddle is a great thing to do, before continuing on to Ha Ling Peak. Once at the ridge, the view is awesome as users tower over the town of Canmore, with the accomplishment of having climbed the striking mountain. The trail is often very busy, especially on warm weekend days during summer. If users arrive early, there shouldn't be that many people on the trail. Keep in mind that during the winter, the road leading to the trailhead may be closed and there will be added distance to the route. The descending portion of this hike is also fairly difficult as you zig-zag back to the base, often against traffic moving up. In winter conditions, this trail is a difficult mountaineering trip and should be attempted only by experienced hikers. There is an avalanche hazard here.Show more
#2 - Lake Agnes Trail
Banff National Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
The Lake Agnes Trail is an accessible and relatively short route up to the Lake Agnes Tea House which was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1901 as a refuge for hikers travelling to higher locations. The trail has an elevation gain of 400 metres and offers fantastic views of the Nokhu Crags and Lake Louise. While enjoying the steady incline all the way up, this trail is very popular but since the trails are wide and well-marked, users are able to spread out, which makes those coming with wheelchairs or strollers more comfortable than other nearby routes. Users will see Lake Louise, Mirror Lake, a small waterfall, Lake Agnes and Lake Agnes’ Tea House. Once at the base of the lake, this is a beautiful spot to have lunch, read a book or to enjoy the views during the warmer months of the year. There are a few other trails nearby that hikers can continue on if desired. The Tea House is a real treat while enjoying views of the lake and is open from early June through October, and has so much history for visitors to learn about. There are no garbage/recycling bins at the tea house as the staff are responsible for trekking supplies up and down the mountain. Please keep our parks clean by being prepared to pack out any garbage from the visit. The trailhead can be accessed from Lake Louise near the Fairmont Chateau Hotel. For those looking for a longer hike check out Little Beehive or Big Beehive. During winter, the path has nicely packed snow and is usually easy to navigate. The steps at the very end, just before the tea house, sometimes have plenty of ice on them and are known to be the trickiest part of this trail. Though nicely maintained in winter, users should wear footwear like micro spikes throughout the route, since the hike up does take more time than during the summer. The parking area is extremely popular, since there are numerous trailheads starting here, so getting out earlier is the best option to make the most of this stunning area. Show more
#3 - Upper Grassi Lakes Trail Loop
Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
SEASONAL CLOSURE: This area is subject to seasonal closure due to weather conditions. For more information, please visit: https://www.albertaparks.ca/parks/kananaskis/kananaskis-country/advisories-public-safety/trail-reports/canmore-and-area/grassi-lakes-upper/ The Upper Grassi Lakes Loop is a popular route through the Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park that takes the easier, gravel Upper Grassi Lakes Trail up and returns on the steeper Grassi Lakes Trail. Users are invited to do it in reverse or as an out and back if they would like more of a challenge. This route is located in an important Wildlife Corridor, and travel in this area is restricted to designated trails only for the protection of natural habitat, animals, and hikers. Please remain on designated trails at all times. Each member of the hiking group should carry bear spray, as bears are often spotted in this area during the spring and summer months. Approximately 100 metres from the trailhead, there is a fork with signage indicating an easier route and one that is more difficult, as mentioned above. When taking the easier route, users will pass by multiple lakes and follow an old road through dense forest. When descending the difficult route, users will return on the left is the Grassi Lakes Interpretive and which moves down gradually through forested terrain before reaching a very steep section with excellent views of a waterfall and the town of Canmore. The cliffs around the lakes are regularly visited by climbers but should not be closely approached by hikers unless equipped with climbing helmets to protect against serious injury from falling rocks. The more difficult Grassi Lakes Interpretive Trail is closed in the winter due to icy conditions which develop from water flowing over the trail, so users will be invited to treat the easier route through the Canadian Rocky Mountains during the snow season. Show more
#4 - Plain of the Six Glaciers Trail
Banff National Park
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 4 h 58 m
The Plain of the Six Glaciers Trail is one of the most notable and beautiful more difficult trails inside Banff National Park. The first part, which is the incline up toward Lake Agnes, is very easy and also has the most people attempting. Once past Lake Agnes, there is a lot of elevation gain as the trail starts its push to a very high lookout with very few people attempting. At this point, users can choose between the Big Beehive or Devil’s Thumb routes as well, but the ridge out to Plain of the Six Glaciers is the namesake for this route. This is where users may stop at one of the two teahouses, which offer a moment for respite and recharge with some of the best views inside Banff. This trail is a popular area to see animals such as bighorn sheep, caribou, moose, marmot, bear, and even wolves in winter. Throughout the route, there are opportunities to sit at various benches, but most of the best views are higher up, where Mount Victoria, Victoria Glacier, and Mount Lefroy are best enjoyed. Once completed the rest or time at the top, the descent back to the parking lot from the ridge is all downhill and then flat, which makes it a fun way to see new views and to further enjoy the river views all the way back. Please ensure you pack out what you pack in and do not litter, users are always reminded to bring a plastic bag for this purpose. If interested in going a little further to enjoy even more of the area, add 2 kilometres to the trek to get to the lookout where users can view the Abbot Hut, where during late spring it is possible to see an avalanche. Additionally, users should do their best to get out early to enjoy the water reflections in the morning, while also having better access and privacy on the trails. IMPORTANT: This trail is not safe for travel in the winter unless users have avalanche training and equipment. The avalanche zones on both Teahouse trails are clearly marked. Users can check seasonal closure information on the park page here: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/visit/installations-facilities/fermetures-closuresShow more
#5 - Tunnel Mountain Trail
Banff National Park
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
HUNTING SEASON CLOSURE: This area is subject to periodic closure for hunting. For more information, please visit https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/bulletins. The Tunnel Mountain Trail is a short but sweet hike to an amazing viewpoint on top of the famous Tunnel Mountain overlooking the town of Banff and surrounding scenery. For novice users or experienced hikers alike, this is a mostly easy route that allows folks to get accustomed to hiking in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Runners love the quick incline and challenge, and hikers with families love the viewpoints, signage, and wide trails for spending time with family and friends. The trail begins from Tunnel Mountain Drive in Banff. It follows a long, nicely graded switchbacks along the side of the mountain through the forest. Some of the switchbacks are steeper than others and some of them level out which provides a chance to catch breath and to soak in the stunning views of downtown Banff. There are some glimpses of the views along the way through the trees, but the best views can be seen from the top of the mountain at the end of the trail. There are some bare rocks surrounded by forest which are perfect places to sit and admire the views overlooking Banff and the surrounding mountains and valleys. It is beautiful, and some notable features include glacial lakes, Sulphur Mountain, and Mount Rundle all visible from the peak. Users also recommend doing research before attempting this route, since a common error is to think that this route is Sulphur Mountain, which allows users to take the gondola back to the base for free. This trail is recommended as short hike for a good leg workout and an opportunity to see great views, since it is the easiest mountain climb in the area. Show more
#6 - Johnston Canyon to Ink Pots
Banff National Park
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 4 h 17 m
Johnston Canyon to Ink Pots Trail is an extremely popular and scenic trail in Banff National Park and is one of the busiest in the Canadian Rockies. This often results in long lines of slow moving visitors, especially in the summer months. Parking is limited to the parking lot only, so it is best to arrive early if using this area between June and August or else users will be stuck on the Bow Valley Parkway. The trail begins immediately behind the Johnston Canyon Lodge. Along the way users will pass over sturdy and well-maintained iron catwalks attached beneath overhanging canyon walls. After only about 1.1 kilometres, users will reach the lower falls. Visitors can get a better view of the falls by crossing the bridge over the creek and passing through a small tunnel, which opens right across from the mouth of the falls. Families with very young children may opt to turn around at this point, as the trail becomes slightly more difficult with some added elevation gain between the lower and upper falls. This is an ecologically sensitive area, and visitors are very strongly encouraged to stay on the designated paths and walkways. There are multiple catwalks and lookout points along the entirety of the trail that each allow for beautiful and unique viewpoints of each of the falls and the canyon. Continue on for about 3 kilometres past the upper falls to reach the meadows and the Ink Pots. The Ink pots are small mineral springs that can be slightly different colours depending on the time of year - similar to the famous geysers of Yellowstone National Park in the United States. While the Ink Pots are not suitable for swimming, hikers are welcome to cool off in nearby Johnston Creek. When visiting Johnston Canyon in the winter months, the majority of the trail becomes extremely slippery as it is often covered with thick ice due to the snow constantly melting and freezing throughout the season. It is strongly recommended that visitors come prepared with ice cleats/microspikes for better traction, and wear snowshoes if the snow is deep. Accessibility: Only the path to the lower falls is considered accessible by wheelchair/stroller. The trail to the lower falls is paved and mostly flat with an estimated average grade of 4%. It is typically at least two feet wide. Continuing past the lower falls, the trail becomes narrower and more steep.Show more
#7 - Grotto Canyon Trail
Bow Valley Provincial Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 1 h 47 m
The Grotto Canyon Trail is a great and short hike with incredible views throughout. It's a good challenge for kids and can be busy on weekends. From the start of the trail, users will enjoy how easy it is to follow the good trail markings. Users do start by walking along the power lines beside an industrial facility, which can be loud, but this is a good time to treat the first few hundred metres as a good time to warm up those legs especially if arriving in the early morning. There are plenty of great views of nearby peaks as users reach the bench overlook and start up the canyon. The trail has nice elevation gain and in winter, most of the snow becomes hard-packed which is still very nice to follow. The walls of the canyon start to appear and the rocks become smooth as users climb toward the waterfall. About halfway through, there is a waterfall followed by an Inukshuk Garden and a cave, which is the most popular attraction of this trail and makes a great moment to rest. Throughout the route, users should be on the lookout for the rock painting, also called pictographs. Close to the bigger waterfall, users will also enjoy the good opportunity as a great spot for some pictures. Users can also continue the trailheads west through the canyon which emerges into some open space with great views of the mountains and some inukshuks people have built. Trekking through the valley to the northwest a cave is visible on the left, and it’s not a deep rock cave but rather a hollowed-out section of the massive dirt hill. Once past the main travelled areas of the route, it is definitely worth wearing proper waterproof shoes in summer, and good quality winter hiking boots or crampons in winter since this is where the ice can be. Show more
#8 - Sulphur Mountain Trail
Banff National Park
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 44 m
The Sulphur Mountain Trail is a must-do if in Banff National Park for the first time! This route takes hikers up alpine switchbacks eventually, reaching the summit of Sulphur Mountain, offering incredible views of Bow Valley. While this is a great hike, this is not the easiest hike either. Users will enjoy this if experienced in elevation gain, and those who are more novice will struggle and likely need to take more breaks - which is a great way to take in nature and see the stunning views all the way up. The trail is wide and winds back and forth, making elevation gain more gradual for beginners but still fairly steadily going up. When users arrive at the top where the gondola gets off, there’s a wooden boardwalk and stairs that lead to the true top, not much further. This is where the famous great views are, but users should be prepared to leave early to avoid crowds, especially the gondola crowds at the top during the summer season. A nice treat about this hike is that users are able to take the gondola down for free, or up for a fee - which means this route can be customized more to the needs of families, groups, or those not looking to sweat. During the summer season, lines and parking can be long, especially with all the lovely activities at the peak. If interested in only the gondola to summit hike, that route can also be found on AllTrails here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/canada/alberta/sulphur-mountain--4. As of October 2020, the gondola is $32. Find tickets and more information about the gondola here: https://www.banffjaspercollection.comShow more
#9 - Sentinel Pass via Larch Valley Trail
Banff National Park
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 55 m
The Sentinel Pass via Larch Valley Trail is a beautiful trail, but users should be ready for a little bit of effort. A good pair of hiking shoes and hiking poles should be part of the day hike’s attire during the warmer months, and shoe cleats for snow are must haves. The trail begins along the flat lakeshore path and then branches to the right. It climbs for 2.4 kilometres, along steep, long switchbacks through the stunning forest. Along the first half of this route, there are some views of Moraine Lake through the trees which is an absolute surprise to most and a great moment to have some rest with a gorgeous view. The climb up is hard and users should take as much time to rest as they need. At the junction, the trail continued to the right, with Eiffel Lake being to the left. Once past this area, users will enjoy a gradual but steady (and less steep) climb through the beautiful larch forest! ⁣The trail opens up to a clearing where there were stunning panoramic views of the mountains and larches! During fall, the trees are such an amazing yellow colour and a great example of fall in Western Canada. The trail does eventually get above the timberline, where users can see all ten mountain peaks and the larches are plentiful, then users will come to Sentinel Pass. where they can turn around or keep going. While the Temperature drops at the top, extra layers are highly recommended. Going down from the trail can be a bit challenging with the traffic of people going up in the summer season. The trails are really narrow so patience and kindness are expected. The parking lot at Moraine Lake fills up early in the morning. Once it fills up, the park closes the road and users must utilize the shuttle to reach the lake. This is also a great way to not worry about driving, parking, and allows users to rest if tired. The shuttle normally starts from the town of Banff pretty early in the morning, so it is still possible to arrive before sunrise to make the most of this amazing hike. To read more about the shuttle, please see https://roamtransit.com/2020/03/important-roam-service-information/⁣Show more
#10 - Prairie Mountain
Kananaskis Country Public Land Use Zone
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 39 m
Prairie Mountain is a decently challenging hike for most users, with a very good incline, and moderate distance which makes it a perfect option for those shorter on time. While the trail is not necessarily very long, it still includes wonderful panoramic views up at the summit! The incline begins right at the start of the trail, just off the main parkway close to the parking lots. The trail includes lots of rocks and some loose gravel, so wearing proper footwear is important since users report slipping while ascending and descending - and having poles to help out is a great idea when there might be some snow. The view at the top was incredible and perfect for a break or snack, or even coffee if bringing some goodies. The descent becomes so steep, and sliding down is a common way for those not experienced with this trail but it is important to remember that this is also a great way to lose the trail. In this case, definitely download the offline trail maps to be safe on the trail, since it is also illegal to venture off into the backcountry. This area is usually harder in the spring due to conditions left over from the winter. The trail gets easier to hike from mid-summer to early fall. The trail will turn into a small creek during a heavy rainstorm and some parts will become slick from the mud. Overall, Prairie Mountain is a great summit hike less than an hour from Calgary. While there are better views near this trail, many are not as accessible especially in the off season. The trailheads close to the parking lot are very busy, but do not be too worried since most peopShow more
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