Explore the most popular birding trails near Anthracite with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The view of the lake is spectacular...I was lucky to take some nice photos in a sunny-cloudy day. Make sure to stop after the bridge to view the lake kind of from the top (good for photo shooting). You will feel the spirits of Minnewanka! :)

15 days ago

Great day hike! Amazing views at the top at Aylmer Lookout! 6 hr round trip, trail was in good condition (October 27th).

21 days ago

Didn't end up doing the entire trail. We only got to the bridge (Steward Canyon). I'd reckon it about a 2 km in (at most) to the wooden bridge and then back. I went with older parents with bad knees and they were able to do it. Pretty easy up to that point. Nice views of the lake. We ran into about 10 people (one couple hiking with 2 young children and 2 mountain bikers) on the trail on a Friday morning around 8 am.

The beautiful colors of the lake really look gorgeous

Really easy, and a decent walk through the forest. Other than the canyon, there’s not too much that’s unique. If you’re short on time, this hike is good to do quickly. Lots of bear activity around the area though, so be aware of trail restrictions (groups of 4+ and bear spray mandatory).

2 months ago

Easy. Nice views.

3 months ago

A great one to do with kids-ages 4 and up. We did this on a clear fall day. It was a lovely way to spend the day!

Easy hike that’s mostly flat. I’d say once you hit the bridge that’s mostly it. Better hikes to do in Banff.

4 months ago

I would say this was the most difficult hike I did on my trip to Jasper/Banff but was also so worth it. Definitely go past the lookout and make it up to the pass, your calves will hurt but the views will be worth it. We hiked this in May 2016, before full summer peak season and there wasn't many hikers once we got to the end so definitely be making noise.

4 months ago

The first half of the trail was scenic with glimpses of the lake through the trees. However I would recommend doing this part by mountain bike. The hiking got a bit tedious but would be enjoyable on a bike. After the 2nd wood bridge the elevation climb began. Take it at a steady pace and you'll be fine. The view from the lookout point was amazing, but a little windy.
The trail was very well marked and maintained. There was very little mud from the previous days rain. I saw 2 mosquitoes and the bugs weren't much of a bother. I only had to navigate over or around a few logs that fell on the trail.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Fun trail to bike. Only went 13km total out and back. Amazing views of the lake and mountains

Did this first weekend of June. Hiked to LM9 and set up camp then backtracked and went up to the lookout. Steady uphill climb but manageable. Great views from the top of the lake. Windy. We camped overnight at LM9. The lake was beautiful and tranquil in the morning. Hiked out the next day.

Did this hike today. It was beautiful. We first climb up till the end of the aylmer pass trail. A climbing path trough forest that opens up in a field where you are surrounded by mountains. We walk a bit further trough the field to see all the different kinds and shapes of mountains. On the way back we did the look out which can't be missed. It took us the whole day, 10 hours and we where pretty tired but totally worth it. No bears but we've been singing songs, clapping and yelling all trip (3 people)

5 months ago

Beautiful trail
Grizzly warnings and trail restrictions starting July 2018 (4 people per group min and bear spray)
Lovely trail though. Went myself, no issues.

Nice trail. Wonderful sights. The beginning is quite crowded but the crowds disappear further down the road and you can enjoy the views. We had to turn back because we were warned by the growl of a bear (probably a mother with cubs that was spotted earlier). We didn’t see the animal but it was close enough to change our mind. Hike safe and bring bear spray!

Loved it! Definitely would go back and try go further. Make a longer day of it!

5 months ago

I went about 11 kilometers and came back. The scenery was beautiful enough to get there, and I was afraid of a bear. Even though I had a Bear spray. You can go down to the river and take a picture. It was cloudy then clear again. The trail itself is easy.

We did it today..first 5-6 km was easy but next 5-6 to lookout was really hard for me..its around 600-700m elevation from the bottom to the lookout..it took us almost 8h with 45min-1h brake on lookut..we saw one bear family..they were maybe 10 meter from us but we were loud and we had bear spray nothing happend..they just left..this hike worth that view when you reach the top..

5 months ago

This is a pretty easy, short and sweet trail to hike. We did this hike on our first day into Banff after driving around Lake Minnewaka. We didn’t get into the park until about 3:00 so it was a nice trail to end our day of travel with. There is a great view of the canyon from a bridge on the trail.

5 months ago

Loved this hike!! It’s long, beautiful and very rewarding. The last 5k are pretty steep and testing but well worth it when you get to the lookout.
As a casual hiker, my only advice would be not to give up on that last leg!

5 months ago

Head out early or later on a hot sunny day, mid day on the trail it’s hot, little shade. The little river is nice to catch a cool breeze, but it disappears for a stretch. Nice bike trail! Ends at the Bridge over the river and there is camping for over night hikers.

Great views of Minnewanka for majority of the hike - it's at lot of kms but not technically hard. We did it in about 7 hours with a long break.. trail was in good condition, had to "move" the big horn sheep off the trail with loud noises.. no berrys or signs of bears yet....

No snow no mud. The lookout was beautiful. It was relatively an easy.

on Stewart Canyon Trail

6 months ago

Very nice trail, good views of the lake at various points. One icy stretch but otherwise easy to traverse.

8 months ago

Winter hike that was nicely traversable. Not icy, just hard packed snow and a good trail to follow. Fairly flat the whole way and great views of a bluebird sky.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

starts from lake minnewanka. from the parking lot to the trailhead is roughly 2km. easy to get to. The trail is fairly easy with not much elevation gain. huge drop on the one side down to the river. pretty cool. bring bear spray! came around the corner and ran into a massive grizzly sitting on the trail! bluff charged for a hundred feet or so. But the other times I've gone, the trail ends at a beauty spot where you go down to a bend in the river. super chill spot and quiet from people. but seriously watch for bears. fairly easy hike and to get to the end and back is roughly 3 hours. definitely recommend

trail running
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Ran 2 miles out 2 miles back on this trail. Very nice, great views. Would love to do much more.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hike starts along the lake before heading into the woods and follow a stream. It is an out and back trail that is fairly level. There were people near the lake but no one on the trail through the woods at a 9:40 start. The trail ends at a dry stream bed that you can take down to the active stream. We hiked during Sept perhaps the second stream is active in the Spring. There was a bear restriction requiring groups of 4 and bear spray. We found another couple to hike with in order to comply. Our hike was September 12, 2017 9:40am-11:40am. There was a large parking lot that had room at 9:40.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Did the first half of the trail in April to the base of the Aylmer Pass trail. Loved the scenery - saw lots of deer and goats (and no bears!). Will definitely be coming back to do it again in September!

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