Explore the most popular forest trails near Bighorn No 8 with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

One of my all time annual favorites; any weather or any season. Always best counterclockwise.

Difficulty: Hard. Make sure you reach level 80 before attempting this.

Estimated time: 4-6 hours

Map Terrain: Steep. Steeper. then very steep descent.

Cheat codes:
Go Counter Clockwise.
Run down scree.

Reward: 10,000 points + Bonus

We underestimated this one! The views were outstanding and the hike was challenging both mentally and physically. If you're new to hiking this will be a challenge. There is a chains section that I found terrifying and had to be coached through! But others in my party breezed through it. Theres a fun skree-ski section coming down that was a blast. Overall it made us feel alive!!

Though I’m new to day long hikes, this was one of the toughest I’ve done. Definitely need to be in at least moderate shape to complete. I absolutely loved the variety this trail had to offer: forest, large boulders requiring the use of a chain to cross ledges, scrambling, breath-taking mountain views, scramble, and scree. Bring lots of water, snacks, and sunscreen. I finished the hike very sore, but feeling accomplished. If you’re looking for a rewarding challenge, look no farther.

Short, easy walk around the springs. Sign says it takes 1.5 hours but it only took us 50 minutes with long stops to look at scenery.

Fantastic view of heart shaped lake! Scramble down slope, amazing experience! First time seeing helicopter rescue young girl twisted her ankle, hope she’s getting well soon!

Amazing trail!!

Lovely hike but gets extremely hard aproximately 6 km in. Hard to navigate with no defined trail, ended up going the wrong way and turning around. I think best navigated with guide or someone that has done it before.

20 days ago

Very easy trail. Close to water. My cat hiked all the way and enjoyed it. Only down point is if you don’t camp there, there has no day use parking. You have to park the other side of highway 11x.

Would HIGHLY recommend doing this hike with an experienced hiker and someone that has done it before as we lost around 1.5 hours going down the wrong path, as it’s not marked well AT ALL and very confusing, and having to come back. Getting to the summit was fairly easy, chain part was seriously nothing (and I had my dog!) but going down the loop was absolutely terrifying. Loads of scree and we avoided the most of it by walking along the face of the mountain (a 15 km loop) but do not try the scree unless with poles or an experience scree skier as it look absolutely deadly. Was a difficult hike, and with the whole trail being improperly marked, it took us 8.5 hours to complete... (however if not lost around 6) if looking just for a fun hike & great views just get to the summit and do an out & back. Will not be doing the full loop again.

We did this trail on the first day of our week out here and it was quite an introduction to the Canadian Rockies! Going up was a grind, but worth it. Scrambling up and through the rocks was really fun and I found the short chain section fun as well. The trail going down is difficult to find, and some hikers advised us to stay close to the mountain base and wait until getting into the forest before descending. There is ALOT of sliding on the way down and poles were a lifesaver there. We had never gone down screw before and we avoided the large scree fields by following the hikers directions. The views at the top were great, but due to the fires, half of our views were just smoky.

Super...will be my yearly hike!

Very intriguing trail! Lots of variety. I only wish I did this on a clear day because I'm sure the views would be spectacular.
From the beginning there is a beautiful birch tree forest, a rarity to start off hikes. The hike goes up to a grass crest and then begins its way up behind the block of rock. It goes through sections where light scrambling is required, all the way through to the chained section, which I found to be quite manageable though if you are afraid of heights - take caution!
From there it's a half hour or so to the summit with what I am sure would be impressive views without the smoke.
Finally the descent is quick through brown scree, I personally stayed on trail since I didnt have poles but found it manageable. Once we got to the trail beneath the summit block the colours were fantastic, with all sorts of different types of rocks.
From this horizontal trail there is a good trail that switchbacks down after less than a half hour along, though we continued and joined up with the hiking trail at the grass crest. This definitely adds time but is a less steep option.
Overall there are lots of options for the traverse depending on what is comfortable for you. It is a classic hike, so close to Calgary & worth all the efforts.

AMAZING!!! A little smoky out there today but still great views of the peaks and valleys off the back side of Yamnuska.
Definitely a challenging scramble. The chains aren’t as bad as people made them out to be unless you’re deathly afraid of heights. The summit has 360 views (when the smoke isn’t there) and there are 3 separate scree fields on the route down which are super fun! One from the summit down to the western edge of the loop and then two more connected sections from below the peak to the trail that connects to the parking lot. All said and done, about 300-400ft of scree skiing!
Best hike I’ve done out here yet...many challenging and exciting elements.
And oops...forgot to turn off the app until after we left the parking lot! It’s only a 9km loop!

I did this hike last weekend with 1 expert hiker (who had done this hike many times before), 2 moderate hikers, and 3 novices (who had never been in scree or summited a mountain before). It was great for all skills levels, BECAUSE we had an experienced guide with us. If no one in your hiking party has done this hike before, I strongly advise completing some research beforehand, especially for the scree field locations. There are a couple scree-runs that end at the top of a cliff.

Although we didn't have too much visibility due to the smoke, it was a beautiful hike. I'm personally very scared of heights, but found the hike doable since I had hiking poles (helps with vertigo) and a harness and PAS for the chains section.

It took us about 5 hours in total, with lunch at the summit. Highlight for the majority of us was running down the scree.

I've done this hike many times. it is satisfying for all skill levels. great views and a very short drive from Calgary.

August 9, 2017

Amazing hike with breathtaking views. I would not recommend doing this hike without poles. I also wouldn’t recommend bringing larger dogs as it would be difficult to cross the chains.
It was a challenging hike but completed with 5 hours at a moderate pace with lunch on the summit. Definitely don’t do this as your first hike of the year.

Hiked this trail with my dad and our friend from Ireland! He'd never done a hike like this before so it was a great first experience. When we reached the chain it was sleeting, made for a sketchy crossing. The scree ski on the way down was a highlight!

Wife had to be rescued on top as I pulled her shoulder when trying to help her climb up the scramble. My first hike and definitely a challenging one especially for beginners. Going down was the hardest as we were sliding down. Very memorable.

the views are so worth it! make sure to go right so that you can run down the scree at the end!

An incredibly challenging walk but never ending breathtaking views to keep you motivated throughout! You need to be in good physical condition to be able to conquer this one both uphill and down. Going up is one long ordeal but the views from the top absolutely breathtaking. Just when you think you have it easy coming down, think again! Get ready to scramble and potentially incur a few cuts and bruises as you go down on your backside at points and be prepared to empty your boots of rocks at least twice on the way down! So much fun though, a real adventure but most definitely not for the faint hearted!

What a thrill!

Trail is very well marked going up. When coming down the front side not many markers. Very thrilling from beginning to the end. Scree is a blast to ski down! I recommend this one to everyone. Fair warning, do not attempt if you are severely afraid of heights. Some sections are quite intense. Rating this a 6.5/10 for difficulty, however overall rating of a 8.5/10 would be more likely due to dangerous portions.

My boyfriend and I went for the first time in a long time. I always like a challenge. This was an amazing hike with amazing views. We did the full loop and it took us 7 hours. Coming down was an absolute nightmare as there is lots of scree. I would recommend hiking poles for sure. Hiking boots with ankle support was a must. It honestly felt like the hike would never end. It was extremely difficult, I probably won’t do it again but I am so glad I did the entire thing. The only thing I would change is the markings on the trails... or lack there of. I used the app to help me stay on track. If I didn’t, I probably would be lost somewhere on that beast of a mountain. However, definitely recommended. Not for beginners.

Ana amazing adventure hike. Not for beginners and prepare to be scared at times when u climb the chains. Fun hike tho did it once don’t know if I’d do it again. Highly recommended!

I did this hike last April, so if I do it again I will update this review. I just felt like I had to mention some stuff about this hike.

I did this hike when I was relatively new to hiking and out of shape, BIG MISTAKE. This hike is not for the faint hearted. It may not be a long distance but it is incredibly steep at some parts and requires physical and technical skill to well, not die. I found myself pretty worried at some parts especially when scrambling. When I went in April, the last quarter of the hike was pure mud and melting snow, and as you got closer to the final ascent, it became ice. Very precarious to navigate the chimney (a narrow rock passage, with a drop straight down the mountain you have to climb over). It should be noted when I did this hike last year, a person had died just recently by falling off the mountain.

That being said, if you are up for it, this hike is an amazing adventure!!! Once we got to the very top, it was one of the most beautiful sights I had ever seen, and the burning muscles and mortal fear subsided from the accomplishment. It really is as great as it can get, and is a physically demanding course but at the end you really have climbed a mountain and it is well worth it. Just be prepared!

What an incredible yet terrifying hike. Word from the wise, this hike is tough. There are many narrow ledges, steep scrambles, and an abundance of challenging terrain. If you have a fear of heights be prepared and google the crux of this hike to be prepared. So why do it?

This is our favourite hike we have ever done, the challenge is worth the investment. Unbelievable panoramic views, and a great variety of scenery. The hype is real, if you are a hiker this is a must, however be prepared!

Bring: Poles, Rain Gear, good hiking shoes, food, lots of water, and be mindful of your pack size. Day packs are more than enough. Large packs can make navigating the terrain challenging. Give yourself a lot of time, we started around 1:30 and finished at 7:30. You don’t want to rush this one, plan for at least 6-7 hours. Start earlier in the day. BRING A CAMERA AND OR PHONE but be safe, it’s one where “doing it for the gram” can be hazardous. Most of all enjoy this beautiful beast.

nature trips
1 month ago

We went for a late afternoon stroll last week. It’s a super easy trail and very pristine. We were absorbed by the quietness, birds chirping around us. Great to reflect and release and be back fresh.
About a 45 minutes walk. There’s no picnic table - so bring your chair.

I just did this hike. My first time doing any kind of hike. You can do the loop to take you to the summit and make sure not to veer off the trail or you might die lol. Follow the blue squares on the scramble area.

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