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

July 17, 2018

August 5, 2017

Very steep but very rewarding with a great view. Took us about 5 hours to complete

Good hike, gets challenging higher up but doesn't take too long to get to the peak. It is busy so you have to stop to let people past on the narrow parts but I enjoyed it :)

Very steep but amazing view and lovely hike

Was amazing trail nothing impossible to hike. Just take your time to get to the top and do not bring heavy stuff in your backpack.

This trail was very steep, with lots of loose underfoot gravel / dirt etc. for most of it. The last push to the top through scree was particularly steep. worst part was the trip back down, very unpleasant as almost impossible to maneuver the trail without slipping and sliding. Lots of really rude fellow trekkers coming up behind at speed, letting dogs off leash and such. Looks like there are some trail improvements underway, but still not a trail we would do again. Recommend hiking shoes, poles and a good bit of water. Also do this trail early to avoid crowds.

Fun little hike! My friend and I did this as a 'second dayer' and it was a good workout. Great views at the top of Canmore. We hiked this during the Folk Music Festival and we could hear (very quiet) music at the top. Took us 5 hours (moving time), not very technical but very fun!

5 days ago

Absolutely loved this hike. Said wow about a hundred times. We took 55 minutes up and 45 minutes coming down. A great weeknight hike, or would hike up in the morning with a pack full of fun for the day to enjoy the pass if the weather is nice.

hiking
5 days ago

Saw many dogs mastering this trail like it was a walk in the park! Very fun scrambling at the beginning (going clockwise), and the spot at the top near the radio tower; I could make my home there and never leave. We were hiking in the middle of June so it was quite hot and not much shade or protection from the sun. Some parts of the slope going down we’re still snow ridden so we had some fun and “Skied” down some sections.

Great trail. If you push right at the beginning of the trail you get to have a more challenging start with a scramble with some climbing which gets up in elevation faster. Took us 2 h to get to the top and an hour down. Great view overall

Good day hike if your in Canmore, you can walk to the trail head from town. Pretty busy trail, and pretty much up the whole way until you get to the pad which is a good spot to each lunch!

Absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful at sunset! Only did the first 2 kms starting in town. Very easy walk.

Awesome sunrise hike

Another great ridge walk & hike. 2018 August long weekend (Monday), so it was rather busy, most likely due to the Facebook factor (thanks Hike Alberta FB group (¬_¬)) We started clockwise, as suggested here in other reviews. After the first few Km's in the woods, you start the scramble up to the ridge. There are a few exposed areas that those afraid of heights might balk at. Once at the radio tower, it's an easy descent down the saddle and then another grind up to the next peak. The longer ridge walk was great. The descent took a while, but I'm glad we were going down it, rather than up.

Took 3 hours with quite a few breaks on the way up.
Super busy, recommend going earlier in the morning!

Did this hike today with our boxer, 6,9 and 14 years olds kids, Great hike with a wonderful view from the top. If your kids are not used to climbing and hiking, this is not a right trail for you, lots of cliffs and slippery spot coming down. Keep right!! We went left just because and that trail was more advanced. 7km to and back from bottom to some of the smaller trails up top. Up hill the whole way there. Bring lots of water.

really nice views at the "top". Because this is a hike that is between mountains you won't get the same pay off but for the effort it's worth it. like everyone else has said, keep right and you'll be fine. we brought out dog with us and she had no problems. I found this hike to be easy, no technical parts or tough way finding. It took us and hour up and 45 min down. If I do this hike again I will definitely continue on to the wind tower trail.

good scramble. super easy to get lost on the way down so try and bring a map. it took us 1.5 hours up and 2.5 down (we got pretty lost) overall great hike!

If you keep a reasonable pace without stopping and spend a short period at the top this hike can be completed in around 4 hours.

Cougar Creek parking is always free and open. Trail is easy to find but there are several ways up and down - just keep moving because they all meet up.

Ascent is steep but rewarding and the view is fantastic.

The descent is not as enjoyable unless you bring walking poles or you descent at a faster rate!

If you keep a reasonable pace without stopping and spend a short period at the top this hike can be completed in around 4 hours.

Cougar Creek parking is always free and open. Trail is easy to find but there are several ways up and down - just keep moving because they all meet up.

Ascent is steep but rewarding and the view is fantastic.

The descent is not as enjoyable unless you bring walking poles or you descent at a faster rate!

Very busy trail on the weekends, worth the crowd if your are from out of town. If you are a local wait until a weekday, it will be much more enjoyable!

The view is breathtaking! It takes 2-3 hours to hike this trail if you keep a steady pace and spend only a couple minutes at the top before your descent.

A good challenge due to the elevation gain, but the views from the top are also an excellent reward. Hiking shoes are a must have for this hike

Breathtaking views but very, very easy to lose the trail on the way back down. We got incredibly lost in the scree near the top and it took us hours to find our way, with the sun going down - just pay attention on the way up, and your descent will be much easier.

Absolutely beautiful views every step of the way! The drive to the base of the climb was very scenic but it had a quite curvy/bumpy road, bit rough on the car. The climb was a bit exhausting due to steepness. 3hrs up, 2hrs down for someone that doesn't do a lot of inclines, many people passed us though. 100% worth the climb. The whole way up had great views and the top makes you feel on top of the world! Wear shoes with a good grip, lots of loose stones the closer you get to the top which makes it very slippery. The evening was a nice time to go as it wasn't too busy.

Had a great time on this hike, not too busy, great views, fun to play "find the path" once you are on the scree past the tree line. I really enjoyed this one!

Very steep switchbacks makes for a difficult, but very rewarding hike. It took us about 3 hours to get to the helipad on a hot day, when we were stopping a lot with a thirsty dog (and some tired hikers haha). I would not recommend this hike for beginners or those who are not in decent physical shape. Bring lots of water!

Beautiful views of a meadow and some wildflowers along the way and we saw a mountain goat, as well.

You can achieve the summit of this mountain via this hiking trail or by rock climbing up from the canyon. Amazing views of Canmore and the Bow Valley.

Load More