Explore the most popular river 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.

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

hiking
11 days ago

The view is definitely worth it for a hike in the 3.5 to 5 hour range. If you keep a steady pace, don't stop and spend only a short time at the top you will fall into the 3.5 hour range.

The trail head is directly across from the small pullout for parking, it isn't clearly marked. Alternatively you can walk further down the road to the riverbed to start the hike.

Stay to the left of the riverbed, approaching the three sisters. The trail on that side will eventually end and you will have to jump across, or hike the river bed, and then continue again along the left side of the path when it is visible. This will make your ascent a lot easier.

When you reach the open field at the top you have the option to continue left along the path, which will be mostly downhill. It will give you another fantastic angle of the three sisters - I highly recommend going the extra distance!

The way down is not as enjoyable as the ascent. You can use the same path as the ascent however the first half is very loose and steep in areas. Walking the riverbed can be a good alternative if you are uncomfortable.

Overall it's a very worthwhile hike. Close to town with the potential to do other hikes in the Kananaskis area.

I love this trail & have been doing it for years. The best part is that few people have discovered it! The canyon itself is spectacular. It can be full of water so ideally wear water shoes. You will have fun climbing up & around the boulders in the canyon. Once through the canyon it is an easy walking trail. If you don’t want to get wet, you can take the trail on the left side of the canyon. It’s a steep little walk up & down but manageable by everyone.

hiking
14 days ago

this hike has come updates, brand new bridges and sign posts to help guide you on your way.

the hike starts out forested and seems to go on for what seems like a while, every once in a while when you look behind you'll see just high youre actually getting.
suddenly you will get to a bit of a clearing. it just kinda happens. the trees just go away. you'll arrive at those meadow looking pictures in the description. THEY'RE MUCH STEEPER IN REAL LIFE, like if you step off the trail you roll all the way down the mountain, the path is about . but it gives way to such beautiful views!
this hike is misleading by some of the pictures! do it! so worth it.

hiking
21 days ago

Was a little confusing off the start as there is no mention of wind ridge on the initial trail map. You have to take centennial trail for a ways before hitting it. Made it to the first major viewpoint at the cliff and had to turn around as it wasn’t possible to keep going up the steep loose rocks with my 2 dogs and no hands free. Would do it again without the dogs. Great views, bit of a thigh burner!

Over the years , we have Done it 3 times and will Again. The first half hour is Not boring since the new trail has been forged and completed after its first two kilometres had being demolished from the big flood 4 years back. Thanks to the bottom new trail and easy grade whose bridges cross 3 gorgeous little creeks, In the first half hour , I would recommend the first 40 min of this trailhead to any family looking for a short nature walk, or who don’t have the 5 hours it takes to summit and return . Many thanks to all those who worked so hard to make this trail magical.. Flowers all thru the valley bottom and upper meadows at the right times are amazing . t the top waiting for you is a kilometre long ridge walk .The views from this summit ridge are relentless. From the desert- like Back side of Three sisters , to the five Lougheed peaks front and centre with their emerald green meadows, a good portion of Centenniall Trail up Mount Allen and Collembola . So Three hours to top , or a leisurely four hours taking your time. Last hour and a half can look daunting because you can see the entire route to the top . But don’t let it intimidate you. Don’t miss out on Wind Ridge. Especially when it’s sporting it’s famous Winds . Ha Wonderful . Some days up there is paradise. And some wind days is an experience too. Like a freight train is roaring thru up there. You Just won’t know till you get up there .

hiking
29 days ago

Amidst cement, mining plants at the start, not well marked and confusing, very steep gravel inclines. Surprised no one has provided this insight. Once you get a bit in it is private and the gorge is nice but I fell once given the gravel on a very steep hill and almost fell another. Not another sole around both in the parking lot and on the trail. ???

hiking
30 days ago

Good hike. Steep sections but worth it. Excellent views at the top; one can see for kms around, and snow to slide down on the way back! The top can be tricky for those afraid of heights.

This is an awesome hike. Lots to see, a challenge to get though the gorge but fun. Your going to get wet so bring dry shoes!

hiking
1 month ago

Lots of steep up hill climbing
Nice views at top

Wow! What a hike. A little Difficult to find the trailhead so look for the turnout in the road. Loved all the rock and waterfalls along the way to the tree line to the top. Gorgeous views and a most excellent adventure! Will be doing this one again.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike with my dog. A bit boring for the first 45 min or so but then opens up to some spectacular views. It gets quite steep in places and was challenging enough. Would recommend to anyone.

Quite challenging with no trail for a significant portion of the hike. The views from the top plus the alpine meadow made it worth it though.

hiking
1 month ago

So fun. Narrow canyon was different and makes this memorable

Our familu had a blast on this rock scramble hike. it was quite challenging and we had to find ways around the narrow rock gorge but we loved finding our way through. Beautiful views, rocks and floral/fawna.

Definitely one to do on a good day. Lots of rock as the trail head is a rock chute and continues up a creek. Had to climb boulders up the creek in some places. Not overly difficult but definitely a task ascending direct up a steep rock creek.

Really enjoyed this one. Nice views out of the tree line, not super hard at all.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was a challenge from the beginning, as it is relatively unmarked and hard to know where to start. We turned off highway 1 at the 3 sisters parkway, took the first left to continue onto the 3 sisters parkway and followed that road (straight through the roundabout) until the road was blocked off for construction. The trail you are looking for on google maps will be called Stewart Creek Trail (this leads to Hope peak, or the middle sister). You can park on the residential streets around this area, and continue on foot past the construction blockage onto the dirt road. You will follow this for 1-2 km or so, going past part of the golf course. You will see a dirt road to the left that is the start of the trail. When we went it said do not cross across it with a chain, but I think this was to deter trucks and ATVs from going this way. This will lead you to the creekbed that you will follow for most of the hike (follow the river in the direction of the big sister). There are red tags that show you how where some of the washed out trail used to be, and you can go on them, but they should always be relatively parallel to the creek/creekbed. I only remember one instance where you had to go on the flagged trail to get past a waterfall. Inuksuks will be spaced out along the trail so you know you are going the right way. There will be some parts where the river splits, stay to the right in these cases. The creekbed will dry up, but keep following the rocks. When you reach the end of the river this is where the trail becomes a bit more confusing, some people crossed over the snow to get to the beginning of the scree climb, we climbed a rough trail that led us up a large hill on the left, and eventually to a meadow. From here, you do a scramble up the mountain to the false summit. The trail is easier to see once you get further up, but it is a long climb from here. You want to curve up to the right as you move up the mountain, we walked toward the huge snow patch on the right hand side, and you should see a small trail around here. The scree turns from grey to a burnt orange. We did the whole hike in about 11.5 hours, but the way up is by far the longest. The view is worth all the trouble though, you feel like you're on top of the world. Good luck!!

hiking
1 month ago

My family of 6 did this last summer with kids ages ranging from 7-14. They had a blast in the slot canyon creek walk and in the little areas of water where they could slide in and cool off.
But (the reason for 3 stars) then we walked a long way on a dry hot creek bed and unless you loop to another hike it just ends with no real view. I would recommend just having fun up to where the creek ends and enjoy that, nothing exciting past.

Amazing hike, would do again. We did the loop and our GPS said it was 13km. It took us 8 hours with a few breaks in between. Worth the views!!

on Wind Ridge Trail

1 month ago

Beautiful views and well maintained.

Beautiful trail

Only 45 minutes away from Calgary, this is a steep start 30-60 degrees for the first few kilometres. Make sure you stay on the ridge as there are some steep climbs up the rock to get back on the ridge which is really fun if you're not scared of heights. The rock is rough enough that you won't slip with hiking shoes. The second peak is fun as it is steeper than 50 degrees, and has loose rocks. It took us in total 2:15 to get to the second peak. Make sure you wear a windproof jacket as the wind up there was probably 40-60 km/hour - very strong!

trail running
2 months ago

Did it today, conditions were great, quite easy one, there is only one section, which is a bit steeper, all the rest is not bad.. Beautiful views from the top, nicely spent day..

It's close to Calgary so that's definitely a huge plus. Views are ok but the factory hum lasts most of the way up. if you don't like scrambling don't do this hike. There is 10 meter 50 deg scramble up to Door Jamb. The rock is solid and very rough giving good grip. Just keep in mind that unless you're doing the loop you have to scramble down. Doable but I don't recommend this hike for large dogs.

2 months ago

Great conditions today. No issues with getting wet going up the creek, did the loop up to Loder. No snow and brace for some serious wind along the ridge.

Nice hike, decided to take the bypass for first section as there was too much water in the canyon to walk through with ease.

hiking
2 months ago

It took us about 5 hours to do the full loop including breaks. Some good views at the top

hiking
2 months ago

May long weekend 2018, great hiking weather. We hiked up the creek going in. There was a decent flow happening. Folks with a short stride may end up wetter than anticipated. Great rock formations.

There was a camp set up on the left as you come out of the canyon, this was where the high trail ended. We walked up the creek bed a couple km but the sun had us retreating soon enough.

Our hiking book was published pre-2011 flood so not sure how much easier the trail head was viewable back then. Luckily for us some nice people gave us directions. It’s a fairly steep out until it levels off. Be careful on the trail, loose dirt and stones are easy to slip on.

My first time dealing with traversing water and I noped a few times but got through unscathed.

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