Explore the most popular walking 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.

Awesome hike to do with the family. We took a 6 year old & two 3 year olds on the difficult trail and they loved it. Lakes at the end are all closed off though for reclamation, so not much to do or see once you get to the top.

Vraiment une belle petite randonné avec une petite fille de 7ans !!

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!

Grassi Lake is closed with orange snow fencing around it due to falling rock and regrowth - bummer. Quick & easy hike. We took the easy way up and more difficult way down. The difficult route is way more scenic with town overlooks and waterfalls. Saw a black bear towards the bottom. With a few claps and loud talking, he was off in the other direction.

Glacier has retreated pretty far, have to hike an extra kilometer on a ridge of scree to get to it now. Not worth the pain of climbing the scree. Half of our party got partway up the scree slope and decided "no more" because it was so sketchy. By the way, it is even harder to climb down the scree...
The approach hike through the forest was beautiful. Meandering glacier melt stream keeps you company most of the way through the forest. Stay on the path, though, as the forest floor is easy to damage.
Saw one other party of 3 hikers just before we finished.
Don't miss the view through the trees and over the lake in the last half kilometer before you get back to the trailhead.

4 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.

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4 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

Very easy and quick trail, and very busy! Good idea to go early to get a decent parking spot. The lakes are worth seeing if you’re already in Canmore. We took the “hard” way up and the “easy” way down. I would recommend this so you can see the waterfall.

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!

Nice hike with great views. The harder trail is much more scenic. It is more technical but worth it.

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

Pretty easy walk up to nice glacier water falls

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.

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7 days ago

LOCAL FAVOURITE

Perfect for swimming, hiking, dog walking, and general relaxing but it is always busy during the spring and summer months!

Easy trail that's close to town but no breathtaking views. You can be in and out in about 2 hours, unless you decide to climb, if you keep a steady pace and spent only a short duration at the end.

Always reasonable parking, trailhead is easily found and great if you want to try a new trail that you haven't completed before. It's worth experiencing it and moving onto a more rewarding trail.

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!

Very pretty walk through the forest which eventually pops you out on a rocky flat where there is a nice waterfall. Definitely recommend hiking poles or a stick to tackle the next bit - a steep rocky, gravelly climb with some sections feeling a little unstable. Watch your footing carefully (particularly on the way down - we saw a few people falling/skidding). The views down into the valley with the gorgeous Spray Lake make it totally worth it. The glacier itself is quite dirty and not overly impressive but it is cool to see regardless and with so few people on the trail, there is a real sense of tranquility at this point in the hike, with the mountains towering above you and the occasional echo of falling rocks (no big ones but still - be careful!)

Beautiful! We did this hike with our 4 kids ranging in age from 8-13. Easy walk to a beautiful waterfall. The steep trail to the glacier is a little challenging, with a few breaks we made the whole hike in about two and a half hours from start to glacier. Glacier and valley are both a great site to see. Bonus was we avoided the busy highways and hikes on the long weekend! Highly recommend.

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!

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