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Best trails in Canmore

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Looking for a great trail near Canmore, Alberta? AllTrails has 112 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, trail running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Banff National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Pinetop Provincial Recreation Area or Grotto Mountain Provincial Recreation Area. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 54 hard trails in Canmore ranging from 1 to 32.1 miles and from 4,258 to 10,249 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Ha Ling Trail to Ha Ling Peak
Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 48 m
Note: you may encounter bears on this trail. Whistles and pepper-spray are recommended. The Ha Ling Peak towers over the town of Canmore. It's a striking mountain, and a great hike. Drive west on 742 from Canmore, and the parking area will be on the right. The trail is often very busy, especially on warm weekend days. If you arrive early, there shouldn't be that many people on the trail. Keep in mind that during the winter, the road leading to the trailhead may be closed. The hike is fairly difficult as you zig-zag up to the peak. The trail is maintained until the saddle 0.4 km from the summit. From here, the trail is unmaintained, and can be quite rocky. In winter conditions, this trail is a difficult mountaineering trip and should be attempted only by experienced hikers. There is an avalanche hazard here.Show more
#2 - Upper Grassi Lakes Trail Loop
Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
This popular route takes the easier, gravel Upper Grassi Lakes Trail up and returns on the steeper Grassi Lakes Trail. Feel free to do it in reverse or as an out and back. Note: the Grassi Lakes Trail is located in a Wildlife Corridor. Travel in this area is restricted to designated trails only for the protection of natural habitat, animals, and hikers. Please remain on designated trails at all times. Each member of your hiking group should carry bear spray, as bears are often spotted in this area. Approximately 100m from the trailhead, there is a fork with signage indicating an easier route and one that is more difficult. The easier trail to the right is called Upper Grassi Lakes and follows an old road through dense forest. The more difficult route to the left is the Grassi Lakes Interpretive and climbs gradually through forested terrain before reaching a very steep section with excellent views of a waterfall and the town of Canmore. The loop can be completed in either direction, clockwise or counter-clockwise. The more difficult Grassi Lakes Interpretive Trail is closed in the winter due to icy conditions which develop from water flowing over the trail. The cliffs around the lakes are regularly visited by climbers but should not be closely approached by hikers unless equipped with climbing helmets to protect against serious injury from falling rocks. Show more
#3 - Tent Ridge Horseshoe
Mount Shark Trailhead Provincial Recreation Area
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 44 m
In winter, this trail is considered backcountry and an avalanche hazard exists and this trail can occasionally be closed due to bear activity. Read about terrain classification here: https://www.albertaparks.ca/media/2939773/atr_ates.pdf See the Forecast: Avalanche forecast for Kananaskis here: https://www.avalanche.ca/forecasts/kananaskisShow more
#4 - East End Of Rundle (EEOR)
Spray Valley Provincial Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 3 h 21 m
Caution: Rocks may fall from higher up on the trail as people are scrambling, be cautious and courteous to other hikers. This trail offers beautiful views the entire way up. It is definitely a steep and strenuous hike, with a few portions where you’ll need to use your hands. In some seasons be prepared for large quantities of snow and icy conditions at the top. Micro spikes, crampons and hiking poles highly recommended. Show more
#5 - Jewell Pass via Prairie View Trail
Bow Valley Provincial Park
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Length: 9.9 mi • Est. 4 h 59 m
Please note: The road leading to the trailhead may close seasonally. Please research prior to your visit.Show more
#6 - West Wind Pass
Spray Valley Provincial Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
The West Wind Valley is closed December to June 15th for wildlife safety however this trail is not part of the seasonal closure. eep to the right! When you start the trail, there is a handwritten note that says “West Wind Pass” - follow that and keep following the orange ribbons.Show more
#7 - Lillian Lake via Galatea Lakes Trail
Spray Valley Provincial Park
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Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 4 h 5 m
Galatea Creek Trail has an annual seasonal closure in place roughly between May 1st - June 29th to allow the trail to dry and prevent damage. Please check with the park for a more accurate time frame as this is subject to change.Show more
#8 - Grassi Lake Trail
Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 32 m
Note: Bears can be seen on this trail, please be prepared. The Grassi Lakes Trail is located in a Wildlife Corridor. Travel in this area is restricted to designated trails only for the protection of natural habitat, animals, and hikers. Please remain on designated trails at all times. Each member of your hiking group should carry bear spray, as bears are often spotted in this area. Approximately 100m from the trailhead, there is a fork with signage indicating an easier route and one that is more difficult. The easier trail to the right is called Upper Grassi Lakes and follows an old road through dense forest. The more difficult route to the left is the Grassi Lakes Interpretive and climbs gradually through forested terrain before reaching a very steep section with excellent views of a waterfall and the town of Canmore. The loop can be completed in either direction, clockwise or counter-clockwise. The more difficult Grassi Lakes Interpretive Trail is closed in the winter due to icy conditions which develop from water flowing over the trail. The cliffs around the lakes are regularly visited by climbers but should not be closely approached by hikers unless equipped with climbing helmets to protect against serious injury from falling rocks.Show more
#9 - Rummel Lake Trail
Spray Valley Provincial Park
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Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 4 h 5 m
IN WINTER: This has an ATES (Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale) of class 1. It is essential to read the avalanche report, and follow the trail to avoid potential slide paths. Well-defined trail through subalpine forest. Low elevation gain, but some ups-and-downs. Can still be snowy in the shoulder season. Watch for globeflowers on the lake shore.Show more
#10 - Mount Smutwood
Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
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Length: 12.4 mi • Est. 6 h 36 m
The walk begins along an old wooden road. Go 2.5 kilometers and look for a curve on your right. The crossing will be obvious. This trail runs parallel to Commonwealth Creek and leads to the Smuts Pass. A small clean waterfall will be found soon. Unless it is early in the season or it has rained a lot, it will probably be a beautiful cascade of twins. Further on, a calm lake will be found. Photographers may want to take a break here and capture the surrounding peaks in their reflection mirror. Continue along the trail to the gorge. As the elevation is achieved, the trail can become tenuous. Keep going up and west towards Birdwood Lakes. When the first lake is in sight, look for a trail along the scream slope on the left. The summit and the high point will be seen directly ahead and the route should be quite obvious. The rest of the way is considered an easy route. Win the summit and continue to the high point. Any practical shuffling should be easy or can be bypassed from the left. Some loose rocks / stoneware will be found. The summit may contain a record. Take some time to enjoy the view!Show more
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