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

on Allison Creek Falls

hiking
2 months ago

beautiful trail and waterfall, crossing the creek is necessary and water got knee high at some crossing points

It was more difficult than I expected for younger kids. Beautiful scenery and a nice lake at the end.

hiking
4 months ago

Good late fall hike, started with no snow at the start to about 6” of snow at the top, just disappointed the lake was frozen, but had a beautiful blanket of untouched snow. will definitely go back in the summer. Had no problem finding the trail going up on the north side, there was signage and flagging tape to get you there.

Pack your hiking poles! Steep up and down. Not very well marked. Very easy to get off the path. Was too snowy the end of September to get to the very top but the view of Blairmore was beautiful

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike to a good-as-it-gets alpine lake. Amazing fall color when we went. We did the south trail first and looped back on the north. There was construction at the beginning of the south trail when were there (which is more of a road at the start). Construction aside, the north is more rustic and offers better views. If you pick one, go with that one.

hard hike and very steep in places. you have to watch for some markings on way down near lower half or you get into extreme steep decline. i recommend using a hiking stick especially for decline. allow between 4 to 5 hrs for return hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Such a great trail. Not to challenging. Definitely worth it

All incline but most importantly my dog (GSD) could do it alongside me, and there were a lot of other dogs using the trail too

This is a great hike for beginners because it offers various terrain from a dirt path in the trees, to steep rocks and is only around 2 hours round trip. There is even a toilet at the top, no walls though, so if you wear a good pair of hiking boots or shoes and you will have no problem making it to the top. The drive in is a rough 14km but the view at the top makes it all worth it.

Very nice hike. Only problem was to find a trailhead. We got lost but thanx to recording on this app we realized it 1 hour into wrong way. We had 2 dogs with us. Went to South Haig Lake trail. Steady claim uphill and you need to be prepared for wild life. We were pleasantly surprised how small Haig Lake actually and how beautiful everything looked. On the way back we found some bear droppings that werent there before and also small droppings looked like fox or coyote.

Great hike, we did this with 2 dogs no problems. We took the south trail first. First bit of the trail was up a service road, then the trail started near the chairlift. The trail head was hard to find at the top as it is behind some electrical building with a loud fan. Once on the trail everything was marked fine. The lake and hike was lots if fun. We took the North trail on the way back. it was hard to find the trail head but once on it was a very noticeable trail, just follow all the "cinch traverse" signs and you will be fine. Overall a great hike even with all the smoke.

hiking
6 months ago

Great short hike. Challenging and steal near the summit, but completely worth it. VIEWS VIEWS VIEWS!

This hike was awesome! First half is super easy and then once you get to the scrambling it gets a little tougher. Couldn’t make it up the chain due to the wind but will definitely be coming back another day to try!

Little bit difficult to find the trailhead. Once you find it you have a moderate hike for the first .5km which is mostly uphill. Then after that it is an easy hike into the lake. Beautiful lake never busy. Been there a couple times now.

Did this trail with my kids. Was challenging for sure. Starts off steep and finishes steep as well. Worth the view though

hiking
7 months ago

Would be great to start earlier and summit the peak behind the crash. Following the theme, we took the completely wrong trail on our first attempt! But very cool piece of history to see!

hiking
7 months ago

Did this hike Aug 2017. Growing up in the area, it was amazing to see the slide from this vantage. Be prepared for straight up! And good luck finding the trailhead!!

For experienced hikers, this will be an easy, dare I say relaxing, hike. For beginners, like myself, this can be challenging. Completely worth it! If you're worried about the "moderate" level, wear good, sturdy boots for the rocks, bring lots of water and take your time! You've got this!!

hiking
7 months ago

Trailhead could be better marked and the trail through the scree could be better marked as well. Otherwise an exceptional CHALLENGING hike with great nature views.

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome hike with views all the way up. Though sometimes difficult to find the trail at times, due to lack of markers, there are many rock stacks along the trail which helped us find our way. Also saw two large mountain goats. Would do this trail again.

Wouldn’t really rate this as a hike, more of a walk due to its extremely short distance and it should be rated as easy, not moderate. The lake was really pretty but didn’t really offer much other then sitting around it. Scrambled up the mountain behind the lake and sat on top which was definitely the best part of the hike.

not a bad hike, don't expect many switch backs. the trail is fairly steep. good hike to the top. the hike down is worth having a set of hiking poles and good footwear.

the scramble to the second summit is a challenge. do it with caution. we made it half way, I'd say it's a good 2-3 hr addition to your hike.

Beautiful, had the whole place to ourselves.

It was alright. I definitely would say it’s a wee bit harder than moderate! What the reviews lack to include is; the rock wall you have to traverse across.

Don’t get me wrong, the views are totally worth the end goal! Just make sure you’re ready for A steady climb and you’re wearing good shoes!

I love this hike! It’s definitely challenging but the view from the summit on a clear day is absolutely amazing.

This is a great hike. The lake is beautiful. If you hike up Mount Ward the view of the Lake is amazing. The trail head however is hard to find.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike! You need a vehicle with some clearance if you want to avoid walking all the way to the trailhead. Getting to the lake was fairly easy but you can continue to Mount Ward and Allison Peak if you want a bit more of a challenge. Seeing the window on Window Mountain was amazing. You can make your way to the window if you are confident enough. Me and my friend didn’t attempt because a pretty nasty storm rolled in on us once we summited Ward. I’ll be returning so that I can make it to the window next time.

Gorgeous and extremely fun trail. Not well marked, I would recommend bringing a phone with gps and using the all trails map — it saved us a number of times. Took us about 5.5 hours but we were rushing as we had to get home. Could easily spend 7 or more hours on this trail if you were taking your time or taking breaks. The Plane Crash is really cool, we only saw snow at the very top, and the wild flowers are absolutely amazing this time of year.
The trail is overall a slow and steady incline, but the last 2 km before the actual crash get pretty steep. We may have taken a wrong turn or something, but our final distance was 23.5 km, not 20.
Was a great time, would definitely recommend!

hiking
7 months ago

Access to the trailhead was super easy. A vehicle with clearance is kinda mandatory when you get off the main road (deep puddles, rocky). My 2000 Grand Cherokee eased through effortlessly.

Did the loop (up to the Window, Allison Peak, Ward Peak, a swim in the lake to cool off). Glad I did it- the weather was cooperative and I saw lotsa cool things (peaks I’d climbed before, a Mountain Goat on the way to Allison). Met a couple of really nice people going up to Ward as well (Bryan and Sandy- thanks for the chat and photos).

Think I’ll do this again, a very enjoyable challenge.

My favourite hike in Southern Alberta

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