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

hiking
2 days ago

Would not say this is a hard hike, just long. The hardest part would maybe be finding the chains.? You literally have to walk straight towards the waterfalls and than you’ll find them!! The trail is not very popular so it was nice being alone; that being said be careful if you’re by yourself and watch out for bears!! It was a warm day although the smoke from BC was extremely bad on the 15th. You also have to cross water twice, but the second ones not as deep and has a tree over it you can use instead of getting wet. The water at the top was warm enough to go in, and lots of fish!! It was super windy, but died down once we went around the left side towards the back trees! Soon I will post a short video on youtube of this hike if you would like too see it !! Channel name is ellakattey!!

Video name: Hiking - Carnarvon Lake

https://youtu.be/UzpaxO6ynhY

hiking
6 days ago

It was a wonderful hike a little steep at the end but overall it was wonderful. The man at the top, who lives in the firewatch station was very friendly and he has the most adorable dog.

backpacking
10 days ago

A decent trail mostly in the trees with a couple meadows. Not amazingly marked at some parts and if you are starting at Windy Point parking lot note you will have to cross the river right away. Overall an average trail, had fun, but probably wouldn’t go back.

Hiked from Windy point to Bluerock campground

Beautiful hike! Went on a Wednesday morning and had the place to ourselves. We did not see any signs of wildlife at all, but always best to be prepared. Hiked with with 2 dogs and 3 other ladies (2 of which we hitched up with at the trail head) this hike was misleading in a few ways but overall a really great payoff, those falls, no matter how many photos you take just does not do them justice - they were amazing! Lots of moss, butterflies and frogs at the top. The hike took longer than expected we missed the creek crossing, and had to turn around. The trail does not get steep at all (for too long anyway) and you never cross the Junction Creek itself, there are several small creek crossings but the Creek should always be on your left until you finally reach the falls. if it does you are going off course. make sure to keep an eye out for the flag tape, it marks every spot where you need to pay extra attention. Also, this hike was rated as easy but I found it to be pretty moderate as the trail is quite long and you need to really watch your footing in some places. If it had been ranked moderate I would have prepared differently (ex. Brought more water, packed more energy friendly snacks, etc) other than that was an amazing hike! Make sure you bring a map, the free one this app actually works better than the one for purchase, and bring water shoes! Happy hiking!

ultra easy hike but long so you get a good steady state workout in. great for dogs. the creek walk at the start may be tough for the pup so if they're small enough then pick them up otherwise they should be able to walk it, they just may not appreciate how cold it is. the falls themselves are beautiful and fun to swim in if you're up for a glacier swim!

Awesome hike for a quick afternoon stroll.

hiking
13 days ago

We did the hike on August 4 2018, and I added to "my favourite hikes" list.
After crossing the river you have a few other trails mark, and it's easy to get lost. Just follow the left ones until you have to cross a small river again (it's no deep or wide like the first river crossing)
The trail is not very steep, but they are few steeper sections, once you start getting closer to the chains.
We followed the trail record and continued straight, and ended in a no end where we had to do a hard scramble. Don't follow that, and take the right where the "barricade" is. We added more things to the barrier to make it more visible (see the photos)
The chains were my favourite part, and I believe is the only reason why this trail is consider "hard".
The lake is beautiful and amazing, you have tons to see and enjoy. Next time I will camp there for sure.

hiking
13 days ago

Fantastic hike, a little hard to find the way up through the forest but you will connect with the trail at some point. Amazing views and great scrambling. Made it to the base of Mount Burns but had to head back due to timing/weather.

What a beautiful hike! We did this one last weekend, and found it a nice challenge, but not too difficult (50-60 years young).

Great to meet Mike, the fire ranger, who lives in the cabin at the top of the peak (Apr-Sep). He was a great conversationalist and told us all about his work and life there. His dog, Amber is beautiful!!!

Don’t make the same mistake that we did and take the animal trails downhill...which got us so lost. We had to bushwhack our way out and down a really steep hillside. This added on a few kms, and in rain with thunder and lightening...it was a little unnerving, to say the least.

Other than getting off the trail on the way down, this has been our favourite hike so far this year!

Fantastic views at the top, and a wonderful spot to have lunch at a picnic table just below the rangers cabin.

The Happy Hikers,
Palma, Marco & Michael

Lovely hike. Easy enough terrain but long enough to get some good exercise in. There are several mini waterfalls near the end and the 3 tier waterfall at the end making the whole trip well worth it! Recommend bringing a swimsuit and jumping in, just keep in mind that it is chilly water! The beginning of the trail was a bit difficult to locate, not marked well. Have to walk through the day use area and cross the Sheep River first. Make sure you bring water shoes! Having this app handy was also helpful as there are a few parts where we could have accidentally strayed off route. No cell phone signal so if you can pre download the route, would recommend it.

hiking
13 days ago

Trail was difficult to find and follow, lots of route finding was necessary. Tough haul through the woods at the start, but stunning views once the ridge line was reached. Made it to the top of the two false summits relatively easily, but ran out of time to attempt the true summit.

hiking
13 days ago

Superb hike through beautiful landscape. The top third is steep and strenuous. The breathtaking views from the top are well worth the effort.

backpacking
18 days ago

Trail starts off nice and gradual. Around 2k into the hike you do have to cross a river, so be prepared. We found that if you hike up the river slightly there is a shallower section to cross. Once you've passed the river the hike does incline a bit. After about 8-9k you will reach the top of the forest hill and come to the mountain meadow. From there, you travel up the side of the mountain to the base of the waterfall. Be warned that there are a few sections where you ha e to climb up a chain. Once you're past the chain you'll be at the top of the lake! It is VERY windy as you get to the lake until you get around to the small wooded area across the lake towards the bc border.
A fantastic hike with incredible views. Would highly recommend.

Nice, easy trail trough forest to falls. Great for a hot day, as there is lots of shade and a few opportunities to get in the water along the way. Hiked with a group of three people and three dogs. Took about 5 hours with a good length of time spent at falls. Make sure to bring your map as there are a couple of areas that could be easy to lose the trail.

Views all round once you make it up the peak, this hike is mostly flat with moderate elevation, trail is difficult to follow, had to bushwhack most of the second half of the loop

backpacking
20 days ago

A beautiful hike that includes all the goodies: brush, shale, waterfall, climbing, fishing and a pristine lake. The trail up is a steady climb, and a super wide path. The chains at the top were challenging but not terrifying if you are comfortable with heights; just don’t let go of the chain. It took us 4 hours to get up and about 3.5 to get down with packs. Enjoyed the overnight stay, but it seems to be in a weird weather vortex so prepare for all the elements. It would be too long of a day hike for me, I recommend a one nighter to have time to enjoy the lake ☀️

Was a great day, trails a little muddy but we enjoyed it. Kids were a little tired by the end, but had a blast.

We found it very hard to find the trail about 3/4 of the way in. Lost our way and never found Junction Falls. Lots of beautiful wildflowers and small falls to keep us entertained though. July 27/18 the creek at the beginning was fast moving and about knee high.

Beautiful wildflowers and Vistas! Lovely little trail for all age and skill levels. Save time to play at the canyon/creek at the bottom.

hiking
25 days ago

The highwood river is the only obstacle a hiker will experience (max 3ft at deepest section on river.) *Obviously depending on runoff.
The trail is beaten and is lined with a healthy amount of Alberta's wildflowers.
The last KM is an ascent up talus, once you have reached the headwall there are two sets of chains. The first chain is hidden behind a slab, it's located right beside the waterfall.

The lake is stocked with cutthroat trout, so make sure to bring your rod with you.

I did it last July. Nice warm up on the lower section is nice on the legs before the upper portion

hiking
26 days ago

I have done this twice now. It can be very windy in the afternoons

Beautiful drive to get to the trailhead and a great hike! Its long but not strenuous so i was sore by the end but not over exerted. 100% pay to download the map, it helped us tremendously. The river cross at the very start is deep and cold but not scary so bring sandals! There are are pink ties to help you find your way but the map is better to follow. Brought our bathing suits and jumped into the falls at the end, cold but amazing and refreshing!! The trail itself is uneven with lots of horse poop and exposed roots and mud but that made it kinda fun! I love this spot and cant wait to bring friends!

Great hike. 14km return but easy with aw some waterfalls at the end. You have to cross the river at the beginning it’s about knee deep. Bring sandals or water shoes. Always stay to the right of the creek you hike beside, the trail can be confusing but you don’t ever cross a creek after the river crossing in the beginning. There is some pink ribbon tape marking the trail. And for a small period of time you walk on a rocky dry creek bed. When your done be sure to stop at sheep river falls and Tiger Jaw falls at Indian Oil day use area. Both are just drive up falls no hiking. Park and walk. Join us at @hike.alberta on instagram and Hike Alberta on Facebook

Good hike yesterday although was surprised at the terrain. Had to really watch our footing so was hiking with eyes on the trail watching for rocks, tree roots, and mounds of earth. That meant we missed much of the scenery along the way. A second pair of shoes is a must. We had to cross water 4 times, the first being the river at the start which was REALLY cold.
Good hike. Falls were nice but not spectacular. Recommend doing it for sure but don't feel the need to go again

No real trail head marker but easy enough to find regardless. Easy to follow trail for the first kilometer but then its gets swampy for about a quarter kilometer and from there your guess is as good as mine as to where the trail is. Still enjoyed my morning as this was my first truly solo hike, no dogs. ❤

hiking
1 month ago

July 8 2018, we tried to hike today, but after 25 min walking the river stopped us. The river was to high to cross it, so we turned back. We didn't see any other hikers. If you go, be prepared to get wet. We'll try the hike again in the future.

We did this hike 2 days ago. Creek crossing pretty cold. Trail seems pretty straight forward until you hit the creek where you need to take a left down to cross the river to continue to the falls.
Unfortunately we carried on along the river bed approx 3K to far coming to large rocks and fallen trees with the flood. If you get to this turn back and find that path that follows to the river cross it on the rocks, look for pink ties on the way and the falls are 3K from the crossing.
Amazing when you get there. In total with missing the path it took us 8 hours with quite a few stops and photography. Should take 4-5 hours to the falls and back.

This hike defiantly takes a while at 14km but the pay off is well worth it at the end! Took us 4.5 hours round trip with a little time spent at the falls The trail is not marked at all so once you get to the starting point you head down to the river and cross it, it’s not too deep, and continue up the trail. There are pink ties sporadically on spruce trees to mark the way though I do highly suggest download the map as well.

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