Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

Really enjoyed this hike. Beautiful views all the way up. Only a bit of a grunt in some spots but nothing crazy, and only a few switchbacks near the end. I’m glad I read reviews before we did it because it was absolutely worthwhile to see all the lakes. The Third lake was gorgeous. Bring bug spray!

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!

fishing
11 hours ago

great hike, good fishing. A little easier since there are now switch backs for the steep section instead of straight up.

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

Wonderful hike, good for our 2 dogs as there are streams along the way.
Nice payoff to see all 4 lakes. They are very close together, even the 4th -so make sure you see them all.

hiking
2 days ago

Easy hike with 4 lakes as the rewards. A good hike for family.

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

Hiked to all 4 lakes this morning, great views. 3rd lake is definitely the best but all four are worth the effort- they’re all fairly close, we were reading reviews before about how some people weren’t making it to the last lake(s), but compared to the rest of the hike they’re just around the corner from each other - the fourth is deceiving but it’s very close to the third.

BUT the bugs were disgusting and aggressive. We got bit by horseflies multiple times, there were thick clouds of flies and mosquitos and it seemed like they were EVERYWHERE. We couldn’t stop for very long on the way up even though it’s much needed on the steep climb in the heat. Constantly swatting away bugs for the whole hike, less at lake #3.

Many great little campsites around the third lake with make-shift fire pits, would consider going back to camp with more bug spray.

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. ❤

backpacking
6 days ago

One of my favourite places to go! Brought up a group of people on Friday night and stayed until Sunday. Lots of fish caught and released as there is now a 0 limit harvest, whereas it used to be a limit of 2 cutthroat trout.

The hike up is pretty steep, lots of up hill but as long as you take your time it is a decent hike. Lots of people on the trail early morning and midday.

We camped between two of the lakes, and despite it raining lightly one of the nights we stayed, the weather was warm and sunny with a little bit of cloud later in the day.

Highly recommend spending a night or two and adventuring around or fishing to spend time in the great outdoors!

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful hike. Some steep sections. Some later sections through loose boulders. A nice mix of open and covered areas.

hiking
13 days 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.

this has been a fav of mine since I was a kid. and yesterday I took my 10 year old daughter on the first back packing trip there. trail was great. straight up the whole way. but totally worth it. We camped between the 3rd and 4th lakes. extremely windy last night. hiked out today. there was a ton of people hiking up today. She did fantastic.

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.

hiking
18 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes near Calgary. Parking is fairly limited at Lantern Creek recreation area so I'd recommend getting an earlier start. The trailhead is across the highway and on the other side of the creek.

Most of the elevation is gained in the first few kilometers as you ascend up a the valley. There are plenty of views in all directions as you make your way up. As you reach the saddle and approach the first lake, the path gets a touch more difficult as you must navigate the rock debris. There are four lakes to see, and we didn't attempt to make it beyond the fourth. The group favorite was the third lake, and we had lunch at the far end of it. I'd like to try coming back here later in the summer and attempt a swim, but it would have to be a warm day. There are lots of trails braiding around both sides of the lake, and I don't think there are any bad choices with the route you take. I'd rate this hike medium-difficult because of the ascent/descent, but at 10km long it's a pretty approachable distance.

Apparently fishing is an option (with a license), and we spotted a few random camp sites around the lake.

My favourite trail so far. Loved it. Definitely worth the work. Strava tracked it as 13.5km hike with about 600m elevation gain.

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.

Loved the hike, highly recommend. We made it to the third lake, next time will do the 4th. The trail entrance is across and up the road a minute.

hiking
21 days ago

Great hike with nice views

We took 5 dogs to see these 4 lakes. All of the elevation is gained on the way to the first lake, and from there, it is less than 5 minutes to the second lake and so on. Worth it to stop between the 3rd and 4th lake for lunch. Beautiful cirque views. Dogs had water along the way. Took us about 5 hours with lots of photo ops and swim/snack breaks!

hiking
1 month ago

Great Hike!! My friend and I did not make it to the main waterfall as we got lost down a trail we thought was the main one. Turned out to be a side trail that took us right to the creek. Ended up finding 3 waterfall pools that we swam in! (Very cold) brought my dog as well and turned out to be a great hike!

Loved this trail easy for kids and such great scenery lots of shade and the water break is a nice cool down on a hot day took my 4 year old good trip would do again

hiking
1 month ago

Views - 5/5
Trail? What trail??? - 0/5

Trail disappears regularly, unstable boulder fields, not an enjoyable day.

hiking
1 month ago

An easy hike that offers a shallow river crossing, lots of water falls, great views and is dog friendly. Make sure you are paying attention to where the junction point is for Junction falls or you may find yourself at Junction Lake instead as it is the more obvious trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Good moderate hike, we started early and no one was on the trail. As we descended from the lakes the trail became a bit more busy. Round trip 4 1/2 hrs.

Bring an extra pair of shoes to cross the creek right at the beginning!

Very easy hike with very minimal effort. A nice long walk through the woods and then at the end rewarded with beautiful falls. (keep in mind that there are two sets)
Very dog friendly as there is lots of places to stop for water and lots of shade!
I would love to do this one on a horse one day:)

Nice easy chill hike.

Nice easy hike to beautiful falls. Getting across the river at the beginning of the trail without getting wet is tricky - best to have an extra pair of shoes to cross the river with. Quiet trail as we did not see anyone else on the hike today.

hiking
9 months ago

great place

The first 3k are a grind if you are not use to elevation gain. Good little day hike. I have done other hikes with much more rewarding views but the fishing at the lakes was worth it. Came out to 10.64k round trip to the first lake.

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