Looking for a great trail near Improvement District No. 9, Alberta? AllTrails has 5 great hiking 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 around Kootenay Plains Ecological Reserve, we've got you covered. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 4 hard trails in Improvement District No. 9 ranging from 5.2 to 22.5 miles and from 4,340 to 8,172 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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3 days ago

Probably my favorite hike ever. It started with Christmas trees galore and wild flowers. And then ends with the most beautiful view. Gradual climb to the top, takes about 1.5-2 hours with stopping for photos and such.

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muddy
3 days ago

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3 days ago

What an amazing trail, magnificent views on the end of the glacier and other peaks and valleys. The peaks were covered in snow. The ascent is throught open forest, sparsely low trees around. We didn’t see any wildlife. The trail is well maintained. Not muddy. Dress warm because the wind up there is icecold! The weather can change any minute, we had to take off our jackets because of the sun, and later put on our hats because of a snowstorm...

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4 days ago

Nice canyon but definitely not a hidden gem anymore. Probably because of all the brochures calling it a hidden gem... Very crowded!

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5 days ago

One of my favourite hikes. Very muddy (also a horse trail) so good boots are must. I didn’t bring poles but did have a nice walking stick throughout. The last km is probably the toughest, steep and in the trees. The view is well worth it though. We were lucky enough to have the ledge all to ourselves, though we did run into 3 or 4 pairs of hikers on our decent.

on Mistaya Canyon

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5 days ago

Easy hike, amazing falls and worth the short time to get there.

on Parker Ridge Trail

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5 days ago

Excellent hike, not too hard and a beautiful view from the top!

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6 days ago

Nice view

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7 days ago

Smashing trail , must do . Follow the yellow sighs at the top, windproof coat and hat is a good choice .

on Mistaya Canyon

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9 days ago

Really pretty, really easy. Slightly steep heading down but totally worth it at the end. We walked a bit alongside the water too. Plenty of people around.

on Parker Ridge Trail

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rocky
11 days ago

Hiked Parker Ridge on 9-5-2019 and started at 5PM and was down by 7PM and we spent a good 20 minutes at top. Took our time. We did not “complete” the trail as we saw no need. At the fork go left if you just want a quick great view (completing the left V just takes you farther from the glacier), but to the right increases elevation and goes more towards the glacier. We could see the glacier just fine. Although the hike has some steep grades I would still consider it easy because it does not go on for miles. If you hike any at all this is easy. As everyone else has said it is a bit windy at top, but I think we got lucky as I was not blown away. My ears did feel it though. Took all the “short cuts” on the way down.

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11 days ago

This is a epic short hike and good anytime of the year

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12 days ago

this was such a spectacular experience! it's a heck of a slog up to the top, take breaks and pace yourself, but wow is it worth it! we started around 930 am and when we got to the top maybe 40 minutes later, all we saw were clouds. every now and then, there'd be a tiny break where we might catch a glimpse of something in the distance. we stuck it out, and waited about 30 minutes, hanging with beautiful scenery and a few mountain goats, and were so rewarded when the clouds lifted and showed us the vista! amazing. don't waste your time at the icefield centre and Athabasca, and do this hike and earn the view of the Saskatchewan Glacier!

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rocky
15 days ago

First things first - leave no trace, pack your trash out, and don't leave attractants unattended. We came across a fair bit of garbage at certain points and we packed out what we could. 40 feet from the parking lot there was a black bear tearing into someone's pack that was left unattended for at least 30 minutes. We ran into a guy at the trailhead who said he spent 4 days camping on this trail and he saw no bears. Turns out he was the owner of the pack being torn apart, so he got his chance to finally see one. Don't be an idiot like he was, store your gear properly! Anyways... There's a lot of campsites along this trail (more than AllTrails shows) so there's lots of places to stop for lunch or call it a day. I'd recommend taking 2-3 nights if you want to go all the way to the end of the trail and back without being rushed (I'm not a leave at the crack of dawn type of hiker). The first half of the trail is relatively easy through the trees with a couple of short steep climbs. Theres a pit toilet (the only one) at a large camping area near where the trail starts heading south into the valley. After passing this you'll start gaining elevation and the trail will get more technical. There's easy access to water the rest of the way up as you basically follow the creek the entire way to the lake. If there's any precipitation in recent days you'll start getting into muddy sections. A few spots on the way up have water running across the trail but there's lots of rocks to step on to avoid it. About an hour or so past the fork to Landslide you'll come across 3 decent campsites below some steep switchbacks. This is a great place to spend the night as you have easy access to water and you get the morning sun. Once you pass these sites and approach the switchbacks, prepare to climb. You'll have a moderately easy section where you can see a waterfall, but after you cross the creek you'll have another long steep climb. Soon after that climb you'll get up into a big open area with more bushes than trees - you're almost there! The lake was beautiful and there are a ton of spots to stop for lunch or camp. We didn't camp up top but it looks like a prime area to explore further. Overall, this was a great hike. Easy at some points, hard at others - the best mix you can ask for. Lots of water, lots of camping, lots of great views. You won't be disappointed.

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rocky
17 days ago

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18 days ago

Absolutely beautiful. One of my favourite hikes I have done in the area. Relatively hard climb at the start but it's fairly short and we'll worth the effort for the incredible views.

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19 days ago

little effort but very rewarding

Nice views, trail is in great shape. Decent camp sites around the lake. Lots of day hikers so busy during the day but quiet at night.

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rocky
19 days ago

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19 days ago

fantastic trail. gets windy at the top, bring a windbreaker. great views. the glacier is particularly nice. views are great even if you don't make it to the top, but most people can make it.

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20 days ago

Amazing experience! Brought a less experienced hiker with me and she found it a challenge but loved it. The biggest reward is the million dollar shot at the the top! This is a must see around here and is def worth the two hours to do it.

Great hike, lots of elevation gain right at the beginning, don’t give up- the views are gorgeous. We hiked easily and my wife and I are 62, and in good shape. Beautiful wild flowers, great waterfalls, glacier, lake, and meadows.

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21 days ago

Late morning on the Friday of Labor Day weekend ... perfect. We were wary of crowds, but maybe saw 20 people! Don't miss this hike.

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22 days ago

great trail, awesome views on backside of the ridge, well worth the time to do it, best hike in the icefields area!

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22 days ago

Gentle switchbacks make this trail pretty accessible. Low effort, great reward - amazing views.

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22 days ago

Fabulous hike!! We made it up, took a lot of photos, and back down in 1 1/2 hours. I also have 2 injuries and did this hike. One partially torn Achilles’ tendon and a bad knee injury that I have had 4 shots injected prior to this trip. Don’t miss this hike!

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rocky
24 days ago

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