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

Easy hike. Great views for the effort put in.

Great hike. Accessible for all levels. Follow trail signs from Burstall Pass parking lot. I would highly recommend you do it in the fall (I did it September 30). The larches are so beautiful. Explore the area at the end of the trail a bit, if you can. The views change quickly depending on where you’re at. If you’re into trail running this hike would work well. There are rocks which makes hiking boots nice, but runners would suffice.

Folks, identity politics aside this is a fair weather smut! Today she was a wet and muddy smut. The views are amazing and hike is not too bad. We got to base of the scramble before the snow and sleet turned us around. The Pass of Caradhras was blocked; so we had no choice but to face the long dark of Moria.

Great trail and great views! The first half of the hike was cloudy but the sun broke through just as we started climbing!

My most favorite hike in this area so far. The new trail to Guinn's pass is well built and offers unbelievable views all the way to the pass with balanced an steady ascent. We did end to end hike from Galatea trail head to Ribbon creek parking lot in about 8 hours. Beautiful and rewarding hiking trail.. highly recommended!!

Was planning to do this long weekend, but just saw a post that this is now closed due to a grizzly. Double check before you go. Sounds like he may have roughed up a hiker while protecting his food.

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic hike, it is worth all the effort!

This trail leads to incredible views. It has some climbing sections but not onerous. Worth the effort.

My go to hike when i don’t have a lot of time. Views from the top of the pass are nice and a Bit of exploration is possible... looks even better in the winter!

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great hike and I definitely would recommend! The first trail to the valley is pretty flat and covered and great for biking. It’s more of a long walk then a hike at this point.

Once you get to the open valley it gets a little tricky trying to follow the trail signs to the other side. I recommend downloading a copy of AllTrails map to help you through as that’s the only way we made it. The valley gives incredible views of the mountains but be warned there is ALOT of water to walk through and many heavy streams to jump so wear water proof shoes. Especially right now it is very wet.

The next section of the hike is a steady uphill climb to the top. This is covered so not a lot of worry with the sun but lots of bugs as motivation to keep moving. Bring that bug spray! Once you get to the top it is a lot better so it’s worth it going quick! The top gives an amazing view of the valley and the ridge. There are a few more hikes that branch off from the top however any camping or trail riding require permits for Banff National Parks.

I would say this is a great moderate hike for any experienced or “getting back into it” hiker. I would definitely recommend going early and bringing your family or pets. Also I think his would be amazing in the fall with the larches! Round trip 4.5 hours with stopping for lunch.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely stunning valley. I did this hike with my dad in October 2017 and it was beautiful with yellow larches scattering the surrounding mountains. Highly recommended for anyone who loves the mountains but doesn't love heights.

hiking
2 months ago

This is what I would call the perfect classic hike. It offers a bit of everything from a few lakes in the beginning to a creek with waterfalls, interesting varying terrain, a bit of minor route finding as you cross the flood plains/marsh land (there is poles with markers but hard to see - cross this area diagonally heading left - and some water shoes or sandals would be helpful some of the creeks are a little wide but very easy to cross) it also offers some challenging spots and plenty of flat beautiful meadows to rest up before the next push with insane views of fairly aggressive peaks at the top, and they’re so close, lastly even a glacier to view at the top. Do this hike. It took us 5.5 hours with lunch and breaks and picture stops. If you use the AllTrails map it will take you about a kilometre past your destination point. You know when you are at the top - stop there, if you continue on past the sign that says your entering Banff Park as the map says to do, it takes you to a little ridge that is nowhere near as spectacular as the views you just passed.. This trail continues on to Leman Lake in Banff if you want to extend. We ended up following the map and added some time and km to our day that was unnecessary. Our day was 18.1 km with 541 elevation gain. I’d rate this trail moderate for a hiker with some practice and of normal fitness and moderate difficult for someone new or less fit but everyone can do it and should. Just take your time. Its very worth it. Join us on Facebook at Hike Alberta to see pics and get info on all Alberta Hikes, and hike.alberta on instagram

Really great hike. The views are insane!! One of my best hikes ever!

on Burstall Pass Trail

2 months ago

Hiked this in the fall four years ago. Beautiful and quiet at that time of year.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike with good views up in the past. The first few kms are fairly boring as you walk along the old road. As you ascend out of the forest you get great views of surrounding mountain ranges. We carried on over the pass to get a view of leman lake on the other side. You descend very quickly and it is a steep climb coming back up. The bugs were horrible, bring spray!! Busy hike so recommend starting early. It’s still fairly wet in the meadow but you are able to get through without getting your feet wet with some strategic jumps and route taking.

an easy hike and good view at the pass

Beautiful hike would do it again. Amazing views once out of the trees. Bug spray is a must!

Probably my favourite hike so far! So many different and great views throughout the day. We hiked Smutwood, not Mount Smuts and I did not find the hike challenging or technical. Our trip total was approx 22k in about 7 hours with tons of down time at the lakes and on smutwood.

Solid hike with beautiful views at the top of Mount Assiniboine and Kananaskis. Took us 5 hours with a solid lunch break at the top. Trail was well marked and easy to follow. Didn’t need poles or flip flops at all, but bug spray was super necessary.

One of my favourite hikes. Not at all difficult and BEAUTIFUL views!

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent views ... follow the hiking trail signs, NOT the fire road ... bring water shoes & bug spray (I’ve never seen bugs like this in AB) ... views are incredible & worth it at the top!

hiking
3 months ago

best hike in the area 6 stars in my book
Total mileage 11.4 mile.
Very important the route changed due to flood in 2013 follow the trail signs

hiking
3 months ago

This hike was ok, you will start off on a mountain biking trail for the first half of the hike then turn left onto the hiking trail. Be prepared to scramble ... pretty fun! :)
The view from the top (should be flat) is amazing! You’ll love it. Hike is short, took us about 1.5hrs to get up. Oh.. ps we saw a marmot, fox and an elk.

hiking
3 months ago

One of my favourite hikes. Use leather gloves when climbing around boulders. Lots of fossils.

Pretty good hike. Beautiful view at the top.

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome hike! Can’t wait to do it again

Great hike! don't forget bug spray. Good idea to bring flip flops to get through the flood plains. Today the trail wasn't too muddy but still snow to hike through toward the top. Beautiful views!

on Burstall Pass Trail

hiking
4 months ago

I absolutely love this hike. The views are breath-taking!

hiking
4 months ago

A little snowy for may still. I would wait until it’s a bit warmer.

An absolutely gorgeous day for a gorgeous hike. The trail was a little muddy & snowy in spots, but the hike up to the meadow was absolutely amazing! Lots of creek hopping! Unfortunately couldn’t go the last 3 km further due to the snow, but will definitely be back to try it again late summer/early Fall as recommended by other reviewers

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