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Nice easy hike, but really nice scenery with the rocks and creek.

Great for beginners or the first warm up hike/scramble of the season. Nice shoulder season hike. Can get busy so go during the week.

The views from the trail of the Bow Valley and Barrier Dam in Kananaskis are surprisingly great. Definitely follow the advice given by many others in the below reviews to go COUNTER-CLOCKWISE and be sure to do the whole loop. We encountered a number of hikers who gave up when the way-finding near the scramble section going up (around the 1.5 km mark) got a little less obvious and turned around...what a mistake! I didn't mind going up the first section of trail to the summit of Heart Mountain, but I wouldn't want to descend it. Conversely, once you reach the first summit, the remainder of the trail is surprisingly good. There are a number of easy segments along the ridge-line before a few steeper, rocky sections coming down on the far side of the loop (around the 6-7 km mark). There also isn't a lot of shade for most of the hike, so be sure to bring lots of water if it's a warm day. I went through my entire 2 litre hydration bag by the time we descended to the flat section paralleling the highway.

Amazing hike! Would do it again. We went up the heart mountain and hiked the horseshoe trail. Took us awhile because it was quiet and breathtaking.

on Heart Creek Trail

hiking
3 days ago

Did this with my 3 and 5 year old, who are taller than most. They loved it- it was just challenging enough for them to make it feel like an “adventure.” A beautiful hike for all ages. There’s an extra bit of the trail at the end that leads up to the top of the cliff. This was too much for the kids but easy for adults. Worth the view!

Awesome variety of views, loved getting to see Barrier Lake on the back side.

Easy trail. First bit is along the highway so it’s a bit noisy but gets quiet as you get closer to the creek.

Great hiking trail for families and dogs!! Beautiful spot!

hiking
5 days ago

Amazing hike but very easy to take the wrong trail.. definitely go counterclockwise but stick to the left trail the entire way up when you get to the big boulders. I would also track yourself on the map. We ended up going too far right which also looks like a trail but takes you to two scrambles a huge cave on the left hand side then a rock wall which you have no choice but to climb. This does get you back to the real trail.. It was a fun detour but not for those scared of heights. The trail from there onwards is a beautiful ridge walk with constantly changing terrain. Stunning views, loved it!

9 and 7 yo were overjoyed with the water features and scrambling available at their level. I carried a 3yo until the first waterfall, and she was able to get up to the notch on her own... then back on the back for the way down.

Nice easy way to spend a morning. Gets super busy with small families and dogs but still peaceful and beautiful.

First 2-5mins has Hwy noise. After that nothing but beautiful views and the sound of the creek. The trail criss crosses heart creek the entire way. There are 7 bridges to cross. There is one spot where you have to cross just using the rocks, prepare to get a little wet! Great family hike, we had dogs and kids ages 2,4 and 6yrs old with us.

hiking
18 days ago

Our family made most of this trip. at the end to go up to the very top, there was a lot of loose stone and it was quite steep, so we didn't get to the top. We still enjoyed it and would recommend to others.

Very pretty hike. Creek, flowers, little waterfalls, neat forested areas. Nice and easy, but still fun. Very busy though.

24 days ago

Easy, nice, relaxing quick walk you can do in 2-3 hours easily.

Great hike to bring your kids on!

Great little hike, heavily trafficked.

It was a good day and exactly what we needed as we had a time crunch and a dog with us , who is a mediocre hiker. However as it is fast, close to the highway and canmore, and relatively well known, it was very busy. Also the top is not as spectacular as you would hope due to not going about the tree line, the plant, and being one of the smaller mountains in the area.

Good for beginners and kids. It was cool to see the rock climbers off to the side. Other than that, not much for views on this hike. Make sure you have hiking boots for this one as there are lots of places that you can hurt your feet or roll an ankle.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy and pretty. Did in May and was still some snow around. Micro spikes were helpful - the snow was quite hard at this point so it was slippery.

Great trail on the mountain but the waymarking around the parking lot is hopeless, especially at the moment whilst the return trail is closed due to flooding/landslip. Anyone who's about to do this, go counter-clockwise, follow the red diamond ♦ waymarks when the scramble steepens, walk straight out to the highway on the way back and follow this to the parking lot and ALLOW 6 hours!

reallly fun, nice scramble. It's location next to TransCanada highway makes it noisy, but it gets better as you go higher.

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful, easy trail. excellent for families and beginners. Reminder for ppl with animals... please clean up after them! Also, I picked up some litter on the trail. Lets respect the trails folks.

Did this hike last weekend and really enjoyed it. There was just a tiny bit of snow at the top but it was easily circumvented.

Completed May 27, 2018. Excellent early season full day hike. Took us 6 hrs round trip with a longer lunch break on Heart Mountain summit before heading onto Grant MacEwan Peak and the rest of the horseshoe. Hike gets full sun from early morning till the end so dress appropriate and carry hat/sunscreen. We brought our dog but if we knew what this hike was like and had done it before we would have left him at home. Definitely a tough loop for the pup. Lots of areas he will need a boost and a few spots of elevation he needed a lift / to be fireman carried up. He is a Shepard/Border Collie cross and has done summits before. This one was a for sure test for him. A harness to strap your dog in would be beneficial.

on Heart Creek Trail

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is amazing!! Super underrated, will definitely do again. Great beginners scramble. Definitely do this hike counterclockwise and do the whole horseshoe! Would be pretty difficult to go back down the same way you came up. Wouldn’t recommend for dogs, and make sure you have a decent pair of hiking boots. We went on a Friday, took us about 5 hours and only saw 3 other people the whole time.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great beginner hike for learning to scramble and setting a good hiking pace. The route can be a little confusing as makers are few and far between, but its fairly easy to find your way around. Accessible to dogs, although they need the odd boost here and there.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike. Beautiful spots to sit and admire the creek and lots of good picnic spots. Conditions are good all dry, no muddy spots.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy and not to long, but still a rustic trail, to take your whole family on. There are usually allot of Rock Climbers scailing the many rock faces off this trail, which makes some good entertainment while taking a break or eating lunch or a snack.

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