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

hiking
8 hours ago

Did this hike on Sun Aug 19 and really enjoyed it. 2 hrs up the west side then followed the traverse as shown on this map. 1hr 20mins for the traverse to the high point, then 2hrs down. It was a very enjoyable hike despite the smoke. As most scrambling sites/books indicate, do this counter clockwise. As well, there is parking just off the highway, east of the access for lac des arcs and heart creek which will save you a little bit of time.

This was s good hike for our family. We hiked with our two boys (10&8) and our pup. Lots of families and people going through the trails. Pet friendly

I wouldn’t classify this route as hard more of a moderate. 2nd favourite in the Canmore area

Short and sweet, small waterfall, walk beside and around the creek the whole time, pretty easy/beautiful. Wasn’t sure about it at first but def worth it. If you want to do the steep climb to the top, just be aware it’s a little difficult coming back down as it’s pretty steep. When you get up, take a right and follow the little trail for a nice mountain view and a spot to eat lunch :D there’s an arrow marked where you go back down again so you won’t get lost.

walking
8 days ago

Good and really easy hike, took us approx. 45 min there and back. We had dogs with us and they really loved the creek along the trail. If you’re looking for a quick one, put this one down on your list!

hiking
8 days ago

Went in winter got stuck in a blizzard but really easy to navigate. Super fun (and easy) for both humans and dogs!
Also managed to snap some amazing pictures!

10 days ago

What a beautiful trail. I went with 4 boys and it was easy and interesting. I loved the walk! It was around 5pm walking in, so there was hardly any people. I was disappointed that I couldn’t see the falls at the end- you had to boulder up (no thanks) but the boys did it -which gave me multiple heart attacks. I couldn’t walk through the river to see it, the water was COLD and the logs were not stable enough for me to walk over. But I would do the trail again, it was so lovely!

Great small hike. Trail is in good shape.

Fun scramble, but I wouldn’t say the view was overly spectacular.

Easy trail... but beautiful views

hiking
15 days ago

Route finding is the hardest thing about this hike, since its not an official trial. While there are a few scrambling sections, the rocks are really easy to grab onto and climb up, almost like bouldering rocks. Very unique and no exposure if you stick to the trail.
It took us an hour and a half ascent and almost the same for going down. Did it after work (starting at 5:30 ish).
You could definitely continue on to Loder Peak from here but we were turned around by thunderstorms. Either way, you will get great views of Yamnuksa, as well as the Bow Valley mountain ranges behind.
Definitely recommend as a more adventurous, but very manageable, hike!

A fun day with my hubby! Some hands down parts! Horseshoe loop had great variety of terrain! The registry needs a new book if anyone going up.

hiking
20 days ago

This hike made it onto our "to do" list for the 2018 peak hiking season. First attempt at completing this trek (3 weeks ago) did not go well. We missed the red marker at the crux and ended up on a well used trail that took us far up into the steep debris field on the west side of heart mountain. We ended up running out of time and had to make the decent back down the west leg of the loop.

Our second effort was a success but this hike was certainly not as advertised or described in our guide book. The trail marking after the crux is non existent, well....we couldn't locate any markings. we ended up having to tackle two very difficult and nerve wracking scrambles to make to the summit of heart. The rest of the hike over the 6 peaks had us losing the trail at least three more times.

The views at the top are spectacular but the price paid to get these views was way too high.

Needless to say, Heart Mountain Circuit now has a check mark beside it on our list. This one definitely won't be making it onto our "do again" list.

great little hike!

Very nice family-friendly hike. Interesting to see all the climbers as you hike the trail. Cool man-made bridges as you cross the creek throughout the hike.

hiking
27 days ago

This is a very easy hike for folks of all ages. We met numerous families comprised of children (of all ages), parents and grandparents and dogs (of course). The creek was higher than normal which made for a bit of a leap to cross at one spot where there is no bridge. The rest of the creek crossings are made via the many bridges. Once at the top a couple explained that one can usually hike right up to the falls but this year the water level (~6”-8”) made it impossible for us. There are a lot of smaller logs and such to walk on to get back into the falls if one so desires.

All in all, we enjoyed our time. It took us about 1.5 hours return including numerous stops for pictures and probably a 20 minute stop at the top to crawl along the rock face to get a view of the end of the falls.

Since the flood the trail had changed dramatically! The reclaimation was done beautifully, and the new trail is just as lovely to hike. Easy to follow trail with a wonderful view! Currently there is a bear warning in effect. Also it should be noted that the trail is now only about 2km in, instead of the 2.9km listed.

The Canyon is a MUST its beautiful. Unfortunately for our Heart Mountain Hike we were one of 7 groups that all ended up at the face and couldn’t find our way to the top or the loop. All the climbing thinking I’m so glad we aren’t coming back this way we’ll we went back that way. If I go back it will most likely be as an out and back taking the trail from the left right at the bottom of Mountain and trailhead.

hiking
29 days ago

I cannot recommend this hike at all.

Pros: LOTS of wildflowers. Scenery all the way up the west side. Not a lot of people on the trail.

Cons: A very hard hike, when compared to other highway-accessible trails. Highway noise half the way up (and halfway down). Very easy to lose the trail and end up in very dangerous spots: I somehow got off trail and had to stow my poles and free climb a crag to get back where I was supposed to be. Scenery at the top isn't that good: it's a slightly worse view of Barrier Lake than you get from Prairie View Fire Lookout, for much much more effort; the view of Yamnuska and Grotto is nice, but spoiled somewhat by the Exshaw plant.

Honestly, if you hike for the challenge, or if you are a completionist and you've bagged all the other highway-accessible peaks, then do it. If you're in it for any other reason, hike EEOR, or Prairie View, or Prairie Mountain.

walking
30 days ago

Quick little hike, beautifully follows the creek, you zigzag up many different bridges that is kind of fun. Pretty waterfalls and views along the way

Awesome trail ! A bit harder then expected. But we haven’t been out in a long time. A few spots we were confused on where to go ! Lots of flowers and rock climbers. Bathrooms. Great hike !

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
1 month 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
1 month 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!

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