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This was a beautiful trail!! The trail offers some outstanding views once making it past the steep inclines. Most of the hike is in tree covering, but once you make it to the opening it is a worthy hike!! Our snowshoes worked out great and we wore minimal layers as we heated up quickly during climbing. I’d advise bringing additional layers for the opening as the winds tend to pick up past the tree line.
- great trail signage
- moderate/medium level difficulty during winter
- spectacular views
- easy access in and out of trail

1 day ago

I'm actually not sure if I should rate this site, or this trail 1 star. Alder Trail is most definitely not a loop, and it is most definitely not 1 km. I chose this trail as a first hike for my 6 month old. We geared up with water and a bottle ("why pack more - it's only 1 km!" I thought), put her in the Maman Kangarou, and set off. 2 hours later, we had still not turned back to start the return trek, and what's more, another couple up ahead of us were also "lost". With no foreseeable end in sight, we left the trail and cut across a nearby school to the highway. The couple we met along the way walked back to the parking lot on the highway, but since that was still over an hour long walk, and I had a 6 month old strapped to me, I opted for an Uber. But guess what? Bragg Creek is too small to have Uber - or taxis! I eventually rang the school bell and a lovely teacher who was working there over her weekend drove us to our car. She told us we were not the first people she'd had to drive to the parking lot after getting lost on the never-ending trail! TAKEAWAYS: 1. This trail needs much better signage; 2. This trail is not kid friendly.

Just do it!!

Nice hike with 2 waterfalls and hiking along a river to the ink pots. Very crowded however. Get there really early to get a parking spot. At the ink pots, eat a lunch along the river. Mountains in background are very scenic.

Great little walk!

2 days ago

The trail was compacted well enough for us all to hike with just good quality boots.
While there are more challenging hikes around. This is a very enjoyable trail with a beautiful clearing as you reach the lake.
It was perfect during the day we went.

2 days ago

Easy hike with beautiful views!

View was way better than Big Beehive. Well worth the extra 45 minute scramble to the top.

Very steep but worth the hike! Amazing views!

Absolutely amazing 360degree views from the peak! Great hike!!

Beautiful view point. We wanted to see how far we could get to summit but with only crampons and no snow shoes we didn't make it very far as we frequently sunk to our waist's into the snow when trying to venture onto the path that the cross country skiers took. The walking trails did not extend very far up the mountain.

This is a gorgeous fun trail. Make sure you go early to avoid crowds. We did this in September and not many people went to the Ink Pots, so much less crowded, but coming back was very crowded around the falls. The ink pots are very neat. Love this trail.

Did this trail today, when it's still snow from the parking lot all the way to the ink pots. It was just above freezing. Really lovely. Sheltered from the wind, and the sun was warm enough that I was able to get down to just basic insulators. Spikes are a must, though, and poles recommended!

Unbelievable winter hike.l

Always love this hike in the fall but this was the first winter attempt and it was stunning. Lots of elevation over a short distance but the trail is well kept and easy to follow due to its popularity.

We had a south western wind so it got a bit unpleasant out of the treeline but it’s not far from the treeline to the peak. The winds made it so cold up there my iphone wouldn’t work, sapped the battery in about 2 minutes of photos. I’d recommend tech gloves, face masks and a charger pack to anyone else looking for some great shots at the top.

We wore spikes (small ones) and used poles and that was plenty of grip and stability. Otherwise it was a fantastic sunny day and a beauty of a mountain.

nice and short hike for our first in Banff, great views along the way and nothing difficult to encounter on the way. cleats made a huge difference because the packed snow trail was a bit slippery without them.

7 days ago

We did most of this trail - stopped early to head home - but definitely worth doing. Steep at the beginning but flat and easy going for the rest of the way. Good for snowshoeing but the hikers we had with us had a bit of trouble on the hill. Great snow and good views!

A pleasant walk in the woods with some modest views.

The trailhead here has recently been improved with increased parking, signage and an outhouse.

Trail route is slightly modified as well between the trailhead and the Fullerton Loop junction as the trail no longer dips down to the Elbow River to join the 'pre-flood' route. No route finding issues and it avoids the area that was usually extremely icy in winter and spring.

Great trail. Definitely push yourself to the top of the lake

12 days ago

We did a partial snowshoe/hike of this one today with some friends. Great views and lots of snow. A bit steep at the beginning without snowshoes and for longer than we thought; but very flat and enjoyable later on.

Did this in winter, pretty boring

In winter it’s
Not very scenic

Beautiful in winter, slippery on uphills but fine with good winter boots and warm clothing. The upper falls are beautiful when frozen.

nice easy urban walk with great views of downtown and close to bars and restaurants

cant go during winter

14 days ago

We went on this walk while considering this location for an outdoors wedding. It is a very easy walk at an absolutely stunning site - the water, the
Mountains and the great blue skies. What is there to not like?

Great winter conditions for micro-spikes with packed trail around the whole loop. Excellent views from the top in all directions.

Really beautiful and we didn't see anyone. Pretty snowy but we could still make it ok. Will definitely be returning in summer!

18 days ago

My boyfriend, dog, and I really enjoyed this hike! I highly suggest keeping your dog on a leash and harness at ALL TIMES. There are marmots along the edge of the cliff just past the river that enjoyed taunting our dog and some areas where you are walking on the edge of a
100 ft+ cliff drop. This trail has very light traffic on the week days, be sure you have everything you need before starting your exploring.

Overall the trail was easy with a couple challenging steep areas with loose dirt and rock. Take mind on the way down: there are a couple points where the trail splits. We accidentally took a right where we should have gone left which led us down a very steep trail that at first looked well travelled, but came to an abrupt dead end. Keeping a steady pace with a few water/snack breaks, we completed the trail in 5.5 hours (including the time from back-tracking from heading down the wrong trail).

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