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

hiking
1 day ago

Would be a beautiful view in the fall with the aspens. Trail seemed to be built more for bikes and horses. Fairly muddy in areas, I would not advise going after rainy spell.

Apple maps will lead you past the trailhead so watch for the trail sign or you will miss it. A steep climb but well worth the effort. The view is amazing and it is was quiet when we were hiking (late Sunday morning). We would definitely do this hike again.

hiking
5 days ago

Great trail to do with kids. You could also just hike to the top of the hill (about 1.3km) just before the steep descent and head back a little early if need be. Nice mix of shade and sun.

It was a great hike for all ages. It was mostly dry already and the views are very good.

Very nice walk.
You will likely need to use the app to find the start of the trail.
Once you go through the gate, go left along the fence, and the trail presents itself.
It's a very nice walk with beautiful views, and it's pretty dry in the Spring while many trails are still riddled with ice, snow, and mud.
Two of the people in our party were wearing flip-flops and they made it through the hike just fine.

hiking
23 days ago

Great solid trail and some nice views.

Really enjoyed the trail, on a beautiful winter/spring day ☀. Probably could have used snowshoes, although not really required. Good amount of snow still covering all of the trail; but, we were able to avoid breaking through in the deep spots. Would probably be a very nice trail in the summer too.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Great quiet trail. No traffic. River is frozen so you can cross. Spring will be different.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Great for early season hikes. Can be wet in some areas. 2018 winter was great for snowshoeing

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Awesome snowshoeing! Great views of the mountains and foothills!

I went snowshoeing here today with my son"s outdoor adventure class from his school. beautiful hike and sooooo much snow

Good hike, very well marked trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Following the cut line from the Gorge Creek parking area, this is a straight, uphill slog through a perfectly plain pine wood. Not much to look at until the top.

In the final climb it was very difficult to pick out trails of any kind, perhaps due to snow obscuring them. As a result gaining the escarpment was challenging and not somewhere to bring a first timer who is scared of heights, especially with any wind to speak of.

Once on top you get a great view of the carpeted foothills and the front ranges behind them. Not your top priority, but worth doing at some point if you have a few hours and have exhausted the more exciting stuff.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike today; it was a little icy in certain spots but still great.

If your on your way back from another hike in the Sheep River area and you don't really feel like you've "earned it", pull off here and do this. Quick little hour long hike with a good amount of elevation and decent veiws. Dont worry about following the trail, theres dozens of different cattle trails. I suggest keep right on the way up for the best views. If your knees are sore take the mapped trail down, its a wee bit easier but without the great veiws

Way too much wind. Broke my string and my kite flew away. Looks like it ended up in Turner Valley. If you see a Hello Kitty kite in Turner Valley, it's mine.

hiking
5 months ago

If your reading trips reports post 2013 floods saying the bridge is gone, dont worry its back. With the new bridge in place there is no reason this shouldnt be more popular. Good enough to be the Prairie Mountain of Sheep River. When you get near the top, the trail breaks up in the overgrowth and deadfall, watch for the pink marking tape. Pretty strait forward and short. When you get to the top, you are greeted by a Who's Who of the Front range peaks right up in your face. Junction, Shunga, Bluerock, Rose, Threepoint, Ware, Highwood, etc. Probably the best vantage point to see all these at one time.

I really gotta come back here in the summer, looks like it would be gorgeous. Decided to make it out here before the road closes Dec 1. Hit the trail during a chinook, while warm, it did make for a strenuous slog through the snow. Didn't have enough time in the day to make the full summit but got to the South summit. Great views of Calgary and mountains to the Southwest. Could not locate the new trail down the middle, had to take the old trail that cuts to the North, which added distance to my plan.

Excessive amount of bear droppings, got some on my nice new boots. Wish they'd pick up after themselves.

Fantastic hike! We did it at the end of oct and it was snow free. There is a steep section at the end where hiking poles came in handy.

hiking
7 months ago

A beautiful hike on a fall day.

Good, short but steep hike. Nice views of Bluerock Mountain and others. Lot of birders watching for golden eagles.

Did this Sept 29. Beautiful warm day. Views are terrific at the top and the trail is easy to follow with flagging through parts of it. Quite a bit of deadfall through one section but this makes it all the more interesting. My new favourite hike in the Sheep area.

hiking
8 months ago

I agree, my wife and I both liked this trail a lot. We hiked on Sept 20. It was bitter cold and windy at the top with snow threatening across into Mount Gibraltar. I was looking for a fairly short trail with a good view of the mountains covered in early snow and this one fit the bill. The trail was easy to follow. The confusing section through the old growth forest at the top of the ridge was well travelled and marked with flagging tape. I can imagine the situation changes constantly as more deadfall collects in the area. The section up to the forest is steep but manageable. One might expect switchbacks up the slope but this time it's like Prairie Mountain, straight up. I was pleasantly surprised by the bare rock knob on top. I thought the trail ended in a high meadow but the summit was bare, windswept rock just metres above tree line. The short detour to the area called The Knobs is worthwhile for a place to rest and have some water. We found 2 Geocaches, quite by accident, one in the meadow at the old logging camp and a second on top. Construction of the new bridge over the Sheep River has created a great opportunity to hike Mount Hoffmann. On a good day Calgary can be seen 38 miles to the north east (see photos).

hiking
8 months ago

Need some trail finding skills but a fabulous ridge with great views. Probably due to the dry season but I would have considered it moderate due to scree, trail finding and elevation gain. Definitely do it again.

I liked this hike a lot. It was a tough climb near the top but we made up with our 8 and 11 year old kids. The coolest part was walking at top through all the trees that got blown over.

hiking
8 months ago

This was a great trail to get out and do a quick hike with some beautiful scenery. You need to cross the highway from where you park and go up a dirt trail you will come to the fence. You can open the gate up.

Awesome horseback riding trail!

Got to cross the river, no bridge. Heads up

hiking
11 months ago

FENCED OFF! NO TRAIL!

This hike was extremely muddy in most parts. It had quite a few people horseback riding, we were the only hikers. The scenery wasn't anything special. Once at the top it was cool to see, you could see Calgary off in the distance. It took us 2.5 hours to complete.

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