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

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18 hours ago

Excellent trails for the evening weekday rides, not many places you can still hit the single track when you get off at 6PM. If you want single track and a forest like setting stay to the west end. The east end is pretty sparse.

Excellent and challenging trail for running. Continue back to the “Ravines” neighbourhood on the single team that run on top of the valley.

Beautiful!!! But quite hard considering I’m out of shape & it’s up up up the whole way to the lake!!!! Worth it though!!!!

Beautiful! I had my snowshoes, but didn’t need them last weekend. It was quite easy (I’m out of shape ;) with beautiful views on the drive there & back, but also at the lake. Beautiful!!!

An absolutely amazing hike. Did this back in July. It requires a ferry ride to get to the trailhead so make sure to stop by and grab a ticket beforehand.

The trail itself winds through the mountain forests before breaking through the tree line. There are a couple very cool waterfalls on the way up, and the last part of the hike is amazing and intense, with a ladder up to a cave and then some cliff side scrambling (with a cable for safety) to get to the valley where the trail’s namesake is located.

Leaving the trail also requires a ferry back. Don’t miss the last one or they’ll leave you and send the park rangers to pick you up later. When we hiked there were two women who got left behind. Know your limits and watch the clock so that this doesn’t happen to you.

First hike ever! Did this back in 2014 and it was amazing!

definitely needed snow shoes today (17th Mar 2018). Nice hike through trees. we went anti clockwise and it felt like it was uphill all the way! if you can find the trail to go clockwise from the car park that might seem a bit easier. Definately a hike thats worth the effort though

Very steep at the beginning but very easy after about the first 2/3. The snow covered lake is in a beautiful bowl of peaks! Can’t wait to get back in summer!

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

4 days 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!!

Very crowded. Good mountain views and nice lake.

4 days ago

Great views of Banff, the valley and river.

Nice hike mostly through woods with a lake every so often.

Great views at the top.

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.

My wife and I hiked to the tea house, got a spot of tea, then went all the way to the end. Gorgeous view of glaciers and mountains. Even heard an avalanche come down off one of the glaciers. Little crowded but an enjoyable hike

Great little walk!

5 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.

Awesome hike. Some parts are windy and slippery. It can be challenging at some moment but the view at the summit totally worth it. We did it in august and were completely alone on the trail.

5 days ago

Easy hike with beautiful views!

7 days ago

This is always where we seem to go for our first snowshoe trip of the year! It is peaceful and the snow is always great.

A very rewarding hike with a stunning view of Ha Ling and Canmore. difficult but worth it. Ice cleats recommend as the scramble is still quite slippery

Very slippery. Need spikes, very busy trail this weekend

8 days ago

Great winter snowshoe hike. It would be a boring hike in the summer when there are hundreds of more spectacular destinations. It's also a nice hike for late season (October-November) when there aren't many options

8 days ago

Okay little hike but more vertical than we were hoping for on an “easy” walk. The loop isn’t fully open so it’s just an in and out right now. Crampons or poles definitely needed with the hard packed and slippery snow. Super close to Canmore which was convenient. All dogs were leashes too which was nice.

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.

8 days ago

First trail we took on our trip to Banff. What a way to start! So much for easing into things. The reward at the end was more than worth it. Tea was wonderful. The return trip seemed to be more difficult, but was worth every step.

Great easy winter trail. Good for dogs as well.
Well maintained - definitely need crampons!

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