Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

hiking
9 hours ago

Cloudy and snowing today but beautiful none the less! Cleats are very helpful for the last KM.

Some exposure areas , not for beginners.

One of my favorites, generally not busy either.

hiking
1 day ago

Great way to escape the city vibes without leaving the city

Chis is an easy trail along the water in Lake Louise. if you are looking for something harder keep walking when you get to the other end of the lake, the trail wanders up in to the mountains. even in mid June there was snow on the trails up past the lake.

Loved this trail! Less snow here than at home. Gets steep when coming up to the cave but breathtaking views and an incredible experience awaits at the top! Definitely recommended.

Be sure to start before noon - took us 6 hours but we were in no hurry.. till the sun set.

My first hike! Uphill one way, a nice bench for a break lol. Downhill on the way back. Took us 2 hours at a very leisurely pace. Our dog loved it!

hiking
snow
3 days ago

Nice easy trail through the forest (not a lot of mountain views). No snowshoes/crampons necessary, quite a few cross country skiiers out (decent tracks on South loop only). Conditions were snowy but not icy except for the west turning point in the loop. Don't be fooled by the "viewpoint" just south of the loop - not much to see for the steep climb!

hiking
3 days ago

An easy walk through the forest. The trail was well-marked, and easily visible through the snow. I brought spikes, but, did not need them. Quiet trail. Only saw one other couple and family.

hiking
snow
3 days ago

It was a great little hike with the family. Our 4.5 and 2.5 year old came along. We brought a sled and had fun with that as well. Really packed trails, this is a high traffic trail but still lots of fun. We found one troll, the kids loved it. Looking forward to do this trip in the summer as well! Jan 2019

hiking
3 days ago

No snow made for an easy hike. Most of the elevation is at the end. Trail head was a little hard to find from the parking lot in the dark.

After rains huge amounts of mud and cow dung.... The trail is amazing but come prepared to return home really dirty

Was packed with people and not a place for snow shoeing. My hopes were let down:( Hope the people I saw that were walking had a healthy time but again for myself I am happier with less people and using my snow shoes.

Short, steady climb to the lookout. The view is spectacular. Great jaunt if you want to kill an hour or two. We went to the first viewpoint, took pictures. walked up to the lookout, took pictures. Walked over to the fire watch station, took pictures. Then headed home.

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
3 days ago

Hiked up yesterday. Trail is mostly snow covered so bring your spikes.

hiking
snow
3 days ago

Bring proper shoes for the weather. Last 25% gets steeper. Hiking poles recommended. Amazing view at the top!

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
3 days ago

Absolutely unreal!!! crampons are a must; the trail wasn’t terrible until you’re out of the tree line. Little bit of exposure in some spots but not a problem at all if you take your time and don’t push your limits... pretty easy to lose the trail after the ridge but just stick with it and as long as you’re headed in the general direction of the true summit you’ll be back on track in no time

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
snow
3 days ago

Absolutely unreal!!! crampons are a must; the trail wasn’t terrible until you’re out of the tree line. Little bit of exposure in some spots but not a problem at all if you take your time and don’t push your limits... pretty easy to lose the trail after the ridge but just stick with it and as long as you’re headed in the general direction of the true summit you’ll be back on track in no time

Nice short hike, great for the kids!

Good for everyone, great practice hike. Beautiful frozen waterfalls at the moment.

For a decent walk with a foot problem it was a beautiful place and not too difficult of a rise. Good muscle ache after the icy in places hike. Jan 2019

hiking
3 days ago

Great little hike but definitely wish it was longer. Crampons or Yak Tracks are definitely useful if you’re doing it in winter. Beautiful views at the top for a short hike, though!

rocky
scramble
snow
3 days ago

Trail is good. It gets handsy when you start climbing around the mountain. Lots of opportunity to go to sub peaks without wasting much time. There was a little bit of snow but not much. Views are awesome! Great weather!

Easy hike with moderate elevation. Great views and good walk. conditions were great

Steep climb this one but worth it for the view at the top. Makes Calgary look like a tiny village! I tried to run all the way up it but it’s steep and not for the faint hearted. I had to stop a few times on the way up! Very very cold and windy at the top so wrap up warm if you are walking it. Ran all the way down easily in walking boots in 20 mins. No spikes needed as most of the track is rocky and/or earthy. Minimal snow or frost at present. Good runner will go up and down in around 75 mins. Slow walker will take 3-4hours. Highly recommend this for runners and walkers as a challenge with a reward;-)

hiking
4 days ago

Amazing conditions for mid January. Bring your micro spikes, especially for the downhill.

snowshoeing
4 days ago

Great day at Chester Lake today! Definite incline at the beginning to get things going but levels out further into the trail. Has been snowing pretty good but the trail is relatively packed still. Definitely recommend either snowshoes or spikes and poles. Friend did manage the trail with just hikers and poles however it made for a couple of slippery descents in areas. Got on the trailhead at 9am so it was a nice and quiet hike on the way to Chester Lake. Trail was definitely getting busier on the way down. Would do this hike again!

trail running
snow
4 days ago

Nice little trail. Got off trail a couple of times, but it is marked pretty well so just watch for those signs. Accidentally did counter clockwise, and as people have said it is definitely more of a challenge. Other than that it wasn’t too bad for ice, and there isn’t too much snow. The view point was meh, but there was a better viewpoint not too far from the marked one. It only took a couple hours to complete but was definitely a nice easy hike.

As a side note, someone’s car did get broken into in the parking lot while we were there. So just make sure that there are no valuables left in the vehicle at this location, or that they are hidden well.

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