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

After a grueling hike 2 days ago, looking for something a bit more manageable. The first 1.5 miles or so are a gentle walk through some new growth and many downed old trees. Once you reach the signs say that the trail is not maintained beyond that point, I strongly recommend you continue up either the left trail to the top of the central cliff wall face or the right side toward the towering falls on the vertical face to the right. It is a loop, so you can go around. You will be rewarded by a magnificent waterfall through the center of the canyon and many new falls that cannot be seen from the end of the maintained trail. Views of valley below and many peaks around are stunning. Many different geological features and just plain gorgeous. A new addition to my top 5 favorite hikes.

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28 days ago

Great hike! Warned that after the 6 k mark the trail is not maintained. After, there are 2 ways to the glacier, I recommend using the one on the right, as you can scramble up to an amazing waterfall. watch out for loose rocks (scree) coming down as it is easy to fall

29 days ago

Great hike! Started out early, so really didn't see anyone until we started heading down. It was non stop people by then. Arrived just in time at the parking area to stop a guy from blocking us in to our parking spot - guess the overflow on the road wasn't to his liking and double parking seemed to suit him better. Recommend weekday - morning to hike this.

An easy trail until the sign warns that beyond is not maintained, from there it gets to be a hard go. The easy section is a narrow trail with gradual switchbacks with roots and rocks on the path. Short tree growth allows views of both the valley and river. Once across the bridge the incline increases but still an easy go. I watched for the flowers while my husband was counting the butterfly species that crossed our path. Once we got to the end of the maintained trail we went to the right as was suggested. Definitely a scramble hike up to the ice caves and beyond to the glacier. The trail is unclear at many times on the right but rock cairns helped us navigate to the top. Once at the top we sat on a rock and enjoyed the gushing water and sights all around us. We descended on the left side which was a mix of loose rocks and a steep incline to a trail that was somewhat packed and easy to find. I agree that I would climb the right and descend the left as I find it easier to get a footing on loose rock going up than down. One of the most spectacular hikes we have been on in the area. Water falls, rivers, glaciers, ice caves, alpine meadows, rock beds, it has it all in one location. You can pick and choose what you want to see and what you will do next time.

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1 month ago

We were here on Canada Day. So it was kind of busy. It was raining by the time we got here but then it stopped raining as we started the hike. Few folks on their way down told us they experienced hail when they were at the top. The initial part of the trail needs more effort compared to what is required in the second half of the trail. So an easy to moderate trail overall. It becomes harder, steeper and less defined by the end. So quite a few people turn back from there while few take up the challenge to venture out further. Provides incredible views all along.

The official trail is a nice easy hike that starts with about 11 mellow switchbacks. The low new growth makes for some nice views. The end of the official trail is where the real fun begins, with a climb up the valley walls to the plateau and glacier at the end. We took the trail on the left side of the valley up and the trail on the right side down, I’d probably ascend the right side trail if I did it again. Wear good hiking boots and would recommend poles (we didn’t have any and the descent on loose rocks was extra slow going). The views are incredible, from the end of the official trail and the plateau.

Damn sweet hike
Excellent for running
You will come to a sign at the top saying you reached Stanley glacier but you can then make your own trail to the top. So sweet! Just be careful on the way down lose rocks and steep

hiking
1 month ago

I recommend this hike because it offers a variety of sights and terrain. Personally, after using this app quite a bit in the Rockies, I would rate this hike as a moderate for sure.

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail and well maintained until reaching the open valley.

From there you'll find a number of unmarked trails made across the loose rocks, up to a number of waterfalls and caves (which we didn't enter).

You can go much further to the rear of the valley once snow has melted.

Excluding the very rocky valley that we explored, it was about an hour each way without stopping.

Easy hike and saw various shapes and sizes of hikers on main trail. Fewer going up to the falls.

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1 month ago

Nice trail - well travelled but not too busy (I was there on a Monday). I sat and had lunch at the end, surrounded by the mountains, and it was beautiful.

The official trail is easy to moderate, but after the end, it becomes harder, steeper and less define. I went to the waterfalls and grotto by the south trail (right one), the trail is pretty steep and I was walking on small cobbles so it was tricky at some point. Then I continued up to the glacier front on the same trail. I came back by the north (left trail), which I found larger, less steeper and easier to walk on (the material is coarser). However, there were some snow patches to cross (5 to 15 m long). The views are wonderful (up toward the glacier and down toward the valley).

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2 months ago

Good afternoon hike.

We went beyond the trail end and up the shale wall on the right side to some waterfalls/ice caves - that climb is a good workout. Total time in and out was 3:20 including a 10 minute stop for lunch. Even though it was June we experienced both hail and snow at the trail end and at higher elevations - the glacier seems to produce its own weather; so be prepared.

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4 months ago

Very pretty scenery through woods ending at mountains and a glacier. Had lunch at end and took in the views.

This was such a great adventure. My brother and I started later in the day and decided to skip the summit due to time restrictions. We camped overnight by bisaro canyon and finished the second part all the way to Island lake lodge. At the start of our journey we were charged by a bull moose about 10 minutes of walking after the trailhead sign. The climb is steep but I would rate this as moderate, the thing that made it hard was packing a heavy bag. Trekking poles are helpful to relieve fatigue but the trail itself is easy to navigate and not technically challenging. If you take your time climbing then you can stop and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. There's a waterfall, cave and the larch trees in fairy meadow are exploding with colour (October 1st). We saw a grizzly mom and 2 cubs on a scree slope about 250 feet from the trai between west fernie pass and cedar valley. There was a lot of scat and bear tracks on the trail, so just be prepared. There is an abundance of huckleberry bushes(aka bear food and most delicious berry on planet earth!) on the last 3/4 of the trail, but obviously they were all gone. We are doing this hike again in July so we will add in the 3 sisters summit making it just the right amount of challenging! Definitely a great adventure!

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10 months ago

I've gone on a lot of hikes and this was probably the best hike I've done. It's an easy trek until you start having to climb to get to the end of the trail. However, we decided to challenge ourselves and hike all the way to the glacier creek and it was a challenge. The views at the top was worth it and getting a taste of the fresh glacier water. The climb back down is very rocky and steep so I recommend trekking poles and boots that have good soles.

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10 months ago

Nice trail, the first section is pretty open and follows a path through young forest. It's great on a sunny day. Once you get into the rocky area near the glacier you're completely surrounded on all sides by mountains. When we went the sun was melting some of the ice on the rock walls making them crash down. It made for a neat show.

This was a great hike for everyone in the family. The hike starts with any easy climb thanks to long switchbacks through the trees. After reaching the little bridge the water runs parallel to the trail for most of the hike. Once we got to the rocky part of the hike we explored a cave and two waterfalls.

on The Rockwall

10 months ago

Amazing trail. Got caught in a bit of weather but everyday was amazing views

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10 months ago

A beautiful hike through young (post-fire regrowth) forest with lovely views of the mountains and the Stanley Glacier. Photos really don't do this trail justice since all sense of scale is lost. Even though it is off the official trail, if you are up for an easy scramble I recommend continuing on to the bench (elevated tree-covered area) just below the glacier. It takes some time and it's all uphill over scree but the view of the glacier is much better from there and it is also a lovely place to rest and enjoy the river in relative solitude.

This hike has everything - if you are up for a full day of walking on rocks (mostly scramble and scree). It's not that hard though, there is a direct path that circles the trail that passes the first water fall you reach. Then you scramble to the glacier.
There are a few waters falls to see, caves to your right after the first waterfall, a mossy stream with trees at another waterfall, and you can walk up to the glacier itself. The glacier is breathtaking.

This hike had everything you could want to see in the mountains. Well worth it.

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11 months ago

Absolutely beautiful views the whole hike through! The trail up was a comfortable climb and a pretty quick descent.

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11 months ago

A great trail for my two siblings and my parents in their late 50s. Be advised on a sunny day you're very exposed. Parking wasn't an issue on a late August Wednesday around 10 am. Be sure to scramble to the base of the towering waterfalls. You won't regret it!

Great for running! Soft trail.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

This was an easy, family friendly trail (saw lots of toddlers and children on the way up), but we went way past the official end of the trail. You can continue towards the Stanley Glacier, head up to the caves, and to the waterfalls if you want to make it more challenging and fun. Lots of cool rocks and fossils as well.

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Nice trail !
At the end of the trail, further there's a second waterfall to see (read the review of Blaze Clymer).

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Hiked this with a Backroads trip. Lovely trail that was well maintained and abundant with wildflowers. After the trail ended, the adults stopped for lunch and the teens hiked to the base of the huge waterfall.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

So many wild flowers of all colors on the first 1.5 miles of this hike. More than I've seen on any other hike before. The views just continue to get better. You hike through a canyon with views of the Glacier and waterfalls pouring over the mountain on your right. If you continue past the end of the official trail at the 2.8 mile mark you can continue on to hike up to the waterfalls and caves ahead and on the right. You can even go all the way to the glacier if you choose. This hike really is a must do and was my favorite hike in Banff.

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Saturday, July 08, 2017

If this was the only trail in the area, I would rate it higher. However, the views aren't that special when compared with some of the other excellent hikes in the area. If you think the views are great then you haven't done Cirque Peak, Paget Peak or Healey Pass. . That being said, the trail is straight forward and good for families.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Enjoyed the variety of terrain and HUGE views!

Monday, July 03, 2017

This hike was amazing, there was waterfalls everywhere but you need to continue after the end of the trail if you want to see the glacier better or if you want to see the waterfalls

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