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Best trails in Bow Valley Provincial Park

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Looking for a great trail in Bow Valley Provincial Park, Alberta? AllTrails has 62 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 26 hard trails in Bow Valley Provincial Park ranging from 3.1 to 16.5 miles and from 4,251 to 9,721 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
Bow Valley Provincial Park is a mosaic of open meadows and forest. As you explore the park, you'll see examples of both mountain and prairie plants and animals.
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Map of trails in Bow Valley Provincial Park
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Top trails (62)
#1 - Yamnuska Ridge and CMC Valley Trail
Bow Valley Provincial Park
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 4 h 16 m
NOTE: The east descent may be closed for reclamation efforts. Please research prior to your visit. Although dogs are allowed in the Alberta Provincial Parks on leash, users have reported that this traShow more
#2 - Jewell Pass via Prairie View Trail
Bow Valley Provincial Park
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Length: 8.6 mi • Est. 5 h 8 m
Please note: The road leading to the trailhead may close seasonally. Please research prior to your visit.Show more
#3 - Grotto Canyon Trail
Bow Valley Provincial Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
This is a great hike with incredible views throughout. It's a good challenge for kids and can be busy on weekends. During the winter you may need snowshoes or crampons since the trail can get icy and Show more
#4 - Heart Mountain Horseshoe Trail
Bow Valley Provincial Park
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 4 h 40 m
NOTE: Users have reported that the direct route to the split in the trail is closed off for reclamation, so you need to follow a small loop, a bit upstream, cross two bridges then loop back around. ThShow more
#5 - Barrier Lake Trail
Bow Valley Provincial Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 27 m
Please Note: Roads and access to parking lot may close seasonally so we recommend doing some research prior to your visit. Excellent Winter Hiking Trail; Cleats recommendedShow more
#6 - Yates Mountain via Prairie View Trail
Bow Valley Provincial Park
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 4 h 27 m
This is a relatively simple hike and allows for an easy summit with only moderate effort. The trail starts in the large parking lot at the Barrier Lake dam. The trail is the road blocked by a gate, Show more
#7 - Mount Yamnuska
Bow Valley Provincial Park
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 4 h 51 m
NOTE: Although dogs are allowed in the Alberta Provincial Parks on leash, users have reported that this trail might be very difficult for dogs.Show more
#8 - Jura Creek Trail
Bow Valley Provincial Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 24 m
Note: This park is currently only open to visitors who are able to walk to the park. The area is closed to vehicle traffic due to COVID-19. For more information, please see https://albertaparks.ca/parShow more
#9 - Heart Creek Bunker
Bow Valley Provincial Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 29 m
This trail leads to an abandoned cold war bunker. The trail to get there is difficult to follow. The beginning is not marked, and there are a few different places along the route that split into multiShow more
#10 - Baldy Pass Trail
Bow Valley Provincial Park
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Length: 16.5 mi • Est. 9 h 41 m
The parking area, south past the end of Barrier Lake and picturesque O'Shaughnessy Falls, is shared with access to the Porcupine Group Camp. This trail starts with beautiful views of Mount Lorette. Show more
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