Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Mount Shark Trailhead Provincial Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Really tough hike for someone looking to put a beating on the legs. There are a few different routes up the mountain. We took the shortest, steepest route to the summit. It took 3 hours up and a little over an hour down. Poles are a must unless you take the longer, less steep trail.

Absolutely stunning.
Clockwise-route, as previously stated.

I cannot express how much I loved this hike; stunning winter views made for an incredible day in the mountains. However, I cannot say that I would do it again until spring (or a melt!).
There is currently 2ft of snow throughout almost the entirety of the route, and there are many exposed areas and sketchy scrambles because of a mix of snow, rock, and ice. Don’t attempt without proper equipment (spikes, poles, snowshoes).

We went on a beautiful, sunny, 2-degree day, and by the time we reached the ridge the wind picked up significantly, which required a much more thoughtful continuation of the route. The exposed areas do make turning back very risky, so once you're in, you're in!

We were lucky to be following one other very experienced pair, which made trail finding on the way down the ridge easier. Without them, it would have been very difficult to find our way down with quickly changing conditions and lack of trail markers ( which may be covered by snow).

All in all, an incredible hike! Just be warned you should be fully competent with ridge hiking in snow/ice, have proper equipment, and be knowledgeable of the area.

What a great trail! My favourite hike so far.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the most beautiful hikes I have been on. The long approach runs along a creek and meadow surrounded by many notable peaks including the first, snow and commonwealth. The long flat approach makes for some quick gain at the end but as you quickly gain elevation the views open of the surrounding and distant peaks. Did it with 15 to 20 cm on the peak and although it made it a little slippery it was a challenging but manageable scramble

hiking
1 month ago

Did the loop (clockwise) on September 25, 2018. The views were absolutely breathtaking along the ridge, it was windy so wear layers, bring snacks, and stay hydrated! I’d highly recommend this Hike. You get it all, forest, meadow, scramble, and a ridge walk — A must do in KCountry!!!

(Start clockwise as others have said).

***Please Note Late Season / Novice Hikers (May/June - Sept/Oct): During transitional months, the snow accumulation could put one at risk of a fatal accident and/or fall if you are not experienced, or prepared. During these months I’d strongly recommend not completing this hike, if you have minimal experience with scramble / ridge walking. Once you begin the scramble It would be dangerous to go back, if you did not want to carry on. There were definitely some sketchy and exposed areas with the snow. I’m sure this Hike would be a lot easier in the summer months, a brief class 3 scramble, and majority is steep hiking or class 2.

I’m no pro hiker, but definitely comfortable with a challenge and love hiking. I wanted to note the difference with changing conditions. It was dodgy in some of the snow covered sections. I also saw several people having a difficult time (some in running shoes w/ minimal gear). Please bring spikes, gloves, and have a pole handy. Stay safe and enjoy the stunning views along the ridge. Cheers!

PS: If you loose the trail after going down the tight switchbacks at the end of the ridge, turn right — follow the tree line along the ridge and you’ll find the trail again.

I have the largest fear of heights. We did it on Wednesday the 26th and did the clockwise like everyone says. I don’t think you could get down if you didn’t go clockwise as there is too much snow and it’s getting super icy.

Due to my fear of heights, I had a bit of a moment. Or five moments on the ridge. I freaked out when I realised I had to finish the hole thing.

It’s not hard physically, there is only a few parts that are steep. It’s hard mentally.

It took us 5 and a half hours with loads of breaks (since I cried once or twice) we took loads of pictures. Saw some moose on the way home!

The views were one of the best I’ve seen in my life. I’m in love! This hike would be perfect on a summers day (although the autumn colours were Devine!)

An amazing hike with constant views for only medium effort. We finished in 3.5 hours (but didn’t take much of a break at any point). It was starting to get snowy (about a foot) but still easy enough to find your way without sliding around everywhere. I’m scared of heights and never felt very exposed. I would highly recommend!

A classic hike. Exceptional views. Bit of scrambling here and there. The ridge walk looks easy but takes much longer than you think. Bring lots of snacks and water - took us 7 hours.

Folks, identity politics aside this is a fair weather smut! Today she was a wet and muddy smut. The views are amazing and hike is not too bad. We got to base of the scramble before the snow and sleet turned us around. The Pass of Caradhras was blocked; so we had no choice but to face the long dark of Moria.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful ridge hike! Would recommend going clockwise so you don't have to scramble down.

hiking
1 month ago

A group of 7 of us just did this hike on Tuesday September 11th 2018 and it’s now my favourite! Even my 9 1/2 year old dog, Jada did it with us. Incredible views the entire time. Highly recommended! We completed the hike clockwise as suggested. You want to do this hike on a clear day to admire the amazing views. With 7 of us and a dog, lots of picture breaks and snack breaks it took us 6 hours. But we were slow! We saw three grizzlies!! They were grazing on the mountain side so they were far away from the group! Amazing to watch them through the binoculars.

Incredible! We were lucky enough to have an inversion today. Could not have asked for a better way to experience this hike. Wouldn’t want to attempt this in snow or wet, but if the weather is dry enough, this is a superb day out. We took 5 hours with lots of breaks just chilling along the Ridge soaking it in. Would recommend starting from the South and going clockwise. Add it to your must do list. Well worth the drive from Calgary.

on Tent Ridge Horseshoe

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike, would say it's moderately hard but not super difficult if you go at your own pace! Definitely start clockwise as everyone suggests. This hike took us 4 hours and 20 minutes with a snack break and LOTS of picture breaks to capture the non-stop amazing views. It gets quite windy up top because you're on top of a mountain and there is nothing to stop the wind, so wear layers - I'd even recommend gloves and maybe even a toque! I'm not a very accomplished hiker, and I didn't find this hike to be intimidating at all. Don't let some of the other reviews and mention of scrambling scare you! Would definitely recommend this to anyone look for a challenging but rewarding hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike that isn't the most difficult but you get superb views. When we hiked it was very smokey but still the views were amazing. You can do the hike in either direction and i think either way is just as challenging. Will do this great hike again when the air is crisp and there is no smoke.

Loved this hike. The scramble is fun & doesn’t take long. Once you’re on the ridge the views are amazing!

on Tent Ridge Horseshoe

hiking
2 months ago

So fun! I’m not a terribly experienced hiker, so the little scramble at the beginning was exciting. I was definitely a little scared, but in a good way! The views were awesome and walking the ridge was a treat.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this trail today and wasn’t too smoky. Great scenic views once you are on the ridge. It took nine of us to complete the 10 km hike in just under 5 hours. A little bit of scaling and worth it! Stay hydrated!

Absolutely phenomenal views of Mount Smuts, Mount Birdwood and Mount Fist. One of the most spectacular views I've ever seen in a day hike. Highly recommend. A little bit of exposure at the first climb to the left ridge but definitely pretty mild. Can't wait to do it on a non-smokey day!

Definitely one of the coolest hikes I’ve ever done! It was reaaaaally smokey but we got some good shots still! When you find the parking lot, definitely start with the trailhead on the LEFT. I would not want to do the loop starting on the right. Cant wait to do it again when there’s isn’t so much smoke and we can see all the mountains!

hiking
3 months ago

Saw many dogs mastering this trail like it was a walk in the park! Very fun scrambling at the beginning (going clockwise), and the spot at the top near the radio tower; I could make my home there and never leave. We were hiking in the middle of June so it was quite hot and not much shade or protection from the sun. Some parts of the slope going down we’re still snow ridden so we had some fun and “Skied” down some sections.

hiking
3 months ago

Another great ridge walk & hike. 2018 August long weekend (Monday), so it was rather busy, most likely due to the Facebook factor (thanks Hike Alberta FB group (¬_¬)) We started clockwise, as suggested here in other reviews. After the first few Km's in the woods, you start the scramble up to the ridge. There are a few exposed areas that those afraid of heights might balk at. Once at the radio tower, it's an easy descent down the saddle and then another grind up to the next peak. The longer ridge walk was great. The descent took a while, but I'm glad we were going down it, rather than up.

3 months ago

Great hike! Go clockwise for sure as some of the trail if you were to go the opposite way would be difficult. Sunscreen is a must, I forgot to put some on my legs and now they are bright red. The views are to die for and are totally worth the effort and sweat to see it. Poles are a huge help going up and coming down especially on the ridge itself as it gives you more stability then just your two legs. My friend and I walked at an average pace and I stopped alot as I take a ton of pictures, so that and stopping for lunch we did the hike in 6 hours. This is a must hike, one of the best so far!!

This is one of my faves, the view is just all sorts of gorgeous. I had so many WOOOOWWWWW moments and then would go around a corner and have a NO WAY AS IF, WOOOOWWWWW moment. It keeps getting better. There are a lot of weather changes along the ridge so bring layers. Also basically drown yourself in sunscreen because you are pretty much inside of the sun for the entirety of the ridge walk, good way to get leather skin...or in my case sunburn. I seem to always have sunburn, I should figure this out. Anyways, definitely do it clockwise, I would not want to scramble down what I went up, especially when I'm tired towards the end. I usually am a whiner because I have sad out of shape hot dog legs and incline and me are not friends, but I honestly did not find this one that bad. Throw on some hip hop and before you know it you'll be at the mountain base ready for the best part. Go on a clear day so you get the full view of all the beauty, and make sure it's not windy because blowing off that ridge would be pretty sucky. Poles helped. Also bring a sandwich, you'll get hungry for sure.

Beautiful hike. stunning 360 degree views, summits and lush mountain valleys, what's not to like.

hiking
3 months ago

Tent ridge is a wonderful hike. The clockwise loop is really worthwhile (starting at the trail below the parking lot) - the scrambles are fun if you have experienced scrambling before and a good place to learn if you are just beginning. They are nothing too crazy. Views from the summit are spectacular and the final ridge walk towards Spray Lakes is gentle in elevation and offers the best views of the hike. When you go down, make sure to go down and to the left trail as opposed to straight through, which will loop you back to the starting trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing view. Well worth it. Took us 5.5 hours and clockwise was definitely the best way to start!

hiking
3 months ago

Fist time and I loved it !! Awesome little hike. I’d rate it as easy to low intermediate, but I guess that is determined by your comfort level. Definitely start clockwise...just sayin. The scramble is extremely easy and just plain fun ! The day was gorgeous and the views unforgettable

hiking
3 months ago

So far the best views I’ve seen on a hike. So much fun climbing the rocks. Sliding down the mountain was not fun but it’s still one of the best hikes I’ve done. Not for first time hikers.

Best views I’ve ever gotten on a hike. Definitely a favourite. Done it twice now, the second time got a little sketchy, however, because the weather got quite bad making the rocks on the ridge very slippery. Would not bring a beginner hiker along if you are doing the complete ridge walk. It’s very easy just to do the hike/climb at the beginning and head back to the start instead of doing the whole loop if you’d like a shorter/easier day.

This is one of my new favourite trails! Don’t underestimate the low(ish) elevation gain, the views are stunning! You spend a brief 30 minutes or so climbing the mountain and the rest of the hike is a beautiful, easy ridge walk with incredible 360 degree views. My friend and I did this hike in 3 hours and 20 minutes with intermittent jogging. Do this trail!!!

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