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

The first 1/3 was fairly doable and exciting. A little scrambling was needed. The second 1/3 was gravel fields and we somewhat lost the trail as it wasn't marked (try to stay somewhat right). On our way back we saw the "trail" but it was still very loose and difficult. We didn't do the last 1/3 as the gravel field wore us out too much. I think the trail is doable when you find your way through the gravel and you need to be in shape a little. I would also recommend good hiking boots and poles.

There is snow on this trail ! Made hiking it more difficult. Will definitely try it again in the summer.

did this on Sunday- great views the whole way up as a lot more exposed than ha ling. A lot of scrambling but manageable- we had 2 dogs and they loved it!

hiking
5 days ago

An enjoyable walk I've done 3 times!

Did this trail 2 days ago. Great view!

5 days ago

can someone tell me how far the waterfall is from the trailhead. thanx much.

hiking
5 days ago

Still quite a bit of snow today beyond where the trail splits...wish I didn’t leave my gaiters behind! I would definitely recommend if you’re heading up in the new few weeks. Snow pack is firm and walkable in places but some steps fall right through thigh-waist deep! Makes for a more tedious walk but still nice!

This was a really fun hike! Definitely hard but worth the view. My friend and I are both decent hikers but I didn't have proper hiking boots (just wore nikes) and neither of us had poles. They would've helped on the way down but it wasn't awful. Total took us 4 hours round trip including sitting and taking in the view. At the top, I over heard a few people saying that their 3.5 hours was good time so I don't know what trial they followed.
Lots of scrambling, scree, and wind. Its best not to be afraid of heights since you're pretty much on the side of the mountain at some points.

Trail was dry up until you reach the scramble to the glacier. Tons of snow made going any farther very difficult without snow shoes.

This trail was great first hike of the season for my mom and I. The best part was being able to bypass the busyness at grassi lakes to find a hike that was much better and had hardly any other hikers along the way. Although the sign posted says it opens on June 15th, we went for the May long weekend with no problems. Well marked trail, a few sections of steep incline but doable for a novice hiker. Great view at the top!

hiking
6 days ago

Still lots of soft, deep snow on the trail which made hiking more difficult than expected. The lake isn't thawed yet, either. The views were great, though! Will have to try again in a few months!

This is a hard scramble , well it was for me and my friend , it was not impossible but it was definitely difficult. You will definitely need hiking poles and actual hiking boots for this hike ( neither of which we had ) . The hike ended up being a total of 8 hours + plus getting a little lost Better to go in big groups for more motivation. Last scramble was definitely the hardest but we made it to the top.
we did take some lovely pictures along the way though instagram.com/morountodun

Finished the hike May 19, 2018. Great half day hike. Less busy than it’s neighbour Ha Ling. Took us 2.5 hrs on the way up with plenty of photo ops during the incline. Great view of Ha Ling! Easy scramble sections on the lower half. Last 1.5 km has more difficult scrambling sections, but worth the view. Took our time coming down. Round trip time was 4.5 hrs with a good 45 minute lunch at the summit and plenty of stops for photos. Still some snowy and wet spots that can make it a bit slippery but nothing to deter you from making the trip. Plus snow makes for great glissading on the way down! Lots of dogs on the trail but we left ours at home. Would be tough to lift and strap our guy in on some scrambling and scree sections near the top. Only saw one made it to the summit, most stopped at the lower plateau.

Love this easy hike! Gorgeous views with very little effort.

I completed this on the 12th May 2018 with two friends, all of us in reasonable shape. It took us about 4 hours in total, and we had a lot of time stopped to enjoy the view. We also didn't use any additional equipment such as poles or crampons. The trail itself is fairly well marked, with little blue squares on the exposed rock elements to point you in the right direction, and its also pretty heavily trafficked. There are several steep sections before you clear the treeline, and some of them you will need to scramble on. This trail offers a great view of Ha Ling Peak, and both the Bow and Spray Valleys. Approaching the summit, it turns into a more difficult scramble, which can be a little dangerous with lots of people dislodging rocks down. Go carefully, watch your footing, and don't be afraid to let people overtake or pass you. At the summit, you can see an interesting view of Mt. Rundle in the distance, but the better view is of Ha Ling, and you can see that pretty much after you clear the treeline. There was snow around, but not that much of it, but it was slippery due to the early season conditions. All in all, a solid little trail.

Started this hike at 330am this morning. It was beautiful, not too much snow on the trail. lots of hands on climbing. Was a lot easier then I thought from reading all the comments saying it’s a hard trail. finished around 830am we took lots of breaks to watch the sunrise.
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Great hike and scramble. Good early season conditions. Not much snow for early May.

So hard. So rewarding. I recommend staying night 1 at Lillian lake. Hiking the pass day 2 and staying at ribbon lake. And hiking out day 3 along the ribbon day use trail. Needs 2 cars but much more manageable.

easy trail with nice views

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favourite trails, definitely on the easier side. Beautiful views from the top

hiking
2 months 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.

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

Trust the ratings when it says this trail is hard. There was a lot of scramble to get to the summit, and although we brought our dog, he could not make it to the summit, with fear he would cut the pads of his paws. I recommend bringing back up socks for the decent once you pass the snow.

This trail has no markers or set paths, so be very cautious you don't get turned around on the way down.

Goat Pond is a short drive past the start point for some easy sight seeing.

great winter trail. The snow was very packed down, ended up not needing snowshoes. Easy to find and navigate.

all kinds of snow for skiing big cornices right now I would be careful

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Awesome snowshoe hike. The views are amazing and there was hardly anybody on the trail.
I’d rate it more easy than moderate, since the inclination is very gradual except for some hilly parts near the end. Took us
3 1/2 hours to complete it including snack and numerous photo breaks.
Can’t wait to see the lake in summer!

Did this one solo in mid-december was in great condition. Easy, short scramble with no technical challenges. Can be done in less than 3 hours at a decent pace. Some snow on the way to the summit but did not need cleats, however I would recommend bringing them depending on your comfort level. Going a bit off trail you can climb some fun slabs on the way to the south scree slopes. Great views of Ha Ling and Mt Lawrence Grassi to the east pretty much the whole way, especially once you reach the treeline.

hiking
5 months ago

Took to this trail with very little preparation and as a novice hiker in mid-late November 2017. Beware there was no parking lot nearby so we just ended up parking on the side of the road and leaving a note. The area has received a decent amount of snowfall in the last few days so the surrounding areas of the trail has fresh snow, maybe a foot or more deep in some places. The trail looked to have recently been hiked but we saw no one during our three hours on the trail. We started at about 10. My fiance and I take a lot of pictures so we didn't make it to the top, but we felt that we got close. I highly recommend crampons for hiking during the colder months that the area is still open for the season. There are areas of the trail that were a little slick or loose. Even though we didn't have crampons, we did have water proof boots and that got us through fine. But it would have been safer with the crampons. Even though we were beginners and the conditions were the way they were, the trail felt doable. As long as you have a sense of adventure and are fairly in shape for the conditions, it'll be great. Our breath was taken away during this hike!

hiking
5 months ago

Would recommend cleats in the winter. Nice views throughout the hike. Make sure you get on the walking trail and not the biking trail.

One of my favourite hikes. Not too long and worth the views.

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