Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

I really really enjoyed this hike. I picked it for my first solo hike as my biggest concern was losing the trail while alone and I got the sense there would be lots of traffic to help keep me on track. There was and it was really enjoyable with awesome views. I'd call it moderate difficulty as it seemed a lot easier than grizzly peak or heart mountain. I think based on distance mostly. Loved it

Loved this hike! Super technical, need to have good balance and able to climb some rocks but stunning views. Steady incline the whole way up with lots of loose gravel. Difficult to keep on the trail - watch for blue dots, ribbons and stone inukshuks to keep you on track.

Still deep snow the last km, we turned around rather than push through to the lake as you often punch through and sink up to your knees. However the view of the Spray Lakes and valley at the viewpoint made this an enjoyable day.

Perhaps my favourite hike in the Canmore area - challenging, but not overly difficult, and absolutely gorgeous views of Ha Ling and the valley.

A quick yet challenging and incredibly rewarding hike. Please wear appropriate hiking boots. I have seen too many people try and tackle this hike in runners and I highly recommend against that for safety reasons. Have fun but more importantly, respect nature and BE SAFE. Happy hiking :)

Even if you just make to the pass the views are incredible. Made the summit last year but went May 5th this year and sank into 2 meter drifts after the pass. Mid June should be good.

Closed until Mid June as of May 15th 2018

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!

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6 days ago

An enjoyable walk I've done 3 times!

Did this trail 2 days ago. Great view!

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7 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.

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!

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7 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

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1 month ago

Went in the summer and this hike was breathtaking!

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1 month ago

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

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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

Really beautiful and we didn't see anyone. Pretty snowy but we could still make it ok. Will definitely be returning in summer!

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.

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