Arethusa Cirque Route is a 2.6 mile loop trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,108 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wildlife

snow

snowshoeing
snow
6 months ago

Trail was packed due to hikers and many down hill skiers! Lots of fresh snow to play in if you wonder off the path, nice views from the ridge!

snowshoeing
snow
6 months ago

Went snowshoeing on November 11th. Amazing conditions, fresh and deep snow, would have been impossible without snowshoes. Lot of people were doing ski touring. Beautiful views

hiking
7 months ago

Wonderful larch hike!

hiking
snow
7 months ago

completed this hike on Saturday. Easy hike even in snow and there is a gorgeous view. larches are still golden! A bit slippery as the sun melted the snow. Poles will be helpful in the slippery parts!

hiking
snow
7 months ago

hiking
rocky
snow
7 months ago

Fantastic Larch hike! Trail was quite snowy and deep in some places, but overall very doable. Took 2 hours round trip. Arrived at 9:30 and parking lot was near empty, but was full by time we finished hiking.

hiking
8 months ago

One of my favourites larch hikes.. easy to the cirque and wonderful views ❤️plenty of room there for the kids to run and play!

hiking
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

Beautiful. The larches were completely out. The trail was very busy on a Sunday, and in sections steeper than we would have liked (baby in carrier on our body). Gorgeous cirque, saw sheep and pica, as well as some rock avalanches high in the mountains.

hiking
8 months ago

Great shorter hike. Awesome meadows and peak views. Larch trees are Golden. If you want an easier ascent take the right trail at the fork if you like a little more challenge take the left. Get out there and Hike Alberta ! Follow Hike Alberta on Facebook and @hike.alberta on IG

hiking
8 months ago

It’s larch season and everyone and their dog is out there. Thousands of cars lining the highway shoulders originating from pocaterra ridge parking lot. Drive slow as people are behaving as if this is not a highway. Get there in the early afternoon to find parking and to avoid the early morning flurry of activity.

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

Beautiful fall Larch Hike. I'd say my favorite so far. glad we went early was busy when we were coming down. too windy to add little Arethusa.

hiking
8 months ago

This was a beautiful hike. Highly recommend it. The larch trees were bright gold this time of year!! Middle trail is steep incline up but the larches were well worth it, fall colors are just breathtaking. The land features in the cirques are neat and fun to explore, lots of fossils walking through the big rocks and the little streams brings peaceful feelings. Amazing landscape! I imagine this place would be very green, lush and full of flowers in the spring.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail! Views the entire way up. While we couldn’t find the “loop” and ended up hiking in and out I don’t think we missed much. Definitely recommend.

hiking
8 months ago

wide open trails, and so many things to see! quite accessible.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful trail with spectacular views. The larch are just starting to turn, so colors are beginning to show their splendor; should be awesome in a couple more weeks. As mentioned by other hikers; the first part of the trail is quite easily followed, but once you reach the fork, it becomes progressively harder to make out. The AllTrails app certainly helps keep you on the right track; it's definitely worth having. We were lucky enough to see 3 large grizzlies (from a safe distance) at the top of the loop. Not often you get that kind of opportunity. All in all, it's a beautiful trail that most people could handle, if they're in relatively good shape.

hiking
8 months ago

Did the hike on September 18. We saw 3 grizzlys at the top. We were able to get ahead of them to complete our circuit. Beautiful hike. The larches are starting to turn.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

Once you arrive to the meadow and the trails split many different ways, we stuck to the left to ascend as others here mentioned it’s steep and our knees don’t do well on steep descents. Ascent was fine, descent got the heart pumping but do able no problem. Once we got to the scree / scramble area at the base of mount arethusa, we took in the great views and continued along the rock (no marked trail up there) all the way around to storm mountain base, which had snow up high, so beautiful, but was VERY WINDY. If you plan on doing above the tree line, wear good hikers and pack layers it got pretty chilly and be sure footed, take your time. We got lost/ confused on how to reconnect to the loop, but made our way down through the trees/ forested area which lead us to the creek and waterfalls, just breathtaking! Lots of different views throughout of surrounding mountains. Eventually popped out at the meadow and trails obviously marked to connect to initial trail to parking area. This was a 2.5hr hike for us including breaks and going beyond the official cirque trail listed here, 4.96km.

hiking
8 months ago

slow,

hiking
8 months ago

Nice short hike in an alpine valley. Similar to nearby Ptarmigan Cirque but not as busy and a bit of route finding required. Good for adventurous kids.

hiking
9 months ago

We took the slightly longer route another party recorded earlier in August. The route we took follows the dotted lines more or less parallel to the trail shown in red on the map. We went clockwise which worked out well. One steep section part way up the western side but once up there it was all beautiful open alpine meadow. Lots of streams coming out of the scree. The trail offers great variety in a short distance. Rushing streams, open meadows, wide open vistas and lots of neat geology including fossils. Coming back in October when the Alpine Larches turn. Should be great. First time I've come across Bighorn Sheep in the forest on a trail. Saw 12 crossing the trail. Also noted a Clark's Nutcracker at the top although I saw no sign of either Pinyon or Whitebark Pine that usually go with the Clarks.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice hike with young kids. Good option if only looking for a couple hour hike. Very doable for our entire group. I would recommend taking a right and going counter clockwise around the cirque as there is one steep loose section better off descending. A couple of small sections where it may be tough to make out a trail once on the back wall but pretty easy to pick it up again as it is a cirque to follow around.

hiking
9 months ago

This cirque is quite beautiful. Trail was in great shape leading up to the trail split. Please note though that this trail as marked on the map is NOT above the tree line. So if you are above the tree line you are not on the trail that is shown on this map but actually on the bigger cirque that most people take. If you take the very first left at the trail split by the creek you will end up off course and onto the bigger cirque path and in for a very steep climb that I would rate as difficult and not the Moderate that this listing is rated. Still, it was thoroughly enjoyed.

a lot of route finding is required, most of the hike there is no path, you have to make sure you keep an eye out for orange tree markers. we went left when the path first splits and I found it easier to go up the steep hill rather than down it. it was a lot of fun.

hiking
rocky
scramble
10 months ago

This hike is gorgeous and so worth the trip to visit. Good idea to wear good footwear. It is very rocky. Your feet may get sore and tired in runners. There is tons of rocks to climb up and around. Lots of lose rock as well. It can be slippery on all the loose rocks. Be prepared to cross the creek a couple of times. We took my nine year old with us on this hike and she loved it.

hiking
10 months ago

We did the whole loop. Took the very steep way up at first- a bit of a hard climb but the views on the way and at the top were so worth it.

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