Baldy Pass Trail

MODERATE 114 reviews

Baldy Pass Trail is a 8.2 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.2 km
ELEVATION GAIN
514 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
8 days ago

Great hike! It was raining pretty steady the whole time so we had to be cautious on the way down with the slippery rocks but no slips.

hiking
12 days ago

A nice hike with lots of rocks on the bottom half and lots of roots on the top half. Some okay views along the way and a great view at the top of the pass. We'll probably come back to head up some of the peaks nearby - you can definitely do more than just the pass if you're up for it.

13 days ago

Decent shorter hike! Hour and a half up, hour down. Lots of tree roots to keep it interesting. Second half steeper but definitely doable. A lot of scree and rocks so watch the ankles! Good workout, we didn’t have time to explore further but the pass is nice for lunch, view is mainly of trees though!

hiking
16 days ago

My friend and I hiked this trail and enjoyed the views! Overall was not too difficult. Windy up top and a tad chilly, we brought layers.
We also ate lunch up on the ridge line. We did hike out towards Mount Baldy and got to the third highest peak before turning around.
We didn't see any snow :) we went June 5th. It was not too busy either.

hiking
25 days ago

Just a short Monday hike to show some friends visiting the area. Trail is now fully clear of snow (compared to 2 weeks ago - Early May 2018), so now its an easy 90 minute hike to the pass. Pretty windy along the ridge, so we just went a short way towards Mt Baldy.

hiking
29 days ago

Great hike, the beginning of the trail is super easy with the incline getting steeper for the second half of the route. For sure a beginners hike but great for anyone who enjoys a steady work out with a rewarding view :)

hiking
1 month ago

Decent hike but the payoff wasn't really great. Was quite busy and windy at the top but ok overall. Bring sunscreen, quite a bit of sun exposed stretches. My little dog enjoyed it!

hiking
1 month ago

Great first hike of the year, still too snowy to make it to the top of the mountain but we had a great time!

hiking
1 month ago

Went on Saturday May 5, still lots of snow in the last km to the top, bring poles and waterproof shoes. First 3km were nice condition though. Took us 1.5 hrs to go up with 2 kids and a dog, but also took us 1.5hrs to get down because of all the snow, very slippery.

hiking
1 month ago

Went today and thoroughly enjoyed this hike though poles and micro-spikes are still needed. Some loose rock/avalanche areas and icy steep parts. It took us about 2 hours up and about that back, but we were sliding quite a bit. Didn’t think we needed our micros-spikes so we only brought poles. Nice to have lunch at the top!!

hiking
1 month ago

Trail had some gorgeous views but was very narrow so passing people was a bit of a pain as the snow to the sides of the trail was VERY deep. Once we arrived at the end of the trail the wind picked up and snow rolled in so we did not stay long.

6 months ago

Trail is well-worn but snow and ice covered for the majority. Crampons and/or hiking poles are ideal. Gradual incline throughout. Beautiful views of kananaskis valley and Nakiska ski hill, quite windy at the top.

snowshoeing
7 months ago

Had a small amount of snow that had previously been packed down by others. This meant we didn't need snowshoes and just hiked up. Great view at the top, nice trail up the valley.

hiking
7 months ago

Great way to spend your morning! Completed in 2 hours, would love to go back and summit Midnight Peak

hiking
8 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike! Steady incline. Great views! Through forest for about an hour to the pass, then it opens up. At the pass, go left rather than right. Minimal scrambling up to a couple of peaks.

hiking
10 months ago

We parked and didn't know that the trail head is across the street as we hiked into the forest. It wasn't a clearly defined trail and lots of trees down went to the end of trail and turned back. A couple returning from hiking told us were the trail head is across the street. So we hiked some of it and turned around. The trail ground is quite rocky with sections of dirt.

10 months ago

Busy trails and a bit of an incline. But we really enjoyed it

10 months ago

Busy trails and a bit of an incline. But we really enjoyed it

11 months ago

The trail marked in red- the actual baldy pass trail- was pleasant and an easy ascent. Too easy in fact- we were tempted to follow the blue dotted line up to midnight mountain. The climb up to the peak was very difficult with lots of rock scrambling. We should've turned around once we reached the summit to do an out and back. Instead we made the poor choice of trying to follow the blue dotted line and do a loop. A very bad choice. We scrambled down wooded mountain side for hours, no trail in sight. We made it back to the trailhead without injury but lots of frustration.

hiking
11 months ago

I love it! I hike a lot, was a little sceptical of the mixed reviews, but it was an awesome quick (4 hours) with lunch and photos etc hike! Route is easy to find, and the view at the summit its amazing ! Great for beginners and people just looking to do something for the day!

hiking
11 months ago

I love it! I hike a lot, was a little sceptical of the mixed reviews, but it was an awesome quick (4 hours) with lunch and photos etc hike! Route is easy to find, and the view at the summit its amazing ! Great for beginners and people just looking to do something for the day!

11 months ago

Gorgeous views, great workout for a beginner at hiking. Lots of uneven ground so have proper footwear!

hiking
11 months ago

Good season starter, not too difficult. It had more of a steady incline than I was expecting but isn't bad at all. Forest trail to some loose rock the rest of the way up. Overall it is a decent hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Took us about 3 hours and 45 minutes in total. That is including a lunch break and a Canada Day photo shoot (with our flag).

Once we got to, what we thought was the top, we stopped and had a lunch break. We had hiked for two hours at this point. Views were pretty good, we enjoyed seeing how the terrain changed as we looked from the East view, to the West view.

We then decided to wander and try to get a higher, better view. We hiked up to the top of the rocky, barren area and from there found another trail head, marked with ribbon that continued up to the South-West through more forested area.

It took about 10-15 minuted and we were able to get to a summit that offered a better view. The hike was steep and the trail was not visible at all times. There seem to be numerous trails that wind their way through the forest to the summit. Great hike and great Canada Day.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Moderate hike if you are not that experienced! Return was 3-4hr, nice hike but the views are not that incredible. I wouldn't do this one again. Not worth it in my opinion!

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

An easy-moderate hike. Not too much elevation gain. Forrest trail with some rocky terrain along the way. It's decent, doable fairly quickly but really boring. No sights no views. Even when you get to the plateau or destination in order to get any kind of view you have to hike up to the first or second summits to your left. First summit takes about 15 mins, second another 10. Kind of the same view from both. This isn't a hike I would do again. Took us 3 hours including lunch and scrambling up to the second summit. It's good if you just want to do a nature walk and get out of the city.

hiking
Monday, June 12, 2017

Did this hike yesterday in the rain and snow and it was a good medium trail. (The snow didn't stick) Most of the path is single file, and even in the fairly heavy sleet we saw around 5 other groups, so I wonder if it gets busy when it's sunny. Even with the limited visibility it was still a pretty hike.

hiking
Monday, June 12, 2017

Starts with a nice climb into forest then turns into a rocks trail probably formed by water stream. There are no clear markings but very good workout with roughly 300 mts climbing in total. Be prepared for some rough climbing and plan for 2 hrs up and back with small break for a moderate hiker

hiking
Friday, June 09, 2017

First kilometer of the trail is easy woods hiking, then the difficulty picks up for the second kilometer as the main trail seems to have been wiped out by the rocky stream bed some years ago. After that the incline gets much steeper and the trail becomes very rooty and rocky until you reach the top, where the large flat rocks overlooking the forest valley are a great place for lunch!

Heard and spotted lots of birds and saw maybe 12-15 species of wildflowers.

hiking
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

No snow left. Trail is completely dry.

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