C Level Cirque Trail

MODERATE 84 reviews
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C Level Cirque Trail is a 9.2 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Improvement District No. 9, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.2 km
ELEVATION GAIN
755 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

hiking
7 days ago

Nice little hike with nice view over Lake Minnewanka. I'd suggest doing the cascade mountain scramble instead, but this is much shorter so if time is a factor, go for it!

4 months ago

Full of snow, but fun!

6 months ago

Trail is getting pretty slippery with the snow on the trail, I'd recommend bringing ski poles.

hiking
7 months ago

Excellent hike to the summit with great views of the lake and the valley below.
For anyone hiking on Sunday September 10th, I lost my black North Face jacket (my absolute favourite) while stopped for lunch while watching the deer below. If anyone finds it, I would be grateful to see it returned (Karey: 587-896-3883).

7 months ago

Great hike to do. Pretty steep most of the way, with sandy/rocky sections towards the end. It's more of a scramble to get to the top, but totally worth it when you get there. The view of Lake Minnewanka is incredible. It was a bit hazy when we got there but was still amazing. Take plenty of water and stop often, took us around 4 hours to complete.

hiking
7 months ago

The official trail was a bit of a workout, nothing too crazy, and the view was OK. Not too crowded at all. However you have to continue up the "unofficial" trail to the high point. It is fairly steep and definitely a workout, but the views cannot be beat. Absolutely stunning and well worth the effort. I feel like anyone who has rated this hike poorly either went on a hazy day or did not complete the entire trail all the way to the top.

hiking
7 months ago

Good trail, very foresty for the majority of the hike. Arrived at 4pm on a Saturday and were essentially undisturbed. We didn't make it to the top - turned around at the glacier bowl (about 4km up) after 2.5 hours and made it back down in one and a half. Fantastic lookout point after the abandoned house - take a right at the first fenced-off mine shaft and follow the path to the outside. Would recommend!

8 months ago

Belle randonnée de niveau modéré (dans les bois au départ) mais de niveau difficile pour la fin (après l'éboulement rocheux). Mais vaut totalement la peine car la vue en haut est à couper le souffle (prendre une veste car le vent est très frais là haut)! Allez y bien chaussés car la montée de la fin est un défi. Comptez un 3-4h aller-retour. Il y a aussi un beau point de vue en prenant le mini sentier sur la droite juste après la maison abandonnée. On a un chien (très en forme), il a grimpé sans problème.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice trail, with great views if you make it up top of the lake and mountains. It's definitely a bit of a scramble after the initial 3ish km, but well worth it if you've got the energy. Most folks didn't continue pass the first viewpoint/stop.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice hike up to a really decent glacial bowl. Maybe a bit too much in the trees at the start but it's worth it.

hiking
9 months ago

I loved this hike! Felt like there was a new surprise around every corner with views, wild flowers, a glacier and an abandoned mining building with super neat graffiti. Loved it!

9 months ago

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hiking
9 months ago

The Trail is well taken care of and the views are amazing but I would put this at a moderate to hard Trail. The elevation gain is real and for someone who lives at 2500 ft and is active, I was sucking wind and a bit dizzy at the top but it was absolutely worth it. There are some technical, steep and thin trails at the top so be warned. Make sure you take the Trail to your right before the first fenced off area at about mile 1 because the view from that little section is unbelievable!

hiking
9 months ago

Not worth it . The last 600 ft are a rock scramble

9 months ago

Lovely hike with phenomenal view. mostly forest and well-marked trail. Don't stop at the base of the col. the view is much better at the top.

hiking
10 months ago

Good hike with a couple places to stop off trail. One about 1 km up off to the right on an old coal bed over looking the lakes. Pretty decent grade until the 3.8 km mark. Opens up to the glacier then you head straight up to the top. Along the glacier is pretty standard small trail, opens up to a rock area then you head up through the bush, can loose the trail if you aren't paying attention. Bit of snow left at the very top. Few places to enjoy the spectacular views. Brought the husky with me, little difficult with her going up and down after the glacier, but if you don't have a dog that pulls you'll be fine. With a few stops and about an hour at the top took roughly 4-4 1/2.

hiking
10 months ago

The lakes are beautiful! After u climbed to the peak the view is spectacular!

hiking
Monday, September 19, 2016

A few places to get a view early on the way up but wooded most of the rest of the way. Steady up until the last 20% then steep and difficult after you get to the open scrabble area. Wasn't sure at the top where it ended. I was within 20m according to the posted map which was odd. I just picked a place and enjoyed my lunch and an outstanding view!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Beautiful views!!

hiking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

Great hike!

hiking
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

It's the usual uphill grind through the Forrest. Some cool sights to see along the way - old mines and houses. When you get to the Cirque it's pretty cool. If you look to the right of the cirque you'll see a trail that goes up, this is a steep uphill battle for about 1.5 km or so to the top of the ridge on the right hand side of the cirque. Do it, take your time. It maybe adds 45 min to the hike. But once you get to the top of the ridge past the 2nd rock slide them ire of the valley, lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake is awesome.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Spectacular View of Lake Minnewanka!

hiking
Friday, September 02, 2016

Standard uphill slog, but the experience at the top is spectacular. Be sure to continue along the trail towards the rocks, the view is even better from up there.

hiking
Sunday, August 28, 2016

Did this one a few years ago in the fall. Nice steady uphill hike through the forest. Unfortunately when we reached the end it was too clouded to see the amphitheatre. Will have to try again!

Friday, July 01, 2016

Muddy with the rain but nice afternoon hike

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Great family hike to cirque basin. Steady incline (steepest during the first bit) through the forest, past old mine buildings + vent shafts, then arrive at the cirque (nice spot to enjoy a snack). Today, we headed past the cirque (faint trail along the right) + hiked the very steep path (about 1km/300m) up to the high point view. Stunning views of Lake Minnewanka + the valley. A challenging descent back to the cirque due to steepness + slippery conditions from a recent rain (I wouldn't recommend this additional stretch for young kids or inexperienced hikers).

Friday, May 27, 2016

Great hike. Not too difficult, but really enjoyable

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Great hike to do. Had a slow morning but wanted to get out to hike. Nothing too challenging but amazing view at the end.

hiking
Sunday, May 22, 2016

Good clear trail parking and toilets at the start on the trail and signed. Steep and short fairly tree covered until you get out to the rock pile. Pass a few of the old mine shafts in the woods and a great view of the valley/lake minnewanka at the top

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