C Level Cirque Trail

MODERATE 144 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

1 day ago

If you want to climb the very top and see Two Jack lake + Minnewanka lake, be ready that it is a short yet extremely steep climb. If it is a cloudy day, you won't be able to see that emerald water reflecting from the sun making it a less of a view. The top of the hike is challenging due to small rolling rocks. Saw some beginners falling, so have some good shoes:) Other than that, the forest is beautiful, full of mosquitoes, make sure you have a bug spray!

7 days ago

first time doing this hike. it was a good short hike...took us 1hour to get to the amphitheatre which was nice. When you start the hike about 15 mins in, once you pass the graffiti houses take a right at the turn off to see lake minnewanka. beautiful views!!

just a side a note...steep hike...so wear proper shoes! and sticks would be nice if it's your first time!

hiking
7 days ago

This was a very cool hike. The first few kms were in the trees with a easy-moderate incline. You then hit an opening in the trees with a view of a mountain with a huge rock slide down the middle. You will continue up to an area with huge boulders where a lot of hikers will sit and have lunch. Don’t quit there, the next kilometer or so get very steep and quite difficult. The view from the top of Lake Minnewaka is beautiful and worth it. Well then we decided to take a little adventure and head off the left side instead of going back down the trail and we hit the scree slope which was much faster getting down but was quite technical. The rest of the descent down was easy and fast. Total hike time for us was approximately 3.5 hours.

7 days ago

Great hike. The trail to the cirque is a long trek and has some decent incline, but it seemed to go on forever because you’re in the trees the whole time. The cirque is pretty but definitely continue up for the real reward. It is a slog from the cirque to the top but it’s 100% worth it for the view. We stopped at the pond on the way back. It took us 5 hours at a moderate pace with 30 mins at the top and a few more stops for photos. Bring bug spray!

9 days ago

definately took my time on last steep climb - majority is dirt vs scree so a little easier (I had my dog).. saw several groups not do last section. will do it again with better shoes and on a day with better air quality (smoke impacted our lake minnewanka views!).

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful hike!

15 days ago

The first 2.2 miles are an uphill meander through the pines. It is a comfortable stroll that takes about 1.5 hours if you take your time. The trail finishes with a .6 mile uphill at a steep grade. It isn't a technical hike, but the last part burns the legs. Takes about 2.4 hours up stopping to enjoy the views. It's 70 minutes down.

hiking
18 days ago

Popular hike. Definitely worth the extra climb once you reach the bowl for stunning views of Minnewanka. Wear a good pair of boots, I just had trainers and was a little unnerving coming down the steep loose stone/gravel path.

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike. The first couple of miles are nice and moderate on a pretty smooth trail surrounded by trees. There aren’t great views out over the mountains at first because of the forest cover, but the scenery in there is great regardless. There’s a short detour trail near mile 2 that leads to a hidden bright blue pond that’s picturesque. The last ascent was quite steep and intermittently rocky but most definitely worth the effort- the views of the cirque and the views at the top are spectacular and unforgettable. I’d do this hike again for sure.

22 days ago

Take a walk on the wild side! This hike was a heck of a good time.

The first part of the hike has a bit of everything. Vegetation, rocks, dirt, absolute bone chilling silence and even chipmunks! Not to mention possible death-by-mineshafts! It is very Lord of the Rings-esque.

The culmination of the first part brings you to a “rock amphitheatre” where you can look at small rocks, medium rocks and big rocks too (don’t try to lift the big rocks - they are heavy!). Good spot to stop for a shotgun, a sandwich or a picture with a rock.

From there, the last part of the hike takes you up a relatively steep slope. Your glutes will be firing and you may be contemplating what the point of it all is, but then you get to the top. Let me tell you - it’s a heck of a view! I won’t give any spoilers, but suffice to say you can see *two* lakes and bison country. Neat!

The coolest part? The way back down is literally the exact same, but - this time - you walk down the hill and not up! Heelies recommended!

hiking
22 days ago

Easy access, ample parking, well maintained. Trailhead is easy to find and the scenery is stunning. If the uphill leaves you breathless, the views will give you an excuse to linger and catch your breath. The turnaround is a wonderful place to picnic before making your way back to the car, and worth the effort. Get out there!

29 days ago

Good warm up hike for future hiking during the summer months

hiking
30 days ago

Great hike. Fairly easy incline until the very end, worth it for the view!

hiking
1 month ago

The views from the top are really unbeatable. A good steep climb toward the end but nothing that most people can't handle. It is true the first part is in the woods but it's all worth it for the view!

hiking
1 month ago

Well maintained trail. Not really steep but steady climb. There is a small lake surrounded by trees that I recommend checking out.

1 month ago

Excellent trail. If you want to see the lake you have to reach the highest view point (most of the people stop before).

1 month ago

You hike about 2.5 miles uphill in the woods before getting to any views. I’m not sure if I went all the way to the top. Where I ended was nice, but there is better out there hence the 3 stars. Tune views from the base point are very nice if you don’t want to hike. Plenty of pick nick tables at the base

hiking
1 month ago

Going down the trail is much easier than up. The upper portion needs to be taken slower since there are portions where it is steep with gravel and rock slides under your shoes, even with hiking boot grips. I would hike it again in a heartbeat!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Going up is a struggle past the first lookout because it becomes quite steep and rocky at points. If it is wet, it is slick. Definitely recommend proper hiking rates shoes or boots for the upper portion. It’s quite the workout getting to the high point. Loved the view, well worth the effort.

1 month ago

Trail was dry and in good shape mid-June 2018. Trail is quite manicured for the first 2/3s of the hike, but the view at the end is well worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

Was brought here by our guide Michael from White Mountain Adventures and it was spectacular. Halfway up there is a beautiful lookout point and the top of the hike is truly spectacular. It’s a bit longer than you realize it will be but it’s absolutely worth it. We went May 26th and it was totally clear.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked up this route yesterday and had to turn back about 1km from the end due to deep crusty snow. Would definitely still need snowshoes. I would definitely go back when the snow has retreated a bit more or with snowshoes. Saw a lovely little black bear on the way back too.

hiking
3 months 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!

8 months ago

Full of snow, but fun!

9 months ago

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

hiking
11 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).

11 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
11 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
11 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!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

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.

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