Canyon Creek Ice Cave Trail

MODERATE 93 reviews

Canyon Creek Ice Cave Trail is a 13.2 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bragg Creek, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
13.2 km
ELEVATION GAIN
493 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

scramble

no shade

21 days ago

Definitely would recommend taking your bike tor the service road. We did this hike on Saturday and the hike was nice. Would also recommend poles when getting to the top close to the caves. Nice hike !

hiking
22 days ago

This trail was very nice. Taking our bikes made the trip a lot more enjoyable. The hike to the caves was not as perilous as some have suggested. It was a enjoyable and unique hike that does not take up your whole day.

hiking
26 days ago

A friend and I completed this trail yesterday and it was great. As many people have previously stated, the walk along the service road is long but with good conversation it went by quickly - or bring bikes for the road. As you approach the end of the road where a large shell site is located, look for the orange diamond trail marker on the right side of the road. By this point you can definitely see the cave in front of you, as well as the neighboring caves. We kept to a trail/direction that diagonally worked up the slope, with a brief straight up climb towards the cave opening. It begins to get steeper as the trail comes out of the trees but it is manageable, just take your time and look a head of you to plan your route towards the cave. We were the only people on this section of trail but be cautious of rocks rolling down from people above you or you releasing rocks towards people below you.

After exploring the cave and having lunch, we headed down towards the creek bed and met up with the trail that parallels along the creek to the shell site, and from there followed the road back to the car park. Definitely remember to bring head lamps/flashlights so you can explore the cave and the multiple caverns within the main cave. You may also want to bring trekking poles to assist with the portion of the hike from the end of the service road to the caves, and back down through the loose scree. Definitely worth the short but steep hike towards the cave from the service road, the views within and along the outside of the cave are awesome!

hiking
1 month ago

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1 month ago

I’d almost say this trail is difficult because once you get up into the scramble it’s slippery and there are lots of false trails. But getting to the top is worth it to see the cave - bring good shoes and extra layers and a flashlight so you can explore deeper into the cave (jackets recommended as the cave is quite chilly)!

hiking
1 month ago

from the parking lot it's 6 km to get to the trailhead. it's on a flat long hot boring gravel Service Road that takes forever to walk down. I would highly recommend bringing a bike to do this. By the time we got to the trailhead it was so hot and it also takes a lot out of you coming back down that road after the hike to the lot. once you start the trail though it's a pretty good hike. some Woody sections, Rocky sections and rooty sections. The first 3/4 of the hike I'd rate as easy. The last 1/4 I'd rate as hard. once you come out of the trees you're faced with roughly a thousand foot climb up a fairly steep grade. loose Rock and big rock everywhere so you have to keep your eyes open for people above you knocking them down and coming at you. there's multiple ways up to the opening of The Cave. Some are easier than others with one section being scramble and bouldering. the cave is super cool and I found it to be quite a challenge to get up that main slope to the entrance. I would highly recommend bringing poles just for some extra security on the way down. overall I'd rate the hike as moderate in difficulty. walking from the parking lot to the cave and back took roughly 5 hours. would definitely do again but not without a bike for that Gravel Road. so brutal

1 month ago

Wish I had brought a bike for the first 6kms down the gravel road. Lost the trail a couple times, definitely wear good shoes for this one.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Awesome hike. Fun caves. Bring a sweater and flash light. It's cold and dark in the cave.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

2 months ago

This was a great hike! At the very end it's almost a scramble up to the cave, but it was a nice change after walking in on the road, I would recommend walking up the river bed instead of the road.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

Fun hike! If you have a bike it's definitely faster to get to the trail head, but you can walk the dirt road. Cave is very cool bring a head lamp!

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Fun hike. Cool cave (no pun intended). You’re better off to ride a bike up the 6km access road to the actual trail head. Other than that it’s a really enjoyable scramble and the views are great!

3 months ago

3 months ago

Favourite local hike! Recommend biking in as is a pretty walk but a bit tedious to walk both ways, easy bike ride. Trailhead starts on the right where the road ends and easy to follow, tie bike to trees here. Have done this hike 3 times and froze on the open scree section and couldn't get to the cave on my first attempt and have seen others do the same-it's steep! So worth it to push on and go up into the cave. Big temperature drop only a few feet in, pretty cool to venture inside but bring a jacket and light. I somehow get off the main trail every single time I've hiked back down but just follow the river back to the road.