Canyon Creek Ice Cave Trail

MODERATE 132 reviews

Canyon Creek Ice Cave Trail is a 12.9 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, nature trips, and mountain biking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
12.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
500 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

no shade

hiking
19 days ago

Bring a bike for the first bit. Bring a flashlight for the cave. It doesn’t go very far in, just past where
you can see the entrance and it is worth making it to the end (that’s where the ice is).

hiking
19 days ago

Definitely better to bike the first 5km. Open, gravel trail. Lots of oil/gas stations in the way, which was a turn off. The cave itself is very neat, and bigger than we expected. We didn't go to the next Chambers as the pass is very narrow and we did not have any experience in exploring caves. Overall,it is an interesting hike for those who seek a different spot to explore (other than lakes, summits and waterfalls). Bring gear to explore the caves, including headlamps, extra clothes, cloves, helmets.

1 month ago

This is a gravel road, not a trail, after a few km’s we decided it wasn’t a hike we wanted to do ... wide open gravel road, no tree coverage... not the kind of hike for a hot day.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked on Sunday, July 15th, 2018.
Recommend bringing a bike to travel the first 5kms or so as it is just a fairly flat gravel road that you follow to get to the beginning of the trail.
There are a few different ways up, but they'll all take you to the same place.
I would recommend bringing a headlamp and some extra batteries because the cave itself is a LOT deeper than I initially thought. My friend and I went in as far as we could just using our phone lights, but decided it would be best to turn around once we couldn't see the entrance anymore.
another suggestion is to bring extra traction for your boots - it gets pretty slippery deeper in the cave.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was quite good! It started out with a a really easy flat walk but when you get to the path the intensity amplifies. It has quite beautiful views but I found the path hard to stay on and got lost once we hit the rock/scramble area. Everything looked like a path so we unfortunately went the wrong way but did finally make it to the cave. Other than getting lost the hike was amazing and the ice caves definitely make it worth it! It is smart to bring a strong flashlight and a jacket as the cave is cold enough to see your breath. In the opening of the cave you can climb up one of the sides for a gorgeous and slightly scary view. Biking to begin is a good idea as the beginning stretch is quite basic and is quite flat. All in all the trail is quite good just make sure you go the right way and have fun!

1 month ago

a great hike. definitely suggest a bike for the first portion IF you want to do it quick. other wise the walk is fine.
this is definitely not for little kids.
there is a bit of a rock scramble at the top to get into the ice cave.
ice cave was cool to see.
make sure I have proper foot wear..
honestly it was hard to have a dog on a leash the whole time.
they need to find their path way up and down a rock scramble. so keep this in mind..

over all it was beautiful

1 month ago

The ice cave was super interesting. Same as every one else has said: bring a flashlight and a warm jacket. I brought a windbreaker with fleece inside and it wasn't warm enough for me. The majority of the hike was flat and it was cool to see some rams up in the mountains but the view was kind of tainted by the oil piping that was running along the hiking trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Would definitely suggest biking the road - then lock to a tree and then as short hike up to the caves. Bring a flashlight if you are wanting to explore inside them.

2 months ago

Bikes, bike helmets, headlamps, gloves, warm coats a must for this bike/hike/cave tri-event. Once at the cave and after entering main chamber there's three tight squeeze s each leading to a smaller area. Super fun and safe with common sense. Our trip lasted 4.5 hours counting lunch and with an 11 year old and with bikes. Saw a marmot at cave entrance. Super fun hike if you bring bikes, otherwise will be a long walk. Access to parking area is off 66 and take Ings mine dirt road turn off.

2 months ago

its not hard at all. Easy walk on the road. Better if you bike. The effort biking or walking the bike up sime hills, pays off for a super easy and fun ride back

2 months ago

I suggest bringing a bike to get to the base of the mountain. Once there the hike is a steady climb. The caves are interesting. There are some small crevasses inside the cave that are worth exploring. Once through they open up and bring you to the upper section where there is an even better view of the surroundings.

2 months ago

Long walk on the road, very short trail through the trees before a steep but fun scramble. The caves were fun and cold, went through some small crevices and holes to explore further. Flashlights and jackets needed in the caves.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. The stretch of walking up to the bottom of the mountain pays off with a short yet fun scramble up the route we took. Exploring the cave was phenomenal but not advised to people with claustrophobia as the inner channels can get really narrow. At some point I even had to take my daypack off just to fit making it a fun adventure. Some tips if its your first time, bring a flashlight and a jacket, it gets colder the deeper you go in the cave. If you plan to go really deep then a headlamp and gloves would be a good idea.

hiking
2 months ago

long walk along the road. the cave was super cool to explore. i can see why people bike it tho. its hot on that road way.

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike not to hard depending on the route you take. I wouldn’t say it’s a place I’d go back to again.

Just a heads up to anyone seems like this might be a tick hot zone me and my buddy both had ticks on us when we got home and checked so if anyone’s thinking about going check yourself and everyone. Here’s a link for any info for anyone who’s encountered these nasty buggers.

https://www.emedicinehealth.com/ticks/article_em.htm#what_is_the_prognosis_for_a_tick_bite

hiking
3 months ago

As stated a thousand times it would save a lot of time and energy to bike this trail to the bottom of the mountain before going up to the caves. But the long walking down the road wasn’t so after the steep incline and decline as a good cool down. Some beautiful views down in the valley and especially up at the cave! Only got a couple hundred feet into the cave, it lives up to its name and got very icey and very slippery and were worried about the dogs as they were sliding all over the place. Not to much shade over the duration of the hike , bring lots of water, a good flash light (if you plan to explore the cave...phone flashlight wasn’t the greatest). All in all very fun hike.

hiking
3 months ago

I’ve done this twice now and enjoyed it both times. The long trek along the service road can be kind of dull, but with a friend and good conversation the trip doesn’t feel that long. The real trail starts at the end of the service road, and climbs fast to a section of light scrambling. I recommend having headlamps for the cave as it gets pitch black the further in you go. Also make sure to bring a helmet as there are some low hanging walls! The ice wall a few hundred meters into the cave is quite a sight to behold especially if you bring some bright light sources. Like others have said there are a lot of false trails heading up to the cave itself, but it’s generally pretty easy to pick your path. All in all it’s a good hike, would be 5 stars if it weren’t for the initially walk along the service road.

3 months ago

Really enjoyable hike. The actual trail is very short and took us about 3.5 hours total including exploring the cave, lunch break and a broken bike. Highly recommend bringing a bike, the ride to the trail requires work but the ride back is almost all downhill. The cave was very nice to see with great views at the top. This cave is much colder than Rats Nest cave in Canmore. If you plan on exploring, bring a warm jacket, gloves and headlamp.

hiking
3 months ago

Definitely bike in the service road otherwise walking it takes up most of the time. Bring headlamps.

5 months ago

Definitely make sure to bring headlamps for each member of your group.

6 months ago

Awesome hike with great reward at the end. I believe this is also called inges mine??? Very hot to do in summer. No shade on trail.

hiking
7 months ago

This is a great warm up hike to shake things out for the season. I’ve done it a few times and have enjoyed it every time.

8 months ago

Once you get to the trail, it's great. The long boring walk along the service road to get there was unbearable. The cave is a sight to behold. The light scramble to get up there was fun, not very technical, very accessible.

9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
10 months 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
10 months 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

10 months 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.

11 months ago

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

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