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Cougar Creek Trail [CLOSED] is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Canmore, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.9 mi Elevation gain 1,991 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Hiking Walking Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Closed
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Note: As of September 2020, users have reported that this route is closed due to construction. Please check here for updates and more information: https://www.albertaparks.ca/parks/kananaskis/bow-valley-pp/information-facilities/trail-report/

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Carlos Buhler
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Hiking

Lots of places to get lost!

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Kat C
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Hiking

CLOSED Trail

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Nav K
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HikingRocky
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howard primmer
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HikingGreat!

Leisure hike up the creek.

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Kenneth Price-jones
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did this hike multiple times pre flood. was beautiful then. along with the Indian wall paintings which I'm sure are long gone since the flood.

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Samantha Melle
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HikingClosed

Mostly closed due to major construction. Took the Lady Macdonald trail instead and it was not quite what we had planned. Likely a beautiful creek hike once the construction is done.

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Stephan Roy
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HikingScramble

Hello fellow all traliens, this hike is following the creek bed. very easy walk. make sure to have great footwear as you are walking on rocky creek beds. You will definitely be walking across water, but nothing scary or challenging. we went all the way to the y in the creek and turned around. saw some rock climbers and the view at the top of the mountains is good.

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Whiplash Blue
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Hiking

Once you are past the debris net, there is no defined trail (except for a few nice short sections of mossy, pre-flood forest). You're mostly walking on streambed gravel and loose rocks, occasionally rock-hopping across the water or balancing on small logs. The marked AllTrails route stops at the winter ice wall, but you can go a LOT further up the creek depending on your tolerance for boulder hopping. I'd highly recommend poles for stability, log-crossing, and to give your ankles a break on the rocky terrain. The views improve once you are past the first major fork, but this hike is really about running water, the power of the 2013 flood, and the surrounding rock walls. This is a great place to take kids to play in the stream on a hot summer's day.

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Racha El-Dib
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Hiking

Hiked on May 2nd, 2020. You have to walk in and out of the stream, so prepare to get wet, do not bring small dogs. Was kind of a lame hike, and the end point wasn’t that great. The views are okay throughout, but I wouldn’t do it again.

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Cameron Sutcliffe-Jones
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only a little bit of snow left on trail

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Brooklea Graham
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Hiking

This is an extremely easy hike and should have its rating changed. I would even venture to say that it’s a little boring. Spikes are not needed and you can easily do it in runners. The trail head is very easy to find.

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Corina Kluge
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Walking

Very quiet trail, only saw 2 other people once over the debris net. Easy route. I wore crampons because packed snow can be slippery and annoying to walk on. I turned around shortly after the ice wall (not super impressive but still neat). Overall, nice walk along river bed with turns and tall mountains on both sides that make you seem small.

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Dan Gagnon
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I would rate this as easy, as there is no incline. Hard packed snow almost all the way through. Neat walk through a wide valley that took us 1-1/2 hours to get to the icewall, including time to stop and explore / take pics.

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Levi Vatamaniuk
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Icy

Just did it today, fairly easy but icy in spots. Trail path is packed. A bit nicer in the summer imo.

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Ryan Quinn
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HikingIcySnow

Nice little walk easy by all means ice spikes are good in a couple areas

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Sunny Szpak-Holly
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HikingIcySnow

Easy trail in winter. Creek is almost completely frozen over. Hard packed path. Very icy in spots.

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Douglas Paul
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Hiking

Fun winter walk up to the ice wall.

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David Burdon
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Hiking

The trail has changed drastically since the 2013 flood. I wouldn't say it is very scenic beyond seeing the wonderful rock faces. It is worthwhile for a quick outing while staying close to town. Less trafficked than the busy Grassi Lakes for sure.

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Eb Bour
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Hiking

Fyi its not a trail its a riverbed but it's fun

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Cody Moench
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Easy-Moderate Canmore Difficulty = ⭐️⭐️/ 5 Distance = ⭐️⭐️⭐️/ 5 Elevation = ⭐️/ 5 Scenery = ⭐️⭐️/ 5 Elapsed time = 2:36 Open walk down the creek bed. Depending on how much precipitation there has been when you go, prepare to get your feet wet. There are dead trees that you can use to cross the little creek at some points, others the creek is narrow enough to step over. There is very little shade on this hike.

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Elise Harman
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Hiking

A lot of fun jumping over the stream and balancing over logs to cross the creek. Waterproof shoes with good ankle support is recommended as there is a lot of loose rocks you are walking over.

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Scartelay .
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Hiking

Your pups will thank you for this one! You follow the creek the entire way- so much fun for them to splash around!

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zoe howie
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Hiking

You can walk as far as you wish up the creek and hardly see a soul (midweek). Really nice little walk , not strenuous at all and is about 2 hours all in. Wear proper footwear as you're walking on top of a rocky river bed.

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Jack Ingleton
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Charlie Kent
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Pretty walk but not big site to see. Unless you climb goaster coaster

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Deivydas Prižgintas
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Hiking

An amazing first real hiking experience in Canmore. We went through all trail, most of the creek was rocky and some parts covered by snow and ice. Spectacular views and not too busy. Great trail for walking with the dog. Definitely worth it. It took us 4 hours to complete the trail.

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Hiking With Harri
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Enjoyable hike to stretch the legs after the long winter. Fun jumping back and forth across the river and over trees and rocks. Still quite a few icy patches under foot, an ice ‘cavern’ along the way was fun to peek in. Walked about 8km return but could have gone even further. An easy hike, if you can even call it that, more of a walk. #HikingWithHarri

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