Evan Thomas Trail is a 8.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length8.1 miElevation gain1,604 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Matt Dunn
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HikingGreat!

Brad's comment below is 100% correct, there is no waterfall at the end of this trail. If you're looking for waterfalls you'll want to do the Evan Thomas Creek Route Loop. Getting to the Green Monster did require getting through a technical section that is not for everyone but totally doable. Shout out to all the amazingly friendly people we encountered on today's hike, hope you had as a good a day as we did!

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Riad Ahmed
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

we actually did the Evan Thomas Trail and Evan Thomas Creek Loop both! that's why my recording is so long! First we finished the Evan Thomas trail and came back half way and merged on to the Evan Thomas Creek trail. Lots of snow but manageable. Gaiters and spikes are helpful not absolutely necessary.

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Casey Kallenberger
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Hiking

Not my favorite, it's wide and easy but fairly boring. Trail becomes overgrown/unmaintained at some point. Some mild views but really just a wooded path.

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Brad Boschman
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HikingSnow

It is important to know this is NOT the frozen waterfall trail. It is however, a beautiful steady incline walk through the forest with occasional views of mountains and creek. We didn’t reach an actual end, just a point where we couldn’t walk further because of the deep snow. 14km round trip and about 420m elevation gain. We enjoyed it a lot , especially on this windy day as it is quite sheltered.

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Aoi Kuro
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HikingSnow

Beautiful trail and frozen falls. Bring snowshoe but didn’t use. If we have extra time we definitely do snowshoeing today. Need ice cleats

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Christopher Staines
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not bad. used crampons but weren't really needed. snow shoes would have been nice. lots of forest which meant less panoramic views.

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Yvonne Laanstra
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Snow

Slush and heavy sloppy snow made the track hard. We did 6 km in and with wind blowing we decided to turn around. Sad but still nice walk. Almost counted double in km for the slipping and sliding. Signage would be an idea as many hikers asked if this was the right trail

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cory shore
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Beth Tomalty
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Good fun! Little windy

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Gabriela Brooker
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Yuko Y
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Marjo Gie
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Hiking

This trail has a gentle elevation and is not difficult until you get to the rope/wire section. To go to the biggest water fall you will need to do the rope/wire section. If you are not comfortable with heights don’t do on this portion of the trail. There is no where to turn around if people are behind you.

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JJ Woodpont
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Rock climbingGreat!ScrambleSnow

Absolutely stunning!! So many wonderful waterfalls and getting to the Green Monster was sure exhilarating! February 18/21

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Peter Shaw
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Corey Stickel
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Hiking

The snow has been fantastic this year! A super wide and beautiful trail through the river valley leads you to frozen waterfalls, gorgeous canyons, and amazing scenery. Just a short drive from Calgary this trail is a family favourite!

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harpreet sandhu
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Karen Wallace
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HikingSnow

Great trail. Beautiful with all the new snow. Very cold today and the path was not as packed down. A few people opted to snow shoe which might have been a bit easier.

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Karen Yip
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Hiking

Gradual gain in elevation made it an easier hike! We took a different track back down that followed the creek! Saw 2 beautiful frozen falls with ice climbers on one! Hard packed trail.

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Nancy Trudel
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We read and followed some awesome notes and found the Frozen creek and waterfalls!

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Dean Unruh
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Entire trail was hard packed today, passed a few skiers but relatively quiet today.Nice easy hike

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Stuart Carlyle-Byford
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J D
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Janice Turner
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HikingGreat!Snow

Trail was well packed . Turn right at the T intersection for the creek route to frozen waterfalls. Lots of ice climbers out there. Pretty cool to watch. Trail is shared with x-country skiers for the first bit. Make sure to stay off the tracks

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Lindsay Hunt
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HikingBlowdownGreat!IcySnow

Trail conditions were extremely good with compact snow - could of easily gone without spikes as long as you were extremely careful with the few frozen creek crossings. As others have mentioned in their reviews, don’t entirely follow the trail route as indicated on All Trails, but at the T junction (@ 1.7 km mark), head southwest which then crosses Evan Thomas creek. From here follow the south side of Evan Thomas creek, this is known as the Evan Thomas Creek trail. This route gives you views and access to several ice walls. Today we saw a couple of ice climbers in actions which made for some nice pictures. If you continue east along the creek, you’ll see a compacted trail, traversing/ascending across on the north side of the creek; take is one - it is easily identifiable by the large stand of burnt & dead trees with lots of deadfall. Taking this route you get views up and down the valley and then you will eventually intersect the Evan Thomas trail. You will have to either go over or around the deadfall thats along this interconnect, but it is short lived. At the junction, you can either head northbound back to the trailhead/parking lot or head south for another @ 2.5 km. Although not allot of scenery, we decided to head south enjoying the sunny conditions with an eventual stop for lunch where we were able to overlook the frozen creek valley and get some distant views of the southern mountain peaks. Trail was by no means taxing from an elevation perspective, but enjoyable to say the least.

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