Fryatt Valley Trail is a 47.8 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Improvement District No. 12 , Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 47.8 km Elevation Gain: 1,737 m Route Type: Out & Back

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9 months ago

Amazing views of alpine lakes are totally worth the effort

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9 months ago

Majestic views of Mt. Brussels approaching the Headwall. Fryatt lake is glorious too. It's no Tonquin or Skyline but still a worthwhile backpacking spot especially if you're living it up at the ACC hut.

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9 months ago

This was a great hike! My friend and I decided to crush it in one day... it took us 12 hours to complete! I would say that the first 10km are quite boring as you’re only walking on a flat trail in the trees. But it does get better (around the 15th km). The headwall’s really hard to get through but if you stick to the right you’ll have a better time getting up there. The views are amazing and Fryatt Lake is gorgeous!

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9 months ago

Did this hike in May 2016. It was tough! The weather was great going in. Our group took our mountain bikes, however, the trail has not been cleared of fallen trees yet and we ended having to dismount frequently not saving a lot of time. We stayed at the Fryatt Valley Hut (Alpine Club of Canada). The ascent to the hut from Headwall was difficult bushwacking since it seemed like an avalanche had come through and demolished the trail. It was snowy at the hut, but it was great hunkering down next to the woodstove to dry off and warm up. Stayed up at the hut for a day making snowmen and then made our way back to the trailhead (thankfully the fallen trees were cleared making the trip out faster). I would recommend this hike for proficient hikers only it is grueling!

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10 months ago

Just finished hiking fryatt valley and it was amazing. We attempted to ride the bikes the first 10km but our bikes broke the first km so we walked it all. The views are amazing. We stayed at headwall camp ground which is in need of some love with only one picnic table and the tent pads aren’t all good. But we lucked out and had tent pad number five which was good. The mosquitoes are bad so bring lots of bug spray. It is the perfect place to stay if you want to go up headwall and take some time to explore the two lakes. The second one is further in. You follow the trail past the cabin and have to cross a creek, threw some muskag and around some big rocks but then your rewarded with a beautiful blue lake with mountains surrounding it.

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10 months ago

We did this trip Jun 21, after a big dump of snow, and it rained most of the time, so it was muddy and slushy past Fryatt Lake. Snowpack (aside from the newly fallen slush) was pretty much gone, all the way to the back of the Upper Fryatt Valley. Trail is on good shape, only a handful of trees down on the earlier part of the trail. The canoe shortcut (7km in) looked good, river flow was acceptable for that crossing, but we used mountain bikes from trail head to Lower Fryatt Campground (12km), no issues except a little mud. We did not hang our bikes, and had no issues with porcupines chewing on them in our 2-day absence. We stayed in the ACC hut. This is a great trip, highly recommended.

11 months ago

Awesome trail, lots to see and marvel at. Didn't make it to the second lake past the ACC hut because of snow and water, but got to the summit of a nearby mountain instead. Unbeatable views. Be sure to say hi to the porcupines.

Tue Sep 04 2018

Enjoyed the bird watching on the lake!

Fri Aug 24 2018

Beautiful hike, with very rewarding views at the top of the head wall. We loved it. Leave a day to explore at the end!:)

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Sat Aug 11 2018

This is an advanced trail! Did this trail at the end of July 2018. All the descriptions of the trail are wrong from the official sites. The first 11km to the lower camp site is now only a one track trail that goes through 4 small creaks and lots of small rocks sticking out on the trail in certain sections. My group of 4 used mountain bikes for this part. I would recommend a light dual suspension mountain bike! At the lower campsite, you will have to lock up the bike. Hang it in a tree because apparently there is a porcupine that likes chewing on bikes. Enjoy the lower campsite as there is a major river with a beautiful view (I wish we could have stayed for a night. fill your water bottles or batters before the next part. The next part you will cross the lower campsite bridge and will be going through a mountain pass. Its not too bad and the entire section from the first to second bridge you will go up 400m in elevation. Get a walking stick in this part as you will need it for the final leg. Just a warning this is the "bear alley" of the trip. There is berry bushes on both sides of this trail section trail. it will be about 4.5km to the second bridge. The third stage is after you go across the second bridge. This section is 1.5km to the fryatt valley to the Brussels camp site (stay at this one if you’re not going to the acc hut). This next section is all small loose rock and will be hard with a 40+ pound pack on your feet. You will cross the river 2 to three times and there will be yellow markers on the right side of the valley for the Brussels camp site. Stop at this one and enjoy the view! If you see the Fryatt lake, you have passed the site! Took our group 8 hours to get to the Brussels camp due to me having gut issues/overloaded packs due to beer and being from ontario I was not used to the elevation changes. The next day we walked to the head wall camp site. the walk around the Fryatt lake was spectacular! Also a refreshing swim but be warned its cold (7 degrees) and you can loose footwear in the lake! After the lake the trail gets pretty wet and over grown even in the mid summer. Bug spray would be recommended. We did get to the headwall camp site and was unimpressed compared to the Brussels one. It was over grown and very buggy. We did not do the last 1km to the ACC hut as it was late in the day and it is straight up (1000m I think) of switch backs. Maybe next time! The way back down only took us 5 hours to get back to the parking lot. Did it in 3 Days. Wish we had another day or two to explore!

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Thu Aug 02 2018

We did this in 2 days 1 night. It was an amazing hike with great views! Really easy first half of the hike with only one pretty steep part a little after the half way mark.

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Fri Jul 27 2018

Tough hike but worth the trip! We mountain biked the first 11k and then hiked to Brussels campground the first night. We hiked up to the Headwall and the ACC hut the next day which was worth the gruelling uphill climb. 2 nights and 3 days was perfect...Don’t stay at Headwall campground if you can avoid it. Work needs to be done there. Brussels was great even in the relentless rain.

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Thu Jul 12 2018

We did 2 nights, 3 days (June 2017). The hike to Lower Fryatt has a few views, but is the least interesting part of the hike. Beyond Lower Fryatt was a steady climb in the trees until just before Brussels, after which you hike in the open Fryatt Valley. You'll have to pass two landslides (or remains of avalanches?), the second of which is on top of Headwall campground. The next day we went all the way to the alpine hut above Hellwall - err, Headwall. There are truly breathtaking views from up there, seeing all the way down Fryatt Valley and beyond, plus the snow caps all around the hut.

Tue Aug 22 2017

I've been on this trail at least once a year

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Mon Aug 24 2015

This was amazing. The first half is an old fire road and not that exciting. We mountain biked the first half to lower Fryatt campsite. From there continued on foot to headwall campsite. That's where it became spectacular. Spend 3 days if you can. One to hike to upper Fryatt campsite or headwall campsite, the next to explore above the headwall and the third to hike back. Spectacular scenery.

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