Glacier Lake is a 16.9 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cline River, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
16.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
870 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

About 1 km along the trail there is a bridge across the North Saskatchewan River. In another km there is a nice view point that looks up the Howse River valley. The trail then follows the river flat and then climbs up along a creek. Make sure to get water at the 3rd or 4th bridge as there is no water until the lake, although sometimes there is a little spring near the summit. As you begin to descend from the summit watch for signs on trees and look to your right to see a tree blazed to commemorate the 1928 Topographical survey by Morrison Bridgland D.L.S. There is a new brown Banff Parks sign that indicates directions to Glacier Lake and Saskatechewan Crossing. Opposite of this sign is a trail (2.3km) that takes you to a viewpoint of the Howse River Valley. (Highly recommended as a half day hike from Glacier Lake) The trail continues downhill to the lake. As you near the lake, keep left to go to the campsite.

trail running
2 months ago

This was a nice hike. My husband and I did this with our 13 and 12 year old children and our dog. The trail was mostly forested (which was appreciated in 30 deg C weather) and we were rewarded by the beautiful lake at the end. There were a few creek crossings along the uphill section on the way in that were great for the dog and a place to soak your hat. This hike would make for a good trail run without the kids. Bring your bug spray.

backpacking
3 months ago

This summer I did this hike with my 11 year old and 8 year old daughters. We paced ourselves, took breaks and did the trail in 5 hours. If going with kids, makes sure they have water, and packs that are not too heavy. (10-12% of body weight). Leave no later then late morning so you have the evening to setup camp. The viewpoint of the Howse River valley is very nice. The majority of the trail is through forest, but you are rewarded for your efforts with an off the charts view at Glacier Lake.

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