Healy Pass Trail

HARD 39 reviews
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Healy Pass Trail is a 14.6 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sawback, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
14.6 km
ELEVATION GAIN
675 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

snow

hiking
4 days ago

Awesome views. Wildflowers in full bloom! Great day hike. A bit ambitious for a day hike if you venture down to Egypt Lake, which we did. Worth the trek down, but really extended our trip, so make sure to plan accordingly if you’re considering adding that part on. Loved it! There were bugs, but not as bad as people are making it sound. Wear good bug spray and you’ll be fine.

BUG SPRAY IS NECESSARY!!!!

7 days ago

We didn’t find the mosquitos as bad, but we also had a cooler day which may have helped. The views are stunning and well worth the hike up! I would also say that this is more of a moderate hike. The incline is pretty steady and levels off in some areas.

10 days ago

The forest ist filled with mosquitos!!!!! and I mean there were sooooo much you can't make a break for Lunch. after 7.2 km you finish the forest and have a nice 1.4 km Hike to the pass. because of the mosquitos it doesn't worth for me. If they are no problem for you, it may be a great hike

hiking
15 days ago

3 stars for the first few miles of trail, as it was mostly just dense woods and full of pestering flies. 5 stars once you come out of the woods. The wildflowers appeared to be in full bloom (7/27). Totally unique to anything else we saw during our week in Banff/Jasper. Highly recommend during wildflower season!

hiking
30 days ago

First 8 or so km are a bit of a slog through a dense, mosquito filled (and I mean filled! Drench yourself in bug spray) forest. Once that’s done it opens up into meadows and the views are great. Healy Pass itself is a pretty easy incline through the meadows. Flowers probably aren’t out in full force yet but were still beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

Camped at E5 July 5th. Many mosquitos along the creek trail. Mostly covered and dense brush for about 8km from the sunshine parking lot. Once the pass opens up the views are awesome and there were thousands of flowers. It was quite nice. Made the trek to Egypt Lake. It’s much farther than it looks. I would come back a bit later in the year to see more flowers.

hiking
1 month ago

Long and sometimes difficult, but incredibly beautiful and rewarding at the top!

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike June 27. The first 7 km is mostly through forest but once you reach the meadows near the top it’s beautiful. It’s a long way but it isn’t too steep so it doesn’t feel very challenging at any one point. That being said I took the detour to Simpson pass adding a few extra kilometres on the way down and was quite tired by the end. Took me 5.5 hours from the parking lot to the top and back with some stops to eat along the way.

7 months ago

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hiking
10 months ago

This trail was amazing! It is pretty "boring" for quite a while at first but do not give up. Once you get to the large opening, the views of all of the larch trees are amazing. And you can actually see further than 100 yards haha.

Definitely definitely make a left at the fork and take the sunshine trail loop back around to the Healy pass trail. It adds maybe 1.5 miles but there are large valleys with creeks and larch trees. This was my favorite part. Also there are some small ponds. it will take you along the British Columbia border which has a great view. Overall it was great! I think it took us 6.5 hours with taking the small sunshine loop detour.

10 months ago

loved it! larch trees were amazing.

hiking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

A very beautiful hike! Mostly no elevation gain until a few miles in. At the top of the trail there's beautiful wildflowers!

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Great, well-defined trail until the top. The forest part can be a bit tedoius but the views once you get out of the trees make it worth it.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Awe inspiring views. Beautiful wild flowers challenging but very enjoyable every step of the way!

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

A good workout. We went there at end of June. The glacier lilies, paint brushes and other flowers (I don't know the name) were blooming. They are so beautiful. The views at the end of hike were fine.

hiking
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Good easy hike with minimal elevation gain. If you add the Simpson Pass Trail you can have a nice little loop walking past a lake o, It adds roughly and hour and half. Great during early to mid summer for flower viewing.

Be warned the end of Healy Pass is not marked so if you continue down the hill it turns into Egypt Lake Trail and your next marking will tell you to go back to connect to Healy Pass.

hiking
Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Beautiful scenery.

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