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Heart Mountain Horseshoe Trail is a 7.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Municipal District of Bighorn No. 8, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.3 mi Elevation gain 3,083 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Cave

Lake

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Rocky

Scramble

Snow

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NOTE: Users have reported that the direct route to the split in the trail is closed off for reclamation, so you need to follow a small loop, a bit upstream, cross two bridges then loop back around. The detour takes around 5 minutes. This trail passes by 3 different peaks, including: Heart Mountain, Grant McEwan Peak, and a smaller unnamed peak. While dogs are allowed on leash, users have reported this trail is not suitable for dogs.

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Reviews (710)
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Recordings (441)
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Bo-rum Hammond
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Hiking

Fun hike! Took us about 5 hours going counter clockwise (highly recommend), and we enjoyed the scrambling.

Stephanie Duranceau
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HikingGreat!Rocky

With lunch and some photo breaks, we did a big multi summit loop that took us about 7hrs. Hot at the summits in full sun. Bring snacks water, wear boots and poles if you love them. Mini climbing at the first summit but very manageable. Great views!

Darian Yurkoski
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HikingGreat!

Highly recommend this one ! Less than an hour from Calgary or 15 mins from Canmore and it’s a great little scramble! Make sure to stay counter clockwise! Instagram-@darianyurkoski

Uwe Papp
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HikingRockyScramble

Clockwise or counter clockwise, either way has advantages or disadvantages depending on individual preferences and strengths. The east arm of the loop coming down from Grant MacEwan Peak is more exposed, steeper and covered with loose rock and scree than most reviews mention. Only about half this section is in forest with softer ground and easier going. The flat north section along the highway is not too bad. Sure it’s a bit noisy due to traffic, but you know that going in. At least the ground is soft, it’s shaded, the walking is easy and you can cool off at crystal clear and cold Heart Creek as much or as little as you like. Aaahh :) My personal recommendation for this trail would be to start counter clockwise up Heart Mountain, carry on to Grant MacEwan Peak (which is given too little credit for spectacular views!) and then return the same way. Out and back. Skip the east and north part of the loop unless you want the distance. Over all this is still a great trail for simply amazing views and easy access!

Amogh Katyayan
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Hiking

Completed yesterday. Very tiring hike and not for beginners at all. Poorly marked. Lots of rock climbing. Go counter-clock on the loop. I got lost right before where you have to climb on the edge of the rocks ( there is blue diamond marked on the wall). Ended up on right side trail leading to the bottom of the rock wall susceptible of falling rocks and on a very dangerous scree slopes. It was showing me that I am walking ~ 40 m parallel to trail. Whereas I was supposed to be walking on the rock wall rather than bottom of 40 m high wall!! Had to retreat 1 km and finally found the correct path. Follow the trail map accurately not to end up like me. It is supposed to be heavily trafficked but I was the only soul on the entire hike except 2 squirrel. Overall good views and great workout. Good luck.

Kevin C.
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HikingBugsGreat!

Clockwise not recommended. Bring OFF with you as lots of mosquitoes in the woods, especially the final stretch back to parking lot

Donna Barnhardt
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Hiking
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Julie Wang
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HikingBugsGreat!

Great hike! Amazing views with intense incline getting to heart mountain. Not suitable for beginners

Brian Persaud
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RockyScramble

Hiked on July 26, such a fun trail! Little hard to find the trailhead. I'd recommend counter clockwise. Lots of climbing but the views were worth it! The worst part is the 2km Trek back to the parking lot at the end! Enjoy!

paul pascual
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Hiking
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Meg Woo
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Ian Buroker
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Great spot! About 11.7km from the parking lot. It took 2 of us guys about 5.5 hours. We took about 1 hour of spread out breaks including a 30 minute lunch up in the grass! We started hiking at 7:45am and finished at 1:15pm. Follow the heart Creek Trail until it turns south and go straight across the creek. You'll see a yellow sign and you can choose to go left or right. Right is best Imo because it does a bunch of vertical right away for about 2km from the sign right up along the Ridge. Left has a few km of relatively flat parallelling the road which is nicer when you're more tired at the end instead of doing the hard downward vertical at the end.

John Marquina
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Hiking

This is a scramble going up. This mountain should be renamed Hard mountain

Veronica Horsey
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble
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Shead Johnson
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HikingScramble

Mixed feelings about this hike. The hiking and scrambling up was tons of fun. The view/ noise of the highway and cement factory kind of take away from it all. Takes a little while to get away from it. Tons of beautiful wild flowers though! Once you get down from the mountain, there’s still a kind of long walk back to the parking lot.

Lisa Newgard
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Great!RockyScrambleSnow

We did this trail at 12. June - like everyone counter clockwise, that's better. Very hard and rewarding trail. Be sure to ware hiking boots and bring hiking poles to climb down - many small stones and easy to fall. At the beginning of the trail we saw a brown bear in the gras 15m from us away, but he did not care about us and we could just carry on with the hike.

Amanda L.
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HikingBugsOff trailRockyScrambleSnow

Be sure to stick to the trail markers. At the blue markers, go UP onto the rock. We stayed on what we thought was the trail and took a 1km uphill rocky detour. Great views and great hike.

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