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Indefatigable Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.5 miles Elevation Gain: 3,211 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Please be aware that this trail has been out of commission since 2005 and not maintained anymore due to this being a grizzly bear habitat.

hiking
closed
snow
10 days ago

Hiked a nearby trail today (June 24) with a good view of Indefatigable. I noticed there is considerable snow on the scramble that represents the upper third of the hike. Definitely not a good idea to attempt this hike until at least late July. Once the snow is gone, though, this is an excellent hike.

hiking
closed
25 days ago

GUYS! Have some respect. This is a decommissioned CLOSED trail. Stop hiking this trail. It’s a wildlife reserve, particularly for bears. Not because of bears, FOR bears. Seriously.

hiking
8 months ago

We attempted this last year in the late season during the hibernation period but could not finish due to extreme weather, so once again, late in the season, we tried again and successfully completed this mountain, likely for the last time. Incredibly beautiful, but due to the decommission of the trail the less traffic the better, especially in the summer months.

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rocky
scramble
9 months ago

Good for a day hike.

9 months ago

THANK YOU ALLTRAILS FOR CHANGING THE TITLE! I emailed to ask if they could more prominently display the fact that this trail is closed in order to protect the area & wildlife, & they changed it to have the [CLOSED] addition right away! This area has been closed to protect the wonderful animals in the area & prevent them from coming into contact with us.

hiking
10 months ago

This trail is decommissioned not because of bear activity, but because it is an important area for the bears. Please leave this area clear for the bears to have a safe place to be without human interruption. Closures should not be ignored for the safety of people and bears

hiking
10 months ago

Completed yesterday with no bear issues. Quite a busy steep trail all the way with no rest. Don’t be fooled by the photos on AllTrails, they’re taken from the summit which is not included on this map and is a scramble. Not going to lie, the first lookout about 1km in is probably a better view than from at the top of the hiking route. That being said, there were some really nice flowers towards the top.

hiking
10 months ago

My son and did this trail on Monday. 2 days ago. This was our first climb ever. We wanted to start with a huge reward trail. And it did not disapoint. Because it's a relatively short distance to climb quite high, there was a constant incline with little relief almost the entire way. The weather was pure sunshine and nobody else was on the trail. it took us around 4 hours to get up. we stayed up for a good hour and it took almost 2 hours to get down. Going up was exhausting. Comming down was hard on the legs and feet. Perhaps poles might have helped. After doing a few more trails including Devils Thumb in Lake Louise, I liked this trail the best for its 360 views and sense of accomplishment. We did not see any bears.

hiking
rocky
scramble
10 months ago

We did this hike over about 5 hours, pretty high traffic, however this was only the case until the Weather Tower as many people do not actually summit this mountain and instead opt for the equally magnificent view from the tower. About 3 minutes down the road from the trail head we spotted 2 bears. This trail has been decommissioned due to the high bear activity in the area, however this does not mean it is closed (there are times that they will close it when they believe the bear activity is significant enough, always check trail reports the day of the hike as you may find yourself wandering into dangerous circumstances.) This trail can be a bit difficult when wet, as it has a steep incline when you clear the tree-line. Runners/sneakers are not appropriate footwear, we saw so many people turning around due to lack of grip on the multiple terrains (you don’t want to miss out on this view!) This hike combines some climbing elements when you get closer to the summit but overall it was a pretty moderate to difficult hike. THE VIEWS ARE AMAZING!! If you get the chance, do this one before they close it for good (which I’ve heard is a very real possibility to preserve wildlife)

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rocky
scramble
10 months ago

Never disappoints! Decommissioned trail but well worn and easy to follow. Straight uphill slog but well worth the view, get there early because its busy!

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bugs
scramble
10 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous hike. Trail is well marked despite being decommissioned for over a decade. Would recommend poles for the more elevated, rocky portions. No sign of bear activity when we went (there was a sign at the start stating bears were seen the day before). The first lookout point offers the same views as the summit; both incredible. Completed August 14

hiking
scramble
10 months ago

Strenuous trudge to an absolutely incredible view of the Upper and Lower Kananaskis lakes as well as the entire valley

completed the hike in 4hours including stops, trail itself was in good condition. A little bit of scrambling on top, but nothing to worry about. View itself was awesome, definitely worth the effort!

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bugs
rocky
scramble
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

We have done this spectacular hike a number of times in the last couple of years, as it really provide for amazing view for almost the entire hike. I wanted to leave a review as a new mom, regarding a partial climb that I did this week. The climb to the first lookout point is only about 30 mins if you are in decent shape. I did it with a 6 month old in a backpack carrier and was confident having done the hike a number of times before. If you are looking for a little challenge and are sure-footed up and down the steeper rock parts, then it is totally doable. It was one that made me feel like I was almost there to my old hiking ability!

hiking
rocky
scramble
10 months ago

Nice trail,beautiful weather, full of wild flowers, with incredible lake scenery, done it on Aug 5, 2019

hiking
11 months ago

Fantastic for a decommissioned trail. Make lots of noise as there were bear sightings in the areas.

hiking
rocky
scramble
11 months ago

Very beautiful view up the top! Easy to get lost on the way up after the "trail" stops and it becomes a bit of a scramble. Elevation was a kicker but worth it for the view!

hiking
11 months ago

Good hike; short in distance but some good elevation gain the entire way up. The trail is decommissioned due to grizzlies so be sure to hike in a group and be very aware. Myself and the other person I was hiking with got "huffed" at by a bear who was behind some thick bushes and trees just about halfway up. We froze / backtracked a bit until another group of four caught up with us. Never came into contact with it as it presumably wandered off after letting us know he was there. Good thing we were making lots of noise. Great views from the top - do be careful if you go on a less busy day.

hiking
11 months ago

great moderate hike with a little scramble at the top , make sure you make lot of noise during your hike. Our friend never done scrambling before and got scared toward the top . If you don't want to do the scramble , there is an easier route on the left side going up the ridge.

hiking
scramble
11 months ago

Did this hike today, and it was a tough, but great one. As others have said, the trail was decommissioned in 2005 due to the area being a bear habitat. Exercise caution and use your bear awareness to stay safe. A well-marked trail up until the scramble just before the south peak. The scramble wasn’t too bad, although not well-marked. Great weather and views! Spiciness level: 4/10

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