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Lake of the Falls is a 25 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Improvement District No. 9, Alberta, Canada that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 25.0 mi Elevation gain 4,412 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Backpacking

Camping

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Forest

Lake

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Waterfall

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Rocky

Snow

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Evelina Sieradzan
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grown
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Jaxson Overacker
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Hiking

My buddy and I hiked it July 19-20. The last few kilometres are difficult but the lake is well worth the effort. It rained the night we stayed at the falls so it was wet on the way down. Bring extra socks! It was well marked and a really good hike. It was about 40km round trip. Would recommend the trek

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Janna Bradshaw
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Hiking

Backpacked this trail July 2-4. Such a great trip. One thing I wanted to share was that from trailhead to Lake of the Falls we found the distance to be more like 23/24km. We were expecting 18km one way based on AllTrails. Be prepared for a longer hike than maybe expected.

Super Nova
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Hiking

Hiked this June 25-27. Trail is extremely well-marked and easy to follow. There was one stream crossing past the Landslide Lake turnoff that was about knee-deep before the steeper section up towards Lake of the Falls- I bushwhacked up the stream a bit, but unsurprisingly, the best spot to cross is right where the trail intersects. The last few km into the Lake are very wet, but the payoff of the Lake was worth the wet feet!

Tyra Carleton
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June 19-21, 2020 - Nice trail, well marked, lots of campsites along the way. First 10 km quite easy, second 10 km more difficult. It was a bit over grown in place, a couple of sections where the trail was washed out, lots of mud and water and some snow. Still totally do-able, we had 2 first time backpackers (13 & 14 years old) and they found the second half tough but fun. The water crossing was a bit scary for them but with help (we took their backpacks across for them, gave them tips on planting their poles and feet, not facing down stream etc) they were able to cross without incident. No snow shoes needed. Mosquitos were quite abundant at times, not so bad in the breezier areas.

Matt K
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HikingBridge outOver grownSnow

Good hike, the trail was hard to find sometimes.

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James Schutz
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Hiking

Went for a 2-night 3-day backpacking trip June 14-16 2020. We brought snowshoes based on comments from a couple weeks ago, and we were glad we did. The last 2.5 km to the lake would have been impossible without. Snow was melting rapidly though making it a tough slog even with snowshoes. It was worth the effort though as it is a beautiful location. There was a tough river crossing, but other than that the trail wasn't too hard. The snow will likely be gone in a couple of weeks and will make it much easier to get to the lake. Water everywhere and plenty of campsites along the way.

Mytho youtube
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HikingSnow

headed out on Jan 5th to do lake of the falls. the last 2km is a foot of snow, the last 1km is 2 feet of snow. had to cut the trip short do to weather. I would recommend waiting for the snow melt. otherwise trail was amazing!

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Jesse Peters
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BackpackingSnow

Went last week for three days/two nights lots of beautiful camping spots along the way and changes in scenery between dense forest and stony rivers/creeks along the way. Access to the lake wasn't possible for me as I didn't have snowshoes, but I saw others on the trail who brought some with them. Decent workout but not too hard. Lots of water along the way.

Conrad Ross
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HikingSnow

Lovely trail, not ready to be hiked whole way in. Had to turn back around 2 km from the lake. Too much snow. Another couple weeks before it’ll be clear

Tori Bailey
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HikingSnow

Great hike, lots of camping spots, and easy access to water throughout the hike. Didn’t make it past 14km in due to the amount of snow. An easy hike with some hard sections.

Miccy 11
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Hiking

Lots of scenic views and break points to grab water along the way. Would recommend camping at the forks separating lake of the falls/landslide and doing day hikes to each (3 days/2 nights). Many places to stop and camp along the way, but bring a jet boil as people have raided the nearby trees of all convenient firewood.

Daryl Willetts
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very scenic, fun hike

Bryan Ewasiuk
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Katelyn K.
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Hiking

1. Beautiful views 2. Diverse trail - some moderate sections and some hard sections (especially at the end... get ready to go uphill) 3. Our dogs loved it!! 4. Lots of mosquitos though... bring bug spray 5. Took us about 7 hours or so 6. There is a part on the hike, near the end, where you will come to a larger river and have to cross it in order to make it to the campsites. Do your best not to fall in because... it sucks! Very fast moving water and knee-deep. 7. Lots of fun and so much beauty to see!

Nikolas Fox
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Hiking

Very nice trail, we did 17km (6 hours) to “Base camp” (no permits required!!) below the last set of switchbacks. There’s many campsites before the Landslide/Lake of the falls fork. After the fork it was approximately an hour until the bottom of the switchbacks. Lots of creeks to get water from, realistically you wouldn’t need more than a 1L water bottle. Many of the campsites have benches and fire pits already set up, however in some locations it is hard to find some wood. You’ll walk on a dried up creek for quite a while, so sturdy shoes is recommended. Definitely will be heading back to do another attempt when I have a few days. 2/3 nights recommended especially if you’re planning to do some exploring. If you do have a few days, I would recommend stopping in Landslide for a hike, and then heading to Lake of the Falls or Pinto Lake (14.7km). Took 5 hours to hike back in the rain which also made the trail very slick.

Michelle Semeniuk
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HikingMuddy

Well marked trail, would highly suggest having a jet-boil or something as there is no wood at all to make a fire, had about 4in of snow on July 1

J D
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Hiking

Trail was very well marked . We hiked in the 18-20km in one day on the first day, a long haul but the trail is fairly flat. Quite muddy but that was expected! The creek crossing at the entrance to the valley was about knee high and flowing fast. Very doable but best to go slowly and cautiously. Apparently a large group had stayed there the weekend before and left quite a bit of trash behind. We carried some out (empty fuel cans and the like) and burned some as well. So, if you're doing this hike, please consider packing down some of the trash and items that were left behind at the top. Another great thing about this trail is it seems like there's a great campsite at least every hour. It would have been easy to stretch the trip out many more days as there were so many inviting spots to camp.

R J.
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Hiking

Great hike! It’s mostly flat terrain, with only a few hills. You cross the creek a few times on bridges, but one spot you have to cross without a bridge. Gators are useful for this, or take off your shoes. We hiked from the parking lot to the lake and back in 2 days. I would recommend taking 3-4 days. It’s about 20 km one way. About 6-7 hours of hiking one way. Beautiful views once you get to the lake. Busy trail, didn’t see any wildlife. Lots of camp spots along the trail, and once you get to the lake. Also lots of people fishing

Craig Douglas
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Hiking

Great trail and scenery. This is a favourite of mine. The last creek crossing doesn’t have a bridge and the water was up a lot when I went. June 13 2019. No sightings but lots of bear activity about 2km from the lake (pretty common for the area). We clocked around 20km.

Jane M.
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Hiking

Amazing trail maintenance! We felt very grateful for the flagging that guided us. We met with waist deep snow before the lake and had to turn back and camp along the creek. But it was lovely, and no mosquitos!

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