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Landslide Lake via Pinto Lake Staging Area

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Landslide Lake Natural Area

Landslide Lake via Pinto Lake Staging Area is a 20 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Improvement District No. 9, 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 October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 20.0 mi Elevation gain 4,452 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Backpacking Camping Cross country skiing Fishing Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Lake River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Muddy Snow
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Thomas Dang
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Thomas Dang
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Krista Morris
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Hiking

Camped at the 8 ish kms mark and day hiked up to landslide lake and then Lake of the Falls on the two subsequent days then hiked out on day four.

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Bill Davis
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Bill Davis
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Terra Charmont
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Backpacking

Beautiful hike! We took 2 days in and 1 out. In was probably a total of 8 hours in with stops and mainly due to a couple wrong turns. Glad we downloaded this map to get back on track. Took us 6 hours out with a 15 min lunch break at a moderateto brisk pace. A few km in you come to a bridge across a creek that faces a steep face with an exposed scree slope and cliff over the stream. It was flagged yellow. Recommend circling around it by going right down the creek and back up, especially on the way back with packs. Just ensure you continue up and turn left at the top to follow the ridge. If you continue right on the path you will be following the Cline river cliffs in the wrong direction, apparently lots of people make this mistake. This was the only real “difficult” spot. Fish and Wildlife warned us of a black bear in the area and had raided a campsite at one point. We ran into a Grizzly a couple km before the halfway point, just before the trail goes thru tall buffalo berry bushes. Take your bear spray and make some noise! PLEASE take cord to tie your food up and leave no trace: the tp, cans and garbage out around campsites put these animals at huge risk of being destroyed! Lots of beautiful camp spots the whole way and lots of water refill spots. Camp spot on the beach at Landslide is the last one before hitting the South end of the lake where there are many more, nothing in between. Last half of the hike is tougher than the first half but very doable to get there in a full day.

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Spencer Tulloch
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BackpackingGreat!

Hiked the trail in and out on a 2 day 1 night trip. The trail was in excellent condition. If hiking in the summer I would strongly suggest starting water heavy (maybe 3L). Great hike for a strong day hiker to start overnighting on as the whole area at the lake is full of great spots to learn to set up camps (tents, cooking shelters and bear hangs). All in all a great hike with a wonderful lake. If you feel so inclined to bring a rod the fishing is also incredible. the trail was very trafficked when we were out there which may have contributed to the lack of bear issues, be sure to bring your bear spray either way.

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Darren Brost
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Jonathan McAuliffe
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Austin Zacharko
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Hiked in Aug 7th . Hiked out Aug 8th. Took about 6.5 hours up and 5 hours down. Trail was in good shape. A few fun water crossings where balancing on logs/rocks are the only way to stay dry. Would not recommend sleeping at the first sites when you arrive at the lake as its very windy and not well protected there. Continue a few hundred meters further to the sites on the east side of the lake.

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Jayden Klein
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BackpackingGreat!Muddy

It took me and my group about 11 hours to get to the lake in one day with 40ish lb packs and it was tough only because of that. Looking back I think one should make it a two day trek to the lake if you're not in great shape. There were a few beautiful spots along the way but the majority is in the trees. The hike itself seemed pretty easy with a fairly flat path that begins to steadily incline in the last bit before the lake. The conditions were pretty good minus a few muddy spots but they seemed to be drying up when we were on our way back. We split the trip back into 2 days which took us about 8 hours in total. It made it so we could actually have enough energy to drive home before dying for a solid day after. I'd recommend it for a good endurance challenge or a good camping trip if you split it up. Even if you don't go to the lake, there's some very nice camping spots on the way that are more than good enough. Don't be dumb like us and go ham on getting to the lake in one day with those heavy packs. I'm pretty sure I actually died on that mountain and this is just my spirit coming back to warn others.

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Moe Jimbo
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HikingBugsMuddyRockyWashed out

Excellent trail with lots of people! High rain has washed out sections in the area but still passable. Loads of bugs and weather still turns in an hour. There is a short hard section with orange flagging that goes straight up and down a cliff side. No real point other then fun. Not advisable with packs. Lots of logs in the paths overall. I would only rate the trail as hard due to distance. Overall it was not difficult. Many camp sites along the way and lots of water spots.

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Super Nova
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Hiking

No snow left on the trail, smooth sailing the whole way. The trail to Landslide Lake is in good shape compared to the extremely wet trail to Lake of the Falls.

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Brendan Calef
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Tried to get to landslide lake this past may long weekend, but we were stopped with chest deep snow about 2km from the lake. great trail but it is quite rugged. but that's what makes it fun! You will either need winter hiking gear or have to wait until later in the season to reach the lake.

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Zach R
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BackpackingSnow

For anyone going in early did the hike on May long weekend. Snow was occasional until the fork to landslide/lake of the falls. Past there snow is 4 feet deep after 2 kms up towards the lake. Full on winter camping up top.

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Jeffrey Matson
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Hiking

Did there and back in one day. Ended up being a little over 40k and 12 hours with breaks. Would recommend but show up early if you plan on doing the full hike in a day.

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Zach R
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Hiking

Great hike, but its a long one with heavier packs. Trail is marked with orange and pink ribbon. There is water and campsites at multiple points on the way in, the lake itself has plenty of well made camps to stay at. Its closer to 18k each way, the last 3-4k into the lake after the junction to the lake of the falls is mostly uphill. The hike has some good hills but is manageable for anyone in good shape. Stayed 2 nights, took us 6.5 hours in 4 hours to get back. Theres small trout in the lake as well.

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Nygel Smith
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The hike into Landslide Lake would be quite easy with only a daypack on but I suggest caution be taken for those bringing a larger pack for multiple night stays if you have not properly trained. The 16km trek in may not be technically difficult or overly steep but with a 35lb+ pack on the trail certainly seems much more difficult. The trail itself is very straightforward and easy to follow with a gradual incline throughout most of the trail only really becoming a bit tougher after the split for lake of the falls. There are about 10 blowdown trees over the path from the split to lake of the falls that are easily stepped over or around. The scenery on the way up isn't too breathtaking as you are in the trees for the entirety with a few small breaks to pop out along the cline river and outflows of entry creek and landslide creek. These breaks from the surrounding bush are very welcomed and offer a few great views of surrounding peaks. Once arriving at landslide lake you are greeted with open views of the lake and the surrounding mountain ranges which make up for the lack of views on the hike in entirely. The lake itself offers around 7 or so campsites on its north end with moderate to low privacy if many people are visiting. The immediate surrounding area of the campsites have been picked clean of all deadfall and firewood with many if not a majority of the trees picked clean from around 10 feet up from the ground. Deadfall for campfires can be found in the area if you venture quite far out over the boulder field to the east as well as back down the trail north. You need to do some serious hunting if you want a fire. Please do not take any live trees for burning. The lake itself offered exceptional fishing with us catching on our very first cast and catching our limit of decent sized trout within an hour. We fished right from the banks of the lake close to streams flowing into the lake and had great success. We managed to complete the trek in in about 7.5 hours. We traveled at a very moderate pace stopping many times to take pictures as well as give our out of shape bodies a break from the heavy packs. Our return hike was 6 hours with us stopping for lunch. If camping on the north end of the lake there is a geocache/register with a book for signing in a Kraft peanut butter jar with a red lid. There is no pencil! Please bring a pencil in so others can sign into the register. it has not been signed since 2007 by its original group!

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Brodie Brenna
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HikingMuddyRockyWashed out

Part of the trail was washed out when I did this a few years ago but it wasn't too difficult finding our way around. Our group did landslide in 4 days (2 up and 2 down). Although it was tough it was worth it to reach the lake at the end. This was my very first multi-day hike when I did it so while I wouldn't necessarily recommend it for absolute beginners it is still easy enough for a beginner.

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