Little Arethusa Route

HARD 9 reviews

Little Arethusa Route is a 4.3 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.3 km
602 m
Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips






2 days ago

Great little hike with views all around on the last half of the trail. Take a hard left shortly after the river crossing and the trail will take you close to the base of the mountain. From here it’s a steep hike on loose rocks, but if you can find the cairns slightly left of the GPS track it will make it somewhat easier of a climb to the summit. Nothing too difficult about this trail besides the steepness. Good views of the higher peaks in the area as well (Rae, Arethusa, Storm, and Tyrwhitt).

28 days ago

Scramble was tough, but definitely manageable - the rocks don’t slide as much as we thought! The view at the top is unreal.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike with great views. Easy going through trees, and then becomes steep on the loose scree section to the summit.

NOTE: The posted route and description for this hike say that it is a loop trail however it is actually and out and back unless you want to bushwhack! We hiked the posted route in June 2018 and the GPS route did not follow a trail on the way down the mountain.

Instead, I recommend following the black dotted trail called Arethusa Cirque Route, then once out of the woods head to the summit of Little Arethusa using Little Arethusa Route trail. Descend using the same trail (not following the “loop” route unless your up for the bushwhacking!).

11 months ago

First half is easy but steady uphill. Once out of the tree line trail becomes hard to find.
Climbed to the highest summit we could. Definitely great views !

Thursday, July 13, 2017

We did this on Canada Day, July 1. Going up until the foot of little arethusa is fairly moderate, but there were no clear trail from that point. Since we can see the summit we decided to scramble our way up. There were lots of exposure and loose rocks and for beginner to intermediate hikers like us it was quite a challenge. However, the view at the summit was spectacular and very rewarding. Its all worth it. Going down the scree was easy for the younger ones but another challenge for me. When we reach the treeline on our descent we could not find the trail again and we only relied on our GPS and map. We were making too much noise in fear that since we were not on trail and were lost in dense larches we would encounter bear..finally after maybe 30 to 45 mins, we reached and crossed the creek and got back on the trail where we begin. It was a mix of fun and scary adventure. If you plan to take this hike be sure to load your map to guide you on your descent. And hike in group.

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