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Mesa Butte is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Black Diamond, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.0 mi Elevation gain 1,551 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

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Mark Goodaire
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Hiking

We started on the counterclockwise path. You really need the downloaded map as the grass was high, and the path not so clear. The view at the top is worth it! The path on the clockwise side is much nicer, more clear path.

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A B
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Lyden Price
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Hiking

very overgrown and muddy. nice views though.

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Michaela Dragon
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Firstly do not use the directions on this app to the trail head. head in that direction and then go about 600m further down the road until you hit an equestrian campground, the trail head is accross the road. We went clockwise and the trail is beautiful but be warned it is very steep and a steady up hill. The summit is amazing and the trail is very quiet. I'd recommend this hike if you're looking for amazing views, a quiet trail, and a good workout.

Ian L.
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Hiking

Decent trail best in dry condition.

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Jessica Ho
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Julia Qureshi
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HikingBugs

Trailhead was not identified, making it difficult to find. We inadvertently only completed half the trail as we got lost about 4km in. Make sure to bring your phone or GPS! There were a ton of bugs so bug spray is highly recommended. A variety of beautiful brightly coloured wild flowers in abundance along the way. Be careful of the horse poop scattered throughout

Jennifer Dunn
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HikingBugs

Great trail. I parked at a small turnout across Maclean Creek Trail and then headed up behind the bent over sign. GPS was needed about 2/3 as the trail heads in 3 directions. I went right and straight up. Saw one horse with rider and very few people. By far, the least busiest trail I've ever been on. The last 150m were tough for me, but I have the cardio of a 2 year old. Beautiful wildflowers and lovely views. The picnic table at the top was great! I took a different route down which led to the road so the walk back alongside the road was very John Denver.

seamus macisaac
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HikingBugsMuddy

Great trail. Steep inclines throughout. There are lots of bugs around but we didn’t get bit with bug spray. The views are stunning at the top. You more or less complete 3 peaks (up and down) to get to the top view. Definitely a moderate trail. Very few people on the trail which was great. Hiking poles were great to help with the incline and decline. The wildflowers are in bloom and gorgeous.

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Nicole Stevens
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HikingMuddy

Don’t let the hill fool you. Approx 8.5km, took us about 3.5hrs round trip. The trail is initially hard to find but once you’re on it it is easy to follow. We had a windy day so layers were needed. The trail has lots of inclines which flatter sections as well. The final stretch to the top is intense. But you can see downtown Calgary and get to enjoy a picnic table.

Andree Flanagan
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grown

Mesa Butte via Mesa Traverse loop. Chilly at the top of the grind. Wonderful flowers and vistas along the route. a little of everything, forest, meadow, steep climbs and mountain views. The top viewpoint houses a large firepit with all the utensils you need to cook up some grub. All in all a wonderful 10.3 kms. hike.

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Meaghan Gillis
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Jocelyn Sharpe
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Jayrin Yue
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, not too long so great for a half day hike. We got to the top and kept going past the picnic area. Trail was a bit hard to find, had to use gps and the all trails map to find it. Really nice on the way down, lovely grassy path and very quiet. Missed our trail turn off back to the cars and had to go back on the overgrown cut line further down. Recommendation: bring a gps (or your phone) if you’re going to do the loop!

Lauren Margaret
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HikingMuddy

Nice and quiet hike offering great views for a shorter distance hike :) Was fairly muddy towards the start of the hike until we started to increase altitude. Did the hike in about 2 hours 20 mins aside for missing the initial turn off. The real (and only) grind is towards the end of the trail at the hill. And there’s a nice picnic table and stuff at the top as well.

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Bryce Eger
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Hiking

Muddy in places with the rain but a decent hike nonetheless.

Essy K
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HikingBugsMuddy

Trail head is really difficult to find and it’s easy to get off the path as you descend towards McLean before ascending again. When you start, look for the sign that says no motorized vehicles beyond this point.

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Steven Phui
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HikingMuddy

Muddy in places but not too bad. Took three hours round trip with a lunch break. Only saw a few other groups on the trail.

Sheldon Maloff
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HikingMuddy

We started at the equestrian centre. That joins in the middle of the trail. At the end, we crossed McLean Creek Trail road and tried hiking by Three Point Creek but ended up coming back up to the road due to incorrect footwear. The views from the top are quite nice. The trail can be muddy in places. Our 8 year old had no problems doing this hike.

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Jude Hope
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Luis Elias Obregon
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Great easy hike good for beginners and family friendly. Trail is a bit muddy at parts so were proper shoes. Really pleasant walk through the forest with several slopes changing patterns until you reach the final climb which is short but a bit steep. There is a campsite at the top with several areas to eat. You can loop it with other hikes on the way down but might need to walk on the highway a bit.

Tara Green
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HikingMuddy

Views were beautiful and worth it despite the uphill climb. We did it with 6 kids aged 8-13 and they were out front the whole time. We started at the equestrian park a little further down the road and it cut about 4km off the distance. Quite muddy and slippery at the beginning of the trail, but improved about 15 minutes in. Plan for a picnic at the top if you have littles. Lots of old logs and opportunity to play up there.

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