Mist Mountain Trail is a 9.8 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement District, Alberta, Canada that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.8 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1,265 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

forest

hot springs

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

2 months ago

A very busy hike up to the summit or hot spring. Well worth the incline to get there with the views from the natural spring. Will defs be going again with the husband ! Highly recommend

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked to the hotsprings today, very snowy traverse across to the path. make sure you have appropriate footwear or it could be a sketchy trip.
Didn't make it to the summit as the weather was turning and I wasn't feeling super confident in the snow. Hot springs fit 2 people in the top spring and the same in the bottom which is much shallower.
A good workout and diverse scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! Not hard until you start the scramble to summit (it's a lot further up than you think lol!).

Fairly well trafficked the day we went, easily saw 20-30 people throughout the day. The hot springs, while a nice feature, are not worth hiking in for alone... The water wasn't very warm and there is maybe enough room for 4-6 adults max (expect legs to touch under water with those numbers).
Summit scramble is amazing! Lactic acid build up is real after this one :) you will be rolling out those quads/glutes/shins the day after ;)

Saw no wildlife, kids, or pets on this one.

hiking
2 months ago

Led Zeppelin wrote a song about this hike i think? The majority of the hike is in the trees with a steady incline. We hit the summit in under 3 hours and roundtrip was under 5; including a beer break and some goofing around at the summit. Great echo from the top to practice your goat calls. We paired this hike with a pint of Goat Locker Fainting Block beer...Bon Mot!

2 months ago

Short hike up to the pass, then scramble to the summit, which was a long and exhausting, two step forward one step back climb. The warm spring was a nice detour.

3 months ago

Awesome hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Sick hike. Start of trail doesn't look like much from the road but if you see a short survey marker sticking out of the ground 6-10 inches you've got the right trail. You go through a thick forest which opens into a grassy alpine valley where you stay low until you crest the ridge. Can see why this valley would be prime grizzly territory but didn't see any (bear spray recommended). At the ridge, hang a sharp left over a grassy hill where you will drop back into a different, scree-filled valley and see the trail again. We got about 2h in when we were hit with thunder, lightning and about 5cm of snow which seemingly came out of nowhere. Had to turn around but will definitely be back.

backpacking
3 months ago

Took the Mist Mountain trail up to the summit on August 4th. Was harder than anticipated. The group was us 4 girls who are in decent shape and experienced with backpacking. We each had 40lb backpacks on and it was a struggle to summit this mountain once you cross the valley. Took us all day so we had to make a level space on the side of the slope to pitch our tent. There is no water available after the waterfall except for a small spring on a side of a rock that is tricky to find, so be prepared when you summit.

The second day we started from our tent, hiked the rest of the summit, then turned around and followed trail back down the mountain. Saw 2 grizzlies in the valley about 1-2km away from trail. We also saw a pika, marmot, and chipmunks.

Would not recommend as a backpacking hike. I would only suggest summiting this mountain if you are doing it with a light pack and are in good shape with hiking experience and appropriate hiking gear. Did not find the hot springs, rumour has it that they are in the valley. Follow trail across waterfall in the lower valley and it will take you to a second smaller waterfall where the hot springs supposedly are.

hiking
3 months ago

As other reviewers noted, this hike has a bit of everything. We opted for the summit first, and we ended up taking a fairly direct route up, by going up one of the earlier scree slopes (rather than following the valley to the back scree slopes that go right up to the peak. It was steep and challenging, and we'd recommend this path rather than following the trail around to the back. The rocks were just a bit larger and firmer going up this way which we felt was probably better than scrambling up through scree. Bring poles and expect a challenge.

The ridge is breath taking and the views are limitless. You really feel like you're on top of the world.

We also saw momma grizzly, although from a long distance and she was playing around trying to catch one of the gophers. Marmots are everywhere, and virtually unafraid of us. They seemed quite curious and "led" us up through the rocks.

Hot springs on the way down was the "cherry on top" for this hike. Such an incredible experience after a challenging hike and summit.

hiking
3 months ago

I am head over heels for this mountain. Such a fun scramble with incredible views and short ridge walks. It has a bit of everything, grassy valleys, forested trail, hot (warm) springs, and great elevation. We saw a grizzly so bring bear spray! It was far from us so we weren't too worried but be aware. Moving time was approximately 8 hours taking lots of photos, breaks, and time to take everything in. I highly recommend this hike to anyone who loves scrambles and scree skiing!

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing hike! Has it all! We went the alt route which was long and straight up but lots of fun! Then had some fun ridge walking, and an amazing rock to take photos off of. The peak was awesome and going down the main trail allows some really fast and fun scree skiing. We ended up making it to the hot springs as well. Took about 8 hours all together taking lots of photos.

PS to the four girls who backpacked the night before and we saw on the way down! We did find the hot springs !!

4 months ago

Reached the summit, we went to the false summit first. The scramble was tough but it was a lot less scrambling then if we went up the scree to the true summit. Views are absolutely spectacular and worth the sweat. Hit the hot springs on the way down. They're not very big so try to go when it's not busy. Saw Grizzly mom and three cubs on the way down, they were quite the distance away, easily 300m to the east of the grassy hill before you turn to climb Mist.

Climbed to hot springs only as day was very hot and another 3 hours to the summit. Found fossils all over. Hot springs moderately warm. Beautiful scenery. Plan to do overnight next summer to take advantage of full summit

hiking
4 months ago

Started our hike around 3am to catch the sunrise. Scramble to the top of Mist was much harder than we anticipated, but the views were absolutely worth it in the end.

hiking
4 months ago

I couldn't give this trail 5 stars but I plan on it eventually! We had to head back down due to weather and a late start.
Was hoping to just make it to the hot springs but were told by people on their way down that they were packed and since they only hold 1-3 people each there would be a long wait.
My advice is to get to the trail head early to beat the crowds and hopefully the weather.
The trail head was a bit hard to find until we noticed someone placed one of those white road poles with the black tip against a tree next to the trail.
I'll add some photos for reference.
Looking forward to going back and hopefully summiting as well as soaking in the springs

4 months ago

Amazing indeed! Lucky to have the hot springs to all for ourselves and soak after the hike!

hiking
4 months ago

SO worth it, but long and deceptive! Starts out as an easy forest walk to the grassy saddle, turns into a moderately scrambley hike to the springs and/or up the rocky stream bed, then becomes real hard hell to summit. Start early so you have time to soak in the springs on the way down. Don't take the scree/3rd/furthest/west-most/stream bed path all the way up, it's steeper than Sarrail, looser than Yam and will add an unpleasant hour, instead take first/alternate/outlier/ridge traverse path up.

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked to the top on Sunday, had some fresh snow to slide down on!

hiking
6 months ago

Went just to see the small hot springs on the side of the mountain. The trailhead was a bit hard to find, we used the directions from guidebook which helped a lot! The hot springs were a great temperature at sunset. Would be an amazing sunrise hike if you are camping in the area!

hiking
9 months ago

Loved this hike! We didn't summit and opted to visit the tiny hot springs instead. Will definitely be returning.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Did about a month ago for first time. Up to the meadow peak was fine and had to find the path from there on as it was covered in snow. Be prepared for wind gusts causing full white out conditions from time to time and pant legs freezing from snow. Crampons were helpful. Still a great adventure!!!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Very hard trail. Came to the top of old glacier. I had last 300 meteres to complete. These last meters had elevation of 200 meters. Very steep scramble on small loose rocks. Could not make it. If you follow the trail on rhe original map you will end up at the same point. To climb the mountain you should not follow the trail on the map. Instead once you at elevation of 2600-2700 meters take slight right. It is still steep, but you have solid rock to climb on

hiking
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Lovely trail, did not summit mist mountain. We only went to the ridge very beautiful and windy, next time on to the summit!

hiking
Sunday, July 23, 2017

We took the scree way up which most people take on the way down so it added an extra hour at least. Hike was amazing. Found some cool coral fossils. Full day hike and I'd rate it as difficult. 3,140 meters at the summit about 10,300 feet. If you want to feel above the rest of the ridges and hikes in the area this is a cool one to do! Leave your dog out of this one ! Cheers

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

We only made it half way but loved it.

We were uncertain with the snow. As we could for see a lot places where you had to cross it on the second half of the hike, we decided to abandon. Still beautiful.

We saw 4 elks and a big ol fairly fresh bear paw print.


The meadow is beautiful.

hiking
Monday, August 15, 2016

The beginning of the hike is easy to moderate. A steady but moderate climb through forest until you reach a beautiful meadow situated between 2 mountains. Once you reach the top of the meadow to the saddle, the trail becomes rocky and much steeper. Plenty of wildlife and fossil remnants to be seen all the way to the top ! Although the last mile is difficult due to the steepness and loose rock, I would highly recommend this hike due to the magnificent views once you reach the peak. A helmet is recommended.

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