Moose Mountain Trail is a 13.8 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, 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 March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 13.8 km Elevation Gain: 766 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

NOTE: Please note that the road leading to the trailhead is typically closed until mid-May of every year. As of September 2019, the final part of the path leading to the summit is closed.

hiking
icy
muddy
rocky
snow
18 hours ago

Love this trail. But there’s still quite a bit of snow. We had kahtoolas which help but the snow gets soft later in the morning with the warm weather and we were postholing at times mid thigh. Other parts are clear. We didn’t get quite to the top. Too much snow.

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
2 days ago

Went on May 24 - waist deep snow most of the way. Poles and gators were a cute idea but didn’t help - snowshoes may have been more beneficial! Made it to the first peak but couldn’t get to the second because it looked a bit sketchy. I expect by next week things should be less snowy! Views were wonderful.

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snow
3 days ago

hiking
icy
snow
6 days ago

Tons of fun in the snow! Gave up on staying dry pretty early, despite it being a beautiful sunny day. Nice, gradual elevation gain. Made it to the first peak. Avoided the 2nd peak, it looked kinda sketchy considering all the snow still on it. Completed the trail in trail runners and studs. Great trail. Should have brought skis. Snow shoes will not help you. Casual hikers may not enjoy this.

hiking
snow
6 days ago

Very snowy and lots of post holing. Bright sunny day. Great place for a lunch break on the plateau.

snow
6 days ago

Hiked moose today, and there is still a LOT of snow on the trail. There were a lot of folks going in up to their waist. I highly recommend snow shoes.

hiking
snow
8 days ago

Summited Moose in whiteout conditions on the 23rd - Trail about half covered in snow until the alpine, and fully covered in the alpine. We had to make a trail up the last face in whiteout, felt like an Everest expedition! Looked like we were the first ones up there this year. Snowshoes absolutely required to reach the peak, but the forest section of the trail can be done in boots. Overall a fantastic hike and the snow should be clear in the next week or two.

hiking
muddy
snow
13 days ago

We hiked Moose today and there is about 4ft of semi-packed snow on the trail. Highly recommend snowshoes!!! it was a struggle not falling though...that’s for sure. trials open but need proper footwear!

hiking
snow
14 days ago

Only made it 500m as snow was waist deep. Snow shoes needed for this time of year.

hiking
snow
15 days ago

May 16, bring snowshoes! everyone turned back after falling in waist deep.

hiked up the access road and 300m into the trail. it is borderline impassable right now as snowshoes will be no use with wet snow. I'll try this one again after snow melts.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

This makes for a scenic and long trek in winter. Clocked 30k from parking lot today. Do the service road and then the trail. Spikes and poles were handy and snowshoes as well for the actual trail.

snowshoeing
snow
3 months ago

Finally got this one done yesterday, for the second time! Take your micro spikes and snowshoes, this one you'll need both and dress in layers. This one will make you sweat with a number of hills and then cool you down with a small flat walk before beginning to head up to the summit. Great day and I would recommend this hike! Don't forget that you have to do the access road first. Plan for a good 5 hrs from the parking lot, do the access road and then to summit. Enjoy!

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snow
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

We did this hike yesterday and loved it. Most of the hike is a mild, gradual climb until you get to the false summit, which is a grind, but not technical. We had spikes which made it easier but you could probably have gone without. Super windy at the top but great views. We ran out of time to reach the peak so will have to come back again.

hiking
snow
6 months ago

Beautiful hike and dog friendly hike, especially great for shoulder season! It is definitely worth doing the extra push to the fire lookout (if the conditions are good), as the views are much better than the false summit. As mentioned before the trail is well packed down all the way to the summit and I did not require spikes or snowshoes. The route is very easy to follow and is not technically difficult, but is a bit of a leg burner (especially to the false summit). Be aware the top is quite exposed and very windy!

hiking
rocky
snow
6 months ago

Great shoulder season hike just windy today but trail was good hard packed right to the peak. Def a moderate hike nothing technical but it’s a great climb close to the city

hiking
rocky
snow
6 months ago

Beautiful day, the trail was well packed down until the first summit, but managed to reach the second summit with no issues! Took 6 hours with breaks and lunch.

hiking
7 months ago

Couldn't have picked a better day to hike the Moose. Lots of sun, very little wind. Had a decent amount of snow to walk thru but no reason to use snowshoes. Once we started to tackle the false summit, we put on our microspikes and went straight up. Switchbacks are covered in deep snow so straight up was the easiest option. South ridge access to the summit was covered in snow so we went straight up the ridge which looks daunting from the false summit but was quite easy with some exposure and a bit of scrambling but still minor. Views were spectacular - had lunch on the helipad and then had a quick descent down.

hiking
7 months ago

Ran into unexpected white out conditions while up at the peak, overall great hike, would be good for beginners under better weather conditions! Didn’t use spikes as the snow was quite loose.

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hiking
7 months ago

Trail was nice and packed down. Except it goes straight up instead of utilizing the switchbacks. Parking at the trailhead is not an issue

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