Moose Mountain Trail

MODERATE 128 reviews

Moose Mountain Trail is a 13.8 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis, 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

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
21 hours ago

excellent spring hike. spectacular views for moderate effort. snowy up higher take but microspikes not necessary.

hiking
5 days ago

Completed MM trail today - May 15

There are a few sections of snow still in the initial 2-3 km before you clear the tree line, but nothing to warrant extra equipment. Beautiful hike, easy to follow the trail so no route finding required. Great little early season hike. Completed in 3.5 hrs.

4 months ago

Love this hike. Stunning views from the top with a picnic table to have your lunch. You can also sign a visitors book. Has some steep parts but overall a great hike.

hiking
6 months ago

One of my favorite trails near Calgary. Beautiful views, nice stops to have breaks. I would rate it as a moderate. Almost all trail it's easy, once you past the forest and enter to the praire, the uphill starts. After that gets kind of steep, but nothing crazy. It gets really windy on top.

hiking
6 months ago

decent hike. from the highway it's around a 7km drive to the trailhead up a gravel road. Go all the way up until you hit the end where the gate is. the trailhead is on the right side right before the parking lot. looks like a gravel service road. starts off easy with a 1km downhill walk which will destroy you on the way back. Rocky trail to mud to everything in between. at 3.3km you'll hit a big valley clearing where you can look to the right and see the peak. Roughly another 3km and you're at the top of the first summit. The base of that starts off decently steep and has around 6 switchbacks. Or you can go straight up and save time but make things harder. If feeling up for it you can go to the main/second peak where the fire/weather station is. Roughly about an hour extra. really windy and no shelter anywhere when you're up there. overall I'd say it's a moderate hike and could be done with dogs or even kids. 13km to the first peak from the parking lot.

mountain biking
6 months ago

One of my favorite trails. Various different sceneries. Then you reach the helipad and you have an amazing place to sit and relax as you have some snacks and rejuvenate before your descent.

6 months ago

great hike, good variety of terrain (trail, gravel, stone). starts with a decline then a gradual increase til moose mountain. once your at moose mountain the steep incline and snow starts til the top. it has a false peak then you go up another peak. it's cold and windy but great views.

hiking
7 months ago

A great trail close to the city that is easy to access. You have to drive up a gravel road to to get to the trailhead. There is also a false summit that you will be fooled by. Makes sure to go all the way to the fire lookout station.

hiking
7 months ago

lots of snow on the trail , lots was melting and made for some muddy sections. The views were unbelievable! We will return in the spring or summer to further explore!
PS... trail head isn't clearly marked lol

hiking
7 months ago

Gradual incline but generally a pretty tough hike, especially near the summit. Some snow prevented us from going to the top as we were toting some infants on our back. Gorgeous views.

hiking
8 months ago

The majority of the hike is actually quite easy with long stretches of flat and smooth terrain. The trail starts off easy, but then you descend about 100 metres over a distance of around 600 metres. Take care as the trail has large loose rocks in places here. After this initial elevation drop, the trail is mostly flat with some gentle up and downs. There are some great views of the two Moose Mtn peaks as well as Prairie Mtn along the way. Once above the tree line, it becomes more challenging, especially if you decide to go all the way to the fire lookout. The final hike up to the fire lookout is the most challenging and technical part of the hike. Take care here as the slope is very steep and there are some areas with a lot of loose rocks and scree. The views from the fire lookout or the Moose Mtn Northeast peak are quite amazing. I did the hike in and out in to the fire lookout in about 3 hours and 15 minutes with my 8 year old son. That time does not include the required pit stops and lunch along the way. Allow at least 5 hours if you are hiking with children or want to spend some time at the summits. You spend a lot of time out in the open exposed to the elements, so ensure you have sunscreen or something to cover up.

hiking
8 months ago

Had a great solo hike here a few days ago, wonderful lady at the lookout too! Just over 3.5 hours out and back. The last km back makes the return trip seem harder than the rest of the hike!

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike and amazing views!

hiking
8 months ago

Very nice hike. Trail is well maintained and easily identifiable, no getting lost on this one. Lots of different landscape and scenery. A bit of a scramble to the top but worth it. The lady at the lookout was fantastic, so friendly!! Will definitely do again. Took around 4.25 hours with a stop at the top for lunch.

8 months ago

One of the best hikes in the area. the path of the hike gives you some views of where you are going to go. Trail is well maintained and clear. Coming to the top of the first peak, where you see the final peak revealed was a great moment. The last stretch of trail was challenging but rewarding. Make sure to bring a cracker for the fat chipmunk at the helipad.

9 months ago

Very nice hike, huge thunderstorm rolled right over top just as we were about to summit and had to run back down, will definitely be back.

9 months ago

First solo hike for me, only made it as far as the false summit. Overall a good hike, loads of people and dogs.

hiking
9 months ago

Relatively easy hike. Completed it in 4 hours. Decent views.

9 months ago

Great hike, we managed to hike to the fire lookout and back in 4 hours. Would do it again.

9 months ago

Awesome day! Wild flowers in full bloom. Beautiful views in all directions.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy hike as the incline is pretty steady so if you get a good pace going you'll do fine. Did it in 2 hours 15 min each way plus 1 hour for lunch at the top. Could do quicker but had a dog who liked to stop.

Terry, the lady in the fire outlook, is friendly and was fun to hear her stories for a few minutes.

Rocky at times so good shoes will be beneficial.

Great hike. Would do again.

9 months ago

This hike was amazing. 4 of us and my little dog did this hike in about 5 hours return.
Just magnificent views, panoramic views as soon as you make a left towards to peaks. Lots of pretty flowers to look at and if you're lucky you can see a helicopter land or take off on the heli pad at the top. The lady Terry who stays at the tower was super friendly and we really enjoyed listening to her stories of the tower. Hips are pretty tight today! Haha

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike!

hiking
9 months ago

I wish there was more water on the trail, but other than that I am definitely going back up Moose Mountain in the future.

hiking
9 months ago

If you are not an avid hiker then this is a moderate/hard hike. It's got a few steep parts and a lot of gravel to go through - but it's so worth it! It was easier for people that hike a lot. Either way the views are amazing at the top! You get views all the way to the top:)

hiking
9 months ago

Moose Mountain is a well used trail in Kananaskis west of Calgary. I read the trail guides and studied the maps etc and although the trail seemed longer than I might have liked (14 km or so round trip) the trail seemed pretty straight forward. It was a long walk but we were above tree line pretty quick which is always nice. Pleasant day, lots of flowers. The guides talked about the return and the last long haul uphill to the parking lot. They were right. All in all, for a 64 year old guy who only does a half dozen or so decent hikes a year it was definitely doable.

9 months ago

Views were amazing. Wear sun block and save water for the trip back. Last drag of the hike was tiresome.

trail running
10 months ago

Ran up to the top today - had to walk the last 10 mins or so bc I was beat. Beautiful sunny days! Took 2 hours - definitely worth the drive!

11 months ago

soo good the switchbacks can be tricky. Careful of the wind gusts near the top open face and bring a sweater for the peak!

11 months ago

good climb, nice easy scramble to the top, great views from the lookout. good first hike of the year if you want some reward for your work.

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