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Mount Hoffman Trail is a 8.2 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Foothills No. 31, Alberta, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.2 km
ELEVATION GAIN
521 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wildlife

blowdown

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recorded Mount Hoffman Trail

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muddy
snow
3 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

Just a heads up that the road to access this trail is closed until May 15th. We learnt the hard way but luckily the ranger station was nearby and the ranger was able to show us some hikes we could access in the same area. I’m sure the hike is beautiful just wait until May 15th before you go haha.

hiking
6 months ago

Definitely a good leg workout (i was feeling the burn for sure haha) especially near the end. Beautiful view once you make it up :)

6 months ago

Great reward for the effort required. The final stretch is challenging for beginners, but doable. Hiking poles are a must, and microspikes are beneficial. Beautiful views! (There is Y junction in the road about a km past the bridge and the correct trail is to the right up the mountain- it is marked by a cairn).

6 months ago

Beautiful fall day! Microspikes would’ve been nice in a few spots. Most places dry and snow free! What a beautiful panoramic view at the top. Will be doing this one again!

hiking
7 months ago

Easy hike with lovely views of the waterfalls right at the beginning. A moderate grade of a hike - easy for beginners. A lovely surprise of mountain views once you summit. Nobody else on the trail today!

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike for beginners. Gradual inclines until the top. Very steep, hiking poles are a must. Windy up at the top but the view is gorgeous.

hiking
8 months ago

I completed this one on my own in September. Only one on the trail until the very end, when I ran into a couple who were horseback riding. The lady mentioned how bears were often spotted in this area. As always, be sure to have your bear spray outside of your pack! Very easy trail, only a short (but steep) incline near the end. Views up top are pretty!

8 months ago

Only people on the trail today! Not sure what trail others were speaking of with signs?!?! No signage we saw. After you cross the bridge keep left, after about 15 min keep looking right as the trail is sneakily tucked in (by a pile of rocks)! We were chatting too much we completely missed it and had to back track.

hiking
8 months ago

The hike up was OK. In the trees the whole time. Even with the holiday weekend the trail was not too busy. The views from the top are spectacular and worth the walk through the trees. A good shorter hike.

hiking
9 months ago

Our favourite new hike in the Sheep area. The views of the waterfall as you cross the bridge at the start and the views from the summit are amazing. It took us 3 hrs to hike this trail and there's a steep section 3/4 of the way up that challenged us but the views from the top are worth it! On the way back instead of turning left to go back on the main trail we went right for 100m and took a much needed break in a little stream that helped us and the dog cool off. After that we turned around and went back to the trailhead. I look forward to exploring more trails in this area but it's going to be tough to beat this one.

9 months ago

Great hike. Can easily be done in 3 hrs. Some steep areas maybe 600 metres from summit. Well marked trail. Just keep an eye out on trail before turning right to start heading to Mount Hoffman. Busy trailhead on weekend. Get there by 9-930 and no issues. Well worth it for the views at the top

9 months ago

Great view once at the top. There were a couple of steep parts but the trail is quite clear. We’ll do this again some day.

hiking
10 months ago

Did this hike on June 9th, 2018. Took us about 4 hours with lots of time spent on top but could probably be done in 3 with minimal breaks. Head west and cross the bridge, then take the trail on the left. For the first 1.2 km its basically flat, then a slow incline up until the last bit. There is a very steep section towards the end, only a few hundred meters long but I wouldn't recommend taking anyone who's knees might not be able to handle it. Then from there its another 1-2km of dead fall that leads to an open field. Very easy hike, except that small steep section. Little effort for the amazing views you get!

11 months ago

Shorter trail with rewarding views!

hiking
11 months ago

Really good fun , challenging as you get to the summit but worth it views are amazing !!

hiking
11 months ago

Trail was dry and in good condition, a few fallen trees but that added to the adventure. Not well marked from the Indian Oils parking lot but the path is clear enough. Luckily the trail was flagged as you go higher. We made a bit of a wrong turn and accidentally summited a mountain next door - not too out of the way so we still had time to double back a few hundred meters and continue to summit Mt Hoffman. Very steep section 3/4 of the way up, but it is relatively short and not too bad. Great, truly moderate hike if you don’t mind a bit of a puzzle.

hiking
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Great hike today; it was a little icy in certain spots but still great.

hiking
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

If your reading trips reports post 2013 floods saying the bridge is gone, dont worry its back. With the new bridge in place there is no reason this shouldnt be more popular. Good enough to be the Prairie Mountain of Sheep River. When you get near the top, the trail breaks up in the overgrowth and deadfall, watch for the pink marking tape. Pretty strait forward and short. When you get to the top, you are greeted by a Who's Who of the Front range peaks right up in your face. Junction, Shunga, Bluerock, Rose, Threepoint, Ware, Highwood, etc. Probably the best vantage point to see all these at one time.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Fantastic hike! We did it at the end of oct and it was snow free. There is a steep section at the end where hiking poles came in handy.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Did this Sept 29. Beautiful warm day. Views are terrific at the top and the trail is easy to follow with flagging through parts of it. Quite a bit of deadfall through one section but this makes it all the more interesting. My new favourite hike in the Sheep area.

hiking
Thursday, September 21, 2017

I agree, my wife and I both liked this trail a lot. We hiked on Sept 20. It was bitter cold and windy at the top with snow threatening across into Mount Gibraltar. I was looking for a fairly short trail with a good view of the mountains covered in early snow and this one fit the bill. The trail was easy to follow. The confusing section through the old growth forest at the top of the ridge was well travelled and marked with flagging tape. I can imagine the situation changes constantly as more deadfall collects in the area. The section up to the forest is steep but manageable. One might expect switchbacks up the slope but this time it's like Prairie Mountain, straight up. I was pleasantly surprised by the bare rock knob on top. I thought the trail ended in a high meadow but the summit was bare, windswept rock just metres above tree line. The short detour to the area called The Knobs is worthwhile for a place to rest and have some water. We found 2 Geocaches, quite by accident, one in the meadow at the old logging camp and a second on top. Construction of the new bridge over the Sheep River has created a great opportunity to hike Mount Hoffmann. On a good day Calgary can be seen 38 miles to the north east (see photos).

Saturday, September 02, 2017

I liked this hike a lot. It was a tough climb near the top but we made up with our 8 and 11 year old kids. The coolest part was walking at top through all the trees that got blown over.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

We picked an amazing day to check out this hike in sheep river valley. A beautiful sunny day with the foster pup and my wife. The hike goes from a steady uphill to a steep , but manageable hike through the thicker forest near the summit. Walking poles or Mother Nature supplied ones highly recommended. Stick to following the marking tape and you're good to go. Amazing views to reward you at the top. Great tip from a kindred hiker....bring a "cold beverage" ;) to celebrate the accomplishment.

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5 months ago

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