Old Goat Glacier Trail

MODERATE 65 reviews

Old Goat Glacier Trail is a 9.5 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Canmore, Alberta, Canada that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and walking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.5 km
ELEVATION GAIN
743 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

walking

cave

forest

lake

views

waterfall

muddy

rocky

snow

A true gem in Kananaskis Country! The Old Goat Glacier offers opportunities to take great photos of forest floors with lots of greens and moving water. You also get a chance to see and feel a real glacier.

2 days ago

Very nice hike

8 days ago

Glacier has retreated pretty far, have to hike an extra kilometer on a ridge of scree to get to it now. Not worth the pain of climbing the scree. Half of our party got partway up the scree slope and decided "no more" because it was so sketchy. By the way, it is even harder to climb down the scree...
The approach hike through the forest was beautiful. Meandering glacier melt stream keeps you company most of the way through the forest. Stay on the path, though, as the forest floor is easy to damage.
Saw one other party of 3 hikers just before we finished.
Don't miss the view through the trees and over the lake in the last half kilometer before you get back to the trailhead.

Pretty easy walk up to nice glacier water falls

hiking
12 days ago

Very pretty walk through the forest which eventually pops you out on a rocky flat where there is a nice waterfall. Definitely recommend hiking poles or a stick to tackle the next bit - a steep rocky, gravelly climb with some sections feeling a little unstable. Watch your footing carefully (particularly on the way down - we saw a few people falling/skidding). The views down into the valley with the gorgeous Spray Lake make it totally worth it. The glacier itself is quite dirty and not overly impressive but it is cool to see regardless and with so few people on the trail, there is a real sense of tranquility at this point in the hike, with the mountains towering above you and the occasional echo of falling rocks (no big ones but still - be careful!)

hiking
12 days ago

Beautiful! We did this hike with our 4 kids ranging in age from 8-13. Easy walk to a beautiful waterfall. The steep trail to the glacier is a little challenging, with a few breaks we made the whole hike in about two and a half hours from start to glacier. Glacier and valley are both a great site to see. Bonus was we avoided the busy highways and hikes on the long weekend! Highly recommend.

14 days ago

Very fun trail, super easy to follow. Really enjoyed glisading down the snow patch. Use a map not an app. the Glacier is gone but very interesting to see how it carved the rocks.

23 days ago

This was a challenging hike for those of us with moderate skill and experience. we used GPS to make sure we stayed on the trail, which was poorly marked, especially once we made it to the scree.

We hiked in late July, so the glacier was even a bit further back.

Others have commented on the difficulty in navigating and the need for hiking poles. They are right on!

The views are indeed beautiful, from the forest and clear stream, to the mountain goats and pika we encountered, to the expansive vista from the top of the climb.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views once at the top both ways- the glacier is stunning. The hike itself not so much. An easy path through the forest brings you into the uphill challenging section of the trail. Scree, rock and more of the same. More than moderate, this is especially challenging on the downhill. Poles are a must.

Busy therefore not ideal for me. Pretty views but not very interesting to hike. All flat. All hill. All rocks. Then repeat in reverse order.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail was not easy to follow. We used the app maps.me and could find it really quick. Beautiful view when you arrive near the glacier. The first part to the waterfall is easy, the second part to the glacier is a good moderate one.

hiking
1 month ago

Delightful from start to finish.

hiking
2 months ago

Moderately hard. Trail is not marked at all so difficult to follow and easy to go off trail. Bush-wacking required. Glacier at the top is very cool. Amazing views.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike up to a glacier. We spotted pika, mountain goat, deer, and a marmot. Found the downward trip a little challenging in the late afternoon as melt had created slippery muddy areas. Poles recommended.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike 2 days ago. It was really lovely! The mellow part at the start through the forest was so lush and green. Once you started to do the climb after reaching the waterfall it got progressively snowier but we did manage to make it to the top. Was a bit lost at the waterfall part so make sure you stay to the left if you're facing up the mountain rather than walking towards the waterfall. You will find a path through the bushes there. Also the trailhead sign must be missing at the parking lot- we couldn't find any signage for old goat trail but trusted the map on here and it worked well.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail was dry up until you reach the scramble to the glacier. Tons of snow made going any farther very difficult without snow shoes.

hiking
10 months ago

Fun hike. The stroll through the forest was quite easy and probably the most scenic. The steep clime up the swichbacks leading to the upper part of the mountain was much more demanding than what I would call a medium rated hike, however we were okay with it having enjoyed some challenging hikes and scrambles in the past. There was 4" to 6" of snow at the upper elevations, making the descent quite slippery. I would guess that the views of the glacier might be nicer in the summer. With the area covered in snow, we didn't think it was all that spectacular. Overall we enjoyed the hike, might try it again earlier in the summer.

hiking
10 months ago

Near the end of the trail the elevation gain is taxing but worth it to see the moraine and the glacier - they spread out so large and it’s impossible to convey the enormity of it in pictures.

hiking
10 months ago

so once you come off the highway and start coming around the mountain, the road turns to gravel for about 8km or so. if you have a low car like myself, keep that in mind. as soon as you get to the lake and cross the dam you will come to a 3 way intersection. park in the one that is straight ahead. The road to get to the trail head is the one to the left when you get to that three-way intersection. when we went there was a gate that was closed blocking it so you have to walk in for about a kilometer or so. the first couple kms are a nice easy hike. walking along side of a beautiful stream of water and through thick trees. super beautiful with changing trails going from Roots to scree to mud. it takes about 45 minutes to get to the first clearing. there's really nowhere to go on that one so you walk straight across and you'll see a little path that cuts through the trees. as soon as you come out of that little path you will see the giant scree Hill in front of you. stick to the right and you can see the trail vaguely Through The Rock. it goes up for about a thousand feet with a few switchbacks here and there. it is pretty steep and in some places a little bit slippery. I'd rate it as moderate to hard. once you get up near the top, it goes right and gets even steeper. I'd highly recommend poles. The trail gets back into some trees and Rock and definitely tests your calves. once you get up though, the Moraine is incredible! deep and wide being shadowed by an incredible mountain face. you can see the glacier from here but would highly recommend walking up the Moraine for another half hour to the glacier itself. massive boulders and Rock are randomly deposited around and the glacier is unreal. a natural melt cave inside the glacier is super cool but be careful going inside. I went in 20 feet and was slippery and sloped where if you slipped, you'd go down into a crack where rescue would be near impossible. basically it is one of my favorite hikes of the year. The views of the lake and mountains are unmatched. from start to finish with a few breaks, it took 5.5 hours. bring some warm clothes as well. got chilly at the glacier. moderate to hard in my opinion, but worth every step

10 months ago

Spectacular views on the way. The glacier and moraine was less than spectacular and a bit anticlimactic.

The initial walk through the forest was amazing, but the climb and decent should have this trail rated as hard and not moderate. We found it more taxing than the Ha Ling Peak trail.

11 months ago

Great trail. Really enjoyed the great views all along the way. Good climb after the waterfall and into the glacier. Enjoyed this hike!

hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Great stroll through the forest by a creek then opens into an amazing water fall. Steep climb to gain the hanging glacier cut valley with great views of spray lakes and valley along the way.

hiking
Saturday, July 22, 2017

Fun trail. Look for the inukshuks that mark the trail. Otherwise you can get off track at some points. There is also a nice little lake above the waterfall.

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Lower 1/4 is a gentle forested path. The next 3/4 are a more significant climb. At the foot of the slide paths, turn left and go directly up the slide path, curving right and close climbing above the rocky outcropping and trees. Spray lakes in the distance.

hiking
Monday, October 03, 2016

Great hike! Really gorgeous! A lot more beautiful and interesting than the few photos posted indicated, so I added a few more. We didn't go to the very very top at the Glacier as the clouds and a big storm were rolling in, but we went as high as we could, which gave amazing views. Mossy trails, rocks, roots, a creek, two waterfalls, and some scrambling bits. This hike has it all.

hiking
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Really enjoyed this hike. It was rewarding from the start with damp forest floor, babbling brooks and an array of mushrooms and flowers to look at. We were in a hurry so didn't do the last difficult climb to the glacier, but plan to kill it next time.

hiking
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Very good!!! There was about a 5km hike through the trees, which was easy to navigate through. You hit a rock bed and are faced with a long semi vertical rock face which is pretty easy if you're wearing proper footwear and are an experienced hiker! It's about another 5 to the glacier, and the views are pretty and rewarding!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A good hike. It is quite flat for the first mile then, at the waterfall, a long steep climb (in rocks) of 300 meters to reach the beginning of the glacier. From this point, you'll have a nice view on the lake Kananaskis. You will need another 30-45 min to reach the glacier. Pretty cool to walk in the snow in june.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

This hike is perfect if you want a hike where you can get a decent workout in but not be so exhausted that you can't enjoy the hike. The majority of the hike is along the creek and balanced between ascending and descending pathways. There are 3 'almost' scrambles starting at about 45min in. Towards the end there is a steep 2km scramble that is doable with some strategic planning. We finished in about 2h 45min. This hike was perfect and had something for everyone. Beauty, nature, exercise, and laughter!

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