Old Goat Glacier Trail

MODERATE 31 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
739 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.

hiking
3 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
3 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
3 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

3 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.

4 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
5 months ago

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
6 months ago

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
7 months ago

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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