Old Goat Glacier Trail is a 7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Canmore, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.0 miElevation gain2,526 ftRoute typeOut & back
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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. There are reports that this trail can be blocked off for use by the sled dog tour companies. It may be best to check their schedule before heading to the trail.

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Bill Ramsey
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l a
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it's closed due to an avalanche.

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Eva Toncheva
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The road to the trailhead was blocked off for dog sled tours, so add an extra 20min or so to the beginning and end of the hike. Broke trail on snowshoes through deep powder (upwards of 1m at times) as it looked like no one had been on the trail for at least a week. The path was fairly easy to discern until treeline / the clearing. I didn't feel confident enough to keep going through avalanche terrain solo so turned around. Stopped often to look and listen for wildlife but only saw bunny tracks and some kind of deer(?) tracks crossing the trail.

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Kara Mullberry
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Did this hike in October. It was gorgeous but tough. The view at the top is well worth the effort.

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Nick Man Mathias
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Couldn’t get past the first real vertical push, knee deep or worse snow and no one had gone up in a week or so Would recommend starting early as this side of the mountain gets dark quick Poles not really useful or helpful as the snow was so powdery

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JareJae Pro
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amy clavin
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Estyn Edwards
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Fun trail, not very busy at all. Very windy at the top, but pleasant otherwise.

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Iain Martin
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Great day out! T shirts all day in October, not even windy on top! Really interesting exploring a glacier and all the landscape around it.

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Isaac Zheng
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Carissa Knott
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what a beautiful hike!!!!! Satisfying from start to end. Some challenges but nothing that wasnt doable if you took your time. Definitely watch you footing on the way down so you dont slip. I would definitely do this hike again

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Jennifer Hamilton
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Beautiful, more moderate than hard. Some steep areas. Wasn’t a busy trail.

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Paul Verville
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Marjo Gie
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HikingGreat!

This was definitely a great hike, the forest portion was beautiful and the hike past the tree line was a challenge. In doing some research about glaciers, I found it interesting that the composition of rocks form, when slow-moving glacial ice is covered by debris. Glaciers are often found in steep-sided valleys, where rocks and soil fall from the valley walls onto the ice. Rock glaciers may also form when frozen soil creeps downslope. My first thoughts were there was little glacier left, but under all the rock below the noticeable ice, there is ice.

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Nadia K
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Great hike...nice views.

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Diana J Scott
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Hard. Made it, but difficult. Extremely scary coming down. But beautiful creek and fittest, and lovely view of the glaciers at the top.

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Lorne Gabel
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Jeff Preston
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Nice mix of some beautiful forest and glacier (what's left of it) views. The one steep section is slippery, poles recommended. Fairly straightforward once you get onto the lateral moraine, overall a wonderful moderate hike!

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Guangwu Zhong
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Nature tripsGreat!

My friend and I found fossils at this trail on Aug. 21, 2019. They should still be there, as they are part of boulders on the moraine of the trail. They are very clear and easy to access, right on the trail . I present hereafter photos to show the location and some fossils I photoed.

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Ron Poetker
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The trail had a great start for the first couple of km. The climb was challenging, poles are definitely an asset. No trailhead signage, so it was more difficult to find and some trail signage would have been nice, with distances and directions. Very nice views from the top.

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Kate Mah
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Somewhat of a let down. The first section was beautiful, the rock section was difficult but a good challenge, but the glacier was a disappointment. Definitely could have cut the hike short and stopped at the first sight of glacier. If I'm working hard I want a good view for a reward and a dirty glacier in a crevasse did not provide that. Maybe if we had gone down to the stream coming off the glacier it would have been a wee bit better but after that hard hike we didn't want to challenge the steep and loose rock decline to come back up still disappointed but more fatigued as the sun was starting to create shadows already. DOES NOT TAKE 4 HOURS! Us and multiple groups headed out around the same time took about 5-6 hours, just a heads up. Was not prepared for this. Would have cut the hike shorter at just above the Rocky portion as there is a little view point of the lake there but now we've done it and seen the glacier. Breakdown: 1st section - beautiful mossy scenery with gentle streams and small waterfalls. A dirt path laden with intertwining roots that shaped natural steps added to the magical feel. This part was relatively flat and enjoyable, also great for trail running. Saw some off shooting paths that we didn't follow, I wonder where they would take you. 2nd section - steep rocks, not for the untrained or those with poor balance. Seems that these are great for slips and trips, witnessed quite a few wipe outs and although I slipped a few times I did not fall or hurt myself although I am a trained athlete. The average person would have difficulty with this section although it's not impossible as we saw quite a few children make it to the top. A few middle aged women complained about bruised hineys when we past them. Follow the orange markers on the left going up. Saw a few groups of people bouldering the large rocks in this section There's a somewhat dusty path after the rocks before more rocks. I hear there is a lake if you take one of the offshoot paths although we heard about it on the way down so we didn't bother. 4th section is more rocks, yay! But flatter. And like I said, some glacier parts. In September with almost no rainfall for a month there was still scattered ice but it was dreary looking. Might have been a better or shorter hike hike with some snow to add to the scenery and smooth out the landscape. Was not muddy at all so I'm not sure if that would have made it more perilous on the 3rd section Made a wrong turn on the descent so make sure you stick close to the mountain and leave yourself ample amount of time. Could take slower hikers 7 hours to make it to the glacier and back

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Mayka Pavlicek
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Just finished the trail. Total 10.2 km. 2.5 km through forest,easy walk then about 1 km up hill and then on top of a galley little bit up and down. Beautiful hike, I would rate it intermediate.

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Regine Dela Rama
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The first 2km is a beautiful mossy forest area with little elevation. At a point, it'll become rocky and the trail gets steep towards the glacier. Overall, a difficult but rewarding and doable hike.

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Angela Tan
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we started hiking on the campground for the first 2km or so, but the actual first bit in the forest was beautiful - like a fairytale forest. very enjoyable. once you reach the rocky clearing , the trail continues where there's a cairn (near a wood pole), and follow the orange markers. it's a steep incline with lots of loose gravel and dirt (on the way down, we ate shit like no one's business, even with poles). there's a scenic stop after turning the corner. if you want to have a meal break, do it here, before the mile and a bit to the glacier! the path to view the glacier follows the upper ridge, do not go down to where it appears there are cairns at the bottom of the glacial deposit. there's no way connecting the upper and the lower part of this "basin". we had to climb our way back out because it was very sketchy the way we had come, but we almost didn't make it out if not for a lovely couple who literally pulled us up (thank you so much! we are forever grateful). it's very sunny up there, but can get chilly and windy! also saw lots of furry little guys, dunno what they're called though. :-) there's a whole family of them that we observed while on our way down.

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Michelle Leong
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Great hike with variable terrain. After the waterfall, keep an eye out for orange markers to stay on the trail until you reach the glacier. The middle part is quite steep with some loose rocks and dirt - having poles for the descent is recommended. Less busy than other trails around the Canmore area.

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Caitlin Poole
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I've hiked this trail a couple times, the second time a few weeks ago. The first section is a lovely walk through the woods. The second section is a steep incline with some loose gravel, and the third section is a rocky glacier. Poles were super helpful on the decent of the middle steep portion. I strongly suggest bringing poles for this trail. This is a challenging but rewarding hike. The smell of the trees in the forest portion is unbeatable!!

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Mikala Wilson
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Great hike! Challenging but doable, no need for poles unless you dislike steep sections. First bit to the waterfall makes you feel like you’re in narnia

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Leigh-Anne Christine
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Laila Adam
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A little bit of everything - the first 2K along the creek is a nice walk in the woods leading to a beautiful waterfall. Things go up and unforgiving from there but the views and proximity to the glacier make for a pretty epic day.

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