Opal Hills Loop Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews
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Opal Hills Loop Trail is a 7.9 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Cadomin, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.9 km
520 m

dogs on leash



nature trips




wild flowers



Hikers work hard along this trail, gaining 1500 feet of elevation in only 1.9 miles, but they are rewarded with spectacular views of the Maligne Valley, an abundance of alpine wildflowers and possibly a Woodland Caribou and/or Moose. From the hiking trailhead, follow the path to the "Lake Trail Loop" and turn left. This Lake Trail Loop moves right at the second intersection after a little over one hundred yards. Just hike straight ahead. You will climb steeply to a trail junction where the Opal Hills Trail begins. Stay on the right (counter-clockwise) for the fastest way, which is a very steep hike to the viewpoint. You could alternatively go left for an easier hike. Following the steep way to the view, you will reach a sign at mile 1.7; where the hiking route divides. Another hiking route branches to the right down through trees to a good viewpoint or take the path ahead that climbs steeply roughly .25 miles to a great viewpoint where the hiking trail fades on the hillside. Then hike back to the trail sign. The route will turn right, crossing a stream which then loops behind a rockslide heap. While Hiking in the alpine valley watch the slopes for Woodland Caribou and also be look into the valley ahead for a possibly sighting of a Moose. After finding the main hiking trail again, follow it behind the rockslide pile and descend steeply to the Opal Hills Loop junction at mile 1.1. Continue hiking down to the valley finishing once again at the trailhead kiosk. *** There have been multiple sightings of bears and bear activity on this trail in recent years, be sure to hike in groups, make noise and have bear spray. Check Parks Canada website trail conditions and bear reports***

12 minutes ago

Good challenge with the steep elevation gain. However waist deep snow near the top(Im 6’5)
And trail is not clearly marked
May 20

22 days ago

Hiked April 23rd 2018. Not recommended at this time of year by many locals without proper equipment for avalanche preparation and knowledge of the trail. We didn’t know that until after. After the fork in the road all signage was still buried under the snow meaning the trail wasn’t obvious. We managed to climb through knee deep sometimes hip deep snow assumedly almost to the peak in approximately 2:30-3:00 hours considering the trail conditions. We were unable to complete the loop as we could no longer find trail indicators. That being said the views from the top were fantastic!

9 months ago

It is a very nice view, but it is 500 feet of gain and is more towards the hard side, come prepared with proper footwear and optional hiking poles and water. The loop was closed so I can't comment on that part

Sunday, April 24, 2016

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