Pigeon Mountain is a 15.3 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Canmore, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 15.3 km Elevation Gain: 1,060 m Route Type: Out & Back

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Closed December 1 - June 15 for protection of critical winter range for elk and bighorn sheep.

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snow
2 months ago

completed in nov 2019, not a bad hike for an introduction to winter hiking in shoulder season! the trail is a steady incline. a 5k fire road through the cut block allows a good transition to a steady elevation climb up. I encountered mountain goats and hunters also! when you get to the summit, it can be pretty windy! make sure you bring proper gear such as a windbreaker, spikes and gaiters as there was snow.

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6 months ago

A good hike: decent elevation and great views. Only not so good thing is the 5 K in/out of fire road. Some of the road is in the trees so that helps. Don’t let the fire road scare you away from this hike, it’s a good one.

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snow
6 months ago

Extremely good hike to introduce someone to some decent elevation gain and a relatively challenging 4.5 + hour hike that is rewarded with awe inspiring mountain views in every direction! The trail conditions were excellent as it was compacted snow for the majority of the hike with a few sections of knee deep snow but with good foot holes established from previous hikers and hunters. There were strong gusting winds at times but with the proper wind jacket, gloves and a toque you were totally fine. Gaiters and spikes were both worn, but the gaiters were not necessary as there hadn't been any new snow in the last 5 days. There was only 6 other people on the trail and 2 of them were hunters. Great conversation with one of the hunters who pointed out a good viewing spot on our decent to see some 40 mountain sheep feeding. Yes we saw them from a distance, but unfortunately not close enough for a good picture. As someone else pointed out the first and last 5 kms is basically following the power line. Having said that, I think it was well worth it given the 360 views from the ridge and the summit which included Mt Lougheed, Mt Allan, Wind Mountain, Exshaw Mountain, Mt Yamnuska, Mt McGillevray, Mt Lorette etc and the entire Bow Valley.

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6 months ago

The view is good and knee deep snow on the slope.

hiking
6 months ago

Not to bad of a grind and the views were perfect today! One of my new favorite hikes can't wait to do it again when all the snow melts. Use crampons closer to the top and poles are a good idea

hiking
6 months ago

my stat are wrong but the path is good. also mistake was doing this as a sunrise, mt Mcgillivray is in the way, but consolation is before any storm clouds collect in the valley below. Regular inversions on these peaks before it rains or snows

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icy
muddy
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over grown
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snow
6 months ago

Completed 11/02 - A great day to be out in the mountains. Very windy on top but sunny. There is snow the entire way with the worst part being about mid calf deep so not that bad. We brought our spikes but never put them on. I would still bring them as the snow is constantly melting and freezing. There is a path blazed in the snow so that should remain until the next snowfall. Nothing about this hike is difficult. The rating is completely subjective. If you’re an experienced hiker this is like a nature walk with incredible rewards. It’s not often one can get this elevation with such an easy approach. The bad part, and especially in the late fall or winter, is the first 5 km. No views and it feels like you’re walking a service road. Once you get above the treeline things really open up and it makes it all worth it. Enjoy !

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snow
7 months ago

2019-10-20. Trail is still in great shape. Some hard packed snow and ice on the first section along Skogan. After you start climbing there is about 4-6 inches of snow above the tree line that was wind packed but not so hard you couldn’t get traction. Did the hike in trail runners and my dog came up the whole way. Beautiful views but very windy at the top today so didn’t hang around too long. Saw a small group of big horns. Hunters in the area too. Not sure why this isn’t a more popular hike; long hike but relatively easy grade with good views and wildlife.

hiking
8 months ago

Fairly steep ascent on Skogan Pass track. Gets really steep on the Pigeon Mt Trail. Fantastic views and really amazing scenery.

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8 months ago

Amazing 360 views at the top! We were able to see a herd of mountain goats/sheep from afar at the very top. The hike was definitely a grind as it was a steady incline all the way up. A big bulk was under the power lines and we didn’t get much shade. Overall the hike was nice and quiet as we only bumped into 2 other couples.

hiking
8 months ago

I loved this mountain! Only gave it 3 stars because the entire first half of the trail along Skogan Pass was very flat and boring, I would’ve preferred to bike it to save time and energy for the actual mountain. Once you hit the base of the mountain it is steep and a steady incline just about the entire way up. We were walking through the clouds for much of it but at the top was an absolute beautiful 360 view. Gorgeous meadows and wildflowers the whole way up, and not really any scrambling which was a nice change of pace. The trail was very easy to find/follow. I would definitely recommend this hike as long as you have the patience along Skogan Pass and back. It definitely drags ;)

hiking
9 months ago

Well-tread trail but no signs. Just take the left fork each time. First 5.5km straightforward under the power lines, then take a left at a rockier trail with a wildlife sign. It’s very steep for the last 2.5km but the views are worth it! No signs of bears. Dog friendly. No bugs.

hiking
9 months ago

High endurance hike, but extremely beautiful on a sunny day. The hike was very straightforward and has a dynamic landscape of open fields, dense forest, and a rocky mountain-top. No wildlife spotted, but looks like an excellent area for there to be some. With this hike it seems really tough when climbing through the steep hills but it gets much easier once you hit the ridge so push through it.

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9 months ago

Very clear trail. 2 left turns at signage. Follow power lines a bit but then you head into the trees (the only shaded opportunity so enjoy!), then flower fields and continue to push for awesome views all around all the way to the very top!

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9 months ago

Dog friendly, well defined trail. First section pretty easy but when you leave the road tracks to get to the ridge it is steep but beautiful. Nice 360 view on top. Would recommend for sure.

hiking
9 months ago

Our trail navigator is a beast!

hiking
9 months ago

Cool hike over all. Trail is really easy to follow with power lines but you’ll have to turn left a few times. After the switchbacks, you’ll have to turn left at a wildlife sign, which can be easy to miss if you don’t know what you’re looking for. The trail starts pretty easy but once you break out of the tree line, it becomes really steep. Prepare for a long trip, took about 5 hours total. Would recommend to anyone with a lot of stamina and endurance.

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off trail
over grown
9 months ago

Ccc

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike, can be boring at some points. Be prepared to hike straight up the mountain. Watch out for bears. Perfect if you love wild flowers!

hiking
10 months ago

If you’re looking for wildflowers this is certianly a great one. The trail is continuous up hill starting under the peer line before heading into the trees. After this there was a steel uphill through the wildflower meadows before hitting the shale summit. The middle section is the steepest section but worth the reward. The steep incline is worth it for the views at the top and then on the way back down you are treated to mountain ranges the whole time. We didn’t take poles for this hike but would recommend them. In total it took us about 4hr 40 mins with a 20 minute stop for lunch. Walking through the meadows it was full of butterflies so a wonderful summer walk at this time.

hiking
11 months ago

great hike. Large grizzly moving between the cut line and higher up the mountain at the tree line. Deer are also regulars on this hike.

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no shade
11 months ago

Great trail. Great views. It was super windy today had to wear hats and mitts up top. Large bear seen by us and others on the cut line part of the hike

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11 months ago

Went on Jun 26. Trail conditions are good, no snow. Technically easy, but be prepared to climb. Great if you like flowers. Follow the power lines for the first (boring) half. Be sure to turn left into the forest when you see the pink ribbons. Turn left again onto pigeon mountain trail when you see the wildlife conservation sign.

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