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Ribbon Creek Trail to Ribbon Lake Trail is a 13.5 mile moderately 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, camping, snowshoeing, and backpacking and is best used from May until December.

Length 13.5 mi Elevation gain 3,113 ft Route type Out & Back

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Snowshoeing

Lake

River

Views

Waterfall

Rocky

No dogs

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The trail is not technical (except for the chains, which are not for the faint of heart) but it is a very long hike if you plan on doing it all in a day. The views are well worth the trek. It is recommended to have boots with good ankle support, as much the of trail consists of larger rocks that are uncomfortable to walk on on the way back down.

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Reviews (252)
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Recordings (147)
Completed (786)
Chelsie Lawson
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HikingGreat!

One of the more beautiful hikes in the Kananaskis. The hike was very easy with gradual elevation gain up to Ribbon Falls campground. After passing the incredible falls, the hike gets harder and more technical. There is a challenging chain section (if you're scared of heights like me) that requires a bit of rockclimbing; however, totally doable with a 25lb pack. Doggos would not be able to make it on the chain section.

Braidyn Lapp
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CampingGreat!

Great trail! Lots to see and always by the river bank, some waterfalls and fairly easy up until the chains and it’s quite technical rock climbing. But the lake is gorgeous and would camp again! Easier to go down the chains than up.

Tyrel Brown
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Hiking

if you want great views and waterfalls, this is the trail.

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Domi Wu
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HikingGreat!

completed on Jul. 29. Ribbon falls and the chain section definitely add some excitement to this trip.

Cole Yakimishyn
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Hiking
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Garnet Olson
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HikingBugsNo shade

Biked in to bike rack, then hiked to Ribbon falls, up to the infamous cliffs with the chains, and on to the lake. a quick dip in Ribbon lake was shortened by the muddy bottom, massive horseflies & huge mosquitoes; Memorial Lake 2 is the swimming destination! Lots of bear scat up top near the lake. Trail is quite open to the hot sun. All in all, a 23km, 700m, 6hr day. Chains up the cliffs made it exciting, and are worth the trip.

Joohyung Lee
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HikingRockyScramble

It is worth hiking to see the beautiful lake. On a cliff, it is challenging to climb with chains.

Bjorn Loberg
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HikingGreat!

Spent two nights at the campsite. Medium hike until you reach the chains..... Last 2km steep. Beautiful lake!

crystal.yyc.ca ..
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Hiking

Hiked up to Ribbon Lake on July 17 with our kids (8 & 11) to the backcountry campground. The trail is relatively flat until reaching Ribbon Falls. Our kids climbed the chains easily enough but I can see where many parents would want to have kids harnessed and/or have their backpacks shuttled/roped down for safety. It seems that the trail distance is closer to 14km one-way rather than 10km. From the Ribbon Lake campground we hiked up to Guinn’s Peak as a day hike. We’ll definitely be returning to Ribbon Lake!

Wei Ma
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WalkingBugs

Nice long walk along the creek and the waterfall was magnificent. The map in All Trails was wrong after the waterfall and you have to go around it if you wanna reach the lake.

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Suzanne Defoort
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Hiking

Our hike turned into just over 25km, as we hiked past the lake and back country camp. Reported grizzly sightings in the area and came across a lot of grizz scat that was fresh. Decided not to go any further and started back. The chains are not for the faint of heart and you need some upper body strength to get past a tricky spot. This is not a hard hike (outside of the chains). Will be going back for some back country camping soon. 10/10

The.drifter Network
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Hiking

Fantastic hike to Ribbon Falls/lake. Conditions were great, lots of small falls to check out along the creek. It was my 1st time doing the hike, it’s a decent haul to do in one day but most of the trail was pretty flat until the Falls up to the lake part. Would highly recommend this hike if you’re in decent shape and haven’t done this hike yet!! **Be careful at the chains though**

Alex Boivin
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One of the most rewarding hikes, with the views being incredible and the chains being a neat way to change up your day. They are daunting but not as bad as you would think, just mind your footing! The lake is a wonderful destination and makes for a great spot to have lunch.

Jason J
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July 8, 2020- easy jaunt up to the falls, then some fun up the chains to the lake. The steepness after the falls catches you off guard a little given how easy the grade was up till then, but its not horrible. The chains are legit tho, dont take them to lightly! But if you can ascend them, you should because the lake is gorgeous! 2.5 hours up, 2 hours down from the lake hiking fast. Also was using this trailhead on July 9 for another hike and saw a very curious black bear wandering along the trail (crossing bridges too!) the last 1.5km. Bring bear spray!

Kalpesh Modi
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Hiking

Nice hike. We only went up to the falls.

Heather B.
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Hiking

Absolutely beautiful, the scenery is incredible all the way. A very long out and back easy trek, it’s after the falls that the hike is next level difficult, with absolute careful maneuvering the chains are doable. We got hit with rain and hail so coming back down was very slippery, patience and an awesome team who helped every step of the way totally helps. For the courageous heart, you got this.

Andrea G
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Hiking

It’s honestly really easy hike up until you pass the Falls campsite, then it gets more difficult. The chains with the pack are quite hard, the pictures don’t really capture the challenge. But once you’re done with them and up at the lake it is incredible

Jeremy Hess
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Hiking

Great hike, tough up the chains with a pack. Be cautious in wet conditions. Highly recommend for an overnight camp

Hudson Pollard
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Hiking

Beautiful waterfall! In late June it is raging! There is still snow on the sites at the lake by June 24

Zoe Kempthorne
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Hiking

Done as a 3 day backpack trip, with a middle day day hike up to Guinn’s pass. Really gradual up to the falls, then steeper up to and past the chains. Past the ribbon lake campground snow becomes knee deep (almost waist deep) in places, but you can follow other’s footprints to avoid getting too soaked. Views up in the pass are awesome, but there was a black bear so be alert. Chains were a bit slippery from minor rainfall but doable. All in all a great hike/trip.

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Jared Koehl
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Hiking

Hike up the the falls was a nice gradual climb. Clear the whole way and relatively dry. Continued on up the lake and passed through 2 different snow patches. Melting steady, some solid foot prints packed in for a track to follow. Chains not for the faint of heart. Took about an hour from the falls to the lake. Just under 6 hours for a steady hike in and out total. ~4 hr hike total if just to the falls and back.

Martin Westerbeek
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Hiking

Hiked the trail on Tuesday June 9th, 2020. Easy trail up to the waterfall about 8 km. Here and there a bit moist but in general nicely dried out. We had hoped to hike to Ribbon Lake but about 800 meters past the waterfall we encountered large patches of snow and couldn’t find a way through. Will return later in the year. All in all a nice and easy hike.

C Sunshine
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HikingSnow

Amazing hike. The trails were pretty good but if it rains would be muddy. Snow at top when trying to get to the Lake was much harder but worth it. No one else went up that way and had the falls to myself when I returned to Ribbon Falls and Campground. Extra 2km one way to Lake. Be bear aware. There were definitely bears around saw fresh scat but no bear luckily. I take 2 bear sprays with me everywhere. Make lots of noise, the trail was quite busy for a Wednesday, at least 70 plus people. Dog Friendly.

Rishabh Batra
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Hiking

did biking..amazing trail..took 1hr 40min including 20min break..went half way till biking trail

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Kim Dominguez
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Trail is in excellent condition. Minimal snow

Edrees A.
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Had a wonderful hike, minus the snow - waist deep packed and slushy snow with muddy conditions. Finished in about 5 hours round trip...

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