Rummel Lake Trail is a 6.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Canmore, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,446 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

skiing

snowshoeing

walking

running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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IN WINTER: This has an ATES (Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale) of class 1. It is essential to read the avalanche report, and follow the trail to avoid potential slide paths. Well-defined trail through subalpine forest. Low elevation gain, but some ups-and-downs. Can still be snowy in the shoulder season. Watch for globeflowers on the lake shore.

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7 days ago

Just completed this hike yesterday. Snowshoes were a necessity. The lake was still frozen over, but beautiful regardless.

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14 days ago

Hiked here yesterday, the snow is really starting to melt. right now you definitely need snow shoes, the snow was very easy to fall hip deep, especially the way down. Still a beautiful trail.

14 days ago

Hiked May 18th, started around 10am. First 2-3kms was very soft on the way up but on the way down, after direct sun, it was tricky even in snowshoes. lots of hikers without snowshoes had the trail really chewed up from sinking. snow is still about adult waist deep. recommend carrying sat comm device anywhere in kananaskis. 5 adult hikers experienced-not as experienced & 4 large dogs took about 7 hours. spent about an hour at the lake. great hike, would be more enjoyable in the summer & would take more like 3 hours.

17 days ago

Lots of post holing for the first 2.5km up. It was hard packed after that. Glad I had my poles but I wish I would have put my snowshoes on today. Not many people on the trail. Lake was beautiful and peaceful:)

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24 days ago

Hiked May 9th. We started around noon and the 4ft of snow on the trail was mostly packed going up but going down the snow was much softer due to warm temperatures. We kept falling through the snow that was hip deep. Definitely would recommend snowshoes if going later in the day when the snow melts. The lake was completely snowed and frozen over, but still a beautiful view. Difficult to social distance because as soon as you stepped off to the side you would fall through the snow.

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24 days ago

Perfect hike for a cloudy Saturday, first ones on the trail and encountered about 6 groups of people (one being fairly large) on our way out. Snow was packed down great although if you staggered off you would meet hip deep snow. I'd imagine it'll all start melting in the next couple of weeks and be very hard not to slip and slide. 3.5 hours round trip with a baby, can't wait to come back in the summer!

2 months ago

Did the hike on Sunday. Trail was hard packed snow and in good shape. I did not have to use spikes. Great early season hike and not a lot of people on the trail.

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2 months ago

Did the hike in approximately 4 hours with several breaks. The trail was well packed and spikes were not needed. The lake was still snowed over.

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3 months ago

Really good steady hike on the easy side of moderate. Snow is very packed and spikes/snowshoes are not necessary. We summited in 2 hours, and did the round trip in 3 hrs, 40 mins. We took lots of breaks but kept a steady pace. Do not go out onto the lake without snowshoes as the snow is very deep!

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3 months ago

Feb 28. An always-good winter outing. Decided on spikes vs snowshoes and it was the right decision, Well-packed, good width, smooth sailing all the way up and back. The winter track seems to be a little different every winter, depending on who set it after the first big snow, but there's no uncertainty about the route. My GPS said total distance to the lake and back was 10.07km with 402m of elevation gain, slightly shorter and less vertical than the AllTrails stats.

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3 months ago

Great little winter hike, went on Sunday. Trail conditions were good for hiking with shoe grips, but had to be careful not to step off the trail as the unpacked snow was quite deep. Some folks were snowshoeing as well. There was some snow coming down after we were done the hike, otherwise the views and conditions were perfect. Mount Endagine Lodge is across the street from the trailhead (go down mount shark road about 20meters and turn left) and is open to the public from 2-5 (dog friendly), nice place to stop in for a hot chocolate or a cocktail after the hike. Enjoy!

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Completed on February 22, 2019 in ~4 hours (2.5 to lake, 1.5 back). Excellent snowshoeing conditions — the trail was not completely packed, and it snowed quite a bit today during the hike so there was a lot of fresh, fluffy snow. Not a technically difficult trail, but it did feel long. It was gloomy and foggy for most of the day, but the view of the frozen lake was still beautiful! Layers, poles, and snowshoes are recommended. Saw several deep and sunken footprints.

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3 months ago

Did this one today, no snowshoes necessary, the trail is well packed. We didn't have any problems without spikes. A nice moderate winter hike, but treed the whole way to the lake so not many views until you get to the end.

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3 months ago

Narrow packed trail. Most people snowshoeing, but we used micro spikes and as long as staying on trail was all good! Seemed like a long uphill run in, but all good in the end. Fresh trail coffee at the lake (with Bailey’s) was the mid-way prize!!. Good day out.

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3 months ago

Great for snowshoeing right now! Quite the leg burner to get to the lake (just under 2 and a half hours) but a quick hour to get back down for total duration around 3.5 hours in and out. Trail head very easy to find directly across the road from Mt Engadine Lodge turnoff but no facilities/parking lot so plan ahead.

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3 months ago

Perfect snowshoe conditions on Feb 1st. Probably once fresh snow is packed down then no need for snowshoes.

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4 months ago

Beautiful clear day today. Trail was nicely packed down, no need for snowshoes. Quite a bit of people on the trail enjoying the weather. Small part of the stream from the lake is open for access to water. On the way down I came behind a group of 30 so I put on my snowshoes and followed a ski track that weaved through the Bush to reach the trailhead and bypass everyone.

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4 months ago

Perfect hike! Well tracked out right now so we didn’t use snowshoes and the views at the lake are incredible! Took us 2hr 45 moving time but that was mostly due to the return trip being a quick one. Parking area right off Shark Rd on the Smith Dorrien and the trail is easy to find and follow. Highly recommend

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4 months ago

Snow packed ... no snowshoes required and beautiful for a winter hike !

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4 months ago

Beautiful hike. Would do this again in the summer. The snow is packed so I don’t think snowshoes are necessary unless you plan on going off trail.

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4 months ago

My favourite snowshoe of the winter! Lovely winding trail through the forest that leads to the picturesque Rummel Lake. Though it does seem very similar to Chester Lake...

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4 months ago

Went up January 5th, mostly sunny day with light snow. Trail is narrow and well packed so could be done in microspikes, but snowshoes give you more freedom to go off trail. First half or so offers nice views, second half is completely in the trees until you hit the lake. At the lake, plenty of space to rest, eat, hike further, or wander onto the lake if you are feeling adventurous. Not an easy trip, but not overly difficult.

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5 months ago

hiked december 31. trail well packed no snowshoes needed but did wear spikes. limited views, mostly through forest but the trees were covered in snow and it was very beautiful

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5 months ago

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5 months ago

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5 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous day on the trail today. Trail is in great shape.

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5 months ago

Good hike to begin the winter season! Trail was well packed down so we didn’t need snowshoes and instead used micro spikes. Relatively easy hike with a beautiful frozen lake in the bowl of a mountain as your reward and place for lunch. Just a note: try to get to the lake before ~1/1:30 because by then it will be in the shade, and the temperature to sit and eat will drop significantly. The views hiking back were spectacular!

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6 months ago

Awesome day in the sun. Trail was easily done with our micro spikes. Lookout for skiers.

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