Rummel Lake Trail

MODERATE 266 reviews

Rummel Lake Trail is a 11.1 kilometer moderately 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: 11.1 km Elevation Gain: 441 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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nature trips

skiing

snowshoeing

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forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

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.

hiking
snow
3 days ago

Did this hike with a buddy today and it was gorgeous. The trail was covered in snow the whole way but it was not very slippery and was very easy to follow. The trail head was just off the Smith-Dorrien and goes towards the right.

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snow
3 days ago

I went with a friend for this hike. About halfway up the views are incredible! This wasn't too strenuous but definitely a great work out. I will definitely do this hike again

hiking
snow
5 days ago

Great little hike - perfect for shoulder season. Snow on the trail, but not too deep or slippery.

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icy
snow
15 days ago

Great trail. Hiked it on the 29th of Oct. It was blue ski, little to no wind and got down to -11 with a fresh layer of snow about 2-4cm thick. Would recommend micro spikes, however I did it without them and didn’t have difficulty. We did come across lots of fresh wildlife trails, but we didn’t see anything, so be weary of that.

hiking
25 days ago

Great trail! Not too slippery or too much snow. Snow on trail is packed down. Did not need crampons. Did not use poles. Moderately in shape and we made it to the lake in 1.5 hours with only a quick photo stop and down in 1 hr 5 min. True moderate difficulty rating.

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muddy
snow
25 days ago

Beautiful winter hike. Trail was in excellent condition, very well marked and moderately trafficked. Was worried about it being icy but that was not the case, was well equipped with gators and poles. Little bit of mud near the bottom as snow melted throughout the day.

hiking
1 month ago

Lovely hike up through the forest, with some mountain views along the way. Lake was ok. Hiked to the left through the forest, then through the meadow and up to the pass. The meadow and pass were spectacular. 18 km to the pass and back.

ouch! the roots! otherwise lovely

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muddy
2 months ago

In and out in just under 2 1/2hrs moving time (light jog on the way down). Elevation gain: 436m. Trail is easy to follow but very exposed with roots, muddy and slippery with the rain (more of an issue coming down). Took the summer trail up and winter trail down. Definitely recommend the summer trail portion for at least one of the ways, better views of the stream and little falls. No wildlife except some Pikas up top. There is an enclosed toilet going up on the winter trail on the left hand side before the lake. Bring your own TP. Once you’re at the lake, it’s enclosed, don’t expect views of surrounding mountains unless you want to climb higher. My dog had no issues with the hike.

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muddy
2 months ago

Hike was great and the lake is beautiful. The weather changed and it started raining (though the forecast didn’t call for it). I’d recommend bribing a jacket or sweater. A good climb. Would recommend!

hiking
2 months ago

A good climb, not too horrible but the end goal is worth every issue.

hiking
2 months ago

This hike is fairly simple and straightforward. You get some greats views of the valley along the hike. And Rummel lake is very pretty. Found a fossil shell in a piece of rock, evidence that all of this was once a seabed. I am pretty sure there are fishes or something in the lake as we noticed random ripples from time to time while enjoying the lake views. Total time took close to 4 hrs.

hiking
2 months ago

An easier moderate trail, this hike has only a few short, steep sections and is mainly relatively flat for the entire hike. Be sure to walk all the way around the lake- the backside has great places to have a picnic and watch for pikas. It took us about 3-3.5 hours total, including our lunch break. Afterwards, be sure to stop at the Mt. Engadine lodge for tea, as it is right across the highway

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike for a family or people with older dogs. Trails tight in certain spots with no room for wildlife to go in the event you run in to some.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was fairly easy with some hills, great for bringing dogs or children. It is a bit longer and took us 3 hours there and back. It’s mostly in the tree line so you are in the shade, and the lake views are beautiful at the end!

hiking
2 months ago

Did this trail with family and a dog wonderful hike cause it’s all in the forest so on a sunny day plenty off shade a moderate uphill climb with no steep sections beautiful views once you get to higher elevation. One slight problem is the app says it’s 11 km round trip but it’s more like 15km but it’s all worth it at the end. Saw some mountain goats at the lake as well as a grizzly in the distance.

hiking
2 months ago

Stunning hike with beautiful wild flowers throughout!

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muddy
2 months ago

Absolutely stunning hike. Most of it in the trees but the smells and flowers were breath taking. The lake at the top was stunning and we are already planning our trip back. Would be great for kids and definitely not a hard (or moderate hike) pretty quite too! Only a few families out today!

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muddy
snow
2 months ago

A little wet. Solid forest for most of the way. A couple view points along the way. The lake is beautiful. This would be an easy hike with kids. There’s also a washroom on the left hand side soon as you approach the lake (bring your own tp). Would recommend for a nice leisure hiking day. About 1.5 hours each way. With an hour at the lake we were car to car in 4 hours.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! Easy to follow trail and beautiful views. Once we reached the lake we spent an hour exploring around. Trail head is just off the road (no parking lot) across from Engaldine Lodge sign. We drove right past it at first because of our GPS, luckily there were other vehicle parked along the side of the road and we were able to see the trail head. My Aunty did the hike two days later (August 11) and saw 2 bears.

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this hike and we saw a ton of wildlife. We saw a Rock Ptarmigan with chicks, two nerds of mountain sheep and a ton of marmots. We turned this into a 16km hike by going beyond the lake and all the way to the pass. The meadow above the lake is so beautiful. This hike is not challenging but it’s very rewarding. Make sure you’re bear aware on this hike as it’s perfect bear habitat.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail with gradual elevation, springy path that is super obvious and with plenty of variety to keep things interesting along the way. There is a blip to the right and back to the 2 km lookout point that the All Trails version doesn’t reflect (not sure why since you can’t go anywhere else). The lookout has great views and is a short worthwhile hike in itself. Carry on and you enter more wooded areas, walk beside a river, cross a bridge and finally get to a beautiful lake flanked by wildflowers. The trail keeps going around the lake but not shown in All Trails. So plan extra time for this one to jump in the water and explore around the lake. My hike showed 11 km not 9 km as stated.

hiking
3 months ago

Great day hiking! Trail head on the left side of the road, at the turn off to Mount Engadine. Trail was in great shape, bugs were not a problem today.

hiking
3 months ago

good

hiking
3 months ago

The trailhead is directly across the access road to Mt Engadine Lodge, and although unsigned (there are reassuring Parks signs after the start), is pretty obvious. The trail continues at a moderate grade but be aware a good part of it has exposed tree roots. The current trail makes a minor deviation from the AllTrails route about 2 km in where it crosses the High Rockies Trail. There's even a bench here where you can take in a great view of the Spray valley. The approach is mainly through open spruce forest with a profusion of flowers. About 1 km short of the lake at a bridge crossing Rummel Creek, you have the option of taking the old "summer" trail (as described in Daffern's trail guide) to the right, past an avalanche warning sign, rather than the newer AllTrails "winter" route across the bridge. The former is far more scenic, following the creek past some very pretty waterfalls, avalanche slopes carpeted with flowers and an interesting rock ledge. The lake itself is a gem, nestled below the vertical wall of Mt Galatea. Unlike previous reports, we had no issues with bugs (yay!). We proceeded past the lake towards Rummel Pass, picking a route through the rocks following a series of cairns to a couple of tarns (the first being dry at this time of the year). We had to stop just short of the top of the pass, but we'll definitely return.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike - would highly recommend!! Worth the bit of effort at the beginning and end! Trail wasn’t to strenuous, beautiful meadows & look outs along the trail. The lake was beautiful we spent over an hour exploring & took a quick refreshing dip in the lake before heading back down the trail. One down side, lots of bugs the closer you get to the lake.

hiking
3 months ago

Good hike, trail very easy to follow all the way to the lake. Beautiful views of Spray Lake about 2km in. Gradual incline and flats the whole way. The lake was very pretty, lots of bugs and like others we forgot the bug spray! a group who were swimming in the lake and shouting spoilt the serenity so didn’t spend long there. Wild flowers along the way were beautiful. Our GPS shows 10.89km return and 421m elevation. Took 2h 48 return, I’m 18 weeks pregnant and apart from the heat I’d say it’s on the easier side of intermediate. #HikingWithHarri

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