Rummel Lake Trail

MODERATE 73 reviews

Rummel Lake Trail is a 9.0 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kovach, 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.

9 km
421 m
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips



trail running





wild flowers



5 days ago

I’ve done this hike twice now: late spring and mid summer (last week). The first time the trail was still snowy but still great; this time it was like completely different hike since there was no snow. Beautiful well-marked trail through the forest. Easy elevation. Unfortunately there was a grizzly near the lake so we had to turn back.... snow and bear, have yet to see the lake :(

12 days ago

I love this place. I visit it every year. As equally as beautiful as the neighbouring Chester Lake but not as touristy and busy. A hidden gem. You can hike the trail on the left hand side of the lake up to Rummel Pass it’s not too long and the pass is stunning with beautiful meadows below Tower Mountain. If you keep going a bit further you’ll hit Lost Lake - as of July 29 2018 it was dried up so I think it has water in Spring and early summer. Doing this only adds about 3.5 km to your trip. Worth it.

26 days ago

June 30/18 - took the summer trail up, winter trail down. There was still avalanche debris on the summer trail when we were there. Otherwise Trail is clear and dry. Busy trail on the weekends! Great view at the lake. Nice place to stop for lunch.

27 days ago

The trail is very easy to follow and anyone who hikes often could do it easily. The lake is beautiful but if you continue on the trail to the meadow it has a stunning panoramic view of the mountains. Overall a great hike, not too long (about 4 hours round trip) and a beautiful payoff.

28 days ago

Great hike. The trail is a bit different from the trail map. Park service has changed the trail to first intersect with high Rockies trail. On the way up - turn left. Next trail head turn left. Up the trail there’s a bridge to the right. If you want to see the waterfall keep going straight. It’s a bit narrow, but definitely worth it. Going back, cross the stream and go the other way down (there’s a sign for cross country skiing). At the first trailhead turn left and right on the second trailhead- going down. Have fun - the waterfalls are worth the hike.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike! Small incline throughout the whole trail with a few small steep sections. Beautiful waterfalls along the trail - some of the hiking sections were a little narrow beside the creek but should be no problem if you take your time. Easy trail to follow with signs along the way!

1 month ago

Great hike. Small incline the whole way up. One part was pretty narrow right beside the river you come too but wasn’t hard. Little bit of snow on the ground. Took us 4 hours as we were stopping lots with a pupper as he was excited the whole hike.

Lake is beautiful great spot for a lunch.

1 month ago

Lot's of snow!! Same day went to Little Galatea too, super views!

1 month ago

Nice trail and joyful for the beginners. We couldn't reach the lake by following the "Trail" sign, for still snow covering at last 1.5 km. But got over there following the yellow diamond ski sign, took by the cross country skiing route.
Gorgeous wildflowers made the day beautiful.

2 months ago

Went up on a day off. Nice trail, very minimal elevation gain, very gentle. I probably could have done out and back in 3 hours (plus a little extra time for food and photos), though my team were a bit slower, so it took us around 5 RT. The view of Mt. Galatea at the end is STUNNING. Not a ton of wildlife, though we did see a few grouse and some toads.

Still lots of snow for the last few kms. Not worth bringing spikes, but I would suggest poles for stability, and wool socks.

2 months ago

Still deep snow the last km, we turned around rather than push through to the lake as you often punch through and sink up to your knees. However the view of the Spray Lakes and valley at the viewpoint made this an enjoyable day.

2 months ago

There is snow on this trail ! Made hiking it more difficult. Will definitely try it again in the summer.

2 months ago

Still quite a bit of snow today beyond where the trail splits...wish I didn’t leave my gaiters behind! I would definitely recommend if you’re heading up in the new few weeks. Snow pack is firm and walkable in places but some steps fall right through thigh-waist deep! Makes for a more tedious walk but still nice!

2 months ago

Still lots of soft, deep snow on the trail which made hiking more difficult than expected. The lake isn't thawed yet, either. The views were great, though! Will have to try again in a few months!

5 months ago

The trail was compacted well enough for us all to hike with just good quality boots.
While there are more challenging hikes around. This is a very enjoyable trail with a beautiful clearing as you reach the lake.
It was perfect during the day we went.

5 months ago

great winter trail. The snow was very packed down, ended up not needing snowshoes. Easy to find and navigate.

6 months ago

Awesome snowshoe hike. The views are amazing and there was hardly anybody on the trail.
I’d rate it more easy than moderate, since the inclination is very gradual except for some hilly parts near the end. Took us
3 1/2 hours to complete it including snack and numerous photo breaks.
Can’t wait to see the lake in summer!

9 months ago

lake was frozen so fishing was impossible

9 months ago

Gorgeous winter hike! Views are spectacular! When you get to the lake, you may see some Whiskey Jacks, which are pretty grey and white birds. Hold your your hand with a little bit of trail mix, or some crust from your sandwich and they will eat right out of your hand.

10 months ago

Great hike, easy. Tried to do the waterfall loop but too icy and snowy, will come to do that portion during the summer. Great views

11 months ago

Nice summer hike. Definitely take the right side path when you reach the bridge over the creek (marked as DO NOT ENTER - AVALANCHE AREA). You will encounter two sets of waterfalls. Gorgeous.

Is it me, or has the trail been redone? I remember a steeper but shorter ascent for the first third of the trail. Now it seems the trail is longer with more switchbacks, but definitely more gradual.

Much nicer than Chester in my opinion. Probably owing to the fact that there are fewer people on the trail.

Along the way, look for:

Lots of spruce grouse on the trail and pikas in the scree on the lakeside.

11 months ago

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

This is a great hike with a beautiful lake at the end, but we didn't know the trail would split! We ended up on the mountain bike trail that didn't lead to the lake and had to turn around. So when you get to the fork, go left! This is before the bridge.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Great day in July 2017. Mostly walking through the forest and when the trees open up you are rewarded with beautiful views. The majority of the route is covered in tree roots. At the first unmarked fork in the road go left to stay on the Rummel lake trail. Turning right is a bike path.

At the bridge we did go right and walked up beside the waterfall. There is a ledge to cross and we even crossed a snow patch. It's a great walk and just when you start to wonder if you're going the wrong way, the path curves and pops you out at the lake. Easy to cross the shallow creek on the rocks and log. We took the main path back to the bridge on the way down.

Beautiful views. Gorgeous mountain lake with many colours depending on the sun. You can walk around the entire lake and there are stunning views everywhere.

We spent some time fly fishing but didn't catch anything as it was the hottest part of the day. Fish were rising but not jumping.

The entire day we saw about 20 people at various times. Young children (10ish) and a few dogs too.

Yes I would do this again.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Great snowshoeing to the lake, easy for beginners.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Great trail! I would definitely recommend going to the right just before the Bridge so you can see the waterfalls. The trail is a bit harder to follow but totally worth it!

Thursday, April 06, 2017

January 21, 2017

Monday, March 06, 2017

Saturday, November 05, 2016

great lake scenery at the end. 3+ hours total with break for lunch. Currently snow packed trail, snow shoes needed if you want to go further than the lake.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

June 23/16 - Great hike. We hiked on a rainy day so there were no other people on the trail. Still beautiful at the lake and a great spot to stop for lunch.

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