Stoney Squaw Loop is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Banff, Alberta, Canada. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used for hiking, mountain biking, and snowshoeing. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.7 miles Elevation Gain: 784 feet Route Type: Loop

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Lightly trafficked trail leaving from Norquay Lodge and winding through dense forest, full of Old Man's Beard and moss. The trail climbs past a viewpoint to the summit, 500m above the town, where a ribbon on the left of the trail end marks a drop-down to continue the loop back to Norquay Lodge on the northern side of the mountain.

hiking
21 hours ago

Mt. Norquay road is closed and this hike isn’t accessible at the moment.

snowshoeing
snow
2 months ago

Great trail, fresh powder made for a challenging trail. I would have rated it above easy for snowshoeing mostly due to the incline and some very narrow passes.

hiking
4 months ago

Snow packed. Sheltered. Didn’t need snow shoes but crampons would be good for traction. Good view, but not great. Lots of fun coming down.

snowshoeing
snow
4 months ago

recorded Stoney Squaw Trail

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snow
4 months ago

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snow
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Nice hike, I went in November and the trail conditions were still good. The views at the end overlooking Banff were really lovely.

hiking
7 months ago

I went a little under a mile back and heard howling that was too close for comfort. Seeing as I was by myself, it was a little intimidating. Still a nice path that was snow covered and not very challenging.

hiking
8 months ago

It’s a nice trail for some exercise! Some good ups and downs. Tread carefully, lots of roots throughout.

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail did it with my 3 year old. He did half in carrier and half on foot. Only issue was roots were all wet from the rain, and were pretty slippery.

hiking
10 months ago

This was not our planned hike for today. That one was closed because of bears. This hike was a good alternative and a good hike for a morning outdoors. A bit steeper than I thought and we got off trail by accident and had a steep climb to get back on track. There were some muddy slick sections but I would recommend/do this like again.

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rocky
10 months ago

There was an intense 30 minute storm that knocked down a few trees, but it passed by the time I got to the lookout. Nice mixed terrain but limited views. Was a nice workout for the legs. The surrounding forest smells wonderful, so even though there’s not lots to see it’s still a good experience.

hiking
10 months ago

As other comments say, views are limited and most of the hike is in forest. Have seen bears in the area before but this time it was just us and a few deer

hiking
10 months ago

This trail was okay-mostly through trees with no view except limited view at top. We did hoping to see some wildlife but no luck other than the goats along the road on the ride down.

hiking
10 months ago

was a nice little hike! biggest complaints are lack of views, there two nice lookouts but the rest is through trees with forest views. a bit of incline but nothing unmanageable. took the dog and was done in a couple hours (explored a couple off shoot trails but didn't go to far)

hiking
11 months ago

The trail was beautiful through pretty dense forest, with a lot of roots and stones in the trail so we had to watch our step. It was raining when we hiked it, so we were not able to see the view at the top. But it was a good hike, would do it again when conditions are clearer.

hiking
11 months ago

Easy hike with a good view at the end. I really enjoyed the descent through the dense forest and moss covered ground, was really refreshing.

hiking
11 months ago

Did this on June 1st and trail was in great shape. Did get off the main trail at one point. Accidentally followed what looked like a trail down a short steep section to a partially obscured lookout of Banff and Vermilion Lakes before backtracking and finding the actual trail. Real lookout was much nicer. Overall, nice easy one to do if you don’t have a lot of time and don’t mind mainly forest views.

hiking
Sat Jun 01 2019

Walked from Banff to the trailhead up the Norquay hairpins, which as they are meant for vehicles, was the longest part of the day. However, it meant we could stop off at Norquay lookout amongst the ground squirrels before we got to the trailhead. For the loop, start with the Stoney Squaw end of the trail, as the part where the other end of the loop comes out by the lodge is not obvious at all, and is unmarked. The views on the trail are few and far between, I can only recall one clearing which gave a view similar to Norquay Lookout, and another after the summit which gave a good view of Cascade. Forest is dense, but colourful with old man's beard and bright green moss on the floor, almost lucid and psychedelic. This is the only trail i've been on where i've not seen a single other hiker, not the most popular area for sure.

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Sun May 19 2019

Still A bit dirty but easy trail

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Sat May 11 2019

Did it on May 11, still very icy in some areas

hiking
Mon Dec 31 2018

Kind of boring hike to the peak; nothing to see except trees. View at the top is pretty nice and the hike back down goes fast. Trail was packed, no need for anything other than winter hiking boots.

Sat Dec 29 2018

Well marked. Trail is packed down. Good lookout of Cascade Mtn and Bow Valley

Sat Jul 21 2018

Hiked today with my 6 and 9 year old. Fun hike with a good view. I loved it. Rob

snowshoeing
Fri May 04 2018

Did this hike while it was still snowing. No need for snowshoe as the snow is quite compact. No view until the summit but the forest itself is beautiful, especially with the freah fluffy white snow

hiking
Fri Mar 30 2018

Great views at summit. Nice hike while waiting on skiers at Norquay. Did March 28 using microspikes. Spikes or even boots is all you need for current conditions.

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