Three Sisters Pass

HARD 30 reviews

Three Sisters Pass is a 5.0 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Canmore, Alberta, Canada that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5 km
ELEVATION GAIN
563 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

rock climbing

river

waterfall

wildlife

rocky

scramble

snow

The first 4 km up Stewart Creek is fairly simple. As you enter the base of the Sister's Bowl you will see the Middle Sister faux summit. Don't be fooled. You've a long way to go. Stop for a bite a basecamp and keep going. The view is well worth the plod.

hiking
13 days ago

The view is definitely worth it for a hike in the 3.5 to 5 hour range. If you keep a steady pace, don't stop and spend only a short time at the top you will fall into the 3.5 hour range.

The trail head is directly across from the small pullout for parking, it isn't clearly marked. Alternatively you can walk further down the road to the riverbed to start the hike.

Stay to the left of the riverbed, approaching the three sisters. The trail on that side will eventually end and you will have to jump across, or hike the river bed, and then continue again along the left side of the path when it is visible. This will make your ascent a lot easier.

When you reach the open field at the top you have the option to continue left along the path, which will be mostly downhill. It will give you another fantastic angle of the three sisters - I highly recommend going the extra distance!

The way down is not as enjoyable as the ascent. You can use the same path as the ascent however the first half is very loose and steep in areas. Walking the riverbed can be a good alternative if you are uncomfortable.

Overall it's a very worthwhile hike. Close to town with the potential to do other hikes in the Kananaskis area.

1 month ago

Wow! What a hike. A little Difficult to find the trailhead so look for the turnout in the road. Loved all the rock and waterfalls along the way to the tree line to the top. Gorgeous views and a most excellent adventure! Will be doing this one again.

1 month ago

Definitely one to do on a good day. Lots of rock as the trail head is a rock chute and continues up a creek. Had to climb boulders up the creek in some places. Not overly difficult but definitely a task ascending direct up a steep rock creek.

11 months ago

Pretty steep, direct ascent. You'll lose the trail from time to time due to flood damage, just follow the drainage up. Great views from the top, worth the effort.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

what a great hike.. it will test your legs..will it again in a second

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

We were unable to complete the pass due to high water level and snow. try from late june on.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Trail starts on extremely rockey river bed. I highly recommend good ankle supporting boots as there is lots of loose rock and it can be challenging. Follow up the left side of the rock creek where you will see carins and trail markers. However, we lost the trail about half way up due to snowfall the night before. Other groups also had this problem and we could find a safe way up or even trail markers guiding us. Try from late June on where the path will likely be easier to see.

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Very easy to find and navigate. Head straight up the creek/rock bed all the way up the canyon then once at end the trail take you up to the left through some tree until you reach the ridge line and view of Canmore. Took about 4.5hrs going quite slow as we where with a group with various hiking experiences.

hiking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

The views were fantastic. The trails were little bit hard to find especially since we were doing it after snows a day and two days before. The creek was bit a challenge especially on the way back because of the melting snow that make current little strong and the bed was slippery.

hiking
Thursday, September 22, 2016

The hike was well worth the views without all the people. The trail can be hard to find at times, just follow the rocky bed up to the pass. It took my partner and I 3.5 hours including time spent at the top admiring the views.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Good trail! not very well marked, but there's a little bit to of a path. About half way up you just follow the stream an look for a good rock trail to follow. Recommended as a spring/ summer hike. Watch for weather moving in ig moves quick!!! we had to abort our first attempt due to flash blizzard.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Might of been nice but, our hike was a no going, snowshoes required!!! March 27th

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