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Tuff Puff Ridge and Kinglet Lake is a 8.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nordegg, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from May until September.

Length 8.8 mi Elevation gain 3,599 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

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River

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K B
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HikingRocky

Difficult ascent - the first 2km are the most steep but there is only a few flat (and very welcomed) breaks overall. There is quite a bit of open space during the hike which allows for nice views but it was a very windy day which was not the most ideal combination. At the top of Tuff Puff, we followed further up and along the rocky ridge until just before the start of the next LARGE peak at which point we started heading down toward a more open grassy/ rocky area in the direction of the lake. Could not see the lake until after we began descending down the side of the ridge. GPS was helpful. The lake was beautiful and the highlight of our hike! You can catch and release trout in the lake.

Taylor Giddens
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Hiking

Extremely steep on the tuff puff trail, got lost at the top trying to find the lake (even with gps) so we turned around and came back the same way which was a rough descent. Give yourself lots of time to complete this. The views are amazing but this is not an easy hike and it’s quite easy to get lost. Especially towards the top.

Taylor Giddens
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HikingScramble
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Cole Farwell
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Nature tripsGreat!

One of the Best Hikes in Alberta, kinglet lake is absolutely beautiful.

The Arrol
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HikingBugs

Did this trail counterclock wise yesterday and it was really fun! It was a really sunny day and the wind was really helpful to cool us down. I love how it wasn't crowded at all and the trail was beautiful all the way around. Though this is the only trail I've been so far that has soooo many bugs everywhere we went so insect repellent is a must. I think the trail after the ridge got wiped off when the ice started melting off so we did a bit of looking around for it. We went down after crossing the rocky cliff then turned right and crossed lots of fallen rocks and kept turning right and that's when we saw the Kinglet Lake. The trail from there was a bit confusing and unclear but it was easy since we already know where the lake was. We did alot of mini breaks and finished the trail for 9 hrs. There's also no phone signal in the entire trail but still highly recommended!

Kasper Stryhn
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Very fun hike, and beautiful views basically the whole way through. i did the hike counterclockwise, fairly steep in some sections, but no scrambling required. Very windy and cold on the ridge, so come prepared with extra layers! I was constantly struggling with how many layers to put on - sun was warm, but the wind was freezing cold. When you want to go down to the lake, it can be a little confusing - but if you just follow the general direction of the lake on the map via GPS, you'll be alright - once you see the lake, its pretty easy to figure out where which path to take.

Jeroen Daniels
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HikingGreat!Off trailRocky

Great weather for a hike, did Tuff Puff Ridge first then on to Kinglet lake which I agree is probably the better way to go. Cold stiff wind up on the ridge even though it was hot in the valley. Amazing views on the ridge and if you have lots of time can probably go down the next valley and ridge to the north. Going down to Kinglet Lake is a bit more off trail but you can pick up the faint tracks that others have made and once you get to the mid level open ridge you can spot the lake.

Ashley Heming
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HikingOff trailSnow

Did this hike July 4th. Was pouring rain when we started, and 300m in we encountered a black bear, it acknowledged us but didn’t become a threat. we waited for it to leave the area and then continued. We were informed to start with Kinglet lake but I would 100% recommend doing tuff Puff and doing the loop that way. When we got to the lake it’s not very clear what way to go unless you have the trail downloaded. When we got to the top there wasn’t a trail to follow and it was snowing at the top. Definitely bring your layers. There was still a bit of snow and we realized we weren’t on the trail anymore and decided to turn back as not everyone in our group was dressed for the snowy & windy conditions at the top. On the way down it was sunny and warm and there were many people at the lake. The trail a bit busy but definitely recommend doing it early morning to beat the rush. Would 10/10 do it again just going counterclockwise.

David Lotz
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HikingSnow

Super fun hike somewhat steep all the way up the tuff puff side but the view is consistently beautiful especially when you get to the ridge! There’s not much scrambling at all only a small part of the ridge unless you go slightly off the trail to find spots for it which there are when you start to come up on the ridge. There’s not much snow in July but enough so you could slide down on the kinglet lake side. Lost the trail coming down the kinglet lake side so had to bushwhack to get back but if you download the all trails map you’ll be fine. Great Lake for a mid-hike swim!

Sheldon Michel
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HikingGreat!Snow

Did this hike on June 28th. Was planning to to this hike clockwise until I read some recommendations to go the other way. We did that and weren't disappointed at all! It was a great hike, the lake is beautiful. It is definitely a leg burner and there was still snow in some places. The rock slides between the lake and Tuff Puff Ridge were relatively easy to navigate, luckily my dog had his pack on, so I was able to help him navigate the rocks. We went off route a few times but had no issues getting back on. There was still a fair bit of snow on the Tuff Puff trail. Well worth the effort to get to the ridge!

Megan Pudde
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June 20/20 - Amazing trail! Definitely recommend doing the loop clockwise and going to Kinglet Lake first. Some parts were quite steep going up and would be challenging to get down.

Brooke Klugkist
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HikingOff trailRockySnow

May 13/2020 - An exhausting and physically demanding hike, but so worth the views. We went to Kinglet Lake first then looped around and down Tuff Puff. Kinglet Lake - completely snowed over. I believe we were the first ones to attempt to go all the way there this season. We plowed our way through waist deep snow for quite awhile and ended up creating our own very random trail but eventually got to the lake, finding that it’s still completely snow covered. From our descending point the parking lot it took us 1.5 hours. Tuff Puff also had quite a bit of snow to plow through but more people have done it so it’s packed down a bit. Views are absolutely spectacular. Well worth the exhaustion and sore muscles. We did a total of 15.3kms, taking just over 7 hours because of the snow.

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Kole Lundstrom
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Hiking

Such gorgeous views the whole way. Tuff Puff is pretty much contstant up the whole way, so looping to go down Kinglet is a good way to have an easier descent. We did it in mid October and ended up in three feet of snow in places. In these conditions, there is no visible trail fot the entire ridge/drop to Kinglet. There's some cool rock arches and such that we encountered as well. Overall, an absolutely beautiful hike, but plan for a lot of steady climb and a bit of exploration to connect the ridge to Kinglet

Lindsay Weighell
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Hiking

Probably my favourite hike I’ve done. The whole hike was definitely a grind, but the views were incredible. The ridge has 360 views of diverse and colourful rocks. Many people in the group said it felt like we were in South America. Right before the ridge is all green, then it turns into rock quickly. The ridge requires some focus and a little bit of problem solving, as it is narrow and has the odd obstacle and wind, but we did it all without hiking poles. We had to bushwhack a fair bit to get down to the lake, but it was so worth it.

Lyndsey Bilocerkowec
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HikingScramble

This is definitely a tough hike, but it’s worth the views. Wear layers as it gets windy and cold at the top, and take gloves to protect your hands when you need to scramble or bushwhack (as we had to when we couldn’t find the trail to head down to the lake!) It’s a steep hike with not a lot of switchbacks. We were the only people out there, and it was amazing!

Cheri Sharko
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Hiking

Lovely, definitely lost the trail but it was easy enough to find the lake with this map

Laura Kusch
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Hiking

Hiked this the last day of August and had a blast. Weather was perfect even with thick clouds teasing us with views. We measured a total of 15km, with 1100m elevation gain but we did go a little further along the ridge line until it got too steep to do without ropes. It took us 5:57:46 all in including a few snack breaks and a lunch break at the lake. Finding the trail to the lake meant a little bushwhacking but as the lake was easy to see from that vantage point, it just added into the fun. 10/10 would hike again.

Rich Stuivenberg
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Hiking

All round amazing hiking trip. The views from the ridge do not disappoint. Went to the lake first and then up to the ridge, recommended in this case to gauge wind levels!

Octavia Maurette
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HikingNo shadeOff trailScramble

AMAZING! by far one of the best hikes we've done in a while. it's mostly an exposed trail but it's so rewarding! definitely hard as the ridge walk is long and a little stressful when windy. the colours are stunning and there are full 360 views the whole time on the ridge. On the way down its a fair bit of wayfinding until you get to the lake. a flash storm hit us on our way down so it was a bit chilly and wet by the end but so so worth it! be sure to download the map! 2.5 up 1.5 down

Jill Sak
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Hiking

Great Ridgeline to walk! the uphill slog is well worth the effort. We saw cougar tracks and 2 deer along the way, nobody else on the trail except for us and some footprints a few days old. Heading down in 3 or 4 foot deep snow with a hard crust was a challenge and route finding was interesting even with .gpx file. 3.5hrs moving time and lots of fun!

James Toews
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Hiking

Did this Oct 21 and there was very little snow. No avalanche concerns today.

CS Sharkey
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Great hike!

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