Mount Hoffman Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews

Mount Hoffman Trail is a 8.5 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Turner Valley, Alberta, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.5 km
ELEVATION GAIN
481 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wildlife

blowdown

snow

hiking
26 days ago

Did this hike on June 9th, 2018. Took us about 4 hours with lots of time spent on top but could probably be done in 3 with minimal breaks.
Head west and cross the bridge, then take the trail on the left. For the first 1.2 km its basically flat, then a slow incline up until the last bit. There is a very steep section towards the end, only a few hundred meters long but I wouldn't recommend taking anyone who's knees might not be able to handle it. Then from there its another 1-2km of dead fall that leads to an open field.
Very easy hike, except that small steep section. Little effort for the amazing views you get!

30 days ago

Shorter trail with rewarding views!

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1 month ago

Really good fun , challenging as you get to the summit but worth it views are amazing !!

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1 month ago

Trail was dry and in good condition, a few fallen trees but that added to the adventure. Not well marked from the Indian Oils parking lot but the path is clear enough. Luckily the trail was flagged as you go higher. We made a bit of a wrong turn and accidentally summited a mountain next door - not too out of the way so we still had time to double back a few hundred meters and continue to summit Mt Hoffman. Very steep section 3/4 of the way up, but it is relatively short and not too bad. Great, truly moderate hike if you don’t mind a bit of a puzzle.

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7 months ago

Great hike today; it was a little icy in certain spots but still great.

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7 months ago

If your reading trips reports post 2013 floods saying the bridge is gone, dont worry its back. With the new bridge in place there is no reason this shouldnt be more popular. Good enough to be the Prairie Mountain of Sheep River. When you get near the top, the trail breaks up in the overgrowth and deadfall, watch for the pink marking tape. Pretty strait forward and short. When you get to the top, you are greeted by a Who's Who of the Front range peaks right up in your face. Junction, Shunga, Bluerock, Rose, Threepoint, Ware, Highwood, etc. Probably the best vantage point to see all these at one time.

8 months ago

Fantastic hike! We did it at the end of oct and it was snow free. There is a steep section at the end where hiking poles came in handy.

9 months ago

Did this Sept 29. Beautiful warm day. Views are terrific at the top and the trail is easy to follow with flagging through parts of it. Quite a bit of deadfall through one section but this makes it all the more interesting. My new favourite hike in the Sheep area.

hiking
9 months ago

I agree, my wife and I both liked this trail a lot. We hiked on Sept 20. It was bitter cold and windy at the top with snow threatening across into Mount Gibraltar. I was looking for a fairly short trail with a good view of the mountains covered in early snow and this one fit the bill. The trail was easy to follow. The confusing section through the old growth forest at the top of the ridge was well travelled and marked with flagging tape. I can imagine the situation changes constantly as more deadfall collects in the area. The section up to the forest is steep but manageable. One might expect switchbacks up the slope but this time it's like Prairie Mountain, straight up. I was pleasantly surprised by the bare rock knob on top. I thought the trail ended in a high meadow but the summit was bare, windswept rock just metres above tree line. The short detour to the area called The Knobs is worthwhile for a place to rest and have some water. We found 2 Geocaches, quite by accident, one in the meadow at the old logging camp and a second on top. Construction of the new bridge over the Sheep River has created a great opportunity to hike Mount Hoffmann. On a good day Calgary can be seen 38 miles to the north east (see photos).

10 months ago

I liked this hike a lot. It was a tough climb near the top but we made up with our 8 and 11 year old kids. The coolest part was walking at top through all the trees that got blown over.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

We picked an amazing day to check out this hike in sheep river valley. A beautiful sunny day with the foster pup and my wife. The hike goes from a steady uphill to a steep , but manageable hike through the thicker forest near the summit. Walking poles or Mother Nature supplied ones highly recommended. Stick to following the marking tape and you're good to go. Amazing views to reward you at the top. Great tip from a kindred hiker....bring a "cold beverage" ;) to celebrate the accomplishment.

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