Vision Quest Ridge Scramble Trail

HARD 32 reviews

Vision Quest Ridge Scramble Trail is a 6.3 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Clearwater County, Alberta, Canada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.3 km
851 m
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips



wild flowers


historic site

9 days ago

just finished this today, couldn't imagine dealing with the scree without hiking boots (a must!) and be careful with a windy day. had 25kmph winds on the ridge, almost turned back. incredible INCREDIBLE views worth all the hard work and sore legs.

13 days ago

The “Hard” rating is correct! This trail is steep all the way to the top and then all the way down! This is definitely not for a beginner. We were glad we had our poles.

When you get to the small plateau with all of the scarves tied to the trees, you are only about half way to the top. Keep going!!!

Pack some food and some beverages for your time at the top. Also, you might want your binoculars. The views are spectacular .... really spectacular.

24 days ago

Amazing hike! My quads are still killing me from the steep decline on the way down! Some seriously amazing views on a bluebird day. Slow and steady wins the race on this one.

30 days ago

Extremely difficult but worth it. I’d suggest proper hiking footwear for this trip, your toe nails will be screaming on the way down.

1 month ago

Great day hike, you’re mostly in the open with good views! It’s pretty much straight up the whole way. Loose rocks towards the top. Good footwear and hiking poles are a good idea. Great views from the top! A good hike to do if you want something quick, only takes a couple hours in & out.

1 month ago

Did this trail today and it was incredible! Top 2/3rds was covered in 1-3 feet of snow but previous footprints make it doable. Worth every step of this straight up climb! Gorgeous views!

4 months ago

We did this trail in January. Microspikes were needed for sure. The views made the steep climb well worth it.

4 months ago

If your are courageous, continue on the ridge ! So much fun :)

7 months ago

This trail earned its status as being HARD.
10/10 would recommend for the views though. Please be in shape & stretch out those hammies. May the odds be ever in your favour.

8 months ago

Awesome views! Lots of snow at the near the top. Didn't make the summit as the buckle was covered with snow which made it pretty risky with no ropes.

9 months ago

Straight up! Literally. Take water. Lots of it. Absolutely it 1/2 way up the wind gusts, so hold onto your cap.

10 months ago

Was a hard climb. Lots of loose scree in spots. Very vertical, so if you have a fear of heights probably not for you. Hiking poles saved me a few times. The views on this hike are amazing.... totally worth the hard work

11 months ago

Insane view at the top, but this is not for the faint of heart. Be in good shape, have poles and good footing. If you want, you can go about 1/4 way and still get a great pano of the lake.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

May 6 2017. Beautiful weather. Very hard but worth it. Would not recommend this for beginners due to the scree which you encounter about 1/2 way as well as the steep angle of the hike. I have knees that like to go one way - up - very hard on the knees coming down but just take your time. Definitely use poles. The wind at the top was very strong and cold due to our late spring - still snow on top. Wow - can't believe I did it! 3 1/2 hours to go up and 2 down.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Hiked this late February, trail had little snow and summit was easily accessible. Clear day and had amazing views!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

did this hike late November and they are not kidding when they so difficulty hard. it is straight up and straight back down. walking sticks/poles would be a great idea. the view is incredible!

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Beautiful hike. The climb was defiantly worth the view! A bit challenging as the incline was pretty steep with loose rocks making it a bit difficult. Overall awesome hike!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Was definitely more of a challenge once the weather changed; also made for zero views. Howeverthis hike was good and hard; can't wait to try it in the summer.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

One of my favorite hikes in the area, be prepared for a steep difficult hike to the top. well worth the struggle. I've done it nine times and would do it another nine. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Very steep climb! Incredible view

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Challenging hike ! We are fairly inexperienced hikers. Very steep at some points. Steady incline all the way to the top. The views were 100% worth it though. Push yourself to go all the way to the tippy top of the mountain ! We hung out for an hour or so up there just to take in the views. Going down was more difficult than going up we found. That steep steady decline is felt in your knees big time. Would do it again.

Monday, May 02, 2016

It was a great hike, but fairly steep with lots of shale which made it quite tough. Fantastic view though!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Great Hike to a beautiful spot, bring a small tent and sleep on the summit!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

It was a beautiful but hard hike.. Did it with a big group from work, and we found that at the summit we had to set up fixed lines because it was to dangerous to free climb.. The hike is dangerous once you get past half, because the trail turns to shale and it's hard to have a good footing, and a lot of loose rocks are dislodged. It took my group of 44 guys 3 1/2 hours to get to the very top

Monday, June 23, 2014

After entering the trail head marked "not a designated trail" to the north of the waste transfer site parking lot and strolling through all of the accompanying debris along the path...
: (
We were pleasantly placed in a beautiful wooded hike up the hill : )
As the trees started to thin out, the mountain really started to show its vertical presence. Stoping to take a breath we looked back, seeing the highway below we were amazed how far we had trekked as well as the dramatic change in the view that accompanied it. We then continued on and after climbing up for an hour, we stopped on the second large rock face to enjoy the majestic view of Abraham lake and Mount Michener.
Starting around 4 in the afternoon we anticipated not going all the way to the top. With a campfire waiting to be lit and food to be cooked back at camp we decided to head back.
The view on the way down the mountain face was spectacular. Small trees called out to have their picture taken.
Suddenly during our decent there was a very load roar coming from behind us which turned out to be three birds soaring down the side of the mountain overhead like a fighter jet team.
We walked leisurely through the woods back to the parking lot and once we hit the flat ground our legs went to jello : )
It was a truly amazing hike, which we cant wait to finish someday!!

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