Stanley Glacier

EASY 73 reviews
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Stanley Glacier is a 9.0 kilometer out and back trail located near East Kootenay, British Columbia, Canada and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
365 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

walking

hiking
2 days ago

Nice trail - well travelled but not too busy (I was there on a Monday). I sat and had lunch at the end, surrounded by the mountains, and it was beautiful.

12 days ago

The official trail is easy to moderate, but after the end, it becomes harder, steeper and less define. I went to the waterfalls and grotto by the south trail (right one), the trail is pretty steep and I was walking on small cobbles so it was tricky at some point. Then I continued up to the glacier front on the same trail. I came back by the north (left trail), which I found larger, less steeper and easier to walk on (the material is coarser). However, there were some snow patches to cross (5 to 15 m long). The views are wonderful (up toward the glacier and down toward the valley).

hiking
17 days ago

Good afternoon hike.

We went beyond the trail end and up the shale wall on the right side to some waterfalls/ice caves - that climb is a good workout. Total time in and out was 3:20 including a 10 minute stop for lunch. Even though it was June we experienced both hail and snow at the trail end and at higher elevations - the glacier seems to produce its own weather; so be prepared.

hiking
3 months ago

Very pretty scenery through woods ending at mountains and a glacier. Had lunch at end and took in the views.

hiking
8 months ago

I've gone on a lot of hikes and this was probably the best hike I've done. It's an easy trek until you start having to climb to get to the end of the trail. However, we decided to challenge ourselves and hike all the way to the glacier creek and it was a challenge. The views at the top was worth it and getting a taste of the fresh glacier water. The climb back down is very rocky and steep so I recommend trekking poles and boots that have good soles.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice trail, the first section is pretty open and follows a path through young forest. It's great on a sunny day. Once you get into the rocky area near the glacier you're completely surrounded on all sides by mountains. When we went the sun was melting some of the ice on the rock walls making them crash down. It made for a neat show.

8 months ago

This was a great hike for everyone in the family. The hike starts with any easy climb thanks to long switchbacks through the trees. After reaching the little bridge the water runs parallel to the trail for most of the hike. Once we got to the rocky part of the hike we explored a cave and two waterfalls.

hiking
9 months ago

A beautiful hike through young (post-fire regrowth) forest with lovely views of the mountains and the Stanley Glacier. Photos really don't do this trail justice since all sense of scale is lost. Even though it is off the official trail, if you are up for an easy scramble I recommend continuing on to the bench (elevated tree-covered area) just below the glacier. It takes some time and it's all uphill over scree but the view of the glacier is much better from there and it is also a lovely place to rest and enjoy the river in relative solitude.

9 months ago

This hike has everything - if you are up for a full day of walking on rocks (mostly scramble and scree). It's not that hard though, there is a direct path that circles the trail that passes the first water fall you reach. Then you scramble to the glacier.
There are a few waters falls to see, caves to your right after the first waterfall, a mossy stream with trees at another waterfall, and you can walk up to the glacier itself. The glacier is breathtaking.

This hike had everything you could want to see in the mountains. Well worth it.

hiking
9 months ago

Absolutely beautiful views the whole hike through! The trail up was a comfortable climb and a pretty quick descent.

hiking
9 months ago

A great trail for my two siblings and my parents in their late 50s. Be advised on a sunny day you're very exposed. Parking wasn't an issue on a late August Wednesday around 10 am. Be sure to scramble to the base of the towering waterfalls. You won't regret it!

hiking
10 months ago

This was an easy, family friendly trail (saw lots of toddlers and children on the way up), but we went way past the official end of the trail. You can continue towards the Stanley Glacier, head up to the caves, and to the waterfalls if you want to make it more challenging and fun. Lots of cool rocks and fossils as well.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trail !
At the end of the trail, further there's a second waterfall to see (read the review of Blaze Clymer).

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked this with a Backroads trip. Lovely trail that was well maintained and abundant with wildflowers. After the trail ended, the adults stopped for lunch and the teens hiked to the base of the huge waterfall.

hiking
11 months ago

So many wild flowers of all colors on the first 1.5 miles of this hike. More than I've seen on any other hike before. The views just continue to get better. You hike through a canyon with views of the Glacier and waterfalls pouring over the mountain on your right. If you continue past the end of the official trail at the 2.8 mile mark you can continue on to hike up to the waterfalls and caves ahead and on the right. You can even go all the way to the glacier if you choose. This hike really is a must do and was my favorite hike in Banff.

hiking
11 months ago

If this was the only trail in the area, I would rate it higher. However, the views aren't that special when compared with some of the other excellent hikes in the area. If you think the views are great then you haven't done Cirque Peak, Paget Peak or Healey Pass. . That being said, the trail is straight forward and good for families.

11 months ago

Enjoyed the variety of terrain and HUGE views!

This hike was amazing, there was waterfalls everywhere but you need to continue after the end of the trail if you want to see the glacier better or if you want to see the waterfalls

hiking
11 months ago

This is my favorite hike so far! Absolutely stunning views.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Passed the trail crew on our way up and they cleared any debris. Only a few snowy sections that are boot-packed past the "trail end" sign up to the glacier. 4 hours round trip with a steady pace.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Loved this trail. We were concerned by the reports of snow and avalanche debris but the trail was entirely passable the view of the glacier was excellent. A step above "easy" is probably accurate given the climb for about the first 2km but after that it levels out and the scenery is totally worth. Lots of families on the trail.

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

Conditions have changed in the past week. Most snow has melted. While avalanche debris is apparent, there were only 3-4 logs to step over. All good :). Recommend this hike as a notch above easy.

Monday, June 12, 2017

We didn't make it all the way to the glacier as it was too challenging with a 5 year old. The length and incline got to us.
We made it to a look out of sorts where we seen the glacier and got to watch and hear avalanches happen, which was super cool.
There is also a big section where there was an avalanche and you had to walk over fallen trees and snow.
The views were spectacular though. I would definitely do it again without a child and with more snacks.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

This trail is not easy and should be re-rated by this app. It begins with the lion's share of the elevation gain in the first 2 km. Then it is a long trek to the end of the trail. Right now there is a large section of the trail that has been nearly wiped out by an avalanche. You will need to climb over fallen trees and scree. Once you get to the end of the official trail, it is about a half mile more until you get to the area where there is a cave. We had to travel over snowpack and rock scree to get part way, but decided to turn back because it was too far and too slippery to get any farther. Those with knee problems, you will need poles. There are lots of rocks and tree roots throughout this trail. It is beautiful area, but this was the second hike of the day for us and it was just too much. I injured my knee, so it took us about an hour longer on the return trip back to the car. It is long and, in places, difficult. Mostly, this is a moderate trail.

hiking
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

It's only when you get to the lower lookout does the adventure begin. Take the trail right up the side of the valley wall to a waterfall and cave. Then continue up to the upper plateau for amazing views of the glacier and valley. Watch out for a fast running stream that can be difficult to traverse between the cave and the plateau. To get down, go to the opposite side of the plateau to try the north face back down. Be cautious of the scree and loose gravel in a steep decline back down to the lookout. The extra hiking to the plateau likely added 2 hrs but well worth it.

hiking
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Great hike. Did it two years ago and really enjoyed it. It's an experience!

hiking
Sunday, September 25, 2016

One of the best trails I have done! The end is gorgeous surrounded by peaks that look like they are gonna cave on you! Medium level hike with most of the elevation at the beginning.

hiking
Sunday, August 21, 2016

Just a nice 2 1/2 hour out and back. Moderate and consistent effort on the way up. Interesting views but not breathtaking. A good solid hike though.

hiking
Sunday, August 21, 2016

This was a very pleasurable hike - about 10 km out and back. It is rated easy but some may find it a challenge. It takes about 45 mins or so to break through the trees, then the views of the glacier and falls in the distance become amazing. We did the hike with 3 kids, 9 and 8 years, and they handled it fine.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Great bang for your buck. Not very difficult but the views up top were awesome!

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