Stanley Glacier

EASY 26 reviews
#2 of 13 trails in

Stanley Glacier is a 5.6 mile 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.

DISTANCE
5.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1322 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

walking

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.

5 days ago

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
5 days ago

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.

hiking
8 days ago

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.

13 days ago

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.

7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

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
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

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
9 months ago

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10 months ago

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
10 months ago

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.

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10 months ago

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11 months ago

11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

Love this hike!!! Beautiful views throughout the hike. Steady incline for approximately the first 2km, then levels out a bit for the next km, then some steeper sections at the end.

11 months ago

Great views