Stanley Glacier

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Stanley Glacier is a 10.9 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near East Kootenay G, Alberta, Canada that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. 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
10.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
606 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

scramble

snow

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy hike up to the lookout before the loop - if you do the loop, start up the right side as you reach the waterfall sooner and it’s less steep/shorter than the alternative side where it’s a very strenuous hike up, especially with the loose terrain.

2 months ago

Nice hike, pretty easy going on the maintained trail. Once you get past that for the loop at the end it gets kinda sketchy, lots of snow on steep shale. There are a lot of big icicles that were starting to break off so would recommend moving as quickly as possible through the section that takes you directly beneath them.

hiking
2 months ago

October 15 hike

**review below : found half of an ice climbing spikes pair, black diamond, on the way back from the final loop. Left them under the wastebin at the trail head.

30M/32F/8 months old toddler in harness.
Quite the great hike. Starts off with a slight incline in a regrowth area with short pine-like trees. This part was muddy on the way back after the sunny day. After that you reach a forested plateau and cross a stream of ice-cold water. A little while later a last climb brings you to the openvalley with the glacier ocerhead, and you can see a plateau overlooking the valley in the distance. That’s where you can (its the best part really) head if you choose to do the last little loop after the marker saying this is no longer a maintained trail. It starts with a steep open climb/scramble after a little boulder area, culminating in (iced over at this point in the year and with some falling icicles the size of a person’s head at some point) some falls and caverns behind them. It gets easier then and you soon reach the plateau, with some little streams behind, quite gorgeous. You then climb back down in a scrambly way.
At this time of year after 2 cold weeks, the snow covers the trail and makes the scrambles a little strenuous and a bit dangerous, so walking poles are recommended. For the way up crampons also efficient (on the way down it hinders you in open snow). The wife was actually scared during the loop with the baby in the harness, but i repeat that it it the best part!
Took us all in all without breaks a good 3 1/2 hours, and we are usually a bit faster than average.

2 months ago

Did this hike today snow and ice on the last 1/3, crampons/cleats definitely required but worth the hike.

2 months ago

Oct 6, 2018- Cool views

hiking
2 months ago

It was a great hike with amazing views. Despite being cold and cloudy there was still a great view of the glacier. Up at the back of the loop we saw a family of ptarmigan, and on the glacial stream we met an ermine, and then on the way down from the caves we saw a friendly pika that even came out to meet our dog! Overall, a great day.

2 months ago

Great hike! We ran out of energy so didn't do the full loop at the end, but we ventured part way out past the end of the "official" trail. Even without doing the last mile across the loose shale, it was a great hike and we felt very rewarded with amazing views and a unique landscape.

2 months ago

Did this with Rocky Mountain Adaptive last week, hauling up trail riders- great experience but sadly was pretty foggy at the opening section so didn't see it all in full glory.. will come back and do the extra loop next time to see cave etc.

nature trips
2 months ago

Wonderful hike! The switchbacks are through shoulder high pine trees, making for beautiful vistas. The creek crossing is lovely, the forest beautiful, then you reach the box canyon and fully see the glacier - glorious. You hear the water in the creek and the rumble of the glacier above. The loop over the top plateau is quite steep and loose rock, super fun (better with hiking poles). Fantastic views. No bugs this time of year.

3 months ago

Beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

The first part of this hike takes about an hour until you get to a plateau where the views get better, most people stop here and enjoy their lunches while looking at the Glaciers and mountains around. This first part is fairly easy with nice inclined at the begging and towards the end before the plateau.
If you feel energetic I highly recommend doing the loop from the plateau, as you look up the right side has a small waterfall, marmots and caves, took us about 1 hour 10 min to do the loop.
Hiking poles and hiking boots recommended for that last section.
It was pretty crowded by 10 am so go early.

3 months ago

If you have time and energy, go all the way up to the plateau where you see a line of trees below the glacier. It is almost a mile beyond the end of the trail and rigorous climb up the shale but SO worth it! There are two trails to get there. When you get there, you will feel like you’ve stepped into a big secret! It’s a beautiful little forest, with a meadow and a bustling stream with incredible views right beneath the glacier! One of the prettiest destinations I’ve been to on a hike!

3 months ago

Great trail and not very difficult. Views of the glacier and waterfall are well worth it.

hiking
3 months ago

Great views , the waterfalls are beautiful by the cave and the glacier you’ll defiantly have to see .
: ) nice trail .

3 months ago

Excellent hike, just hurry up the first switchbacks until you get into the bowl at the top. My 5 year old did the entire trip and my 3 year old did about 60% of it. Lots of Picas at the top.

nature trips
3 months ago

Great views and incredible to see Burgess Shale fossils

4 months ago

After a full day of day hikes through Banff National Park, we stumbled upon this hike by accident. We already were exhausted so we made it to the bridge before we turned around (getting dark and my girlfriend was getting hangry). It was a great easy track up the switchbacks with awesome views. Lots of young trees with evidence of a past Forrest fire. Wish we had the time and energy to complete!

4 months ago

Great hike. Did the full hike with an 8 and 12 year old. The 8 year old has officially renamed this hike "tripping trail". We went right at the end of the trail, definitely glad we did. Lots to see on the extra loop, it's some effort up / down the scrambles but it pays off. Polls would have been great for these sections. This one has alot to see, one of our favorites this trip.

4 months ago

Great hike. The views through the first part are nice in new growth forest with abundant wildflowers .

4 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike! Arrived around 2 PM on a Monday and only saw a handful of other hikers. The hike up is not too difficult and then you come to a sign that says the trail is not maintained past that point - keep going! We took the trail up on the right and came down the left. It’s all scree and pretty steep inclines for the section of the trail past the sign. Suggest taking hiking poles. But worth it for the numerous waterfalls and views.

hiking
4 months ago

Good for beginners who want to challenge themselves! Definitely hike to the falls and the glacier! Amazing

hiking
4 months ago

A bit of an incline to warm up for about an hour and then a relatively flat approach into the valley. Would strongly recommend hiking past the decommissioned trail sign - to the right - so you can appreciate the numerous waterfalls and glacier from closer up.
It is a busy trail, and the parking lot fills up very quickly on weekends.
Overall lots of water and cool air along a family friendly trail.

hiking
4 months ago

The hike up was rather uneventful but after you pass the 'bat cave" (with no bats) you are blessed with numerous cascading waterfalls. Waterproof boots are necessary

hiking
4 months ago

Favorite!! Incredible views all the way!
The first km or so is a steady climb. After that a nice relaxing trail with good variety in terrain. Really fun & suitable for young’ns too. Even if you can’t make it all the way, it’s still a rewarding hike.

5 months ago

After a grueling hike 2 days ago, looking for something a bit more manageable. The first 1.5 miles or so are a gentle walk through some new growth and many downed old trees. Once you reach the signs say that the trail is not maintained beyond that point, I strongly recommend you continue up either the left trail to the top of the central cliff wall face or the right side toward the towering falls on the vertical face to the right. It is a loop, so you can go around. You will be rewarded by a magnificent waterfall through the center of the canyon and many new falls that cannot be seen from the end of the maintained trail. Views of valley below and many peaks around are stunning. Many different geological features and just plain gorgeous. A new addition to my top 5 favorite hikes.

5 months ago

Great hike! Started out early, so really didn't see anyone until we started heading down. It was non stop people by then. Arrived just in time at the parking area to stop a guy from blocking us in to our parking spot - guess the overflow on the road wasn't to his liking and double parking seemed to suit him better. Recommend weekday - morning to hike this.

5 months ago

An easy trail until the sign warns that beyond is not maintained, from there it gets to be a hard go. The easy section is a narrow trail with gradual switchbacks with roots and rocks on the path. Short tree growth allows views of both the valley and river. Once across the bridge the incline increases but still an easy go. I watched for the flowers while my husband was counting the butterfly species that crossed our path. Once we got to the end of the maintained trail we went to the right as was suggested. Definitely a scramble hike up to the ice caves and beyond to the glacier. The trail is unclear at many times on the right but rock cairns helped us navigate to the top. Once at the top we sat on a rock and enjoyed the gushing water and sights all around us. We descended on the left side which was a mix of loose rocks and a steep incline to a trail that was somewhat packed and easy to find. I agree that I would climb the right and descend the left as I find it easier to get a footing on loose rock going up than down. One of the most spectacular hikes we have been on in the area. Water falls, rivers, glaciers, ice caves, alpine meadows, rock beds, it has it all in one location. You can pick and choose what you want to see and what you will do next time.

hiking
5 months ago

We were here on Canada Day. So it was kind of busy. It was raining by the time we got here but then it stopped raining as we started the hike. Few folks on their way down told us they experienced hail when they were at the top. The initial part of the trail needs more effort compared to what is required in the second half of the trail. So an easy to moderate trail overall. It becomes harder, steeper and less defined by the end. So quite a few people turn back from there while few take up the challenge to venture out further. Provides incredible views all along.

5 months ago

The official trail is a nice easy hike that starts with about 11 mellow switchbacks. The low new growth makes for some nice views. The end of the official trail is where the real fun begins, with a climb up the valley walls to the plateau and glacier at the end. We took the trail on the left side of the valley up and the trail on the right side down, I’d probably ascend the right side trail if I did it again. Wear good hiking boots and would recommend poles (we didn’t have any and the descent on loose rocks was extra slow going). The views are incredible, from the end of the official trail and the plateau.

5 months ago

Damn sweet hike
Excellent for running
You will come to a sign at the top saying you reached Stanley glacier but you can then make your own trail to the top. So sweet! Just be careful on the way down lose rocks and steep

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