Stanley Glacier

EASY 53 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
403 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

walking

hiking
25 days 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
28 days 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.

1 month 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
1 month 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.

1 month 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.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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!

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1 month ago

hiking
2 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.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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

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2 months ago

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3 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
3 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.

3 months ago

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3 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.