Frame Lake Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length3.3 miElevation gain183 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsSnowshoeingWalkingDog friendlyForestLakePartially pavedViewsWildlifeRockySnow
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D Cutler
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Hiking

Great in-the-city trail for both summer and winter hikes.

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Bachai Guo
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Hiking

If you are going clockwise, the trail on the south side of the lake is all pavement, very easy and good for warming up, when you got passed the hospital, the trail becomes difficult with rocky hills up and down, which is also more fun.

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steph ssssssss
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WalkingScramble

The trail in many parts was a mix of paved and a rocky adventure. Unfortunately, the section by the co-op which was all rocky to the paved area was absolutely covered in broken glass bottles. I’m only 120lbs and had to carry my 70lb dog for fear of glass! It was such a shame to see and experience. Otherwise, we really enjoyed the more rough terrain area.

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anastasia kiva
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Skye Rose
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Hiking

Beautiful and lots of wildlife.

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Patrick Jacobson
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Hiking

This was a far better experience than last time. Conditions are much more favourable now. This is a great urban trail with variable scenery and terrain. The walkways could use some work as some of them are in need of repair, and most of the info boards/plaques are faded and/or damaged - some beyond readable. 4 stars since there is room for these improvements.

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Patrick Jacobson
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HikingFloodedIcyMuddyRockySnow

The southwest side of Frame Lake Trail is still pretty wet, snowy and icy. You may encounter a couple difficult spots as I did, but it’s not too bad with good waterproof hiking boots. I may be inclined to wait just a little bit longer into the thaw before attempting it again.

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Patrick Jacobson
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The large portion of the trail I walked today was mostly clear and dry. On the rocky part near the hospital there is still some snow and ice which can be slippery in spots, but I didn’t have too much trouble with it. The view is beautiful right now and it’s a great time to get out and experience it before the lake thaws.

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Karen Henkelman
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Hiking

This is a great trail but only the paved part is easy. I have hiked this trail numerous times in all types of weather and all year round. The rating for this trail should be altered. As mentioned in other posts there is a paved side and a “wild side”. The wild side is in a wooded and rocky area. It can be difficult to scramble over the rocks when it is rainy or snowy. The trail markers are hard to spot in a few areas. I would take my elderly mother for a walk on an easy trail but would never take her in the wild side of this trail.

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Christine Martin
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Hiking

One of my favourite trails in Yellowknife! I usually go around it in a clockwise direction. It takes about 1.5 to 2 hours to hike depending on how quick you are and if you stop to take in the sights. About half the trail is paved and the other half is in the woods/on the rocks (which I like to call the “wild side”) and marked by posts. Generally you can see the next post by standing by a post. I have mainly done the trail in the summer which can be pretty buggy. I have recently done it in the winter and the “wild side” was snow packed so I was able to complete it wearing regular boots, cleats could’ve been handy for a few downhill areas.

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Felix Grothaus
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Chris Irwin
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Walking

An alright trail. Dirty areas with garbage and broken glass near the Staples. Some scenic parts. A lot of it is paved.

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Isabelle Tejuco
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HikingMuddyRocky

Nice trail but I find that some of the trail markers could be a bit hard to spot sometimes. Some parts are muddy. Great views of the frame lake trail and the accesibility from downtown makes it a great trail though.

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Jennifer Bray
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

great trail, but I would rate it as moderate for sure. it's about 6.5km, and only a paved trail for about 1/4 of it. once you're behind the hospital it's all rock, and the trail markers can be hard to spot sometimes (they also look like cigarettes haha white concrete posts with a darker orange tip). a great trail tho, would definitely do it again!

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Carter Green
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Gillian Millett
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HikingMuddyRocky

Nice longer trail in town. can still hear traffic but still let's you feel the outdoors. some rocky surfaces to be careful on if you aren't used to that sort of terrain. Still a couple of mud puddles along the way. Also worth noting all signage there says 7km.

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Bill Boughton
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HikingMuddy

Great afternoon walk muddy and water in some of the low spots from all the rain

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Karen Holmes
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Snow

April 2019.This trail is well developed from the legislature, past the museum and city hall, then around to the new hospital. Snow cover and the construction confused me as I scrambled over terrain between the hospital and the lake. Then I discovered that there are trail marker posts, white with a red top, that help guide when the trail is obscured. Once past the area near the Co-op the trail became clearer, because it is well travelled. There are great views of the city, and you are reminded that wilderness is not far removed from downtown. I really enjoyed the trail and hope to do it again.

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Mike Wubben
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Part paved and part not. Nonpaved part is rocky and interesting. A couple nice views. Decent trail.

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Silke Simons
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Walking

Quite nice for a walk / hike that close to the city centre, but walking right next to a highway about halfway through the hike kind of ruined it for me.

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JP Gagnon
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Hiking
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the western side of the lake is really nice, the eastern portion is more of a city walk

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