Pinto Lake Trail

Nordegg, Alberta T0M 2H0

Pinto Lake Trail

Pinto Lake Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Ever since geologist A. P. Coleman named this lake in 1893 after a cantankerous pack horse, hikers and trail riders have been drawn to this exquisite spot. A two-day straightforward hike leads west along the Cline River valley to the river's very headwaters.

The main path to Pinto Lake begins to the left of the Pinto Lake Recreation Trail sign. It leads down past several informal campsites and through open forest. One-half km later, a secondary path joins from the right. This path leads back to the gravel pit and parking area at the trailhead. Continue straight ahead. The first stream you cross is O.D. Creek some 400 m past a dry gravel wash. From the campsite, keep on the main trail by bearing to the right. Secondary trails leading to the left end within a few hundred metres. A freshwater spring 600 m past O.D. Creek heralds the beginning of a boggy section that can make the trail both muddy and slick."

Pinto Lake Trail Reviews

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Did this hike over the weekend in Three days... first day clocked some miles. Beautiful views most of the way!! The trail was relatively easy just long. There are several opportunities for one who would like to spend more time out there. You could hike up to Michaëlle lakes through waterfalls creek or hike in through cataract creek, many different options! I did however notice a fair amount of garbage on the trails though 😖 take your garbage HOME !!!!!!!!!!!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,246 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
4 days
83 C/2 Cline River; 83 C/1 Whiterabbit Creek
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Nov 2018