Pinto Lake Trail

Nordegg, Alberta

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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.

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"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."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Nordegg
Distance: 40.6
Elevation Gain: 1,246 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 days
Local Maps: 83 C/2 Cline River; 83 C/1 Whiterabbit Creek
Driving Directions: Directions to Pinto Lake Trail

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May 2018