Alberta - Outdoor Activities

Alberta has approximately 604 trails, including 264 for mountain biking and 249 hiking trails. These trails range from 0.2 to 138 miles in length. The most popular trails are Johnston Canyon to Ink Pots, Plain of the Six Glaciers and Wilcox Pass. The last Trails.com member to complete a trail in Alberta was Dennis D. who completed Icefields Parkway: Lake Louise to Jasper, Alberta.

  • Johnston Canyon to Ink Pots

    7 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    The trail through Johnston Canyon may be the most popular in Banff Park. Catwalks and view platforms permit a unique variety of vantage points for enjoying this remarkable canyon and its spectacular ...
    •  3 hours
    •  7.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The trail through Johnston Canyon may be the most popular in Banff Park. Catwalks and view platforms permit a unique variety ...

  • Great Divide Trail: Maligne Lake to Jasper

    5 Reviews

    Jasper, AB

    Strenuous climbing on an excellent hiking trail. Just north of Big Shovel Pass, you will admire the view across the Athabasca River Valley. The Skyline Trail takes advantage of as much of the ...
    •  34.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Strenuous climbing on an excellent hiking trail. Just north of Big Shovel Pass, you will admire the view across the Athabasca ...

  • Plain of the Six Glaciers

    5 Reviews

    Lake Louise, AB

    This trail follows the shore of the richly-coloured waters of Lake Louise with views of the glaciated summits of Mts. Lefroy and Aberdeen. It leads to a popular teahouse, which is favourably ...
    •  3 hours
    •  6.7 miles
    •  Guide

    This trail follows the shore of the richly-coloured waters of Lake Louise with views of the glaciated summits of Mts. Lefroy ...

  • Big Elbow - Little Elbow Loop

    4 Reviews

    Bragg Creek, AB

    The trail begins in the Little Elbow Campground, approximately 19.9 miles west of Bragg Creek along Highway 66 (the Elbow Falls Trail). If you want a trail with a little bit of everything, this ...
    •  27.1 miles
    •  Guide

    The trail begins in the Little Elbow Campground, approximately 19.9 miles west of Bragg Creek along Highway 66 (the Elbow ...

  • Wilcox Pass

    4 Reviews

    Jasper, AB

    This is an easy day hike to a broad alpine pass with stunning views of the Columbia Icefield. The hike is located above the Columbia Icefield Visitor Center near the border between Banff and ...
    •  6.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This is an easy day hike to a broad alpine pass with stunning views of the Columbia Icefield. The hike is located above the ...

  • Icefields Parkway: Lake Louise to Jasper, Alberta

    4 Reviews

    Lake Louise, AB

    The Icefields Parkway, stretching 230 kilometers (138 miles) between Lake Louise and Jasper through the heart of two world-famous Rocky Mountain national parks, is one of the premier mountain ...
    •  138 miles
    •  Guide

    The Icefields Parkway, stretching 230 kilometers (138 miles) between Lake Louise and Jasper through the heart of two world-famous ...

  • Moose Mountain Fire Road

    3 Reviews

    Bragg Creek, AB

    This trail lies west of Bragg Creek, Alberta. Moose Mountain Fire Road provides riders of beginner to expert ability an opportunity to ride the ridges while climbing toward Moose Mountain Fire ...
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    This trail lies west of Bragg Creek, Alberta. Moose Mountain Fire Road provides riders of beginner to expert ability an opportunity ...

  • Lady Macdonald Teahouse

    3 Reviews

    Canmore, AB

    THIS IS NOT the tourist trail to Lake Agnes Teahouse. This is a demanding grunt up a rough steep slope. On a hot day the slope bakes so take plenty of water.
    •  Day hike
    •  2.2 miles
    •  Guide

    THIS IS NOT the tourist trail to Lake Agnes Teahouse. This is a demanding grunt up a rough steep slope. On a hot day the ...

  • Lake Agnes

    3 Reviews

    Lake Louise, AB

    Next to the Lakeshore Trail, this is the most popular walk in the area, if not in Banff Park. Its main attraction is that it passes a teahouse where you can get well-earned refreshments. The ...
    •  2 hours
    •  2.1 miles
    •  Guide

    Next to the Lakeshore Trail, this is the most popular walk in the area, if not in Banff Park. Its main attraction is that ...

  • Moraine Lake Rockpile

    3 Reviews

    Lake Louise, AB

    The views from the Rockpile are breathtaking. The view of the lake and its backdrop are also so marvelous, that one tends to ignore the impressive but distant mountains in the Skoki area seen ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  0.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The views from the Rockpile are breathtaking. The view of the lake and its backdrop are also so marvelous, that one tends ...

  • Tunnel Mountain

    3 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    Connoisseurs of mountain beauty have a deep affection for Tunnel Mountain. James Outram recommended this walk, commenting, “the view will never be forgotten.” He went up Tunnel in 1900, his first ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  1.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Connoisseurs of mountain beauty have a deep affection for Tunnel Mountain. James Outram recommended this walk, commenting, ...

  • Yarrow Canyon

    3 Reviews

    Pincher Creek, AB

    Yarrow Canyon-it's an exciting name that conjures up images of hidden treasures and secret places. From an inauspicious beginning on a gravel road leading to a gas compressor station, to its ...
    •  4-5 hours
    •  25 miles
    •  Guide

    Yarrow Canyon-it's an exciting name that conjures up images of hidden treasures and secret places. From an inauspicious beginning ...

  • Allenby Pass

    2 Reviews

    Canmore, AB

    The trail begins at the Mount Shark Trailhead, along the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Trail within Kananaskis Country Provincial Recreation Area. This remote, 42.25 miles point-to-point or out-and-back ...
    •  42.25 miles
    •  Guide

    The trail begins at the Mount Shark Trailhead, along the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Trail within Kananaskis Country Provincial Recreation ...

  • Yamnuska Ridge & CMC Valley

    2 Reviews

    Exshaw, AB

    This extremely popular trail takes you to a superlative viewpoint on the open ridge east of Mt. John Laurie, more usually known as Yamnuska, or Yam, a derivation from its Stoney name Iyamnathka, ...
    •  Day hikes
    •  2.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This extremely popular trail takes you to a superlative viewpoint on the open ridge east of Mt. John Laurie, more usually ...

  • Burstall Pass

    2 Reviews

    Kananaskis, AB

    The Burstall Pass trail takes you effortlessly into that cheerful green and white karst country above treeline. As Joe Kovach and Bill Balmer noted on October 6, 1948, the pass can be easily ...
    •  Day hike
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    The Burstall Pass trail takes you effortlessly into that cheerful green and white karst country above treeline. As Joe Kovach ...

  • Upper (Kananaskis) Lake Circuit

    2 Reviews

    Turner Valley, AB

    He was wrong, but knowing nothing better we continue to come to the heart of K Country. Who can resist circumventing a lake? Each shore is totally different in character to the other and presents ...
    •  Day hike
    •  10.2 miles
    •  Guide

    He was wrong, but knowing nothing better we continue to come to the heart of K Country. Who can resist circumventing a lake? ...

  • Rock Isle Lake via Sunshine

    2 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    The long trudge up the road eventually brings you to the alpine larches and open country for which Sunshine Meadows is famous. The rest of the steep ascent to Rock Isle Lake is scenically delightful. ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  10.1 miles
    •  Guide

    The long trudge up the road eventually brings you to the alpine larches and open country for which Sunshine Meadows is famous. ...

  • Johnston Canyon

    2 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    Catwalks and view platforms permit a unique variety of vantage points for enjoying this remarkable canyon and its waterfalls. The Lower Falls can be reached in 1.2 km. A narrow cave permits a ...
    •  1.25 hours
    •  1.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Catwalks and view platforms permit a unique variety of vantage points for enjoying this remarkable canyon and its waterfalls. ...

  • Sentinel Pass

    2 Reviews

    Lake Louise, AB

    This is one of my favourite hikes in the mountains. After the first switchback the views are superb all the way to Sentinel Pass. Walter Wilcox even appreciated the stark scene across the pass: ...
    •  3 hours
    •  3.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This is one of my favourite hikes in the mountains. After the first switchback the views are superb all the way to Sentinel ...

  • Eiffel Lake and Wenkchemna Pass

    2 Reviews

    Lake Louise, AB

    Wenkchemna Pass is a long (10.4 km, 730 m height gain), arduous hike through some of the most glorious mountain scenery anywhere. If you prefer an easier trip, go only as far as Eiffel Lake, ...
    •  6 hours
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Wenkchemna Pass is a long (10.4 km, 730 m height gain), arduous hike through some of the most glorious mountain scenery anywhere. ...

  • Boom Lake

    2 Reviews

    Lake Louise, AB

    Boom Lake is an easy 5.1 km-long hike, with only 185 m height gain. At the eastern end of the tarn, drift logs caught on a shallow rockshelf resemble a logger’s boom, giving the lake its name. ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  3.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Boom Lake is an easy 5.1 km-long hike, with only 185 m height gain. At the eastern end of the tarn, drift logs caught on ...

  • Cox Hill Ridge

    2 Reviews

    Bragg Creek, AB

    The trailhead is within the Sibbald Creek area of Kananaskis Country. It is accessed most easily from either the Trans Canada Highway or via Highway 40 (the Kananaskis Trail). How are your climbing ...
    •  11.7 miles
    •  Guide

    The trailhead is within the Sibbald Creek area of Kananaskis Country. It is accessed most easily from either the Trans Canada ...

  • Mitchell Trail

    2 Reviews

    Elkwater, AB

    Mitchell Trail lies south of Elkwater Lake and east of Ferguson Hill Road. This expert-level trail can be cycles as a point-to-point or as a 4.23-mile loop utilizing Ferguson Hill Road. It is ...
    •  4.23 miles
    •  Guide

    Mitchell Trail lies south of Elkwater Lake and east of Ferguson Hill Road. This expert-level trail can be cycles as a point-to-point ...

  • Grotto Canyon

    2 Reviews

    Cochrane, AB

    Stoney underfoot, this is nevertheless a fairly easy walk through an incredibly spectacular canyon known for its petrographs. You're sure to be entertained by rock climbers and even musicians! ...
    •  2.9 miles
    •  Guide

    Stoney underfoot, this is nevertheless a fairly easy walk through an incredibly spectacular canyon known for its petrographs. ...

  • Nihahi Ridge Loop

    2 Reviews

    Bragg Creek, AB

    A scenic but strenuous walk in its middle stages as it climbs up a rocky ridge. The views of the Front Range are something you will never forget. The loop uses well-signed trails and ends with ...
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    A scenic but strenuous walk in its middle stages as it climbs up a rocky ridge. The views of the Front Range are something ...

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