Best Trails of Alberta

This list represents the most popular trails in Alberta. Use this list to plan your next Alberta outdoor trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Johnston Canyon to Ink Pots


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 w…
From the guidebook "Day Hikes Near Banff"
Banff, AB - Hiking - 7.4 miles Best Trail in ab - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Rocky Mountain Books

#2. Icefields Parkway: Lake Louise to Jasper, Alberta


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 drives o…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving British Columbia"
Lake Louise, AB - Scenic Drives - 138 miles Best Trail in ab - Click to view allBestScenic Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Plain of the Six Glaciers


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 situated…
From the guidebook "Day Hikes Near Lake Louise"
Lake Louise, AB - Hiking - 6.7 miles Best Trail in ab - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Rocky Mountain Books

#4. Great Divide Trail: Maligne Lake to Jasper


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 alpine…
From the guidebook "Hiking Canada's Great Divide Trail"
Jasper, AB - Hiking - 34.3 miles Best Trail in ab - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Rocky Mountain Books

#5. Wilcox Pass


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 Jasper Na…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes along the Continental Divide"
Jasper, AB - Hiking - 6.8 miles Best Trail in ab - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#6. Eiffel Lake and Wenkchemna Pass


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, a delight…
From the guidebook "Day Hikes Near Lake Louise"
Lake Louise, AB - Hiking - 6.5 miles Best Trail in ab - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Rocky Mountain Books

#7. Big Elbow - Little Elbow Loop


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 is th…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Canadian Rockies"
Bragg Creek, AB - Mountain Biking - 27.1 miles Best Trail in ab - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Ward Cameron Enterprises

#8. Moraine Lake Rockpile


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 to the n…
From the guidebook "Short Walks Near Lake Louise"
Lake Louise, AB - Walking - 0.4 mile Best Trail in ab - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Rocky Mountain Books

#9. Sulphur Mountain from Hot Springs


A wide, well-graded trail leads to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. It is the path that Banff weatherman Norman Sanson took weekly from 1903 to 1931 to record meteorological data in the observatory tha…
From the guidebook "Day Hikes Near Banff"
Banff, AB - Hiking - 7.1 miles Best Trail in ab - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Rocky Mountain Books

#10. Beehive Circuit


The Little Beehive, Lake Agnes, the Big Beehive: three of the most scenic locations at Lake Louise are included in this circuit. Ground squirrels, marmots, chipmunks, pikas, and Clark’s nutcrackers fr…
From the guidebook "Day Hikes Near Lake Louise"
Lake Louise, AB - Hiking - 7.6 miles Best Trail in ab - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Rocky Mountain Books

#11. Lady Macdonald Teahouse


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.…
From the guidebook "Kananaskis Country Trail Guide: Volume 1"
Canmore, AB - Hiking - 2.2 miles Best Trail in ab - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Rocky Mountain Books

#12. Grotto Canyon


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! In Sp…
From the guidebook "Canmore & Kananaskis Country: Short Walks for Inquiring Minds"
Cochrane, AB - Walking - 2.9 miles Best Trail in ab - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Rocky Mountain Books

#13. Sentinel Pass


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: “The n…
From the guidebook "Day Hikes Near Lake Louise"
Lake Louise, AB - Hiking - 3.6 miles Best Trail in ab - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Rocky Mountain Books

#14. Lake Agnes


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 walk is s…
From the guidebook "Short Walks Near Lake Louise"
Lake Louise, AB - Walking - 2.1 miles Best Trail in ab - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Rocky Mountain Books

#15. Moose Mountain Fire Road


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 Lookout…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Canadian Rockies"
Bragg Creek, AB - Mountain Biking - 7 miles Best Trail in ab - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Ward Cameron Enterprises

#16. Plain-of-Six-Glaciers


An easy day hike with a moderate climb just before the turn around point. Hike location starts from the Chateau at Lake Louise in Banff National Park. Six active glaciers are observable from a safe di…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes along the Continental Divide"
Banff, AB - Hiking - 8 miles Best Trail in ab - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Johnston Canyon


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 close-up…
From the guidebook "Short Walks Near Banff"
Banff, AB - Walking - 1.7 miles Best Trail in ab - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Rocky Mountain Books

#18. Boom Lake


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. From th…
From the guidebook "Day Hikes Near Lake Louise"
Lake Louise, AB - Hiking - 3.2 miles Best Trail in ab - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Rocky Mountain Books

#19. Canmore Nordic Center


The Canmore Nordic Center is located above the town of Canmore, approximately 80 km west of Calgary, Alberta. If you're a competitive rider looking for challenge, this is the place for you. As the for…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Canadian Rockies"
Canmore, AB - Mountain Biking - 30 miles Best Trail in ab - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Ward Cameron Enterprises

#20. McLean Creek Off-Highway Vehicle Zone


This area is west of Bragg Creek in the Elbow Valley of Kananaskis Country. The McLean Creek area provides opportunity for riders to ride just about anywhere they might like. This 77.22-square mile ar…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! The Canadian Rockies"
Bragg Creek, AB - Mountain Biking - 77.22 miles Best Trail in ab - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Ward Cameron Enterprises