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.

  • #1 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 ...

  • #2 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 ...

  • #3 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 ...

  • #4 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 ...

  • #5 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 ...

  • #6 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. ...

  • #7 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 ...

  • #8 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 ...

  • #9 Sulphur Mountain from Hot Springs

    2 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    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 ...
    •  4 hours
    •  7.1 miles
    •  Guide

    A wide, well-graded trail leads to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. It is the path that Banff weatherman Norman Sanson took ...

  • #10 Beehive Circuit

    1 Reviews

    Lake Louise, AB

    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 ...
    •  4.5 hours
    •  7.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Little Beehive, Lake Agnes, the Big Beehive: three of the most scenic locations at Lake Louise are included in this circuit. ...

  • #11 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 ...

  • #12 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. ...

  • #13 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 ...

  • #14 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 ...

  • #15 Plain-of-Six-Glaciers

    1 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    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 ...
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    An easy day hike with a moderate climb just before the turn around point. Hike location starts from the Chateau at Lake Louise ...

  • #16 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 ...

  • #17 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. ...

  • #18 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 ...

  • #19 McLean Creek Off-Highway Vehicle Zone

    0 Reviews

    Bragg Creek, AB

    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 ...
    •  77.22 miles
    •  Guide

    This area is west of Bragg Creek in the Elbow Valley of Kananaskis Country. The McLean Creek area provides opportunity for ...

  • #20 Canmore Nordic Center

    1 Reviews

    Canmore, AB

    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 ...
    •  30 miles
    •  Guide

    The Canmore Nordic Center is located above the town of Canmore, approximately 80 km west of Calgary, Alberta. If you're a ...