Best Backpacking in Alberta

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

  • #1 Ribbon Falls & Ribbon Lake

    1 Reviews

    Exshaw , AB

    This popular trail follows a spectacular valley hemmed in by cliffs. All is easy to the 10 km mark, where cliff bands give rise to two spectacular waterfalls and cause difficulty and danger to ...
    •  Day hike, backpack
    •  6.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This popular trail follows a spectacular valley hemmed in by cliffs. All is easy to the 10 km mark, where cliff bands give ...

  • #2 Galatea Creek To Lillian Lake

    1 Reviews

    Kananaskis, AB

    Galatea Creek was once a place for adventurers, being fraught with difficulty and uncertainty. In the early morning, low water levels in the Kananaskis River would entice people to wade across ...
    •  Day hike, backpack
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    Galatea Creek was once a place for adventurers, being fraught with difficulty and uncertainty. In the early morning, low ...

  • #3 Buller Pass

    0 Reviews

    Kananaskis, AB

    Although the moderately strenuous Buller Pass trail is perceived as being a backpacker's trail to Ribbon Lake, there's no reason why fit hikers can't make the pass and back in a day. The ...
    •  Backpack, long day hike
    •  6.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Although the moderately strenuous Buller Pass trail is perceived as being a backpacker's trail to Ribbon Lake, there's no ...

  • #4 Landslide Lake

    1 Reviews

    Nordegg, AB

    A long walk through the forest and alongside Entry Creek is rewarded by the scenery at Landslide Lake. Landslide has long been a favorite fishing hole for fishermen casting or fly fishing for ...
    •  2 days
    •  20.9 miles
    •  Guide

    A long walk through the forest and alongside Entry Creek is rewarded by the scenery at Landslide Lake. Landslide has long ...

  • #5 Cougar Creek

    0 Reviews

    Canmore, AB

    The best valley I know for producing sore feet! Winding deep into the heart of the Fairholme Range, spectacular, stony Cougar Creek offers everything from a half hour's stroll to a weekend's ...
    •  Half-day, day hike, backpack
    •  5.9 miles
    •  Guide

    The best valley I know for producing sore feet! Winding deep into the heart of the Fairholme Range, spectacular, stony Cougar ...

  • #6 Johnson Canyon

    1 Reviews

    Water Valley, AB

    The quintessential Ghost: canyons, cliffs, waterfalls, mountains shaped like tiaras, is epitomized in the spectacular canyon north of Devil's Head. I count it as one of my favorite destinations, ...
    •  Backpack
    •  2.2 miles
    •  Guide

    The quintessential Ghost: canyons, cliffs, waterfalls, mountains shaped like tiaras, is epitomized in the spectacular canyon ...

  • #7 Evan-Thomas Creek (Fisher Peak, Camp Creek, & Mackay Hills)

    0 Reviews

    Kananaskis, AB

    Walking up Evan-Thomas Creek to the pass is the least interesting of the options included in this eTrail, though it provides a route through to the Little Elbow. Use the creek as a jumping ...
    •  Long day hike and backpack options
    •  9.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Walking up Evan-Thomas Creek to the pass is the least interesting of the options included in this eTrail, though it provides ...

  • #8 Aster Lake

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    Turner Valley, AB

    Aster Lake and the high glacial valleys under Mt. Joffre are not easy to get into. If you're hoping for an easy park with lots of zigs up the woody slopes of Aster Creek's west bank, you're out ...
    •  Long day scramble, backpack
    •  6.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Aster Lake and the high glacial valleys under Mt. Joffre are not easy to get into. If you're hoping for an easy park with ...

  • #9 Lake of the Falls

    0 Reviews

    Nordegg, AB

    A classic mountain beauty, Lake of the Falls bewitches all who go there. While this hike can be done in two days, one day in and return, the beauty of Lake of the Falls is so seductive you may ...
    •  3 days
    •  20.6 miles
    •  Guide

    A classic mountain beauty, Lake of the Falls bewitches all who go there. While this hike can be done in two days, one day ...

  • #10 Big Elbow Campground to Little Elbow Trail

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    Millarville, AB

    A more strenuous leg that leaves the flats and climbs through the narrows into the upper valley. Here and there the horse trail deviates from the hiker's road, not always offering the better ...
    •  Day hike, backpack
    •  13.68 miles

    A more strenuous leg that leaves the flats and climbs through the narrows into the upper valley. Here and there the horse ...

  • #11 Waiparous Creek

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    Water Valley, AB

    The north fork of the Ghost River, named Waiparous Creek by James Hector on December 10th, 1858 and which roughly translates to Crow Indian Scalp, is the most accessible of the three Ghost Rivers. ...
    •  Backpack
    •  8.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The north fork of the Ghost River, named Waiparous Creek by James Hector on December 10th, 1858 and which roughly translates ...

  • #12 Bear Pond to Iron Creek

    0 Reviews

    Longview, AB

    Even if you do spend most of your day walking, this is a useful trail for anglers moving on from one fishing lake to another, the only two lakes in K Country to be stocked with Grayling. The ...
    •  Day hike, backpack
    •  4.35 miles

    Even if you do spend most of your day walking, this is a useful trail for anglers moving on from one fishing lake to another, ...

  • #13 Elk Lakes To Pétain Falls

    0 Reviews

    Turner Valley, AB

    This is the easy main valley trail. Make of it what you will; a stroll to Lower Elk Lake with a side trip to the viewpoint, a full day hike to Pétain Falls (the most spectacular waterfall in ...
    •  Day hike from park entrance, backpack
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    This is the easy main valley trail. Make of it what you will; a stroll to Lower Elk Lake with a side trip to the viewpoint, ...

  • #14 Ford Creek Trail

    1 Reviews

    Millarville, AB

    Basically, this trail runs parallel to Powderface Trail the highway as far as Canyon Creek, connecting Little Elbow Recreation Area to the trails in the Jumpingpound, The name is misleading. ...
    •  Long day hike, backpack
    •  11.81 miles

    Basically, this trail runs parallel to Powderface Trail the highway as far as Canyon Creek, connecting Little Elbow Recreation ...

  • #15 Little Elbow Recreation Area to Prairie Creek

    1 Reviews

    Millarville, AB

    The trail designers boobed on this one. A perfectly logical route exists lower down, passing behind the eight hills of Nihahi, yet this route takes a much higher seesawing line across the eastern ...
    •  Long day hike, backpack
    •  16.78 miles

    The trail designers boobed on this one. A perfectly logical route exists lower down, passing behind the eight hills of Nihahi, ...

  • #16 Ghost River To Waiparous Creek

    0 Reviews

    Water Valley, AB

    The eclectic selection of trails connecting the two major river systems runs parallel to a tremendous line of cliffs, where the mountains of The Ghost end in abrupt and spectacular fashion. I ...
    •  Half-day to Johnson Lakes, day hike, backpack
    •  9.3 miles
    •  Guide

    The eclectic selection of trails connecting the two major river systems runs parallel to a tremendous line of cliffs, where ...

  • #17 Banded Peak

    0 Reviews

    Millarville, AB

    This shapely mountain, mistakenly called "Bandit" by climbers some 25 years ago (hence the name "Outlaw"), is from this direction a simple scree ascent sans band. Getting there requires sure ...
    •  Long day, backpack
    •  6.22 miles

    This shapely mountain, mistakenly called "Bandit" by climbers some 25 years ago (hence the name "Outlaw"), is from this direction ...

  • #18 Farley Lake

    1 Reviews

    Nordegg, AB

    This long but easy hike, with the exception of a three-km pitch, takes you into the back country to a jewel of a lake snuggled in amongst the lodgepole pines and spruce. Farley Lake is also the ...
    •  2 days
    •  20.1 miles
    •  Guide

    This long but easy hike, with the exception of a three-km pitch, takes you into the back country to a jewel of a lake snuggled ...

  • #19 Guinn's Pass

    0 Reviews

    Kananaskis, AB

    Many years ago, Rick's dad, Alvin Guinn, took a string of 20 packhorses over the ridge from Galatea Creek to Ribbon Lake. Well, not by this route exactly. He went up the avalanche gully further ...
    •  Long day, backpack
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    Many years ago, Rick's dad, Alvin Guinn, took a string of 20 packhorses over the ridge from Galatea Creek to Ribbon Lake. ...

  • #20 Cline Fire Lookout

    0 Reviews

    Nordegg, AB

    The first and last days of this hike cover most of the distance that you travel on this three-day outing. The second day you bushwhack up from Canyon Creek to the Cline Fire Lookout, where incredible ...
    •  3 days
    •  23.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The first and last days of this hike cover most of the distance that you travel on this three-day outing. The second day ...