Best Hiking in Alberta

This list represents the most popular hiking in Alberta. Use this list to plan your next Alberta hiking 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 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 ...

  • #3 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 ...

  • #4 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 ...

  • #5 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. ...

  • #6 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 ...

  • #7 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. ...

  • #8 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 ...

  • #9 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 ...

  • #10 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 ...

  • #11 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 ...

  • #12 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. ...

  • #13 Healy Pass

    1 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    Despite a tedious approach through forest, during the last 2 km to Healy Pass you traverse scenic meadows, passing lakelets beneath Monarch Ramparts, and getting views back to Mt. Assiniboine, ...
    •  5 hours
    •  11.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Despite a tedious approach through forest, during the last 2 km to Healy Pass you traverse scenic meadows, passing lakelets ...

  • #14 Lake Annette

    1 Reviews

    Lake Louise, AB

    The colour of Lake Annette varies from blue to aqua, depending on the time of day, and the time of year. From the lake you can take the Annette Highline Trail, a more scenic (and strenuous) route ...
    •  3 hours
    •  3.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The colour of Lake Annette varies from blue to aqua, depending on the time of day, and the time of year. From the lake you ...

  • #15 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 ...

  • #16 Hai Ling Peak (Chinaman's Peak)

    1 Reviews

    Canmore, AB

    Originally it was called `The Beehive'. Then in 1896, Ha Ling, a Chinese cook working in the Oskaloosa Hotel in Canmore, was bet 50 dollars he couldn't climb up and down within 10 hours. Starting ...
    •  Day hike
    •  1 miles
    •  Guide

    Originally it was called `The Beehive'. Then in 1896, Ha Ling, a Chinese cook working in the Oskaloosa Hotel in Canmore, ...

  • #17 Cascade Amphitheatre

    2 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    This demanding route leads through pine forest with few viewpoints before you reach the Amphitheatre. After crossing Forty Mile Creek, you see three striking satellites of the Sawback Range: ...
    •  4 hours
    •  10.3 miles
    •  Guide

    This demanding route leads through pine forest with few viewpoints before you reach the Amphitheatre. After crossing Forty ...

  • #18 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 ...

  • #19 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? ...

  • #20 Cory Pass

    1 Reviews

    Banff, AB

    Cory Pass is an arduous trip through craggy peaks, highlighted by awesome views of the nearby vertical slabs of Mt. Louis. Mountain sheep frequent the pass, which is often plugged with snow till ...
    •  5 hours
    •  8.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Cory Pass is an arduous trip through craggy peaks, highlighted by awesome views of the nearby vertical slabs of Mt. Louis. ...