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1,577 mi 2,539 km of trail 17 Recommended Routes

Gems 5 Gems Easy Trails 30 Trails Intermediate Trails 92 Trails Hard Trails 69 Trails
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Gems in Southwestern Alberta - 5

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gem Favorite Valley of the Ten Peaks: Time stands still during this beautiful early morning at Moraine Lake in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta.

Moraine Lake

(8) Lake Lo…, AB
gem Favorite Snake Indian Falls along the North Boundary Trail.

Snake Indian Falls

(1) Hinton, AB
gem Favorite Hanging Rock near 1st Bridge, Jasper NP

Maligne Canyon

(1) Jasper…, AB
gem Favorite Lake Louise poses with Victoria Glacier at its far end and Mt. Victoria hidden in the clouds.

Lake Louise

(5) Lake Lo…, AB
gem Favorite Takakkaw Falls is stunning from closer up.

Takkakaw Falls

(2) Golden, BC

Recommended Routes in Southwestern Alberta - 17

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Favorite You'll pack on quite a bit of vertical in a very short time on this hike!
Difficult

Cory & Edith Passes

8.1 mi 13.0 km 3,312' Up 1009.57 m Up 3,314' Down 1010.24 m Down

Banff, AB
Favorite Lake Louise poses with Victoria Glacier at its far end and Mt. Victoria hidden in the clouds.
Intermediate

Plain of Six Glaciers to Mirror Pond Loop

9.2 mi 14.8 km 2,569' Up 783.13 m Up 2,568' Down 782.8 m Down

Lake Lo…, AB
Favorite Waterfall next to Lake Agnes tea house
Intermediate/Difficult

Lake Agnes and Big Beehive

6.1 mi 9.9 km 1,892' Up 576.82 m Up 1,891' Down 576.45 m Down

Lake Lo…, AB
Favorite Crossing Cairnes Creek on a log bridge. Left to right, Mount Whiteaves in the distance, Mount De Margerie, and Mount Termier. Glaciers and Freshfield Icefield are behind these mountains.
Difficult

Great Divide Trail (GDT)

674.3 mi 1,085.2 km 98,344' Up 29975.4 m Up 99,486' Down 30323.3 m Down

Swiftcu…, MT
Favorite Jonas Pass, looking northwest.
Difficult

Brazeau Loop

49.3 mi 79.3 km 6,084' Up 1854.43 m Up 6,084' Down 1854.54 m Down

Golden, BC
Favorite Angel Glacier below Mt. Edith Cavell's west shoulder, with Cavell Pond below. Franchere Peak is on the right in the background.
Intermediate

Mount Edith Cavell Tour

5.1 mi 8.2 km 1,730' Up 527.4 m Up 1,729' Down 527.02 m Down

Jasper…, AB
Favorite Incredible views abound at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park!
Very Difficult

Northover Ridge Figure Eight

29.2 mi 47.0 km 5,129' Up 1563.39 m Up 5,117' Down 1559.66 m Down

Canmore, AB
Favorite Fall colours on the trail up to Floe Lake.
Difficult

Rockwall

34.2 mi 55.1 km 8,254' Up 2515.76 m Up 7,935' Down 2418.59 m Down

Banff, AB

Trails in Southwestern Alberta - 174

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13.8 mi 22.2 km #1Berg Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Valemount, BC
Intermediate/Difficult
Valemount, BC
5.8 mi 9.3 km #2Snowbird Pass Route
Difficult
Valemount, BC
Difficult
Valemount, BC
7.3 mi 11.7 km #3Iceline Trail
Intermediate
Golden, BC
Intermediate
Golden, BC
2.6 mi 4.1 km #4Sulphur Skyline #30
Difficult
Hinton, AB
Difficult
Hinton, AB
2.8 mi 4.5 km #5Cory Pass
Difficult
Banff, AB
Difficult
Banff, AB
0.8 mi 1.2 km #6Fairview Mountain Trail
Difficult
Lake Louise, AB
Difficult
Lake Louise, AB
93.7 mi 150.8 km #7Great Divide Trail - Section A (Canada/USA Border to Coleman)
Difficult
Pincher Creek, AB
Difficult
Pincher Creek, AB
2.7 mi 4.4 km #8Mumm Basin Route
Intermediate
Valemount, BC
Intermediate
Valemount, BC
7.5 mi 12.1 km #9David Thompson Heritage Trail
Intermediate
Golden, BC
Intermediate
Golden, BC
3.8 mi 6.2 km #10Helen Lake Trail
Difficult
Lake Louise, AB
Difficult
Lake Louise, AB
132.9 mi 213.9 km #11Great Divide Trail - Section C (Kananaskis Lakes to Field)
Difficult
Canmore, AB
Difficult
Canmore, AB
24.0 mi 38.6 km #12Poboktan Pass Trail
Difficult
Jasper Park Lodge, AB
Difficult
Jasper Park Lodge, AB
1.8 mi 2.9 km #13Hargreaves Lake Route
Intermediate
Valemount, BC
Intermediate
Valemount, BC
1.4 mi 2.2 km #14Paget Lookout Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake Louise, AB
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake Louise, AB
122.9 mi 197.7 km #15Great Divide Trail - Section E (Saskatchewan Crossing to Jasper)
Difficult
Golden, BC
Difficult
Golden, BC
3.3 mi 5.3 km #16Razor's Edge
Very Difficult
Canmore, AB
Very Difficult
Canmore, AB
65.2 mi 104.9 km #17Great Divide Trail - Section F (Jasper to North Boundary Trail)
Difficult
Jasper Park Lodge, AB
Difficult
Jasper Park Lodge, AB
118.1 mi 190.0 km #18Great Divide Trail - Section G (North Boundary Trail to Kakwa…
Difficult
Valemount, BC
Difficult
Valemount, BC
68.5 mi 110.3 km #19Great Divide Trail - Section D (Field to Saskatchewan Crossing)
Difficult
Golden, BC
Difficult
Golden, BC
126.4 mi 203.4 km #20Great Divide Trail - Section B (Coleman to Kananaskis Lakes)
Difficult
Sparwood, BC
Difficult
Sparwood, BC

Photos of Southwestern Alberta - 419

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Crossing Cairnes Creek on a log bridge. Left to right, Mount Whiteaves in the distance, Mount De Margerie, and Mount Termier. Glaciers and Freshfield Icefield are behind these mountains.
Sep 8, 2018 near Golden, BC
Lake Louise poses with Victoria Glacier at its far end and Mt. Victoria hidden in the clouds.
Feb 6, 2017 near Lake Lo…, AB
Mt. Custer (center) stands amid a sea of peaks as seen from high on the Carthew - Anderson Traverse.
Dec 20, 2016 near Pincher…, AB
Leaving the gorgeous views from Emerald Basin in Yoho National Park is never easy.
Feb 4, 2017 near Golden, BC
Hanging Rock near 1st Bridge, Jasper NP
Aug 25, 2017 near Jasper…, AB
Rainbow over the valley of Berg Lake Trail. Berg Lake (front left), shoulder of Rearguard Mountain (left), and Tatei Ridge in the distance (center). Looking east from the Hargreaves Lake and Glacier Viewpoint.
Oct 7, 2017 near Valemount, BC
A pika near the Presidents
Aug 5, 2017 near Golden, BC
panoramic view of Glacier Lake in the morning from the backcountry campsite
Mar 11, 2020 near Lake Lo…, AB