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Grassi Lakes Trail

Intermediate
 4.5 (2)

This is the popular scenic trail up to Canmore's Grassi Lakes.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

2.0

KM

Point to Point

5,561' 1,695 m

High

4,620' 1,408 m

Low

941' 287 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

43%

Max Grade (23°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Family Friendly Other than the steep section at the end, kids will enjoy this trail.

Description

This is a popular trail that's one of two ways to reach Grassi Lakes on trail. The easier main route (Upper Grassi Lakes) is essentially just a gravel slope to the top, but this trail takes you on a waterfall-filled tour of the lower forested slopes.

This trail starts as a leisurely stroll through the woods on a tread with occasional roots and rocks. The trail slowly climbs until near the waterfall area, where the trail becomes quite steep and areas of stairs appear. These steep sections have some breathtaking views though, so feel free to take a break and enjoy, but mind the steady traffic of hikers. Upon reaching the top, there are two clear lakes, which the trail loops around, as well as a trail that leads higher up to the road at Whitemans Pond. You can return the way you came, or take the easier gravel Upper Grassi Lakes down.

Contacts

Land Manager: Alberta Parks

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  4.5 from 2 votes

#3

in Banff

#7393

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  4.5 from 2 votes
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#3

in Banff

#39

in Alberta

#7,393

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This is a view of the Grassi Lakes waterfall.
Jul 4, 2017 near Canmore, AB
This is a view of Upper Grassi Lakes.
Jul 4, 2017 near Canmore, AB

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Sep 1, 2019
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Feb 3, 2019
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Sep 10, 2018
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Aug 11, 2018
Tessa Woods
muddy going uphill
Aug 8, 2018
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Jul 4, 2016
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