The best part about living in Calgary is that we get the best of both the Rocky Mountains and the Prairies and that is truly an amazing combination. As a result, there are some unbelievably beautiful hikes that surround our city and are just waiting to be explored.
Even if you’re not an avid hiker, many of these hikes are short and not too strenuous, but enough to make the view 100% worth when you get to the top. Anything for the gram right?
Up for the challenge? Get outdoors this summer and check out these 7 magnificent hikes!
With a picturesque backdrop of Peyto Lake, this hike boasts a number of switchbacks that gain an elevation of 230m, but once you pass the tourist filled trails you will be rewarded with a view people could only dream about.
Taking in this incredible sunrise up at lake Agnes as I waited for my water to boil. After I sat on the porch of the tea house with my earl grey in hand and a couple cookies. Bringing supplies to locations like this is easily worth the extra weight. The man setting up the tea house for the day sat down shortly after and we shared our favourite sunrise experiences. I shared one from earlier this month but I think this one beats it by a mile.
You will begin your trek to this iconic tea house at the base of Chateau Lake Louise. You will then climb 1 to 2 hours past Mirror Lake and the waterfalls that run from the memorizing Lake Agnes. Treat yourself to specialty teas and decadent homemade baking before turning around or continuing to the High Line Trail or the Lake Agnes Lookout.
Located directly beside the beautiful waters of Helen Lake, this hike presents an easy scramble for those just getting into the hiking mode. When you reach the narrow ridge at the top you will bask in the stunning view the Wapta Icefields, Bow Glacier, Bow Lake and the crystalline waters of Peyto Lake. This is one you will want to leave an hour or so to hang out at the top just to take in the view!
A well worn, but classic hike that never fails to leave visitors mesmerized. This is a great hike if you’re bringing the whole family along, but there is also a more challenge route if you’re looking for more of a steeper treck. Don’t forget your camera!
This hike is a beautiful loop that depending on which way you begin (clockwise or counter clockwise) will range in difficulty due to the changes in elevation and incline. This treck also features stunning views of barrier lake and is pet-friendly so you can bring your furry little friend along for the adventure!
Essentially you will end up in a mountainous bowl (cirque) above the Highwood pass. Don’t be fooled by the interpretive trail signs, as the couple km can be a bit steep and surprisingly strenuous. However, you will be heavily rewarded if you stick with it, as the landscape of the cirque area is nothing like you have probably ever seen before!
The trail up to Ha Ling definitely does not let you off easy! This is not a hike you should try if you’re new to the sport, but will be one of your best accomplishments once you work your way up to the challenge. It’s a moderate scramble to say the least, but the views at the top are definitely worth the extra effort. It’s recommended to go on this hike during the week, or starting earlier in the morning, due to the popularity of trail and it’s tendency to get over crowded.