9 hiking trails near Calgary that you need to conquer

Jun 28 2021, 3:15 pm

With Calgary being so close to the mountains, we’d be foolish not to take advantage of all they have to offer, particularly the epic hiking options.

Plus, it’s a pretty rewarding feeling to know you literally conquered a mountain. Not to mention if you find yourself sore after a long day’s trek, hot springs are never too far away.

Here are some awesome hiking trails near Calgary to check out this year, grouped by difficulty. Be sure to check trail conditions before heading out!

For your own safety, please make sure you are prepared before heading out on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available from Albertaparks.ca and AdventureSmart. Always remember to leave no trace, pack out what you pack in, stick to designated trails, and refrain from feeding wildlife. Parks Canada visitor guidelines are available here — and please note that irresponsibly-taken selfies (even if they look great for the ‘gram) can be fatal

Beginner

Grassi Lakes

The incredible gemstone-hued waters have to be seen to be believed on this short trek just outside Canmore, which is popular among hikers and rock climbers alike. There are a few steep parts on this hike, but nothing too strenuous that kids or your four-pawed companion can’t manage.

Johnston Canyon

Located near Banff, this trail is well-worn. Better described as a nature walk than as a hike, this casual stroll will take you over a few bridges and catwalks, bringing you an arm’s-length away from some incredible waterfalls. For an additional challenge, go further up the mountain to the Ink Pots.

Lake Louise shoreline

Lake Louise may be ranked as one of the best outdoor skating rinks in the world, but it is something to be marvelled at during the spring, summer, and fall months as well. Follow along the shoreline of the turquoise waters for some breathtaking beauty without having to catch your breath.

Intermediate

Sulphur Mountain

Known as one of the classic trails in the Banff area, this trail is conveniently connected to the Banff gondola. You’ll reach an elevation of 2,292 metres at the top, and, luckily, you can always catch the gondola down if you happen to have a few too many beers with lunch at the Panorama Restaurant situated at the top.

Lake Agnes Tea House

 

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An amazing way to reward yourself after an early-morning hike is to have tea and some signature apple crisp on the patio at the Lake Agnes Tea House. They have over 100 varieties of tea from all areas of the world, along with homemade sandwiches and other snacks. To extend your hike further, you can hike to the Little Beehive, Big Beehive, or even take the High Line Trail to the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse.

Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse

Located just a little further back than the Lake Agnes Tea House (but easily connected), this teahouse is nestled right in the heart of Mount Lefroy. Try their homemade chocolate cake as a treat for your efforts to get there.

Difficult

Ha Ling Peak

 

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Once you’re a little more comfortable with hiking, Ha Ling is a must-try. The view is absolutely incredible, and definitely worth the challenge. This trail is super popular, so it may be crowded more into the summer months, but that just means more people who you can give encouraging smiles to on your way down!

Moose Mountain

Just outside Bragg Creek, Moose Mountain is home to the highest wildfire lookout point in all of Alberta. This hike definitely isn’t for the faint of heart, but you’ll practically be able to touch the clouds when you get to the top.

Mount Yamnuska

Another token hike in the Canmore area, be prepared for a steep haul. There is also a bit of scrambling (loose rocks) near the top, but the view into the valley below is so worth it. There are chains bolted into the mountain on some steeper areas so you can navigate around a little more safely, but don’t let that scare you away!

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