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Gems in Southwestern Alberta - 8

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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 Hanging Rock near 1st Bridge, Jasper NP

Maligne Canyon

(3) Jasper…, AB
gem Favorite Snake Indian Falls along the North Boundary Trail.

Snake Indian Falls

(1) Hinton, AB
gem Favorite The Alexandra River at its river flats near where Castleguard River empties into it. Looking downstream (east-northeast) the two peaks in the center are thought to be Mt. Amery (center left) and Willerval Mountain (center right).

Alexandra River Flats

(1) Lake Lo…, AB
gem Favorite The broad, powerful, silty Smoky River (foreground, right to center) flows to meet the smaller, clearer Sulphur River (darker river just left of center) at the Sulphur Gates - the cliffs the Smoky River is flowing through here.

Sulphur Gates

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

Lake Louise

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

Takkakaw Falls

(3) Golden, BC
gem Favorite The Burgess Shale, site of one of the most important fossil discoveries in the world. Unguided groups cannot venture higher in the fossil quarries. Stay on the trail.

Burgess Shale (entrance prohibited)

(1) Golden, BC

Recommended Routes in Southwestern Alberta - 21

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Favorite Lake Louise poses with Victoria Glacier at its far end and Mt. Victoria hidden in the clouds.
Intermediate/Difficult

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 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 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 Healy Pass at sunrise in mid-September 2022.
Intermediate/Difficult

Healy Pass Out and Back

11.6 mi 18.6 km 2,181' Up 664.7 m Up 2,181' Down 664.68 m Down

Banff, 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
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)

698.0 mi 1,123.3 km 105,398' Up 32125.3 m Up 106,553' Down 32477.4 m Down

Swiftcu…, MT
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 View from top of trail
Difficult

Lake Louise to Mount St. Piran

7.9 mi 12.7 km 3,211' Up 978.66 m Up 3,210' Down 978.45 m Down

Lake Lo…, AB
Favorite The view south from the Iceline Trail, just before turning downhill to descend back into the valley and Takkakkaw Falls.
Intermediate/Difficult

Yoho Valley Loop

17.2 mi 27.7 km 2,926' Up 891.99 m Up 2,928' Down 892.44 m Down

Golden, BC

Southwestern Alberta Hiking

  • 2,087 Miles 3,359 Kilometers of Trail
  • 21 Recommended Routes
  • 8 Gems Gems
  • 45 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 119 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 72 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Southwestern Alberta - 215

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13.8 mi 22.2 km #1Berg Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Valemount, BC
Intermediate/Difficult
Valemount, BC
7.3 mi 11.7 km #2Iceline Trail
Intermediate
Golden, BC
Intermediate
Golden, BC
5.8 mi 9.3 km #3Snowbird Pass Route
Difficult
Valemount, BC
Difficult
Valemount, BC
2.6 mi 4.1 km #4Sulphur Skyline #30
Difficult
Hinton, AB
Difficult
Hinton, AB
6.4 mi 10.3 km #5Crypt Lake Trail
Difficult
Pincher Creek, AB
Difficult
Pincher Creek, AB
2.8 mi 4.5 km #6Cory Pass
Difficult
Banff, AB
Difficult
Banff, AB
1.4 mi 2.2 km #7Paget Lookout Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake Louise, AB
Intermediate/Difficult
Lake Louise, AB
1.6 mi 2.6 km #8Parker Ridge Trail
Intermediate
Jasper Park Lodge, AB
Intermediate
Jasper Park Lodge, AB
93.8 mi 151.0 km #9Great Divide Trail - Section A (Canada/USA Border to Coleman)
Difficult
Swiftcurrent, MT
Difficult
Swiftcurrent, MT
28.7 mi 46.3 km #10Skyline Trail
Difficult
Jasper Park Lodge, AB
Difficult
Jasper Park Lodge, AB

Photos of Southwestern Alberta - 629

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Lake Louise poses with Victoria Glacier at its far end and Mt. Victoria hidden in the clouds.
Feb 6, 2017 near Lake Lo…, AB
Views of Upper Kananaskis Lake from the ridge.
Nov 8, 2021 near Canmore, AB
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
In the tunnel.
Aug 30, 2022 near Cardston, AB
Path and benches around inkpots.
Aug 15, 2022 near Banff, 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
Baker Lake, Fossil Mountain (left) and Brachiopod Mountain (right) in the Skoki highlands.
Feb 5, 2021 near Lake Lo…, AB
Leaving the gorgeous views from Emerald Basin in Yoho National Park is never easy.
Feb 4, 2017 near Golden, BC