10 Great Hikes Near Calgary

I love to hike and the mountains and trails around Calgary are spectacular..  I’ve done all of these hikes.. if you love hiking, you’ll love these! I’ve also put links to Trailpeak.com so you can get more detail and pictures of each of these hikes.

1. Nihahi Ridge

Nihahi Ridge

9 Km ~ Moderate Hike/Scramble

A popular hike/scramble that vaults you from the valley floor onto a never-ending mountain ridge, separating the Rocky Mountains on the west from the rolling foothills to the east. This hike is near the Little Elbow Campground near Bragg Creek. (65 Km from Calgary)

2. Lake Agnes Trail

Lake Agnes Trail

6.8 KM ~ Moderate Hike

The Lake Agnes Trail hike, also known as the Teahouse Hike, is a moderate hike with spectacular views of Lake Louise. If you plan on visiting the Teahouse at the summit, bring cash. (190 km from Calgary)

3. Sulphur Mountain Trail

Sulphur Mountain Trail

6 KM ~ Moderate Hike

Sulphur Mountain Trail is a steep hike that rewards you with incredible views of Banff. No gondola required! (135 km from Calgary)

4. Johnston Canyon to Ink Pots

Johnston Canyon

12 KM ~ Moderate hike

If you follow the Johnston Canyon trail to the upper falls and keep going another 3 KM, you will find the most marvellous mineral spring pools. (155 km from Calgary)

5. Iceline Trail-Yoho Valley

Iceline Trail

13-21 KM ~ Moderate Hike

Possibly one of the most spectacular hikes in the Rockies, with close-up views of numerous glaciers, one of the highest waterfalls in Canada (Takakkaw Falls), peaks of mountains, and much more. (225 km from Calgary)

6. West Elk Pass

Elk Pass

18 KM ~ Moderate Hike

This trail starts near Kananaskis Lakes in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park in Kananaskis, Alberta, travelling over the Divide and down to Elk Lakes Park in BC, returning by a slightly different route. (145 km from Calgary)

7. Pocaterra Cirque

Poccaterra Cirque

7 KM ~ Moderate Hike

The Pocaterra Cirque is a scenic hike with views of forests, meadows, and a lake. This is a moderate hike and is suitable for recreational hikers. (145 km from Calgary)

8. Ha Ling Peak

Hai Ling Peak

8 KM ~ Moderate Hike

This is the trail heading up the backside of Ha Ling Peak. At the top you are rewarded with a magnificent view of the city of Canmore. This is a moderate hike best done in from mid-May to October. (115 km from Calgary)

9. Heart Mountain

Hart Mountain

11 KM ~ Moderate Scramble

Heart mountain is an easy to moderate scramble located just east of Canmore, Alberta. Its aspect makes it one of the first passable alpine trails that can be hiked in the summer. (95 km from Calgary)

10. Yamnuska Summit


11 KM ~ Medium Difficult Scramble

A Bow Valley Classic for hikers and climbers. A loop can be made around the mountain. To make the loop (or get to the summit from the east), there is a narrow ledge 30m long that must be traversed about 300m from the summit. There is a cable to hang on to so it isn’t for the faint of heart. (90 km from Calgary)


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One Response to 10 Great Hikes Near Calgary

  1. Carla says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this information. The trails look amazing & all have such spectacular views & scenery! I will do more research & enjoy one of these gorgeous trails next week. I am visiting from Gatineau Quebec, we too have a beautiful Park with many awesome hiking/biking & cross-country ski trails, however we don’t have the glorious mountains. ? Thanks again, I can’t wait to go hiking!
    Carla Aubrey?

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