Hola Amigos! We’ve teamed up with our friends over at Hecho to bring you our picks for 8 of the most breathtaking hikes just a short ways away from Calgary. The weather has been all over the place, but the mountains are calling, and now that we’re able to answer we thought we’d share 8 of the best hikes near Calgary with you guys! Remember to practice social distancing and wash your freaking hands, but go out there and get some fresh air. You all deserve it!
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Troll Falls in a fantastic beginner’s hike. It’s just hard enough that you feel accomplished, the view is beautiful, but it won’t leave you impaired and sore for days afterwards. As we’re sure you have already figured out, ya know’ because of the name, there is a waterfall on this bad boy. Unfortunately, there are no trolls though. You can’t always win.
Where: Stoney Trail off Mt Allan Dr
Distance: 3.4 KM
Elbow Falls is definitely not a hard hike, but it is one of the nicest. It’s only 1 KM, but it’s family-friendly and gives you an incredible view of the falls.
Where: AB-66, Bragg Creek
Distance: 1 KM
Yamnuska is one of our favourite hikes near Calgary. There are three routes up the iconic mountain, but this one is the most “late spring” early summer-friendly of all of them. This trail is a bit busy because the view from the top is totally worth it, so you’ll have to be extremely careful and also pretty early. With a mask and the right gear though, you’ll have the time of your life.
Where: Off-Highway 1A from Yamnuska Trail area
Distance: 7.2 KM
Mustang Hills is a cute trail around the summit of the mountain. There’s a ton of wildflowers and wildlife as well as an incredible view. It’s also used for bird watching, so if you’re into that kind of thing, this hike is for you!
Where: AB-66, Bragg Creek, AB
Distance: 6 KM
Heart Creek is a great grab-the-dog-and-go type hike. It’s an easier hike with incredible views and it’s pretty quick. You definitely won’t need to worry about how sore you’ll be the next day unless you confuse this hike with Heart Mountian which happens pretty often. We’d recommend triple checking the GPS jussst in case.
Where: Off Range Rd 91A across from Lac Des Arcs
Distance: 4.7 KM
Looking for a hike and a tasty meal? You’re in luck! They definitely don’t have food on this hike, but you can totally bring your own. In fact, we suggest doing so. The view from the waterfront spot at the end of the hike is the perfect destination for friends, SO’s and your lungs. The air is fresh, the hike is moderately difficult, so feel free to pack a special carb-loaded treat.
Where: On Highway 742 near the Burstall Pass day-use area
Distance: 9.7 KM
This hike is practically a Calgary resident pre-rec. It’s extremely popular and beloved by many, including us! This hike is great for a novice hiker looking to take their dog, kids or inexperienced friend for a stroll. You won’t need any fancy equipment and the view from the top is amazing.
Where: Ken Richie Way off Highway 742
Distance: 3.2 KM
Looking to condition yourself after quarantine? Prarie mountain is your trail to do exactly that. The slope faces the sun, so it’ll be warm… which might be a blessing or a curse depending on how often you go hiking. It’s not easy by any means, but the view is super pretty!
Where: Highway 66 just past Elbow Falls
Distance: 6.4 KM
Well, there you have it, folks. The best hikes near Calgary. Get out there and get your fresh air fitness on.