My Favourite Kananaskis Hikes
Kananaskis is one of my favourite places to hike. Highway 40 brings you to so many amazing locations. I’ve been lucky enough to live right in Banff and Canmore, giving me the a ton of opportunities to hike very mountain in sight! Although I haven’t quite climbed them all, I have definitely done enough to make an all time favourite list! So here we are, my all time favourite hikes in Kananaskis!
As always, make sure you dress appropriately and be ready for anything the outdoors can throw at you. Weather can be unpredictable and change at any minute. Respect the wildlife by staying at appropriate distances and stay on the trails in order to preserve the forest! For more information on each hike you can check them out on AllTrails.
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1. Pickle Jar Lakes
Pickle Jar lakes is the first Kananaskis hike on my list of favourites. TECHNICALLY the lakes themselves are not in Kananaskis, but the hike begins in the park, and then you hike up and out of it on to crown land. So it counts as far as I’m concerned. You can bring a tent with you and stay the night at the lake if you love back country camping! Best part is you don’t need reservations because it’s on crown land!
2. Wasootch Ridge
Even though it was extremely cloudy when I climbed Wasootch Ridge it was still a really great adventure day! We got super unique views of the mountains tops peaking out of the clouds every so often and the whole feel of the day was very moody, which if you know anything about me, I absolutely LOVE!! From the parking lot, you literally head straight up. When I was there. there was a little tipi structure set up to mark the path when you head up. If you can’t find it, just look for a path that goes straight up the mountain basically right beside the parking lot!
3. Opal Ridge
The first time I hiked Opal ridge was on my 25th birthday and man did it not disappoint! This is one of the few hikes that actually has its own parking lot, well kind of. You park in the side parking lot of the gas station on highway 40. There is a fair bit of incline right from the beginning, but in the middle it levels out a little bit. When you get closer to the false peak the climb begins again. When you think you are just about there, SURPRISE! You’re not HA HA! There is another little push uphill until your on the ridge, but trust me, its so worth the extra climb. It was early June when I hikes Opal ridge last, and as you can see there is still a fair bit of snow at the top!
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4. Tent Ridge Horseshoe
Out of all the hike I have done this is by far my absolute favourite! Tent Ridge Horseshoe is located in Kananaskis Country near the Mount Engadine Lodge. It it a loop trail so you can start either left or right from the parking lot. I highly recommend starting left! If you start right you have a nasty climb down some tricky rocks at the end. Its way easier to go up them. You will get a lot of the elevation gain done at the beginning if you start on the left, and then have a relaxing ridge walk and decent! This trail is fairly popular so if you want to avoid the crowds I recommend starting earlier than later. The trail is fairly defined as you go up, but you do have to do a bit of rock climbing. You don’t need gear or a helmet or anything like that, but definitely make sure you have good boots on and plenty of water! Once you reach the top of the rocks, you have a view of the valley below and the ridge you are about to cross!
5. East End of Rundle (EEOR)
Last but certainly not least is East end of Rundle (EEOR). This is probably one of Canmore’s most popular hikes because it is only 10 minutes from town and provides a great view of the reservoir, and the valley below. The best time in my opinion to do this hike is at 3am! That’s right, 3AM! We sat at the top and watched the sun rise with cold beer and mimosa’s in our hands. I couldn’t have asked for a better morning!
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