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Individual Day Hikes

Whether you have signed up for the Introductory Hiking Series or are just interested in an individual hike, each of the hikes listed below will provide you with an intimate experience with the Rockies.  During each hike we will be covering topics such as pacing, pack management, map and compass use and local plant/flower, wildlife and geology interpretation.  Hikes described are preferred destinations, but decisions based on weather, wildlife encounters or other factors may lead to alternate destinations. 
For an explanation of trip ratings, click here. For a checklist of suggested items to bring on the hike(s), click here. And last but not least, to view or download our trip waiver, click here. Hikes will run RAIN OR SHINE, so be prepared for all kinds of weather!
DateLocationDescriptionRating, Distance and Elevation Meeting time and location Course code and cost 

Siffleur Falls

David Thompson Corridor
The trailhead begins along the David Thompson Highway (Hwy 11) in the Kootenay Plains area of the corridor. We cross an incredible foot bridge over the North Saskatchewan River, then later the Siffleur river and up to the first set of falls for some incredible photograph opportunities. If time permits and the party is willing, we will continue on to the second set of falls, another 2.2 km along the trail.

Alternate hike: Cline/Coral Canyon Loop
Rating: 1 (Easy)

Distance: 8 km return to first set of falls, 12 km return to second set of falls

Elevation gain: 95 - 125 metres
Hike begins at 10:00 a.m. at the trailhead.  

Anyone needing transportation will need to be at the West Side Tim Hortons on 67th street at 7:00 a.m.


Blackstone Lookout

The trailhead for this hike is 42 km north of Nordegg, along the Forestry Trunk Road (Hwy 734), 600m beyond the Brown Creek Recreation Area. The trail follows an old dirt road to the summit of a small peak with a fire lookout at the top.  Various montane/subalpine flowers will dominate this hike. Views of the prairies to the east and peaks to the west, as well as the Brazeau River to the north will make this a worthwhile trip.

Alternate hike: Baldy Lookout
Rating: 2 (Easy)

Distance: 9 km return

Elevation gain: 200 metres
Hike begins at 10:00 a.m. at trailhead, however, the road may be fairly washed out and covered in potholes. Meet at Nordegg Gas station at 9:30, and we'll choose between Blackstone or Baldy.  Anyone needing transportation will need to be at the West Side Tim Hortons on 67th St. at 7:30 a.m. 


Powderface Ridge

Don Getty Wildland Provincial Park
Park at the junction of Hwy. 66 (Elbow Falls Trail) and Powderface Trail (road). This is the trailhead. Trail follows the prominent ridgeline of Powderface Mountain, into beautiful alpine meadows and amazing views of the valleys to the west and south.  A fitting conclusion to the Introductory Hiking Series.

Alternate Hike: Moose Mountain
Rating: 3 (Moderate)

Distance: 13.5 km, return 

Elevation gain: 509 metres

Hike begins at 9:00 a.m. at the trailhead. 

Anyone needing transportation will need to be at the West Side Tim Hortons on 67th Street at 6:00 a.m.


Yamnuska Ridge

Bow Valley
The trailhead for this hike is the parking lot.  In order to reach the parking lot, from Calgary take the Trans-Canada Highway. Take the Seebe exit and head west on 1X until you meet 1A.  Turn right, then after about 1.5 km take a dirt road on your left. Trails takes us up the east side of Yamnuska, through stands of Lodgepole Pine and Subalpine Fir and onto a beautiful scenic ridge that will amaze even the most doubtful hiker.  

Alternate hike: Barrier Mountain 
Rating: 3 (Moderate) 

Distance: 7 km return

Elevation gain: 450 metres
 Hike begins at 9:00 a.m. at the trailhead.  

Anyone needing transportation will need to be at the West Side Tim Hortons on 67th Street at 6:30 a.m.


Burstall Pass

Smith-Dorrien Spray Lakes
Perhaps one of the most visually amazing/rewarding hikes in the Kananaskis Area. Trail begins at the Burstall Pass parking lot located along the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Trail (Hwy 742). From Canmore, head south, climbing up towards the Canmore Nordic Centre. Continue past the Nordic Centre and ascend Hwy 742, climbing past Whiteman's Gap and along the Spray Lakes.  From the Nordic Centre to the Burstall Pass Day use area is 41.5 km, and the turnoff is on the right.  This trip is a long one, but will be worth it to hikers who are ready for the challenge.  We'll see many peaks, cross a stream or two, and experience alpine meadows like never before.  Sure to be a treat.

Alternate Hike: Headwall Lakes
Rating: 4 (Moderate)

Distance: 15 km return

Elevation gain: 470 metres
 Hike begins at 8:00 a.m. In order to navigate Canmore safely and find the road up to the site, an arranged location to meet in Canmore will be determined.

Anyone needing transportation will need to be at the West Side Tim Hortons on 67th Street at 5:00 a.m.


 Stelfox Loop

David Thompson Corridor
This is sure to challenge anyone new to hiking, as well as those who are already active hikers.  The trip begins at the Coral Creek staging area, along Hwy 11 just north of the Cline River. We will leave a vehicle here and drive as a group to the trailhead several kilometers north of the staging area to the Cline waste transfer site, north of Whitegoat creek.  Our day begins with beautiful hike alongside Whitegoat Creek up to Whitegoat Pass - but then the challenge begins.  Once we descend the pass and hike into the valley below, we make our way along the backside of Mt. Stelfox, crossing several creeks (and crossing and re-crossing Coral Creek) until we finally meet up with the Coral Canyon/Cline Loop trail, and end up back at the staging area.  A worthwhile challenge for anyone up for the task.  Bring river crossing footwear!

Alternate hike: Two O'Clock Ridge
Rating: 5

Distance: 21 km return

Elevation gain: 555 metres
 Hike begins at 8:00 a.m. 

Anyone needing transportation will need to be at the West Side Tim Hortons on 67th Street at 5:00 a.m.



In order to register for the hikes listed here, please register in person at the Red Deer Recreation Centre, Collicutt Centre, or GH Dawe Centre, by phone at 403-309-8555 or online at Have the course code ready when you book.  If you are interested in alternate hikes or private hikes, you can arrange them through us at 403-896-0591, or through email at