Hike Turtle Mountain

Rate this Adventure 4.3 miles 3051.2 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Léo Champagne

Aerial view of the Frank Slide mountain slope, the rock debris spread in the valley, and the town at the bottom. Features stunning panoramic views of the Crowsnest Pass and surrounding mountains.

Turtle Mountain will make any hiker work for the reward at the end of the trail. While it offers panoramic views of the valleys and mountains surrounding it, as well as a aerial "looking down upon" view of the famous Frank Slide - the hike even takes you to the top of the mountain above the slide - the steepness of the trail requires determination from those who attempt it. 

At approximately 3.5 kilometers one way and 930 meters of elevation gain, the trail is a steady uphill hike through forested areas and crawls over boulders, across three false peaks, and a scramble to the final true peak of Turtle Mountain. The trail is well-trodden and defined all the way up, with multiple route choices through the rocky scramble near the end of the trail. 

The trailhead for Turtle Mountain can be tricky to find - it is actually located past Frank Slide if driving from the East (Calgary/Lethbridge area), and before Frank Slide if driving from the west (BC). Parking can be found along 15 Ave in Blairmore, at the GPS coordinates 49.602295, -114.431201. To get to the trailhead from 15 Ave, follow the dirt back alley of 15 Ave towards the east. The trailhead will be near the end of the dirt road, clearly marked by rocks painted yellow.

Remember to pack out what you packed in!

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Rock Climbing
Photography
Running
Hiking
Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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