Hike Turtle Mountain

13401 15 Avenue - Search Nearby - 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!

Distance

4.3 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

3051.2 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Rock Climbing, Photography, Running, Hiking

Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Nearby Lodging

Cranbrook / St. Eugene KOA

7777 Mission Road, Canada

St. Mary / East Glacier KOA

Saint Mary, Montana

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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