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Hike to Grassi Lake

Canmore, Alberta

based on 6 reviews



2.4 miles

Elevation Gain

820.2 ft

Route Type



Added by Sophie Lamarche

Hike with beautiful views of the lakes and Canmore! Great for families, dogs, and older hikers due to the choice of an easy or more difficult route. 

To get to the Grassi Lake trailhead, continue past the Nordic Center about 2km and take a small left when you reach a junction between a gravel road and a paved road. You want to be on the paved road, as this will lead you down to the Grassi Lake parking lot. The trail starts right behind the restrooms and goes for a bit before splitting between the easy (fire access road trail on the right) and the more difficult (trail with a view the whole way up, on the left).  We took the more difficult route up, where we had lot of roots, rocks and little streams to hike over, but also a very nice view of Canmore and mountains beyond. The more difficult choice goes on an incline for most of the trail, only sometimes flattening out for streams. 

At one point you will reach a view of the waterfall, here you get to the part of the trail that is steep with large rocky stairs, and once you get past that part, which is fairly short, you reach a bridge over the river, this means you're almost there! Walk up a bit more and reach the part of the trail where the two routes connect, here you will see Grassi Lake, stunning green and turquoise lake. From here you can continue around the lake and the path where the rock climbers climb, if you take the stairs all the way up to the top, you will reach another lake, this one not as pretty as Grassi, but still beautiful. Then you head back down to Grassi Lake and you have two choices, take the easy road back or the more difficult way back. We chose to take the easy way back because our knees were sore from coming down from the very top. The road back was a slow downhill walk, very easy, so I assume it would be easy on the way up as well. 

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Hike to Grassi Lake Reviews

I highly recommend this place for a hike. It's a moderate hike that includes awesome views, waterfall, crystal clear lakes, awesome rock formations. This was super cool spot I visited with my friend from Alberta.

The hike up was a little sketchy with all the ice and stuff so for right now I recommend the easy path. Also the more difficult path was closed when we came. Super pretty view and the birds were really beautiful to listen to. The view at the top was very very very worth it in my opinion.

Super nice and pretty easy hike from the parking loft. Highly recommend for everyone! Great view, amazing geology!

Have 2 spare hours in Canmore? This hike is worth it. Don't forget your camera for the lakes and waterfalls.

It's an easy hike for anyone really. Bring a lunch and enjoy the lakes after the hike. A must if your in the area! If you can go before peak season or after to avoid the crowds, even better!

Trail slightly blocked on the way up but keep going for double lake view. Added to the climbing bucket list

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