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Hike to the Hermit of Inglismaldie

Improvement District No. 9, Alberta

based on 2 reviews



2 miles

Elevation Gain

34 ft

Route Type



Added by Dan Deublein

Built in 1910, a recluse named Billy Carver lived undiscovered for 27 years in this remote cabin!

As you drive towards Johnson Lake, the road will end at a parking lot where you should park. There are restrooms and picnic tables located in this same area. 

Due to the low elevation, the trail around Johnson Lake is a gentle walk, but trail conditions should always be checked especially during snow season. 

The main trail is 2.2 miles and will take you around Johnson Lake. To visit the cabin, you will want to head counterclockwise which will also allow you to enjoy views of Cascade Mountain and the forested north shore.

Approximately 1 mile into the hike, you will notice a faint trail on your right-side which seems to disappear into the tall Douglas Fir and low growing Junipers. Continue down this path and the cabin will reveal itself in about 100 yards. Remember, Billy Carver lived here for 27 years so it is easy to miss!

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Picnic Area

Hike to the Hermit of Inglismaldie Reviews

Made it to the cabin and it was such an awesome thing to see. Also there are also amazing views of Mount Rundle and Cascade Mountain.

Overall a great little walk around the lake. Very busy at the lake but the trail wasn’t as busy. Partially covered by trees, partially out in the open. We liked venturing to see the cabin. We had no visitors while exploring around the cabin and stopped here for a break. Very family friendly and would be a great little “hike” for young kids

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