Hike Alberta's Mount Baldy

Kananaskis Trail

Distance: 10km round trip. Elevation gain: 800m. 360 views of Kananaskis. Scenery is beautiful the whole way. A perfect intro scramble for those wanting to get into more advanced scrambling. The perfect sunset or sunrise hike.

Rated as moderate to difficult due to scrambling sections. Estimated round trip is 4-5 hours depending on experience. From highway #1, the trailhead is located 13 kms South on highway 40. You will spot a small stream on your left with a small parking area for a few cars. The trail head is often marked with orange or red hiking tape, though its quite visible from the parking location.

The initial 1-2 kms are quite steep, as you make your way through the forest and soon into an exposed area, with gorgeous views. It doesn't take long to gain elevation! You will continue on until you reach a point where you can either go left up a steep challenging scramble bed (highly recommended for those who are comfortable climbing and wanting a gorgeous photo opt) those who would rather skip this section can veer to the right bypassing the initial scramble and can meet up with the crew approx. 200-300m later.

From here you continue along a ridge and will arrive at an open space where people have built a rock couch and fire pit, with a view of Mt. Baldy summit behind it. A perfect spot for a break and snack!

From here you will continue to work your way up 'zig zagging' to the top - there isn't one set trail. Be cautious with foot placement and hand holds (lose rock is common). Once you reach the top you can sit and enjoy the view and work your way back down or you can traverse a ridge to a shorter second summit if you are feeling ambitious, and if conditions allow you to do so safely.

Pack List

  • Day pack
  • Waterbottle
  • Snacks to keep you energized
  • Hiking poles
  • Bear spray
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen/sunglasses/hat when weather permits
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Activities Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Features
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic

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Good Hike But A Lot Of Shale

This was a good hike but there is a lot of shale and loose rocks.

Great View!

I would say it was the hardest hike so far. If you love scrambling. Yeah this is right place.


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