170 Hikes to Improve Your Life

 

A collection of great hikes for people who believe collecting memories is better than collecting things.

 

Cracker Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

 

These links will provide easy and quick access to a series of hiking summaries for beginners and more advanced hikers in several areas of Western Canada and the United States.

 

Click on the red links below for links to find extraordinary hikes.

 

 


1.   12 Easy Hikes for Beginners near Calgary, Alberta, Canada


 

This link leads to a collection of easy hikes which will introduce new hikers or new arrivals in the Calgary area to several spectacular hiking regions in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada

 

Many Springs, Bow Valley Park, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Scenic view from the bridge at Many Springs in Bow Valley Park, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

 


2.   10 Easy Hikes near Calgary, Alberta, Canada


 

This link leads to a collection of ten easy and scenic hikes for beginners near Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

 

Writing on Stone Provincial Park, Milk River, Alberta, Canada

Hoodoos at Writing on Stone Provincial Park near Milk River, Alberta, Canada

 

 


3.   5 Great Snowshoe Trails in Alberta, Canada


 

Classic snowshoeing experiences near Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  These winter hikes on snowshoes are for beginners and for people with a bit of experience. 

 

Snowshoe, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Scenic view at day end from the bottom of Smith-Dorrien Trail

 

 


4.   10 Great Snowshoe Trails in Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada


 

Ten excellent snowshoeing experiences in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada.

 

Snowshoeing, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Snowshoeing into winter scenery in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

 


5.   10 Great Hikes Along Kananaskis Trail in Alberta, Canada 


 

Ten easily accessible and rewarding hikes along Kananaskis Trail west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

 

Upper Kananaskis Lake, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Upper Kananaskis Lake in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

 


6.   10 Great Hikes in Kananaskis Elbow in Alberta, Canada


 

These links feature hikes in the Elbow Valley region of Kananaskis Country, west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

 

Ice Caves, Elbow Valley, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Entrance to the Ice Caves in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

 


7.   10 More Great Hikes along Kananaskis Trail in Alberta, Canada


 

Another selection of great hikes worthy of consideration along Kananaskis Trail (Hwy 40) in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada.

 

Mount Allan, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

View from the Mushroom Garden on Mount Allan in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

 

 


8.   10 Great Hikes along Smith-Dorrien Trail in Kananaskis Country, Alberta


 

Spectacular hikes along the Smith-Dorrien Trail (Hwy 732) south from Canmore in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

 

Read's Ridge, Smith-Dorrien, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Spray Lake from Read's Ridge along Smith-Dorrien Trail in Kananaskis Country

 

 


9.   12 Great Hikes in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada


 

Choosing a dozen great day hikes from hundreds of possibilities in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada is somewhat akin to choosing which fish in the barrel one would prefer to shoot.  These outstanding hikes will lead to many more.

 

Helen Lake, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Trail view on the hike to Helen Lake along the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

 


10.   10 Great Hikes in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada


 

Ten spectacular hikes in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada.  This is the world's first International Peace Park at the Crown of the Continent and shares a border with Glacier National Park in Montana, USA.

 

Carthew Alderson Trail, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada

Waterfall along the Carthew Alderson Trail in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

 


11.   7 Great Hikes in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, Canada


 

There are outstanding hiking trails to unique and historical locations in the historic Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, Canada.

 

Turtle Mountain, Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, Canada

Historic hiking at Crowsnest Pass in Southern Alberta, Canada

 

 


12.   10 Great Hikes in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada


 

Yoho National Park in British Columbia is a small park by area but it is huge and spectacular in the amount of natural treasure it contains for every level of hiking experience.  This post contains just a few of the amazing hikes at Yoho National Park in British Columbia, Canada.

 

Hoodoos, Hoodoo Creek, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Hoodoos along Hoodoo Creek in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

 


13.   10 Great Hikes in Bighorn Backcountry, Alberta, Canada


 

Major hiking opportunities in the relatively unspoiled Bighorn Backcountry between Nordegg and Banff National Park at Saskatchewan Crossing in Alberta, Canada.

 

Crescent Falls, Bighorn Backcountry, David Thompson Country, Alberta, Canada

Crescent Falls in Bighorn Backcountry, David Thompson Country, Alberta, Canada

 

 


14.   10 Great Hikes in Glacier National Park, British Columbia, Canada


 

Glacier National Park at Rogers Pass in British Columbia, Canada features rugged and spectacular trails to phenomenal and unique natural wonders.  Glacier National Park in Canada compares to the more civilized Many Glacier area of its American counterpart.  Canada's Glacier National Park is at Rogers Pass wedged between Golden and Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada.  Naturally incredible!

 

Illecillewaet Icefield, Abbott Ridge, Glacier National Park, British Columbia, Canada

View of the Illecillewaet Icefield from Abbott Ridge in Glacier National Park at Rogers Pass in British Columbia, Canada

 

 


15.   10 Great Hikes in Glacier National Park, Montana, USA


 

A collection of ten spectacular hikes in Glacier National Park, Montana, USA. There are many awesome hiking opportunities within Glacier National Park within a wide and impressive differential of terrain.  Hikes near Logan Pass and in the Many Glacier area will appeal to hikers seeking the most spectacular scenery.

 

Cracker Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

Cracker Lake beneath Siyeh Wall in Many Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

 

 


16.   10 Sensational Hikes - Volume One


 

These ten hikes are extraordinary experiences in unique places for those who seek  indelible memories and believe lifespan is better spent collecting memories than  things.

 

Imperial Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, USA

Imperial Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

 

 


17.   10 Sensational Hikes - Volume Two


 

These hiking opportunities offer memorable experiences over a broad range of hiking terrain in Western Canada and the United States.

 

Upper Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona, USA

Upper Antelope Slot Canyon near Page, Arizona, USA

 

There are hikes for beginners near Calgary to get started and subsequent opportunities to gain experience and skill set.

There are groups of hikes in specific areas including several nearby National Parks.

These hikes will lead to the discovery of many more.

Within the blog there are a series of informational posts which may help beginners to carry appropriate supplies and supporting documentation.  Accumulation of hiking gear can occur over time as required.

 

Click on this link to find helpful information for beginners.

 

The wilderness has always been a quiet place for personal reflection and for planning a better future.  Hiking experiences have the potential to provide personal enlightenment and transcendental growth.  The effort delivers fantastic vistas as progressively increasing skill-sets allow the opportunity to push beyond to new thresholds of adventure, discovery, personal satisfaction and achievement.  

The bond with nature has great potential to bring peace over time.  The wilderness has the ability to make big problems appear less important and easier to solve.  The occasional character builder will broaden the depths of tolerance and strengthen resolve.  All the senses employ.  The quiet is deafening.

Happy trails.  Stay safe.  Carry a guide and map.  Ask Park Rangers for advice.  Be certain to let someone know where you are and when you will be back.  Thanks for taking the time.

 

 

 

 

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For some, it is enjoying 'collected memories'. It will take me awhile and I know there will be many I have read before. Glacier National Park still draws me.

Good to hear from you, Helen.  Collecting the memories pays big dividends and the collective experience in the wilderness is transforming over the long term, as you know, from wandering about down under.  Both the Glacier National Parks are worth the time.  The American park is gentler and awesome.  The ice is in the Canadian Glacier National Park and the trails are more rugged and challenging, but they are to places of indelible memory in both parks.  Hoping you make the opportunity.  If the opportunity presents itself, Australia is near the top of my bucket list.  So much to do and so little time.  Thanks for the comment, Helen.  Take care.  Happy trails.

Hey Barry, where is the hike for the title/main image for this blog post?

Miranda,

The first photo is is Chester Lake below the Siyeh Wall in the Many Glacier section of Glacier National Park in Montana, USA.  The access is long and tedious from the trailhead behind the Many Glacier Hotel on Swiftcurrent Lake.  But when you rise over the top of the final ridge, this view is breathtaking.  There is hiking opportunity at the lake to investigate an old mine and equipment.  A truly memorable experience.

The second photo is captured from the little bridge at the beaver dams about half way around the easy hike at Many Springs in Bow Valley Provincial Park.  Exit right off TransCanada at clear signage west just past Yamnuska. Turn left into the park and then a quick right to the Parks Office to see if the loop is open.  If not completely, it may be possible to hike part of the loop in each direction.  It may be dry all the way around a bit later in the season.  Many Springs is an interesting, educational and beautiful hike that nearly everyone can do.  Check in with Parks so there are no surprises.  They will provide you with supporting documentation.

I love your site. I love your pictures and the time you take to put these posts up. I have used them almost every time I go hiking... just to check things out. And they never let me down. Thank you!! :-) Kare

You are welcome, Kare.  Happy trails and stay safe.  Virtually all of my hiking is done solo.  Perhaps we shall meet along the trail one day. Thanks for your comment.

Hi Barry! I've loved perusing your blog for some time; you've pointed me in the direction of some amazing hikes! I'm so glad to see this comprehensive list you've compiled! It will keep my friends and I busy discovering new corners of our backyard for many seasons to come!

Thank you for your comment, Adam.  A little something for almost every day hiker in there.  Happy trails and stay safe.

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