6 Alberta Hikes You Need To Add To Your Bucket List This Fall

Golden larches are the new palm trees.
6 Alberta Hikes You Need To Add To Your Bucket List This Fall

Fall is coming. Whether you're delighted or devastated about it, it's time to face the facts. It's always bittersweet saying goodbye to summer, but at least we have Alberta's gorgeous natural autumn colour palette to look forward to. If you're ready to embrace fall to its fullest and get out there in the Albertian wild, we've got just the thing.

We've put together a list of stunning and memorable fall hikes in Alberta that belong on your autumn bucket list this year. Here you have it, 6 perfect fall hikes for fall in Alberta. 

Pocaterra Ridge

Difficulty: Difficult

Length: 10.3 k.m.


Why You Need To Go: This spectacular hike is a must-do for any hiking fan. You will get the chance to see beautiful golden larches, the last of the summer’s wildflowers, and a lovely lake. All the while, you’ll be hiking along a ridge with sprawling peaks and valleys on all sides. You won’t believe your eyes.

Chester Lake

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: 9.7 k.m.

Address: Chester Lake Trail Head, Kananaskis, AB

Why You Need To Go: Chester Lake is an Albertan right of passage. You simply must do it! The lovely forested trail leads you to an alpine meadow bursting and a deep green lake. This hike is easy walking and absolutely bursting with natural beauty and makes for the perfect day in the Rockies.

Lake Agnes Tea House

Difficulty: Easy/moderate

Length: 7 k.m.

Address: 111 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise, AB

Why You Need To Go: This short but scenic hike begins at the iconic Chateau Lake Louise. You will hike past a stunning waterfall, lush vegetation, and likely some packing horses. At the top, you'll come across Lake Agnes where you'll also have an awe-inspiring view of Lake Louise and you can pop into the tea house for a cup of tea and a snack.

Larch Valley and Sentinel Pass

Difficulty: Difficult

Length: 10.9 k.m.

Address: Improvement District No. 9, AB

Why You Need To Go: This trail located near Lake Louise is part of the Larch Valley. You’ll gain beautiful views of Moraine Lake, groves of golden larch trees, and the Valley of Ten Peaks. You’ll hike up a whole lot of switchbacks, but the view at the top is so very worth it.

Troll Falls

Difficulty: Easy

When: 3.4 k.m.

Address: Troll Falls Trail, Kananaskis, AB

Why You Need To Go: This quick but beautiful hike is perfect for any time of year but is especially beautiful in the fall. Hike through wooded forests to come across the stunning Troll Falls. The perfect way to spend an afternoon, everyone should see this lovely place.

East End Of Rundle (EEOR)

Difficulty: Difficult

Length: 5.8 k.m.

Address: East End of Rundle trailhead, Alberta 742, Canmore, Kananaskis, AB

Why You Need To Go: Located near Canmore, this hike is a must-do. It’s a pretty steep incline, but it’s a quick hike overall. You’ll hike up the East End of Rundle and end up at the summit with beautiful views of the Bow Valley. How often do you get to summit a mountain in just a few hours?