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11 Easy Hikes In Alberta Perfect For A Solo Hike Just Outside Of Calgary

We will let you into a little secret; you don't have to walk for hours to get epic nature photos. After seeing your friends post incredible pictures of mountain vistas and cascading waterfalls, chances are you wish to see the sights first hand. But even if you aren't outdoorsy at all, you can still enjoy these super easy hikes in Alberta that are perfect for a solo stroll.

In your free time, it is easy to get into a routine of binge-watching Netflix. But after a while, might find yourself going a bit stir-crazy. 

But even if you are on a tight budget or you're lacking your usual social plans, there is still plenty to do. 

Going for a walk all by yourself is a fantastic way to clear your head, and destress. All you need to do is download an uplifting playlist, grab a water bottle and lace up your sneakers.

We weren't kidding about how painless these trails are — some only take minutes to complete. You can escape into nature, without a gruelling uphill climb to enjoy jaw-dropping views.

Some of these trails are dog-friendly too. So if you want some company, the two of you can enjoy a puppy play date.

Fullerton Loop

Address: Alberta 66, Bragg Creek, Kananaskis, AB

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy a peaceful walk with your pooch on this trail that goes next to a river.

Troll Falls

Address: Troll Falls, Kananaskis, AB

Why You Need To Go: It is an easy and painless 3.4-kilometre walk that will you to a stunning waterfall.

Nose Hill Park

Address: 5620 14 St. N.W., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: You don't need to travel far to enjoy plenty of space to roam. Within this park, there is even an off-leash area perfect for a play date with your dog.

Johnston Canyon

Address: Bow Valley Pkwy., Improvement District No. 9, AB

Why You Need To Go: Walking through the canyon you'll get to enjoy an up-close view of a waterfall.

Grassi Lakes

Address: Grassi Lakes, Canmore, AB

Why You Need To Go: You won't believe the vibrant colour of the two lakes which are crystal clear.

Mount Lorrette Pond

Address: Mount Lorrette Pond, Kananaskis, AB

Why You Need To Go: This 1.1-kilometre hike only takes minutes to do and will take you around a picturesque pond.

Grotto Canyon

Address: Grotto Canyon, Bighorn No. 8, AB

Why You Need To Go: On this trail, you'll be able to spot ancient pictographs on the rock walls.

Elbow Falls

Address: Elbow Falls, AB-66, Bragg Creek, AB

Why You Need To Go: You won't even break a sweat to complete this 1-kilometre hike that takes you to a waterfall.

Upper Kananaskis Lake

Address: Upper Kananaskis Lake, Kananaskis, AB

Why You Need To Go: You'll be surprised how quickly you can reach this dreamy spot to relax next to the water.

Ptarmigan Cirque

Address: Ptarmigan Cirque, Kananaskis, AB

Why You Need To Go: It is a beautiful hike that will lead you to stunning views of the surrounding mountains and a nearby waterfall.

Lake Minnewanka Trail

Address: Lake Minnewanka Trail, Improvement District No. 9, AB

Why You Need To Go: Hiking between Lake Minnewanka Trail to Stewart Canyon isn't too challenging and perfect for a weekend adventure.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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