Grassi Lakes (Canmore): Trail Report

Grassi Lakes (Canmore): Trail Report

This is a very accessible trail in that it is wide, mostly smooth, and a gentle albeit steady incline. In fact there were two strollers out today, easily making their way on the trail. Can’t say be much fun if the path were muddy or snow covered though.

Suggested Stops

Post hike, I stopped in at oh-so-trendy Communitea for my favourite menu item; the mountain veggie wrap. It’s packed with veggies and yet delicious, a win win. Then there’s the side of popcorn, I have no idea what voodoo they make their popcorn with but I just-can’t-get-enough. Ugh, I’m getting hungry again just thinking about it… If you happen to stop in while they still have it on the menu, the mountain maple chai tea latte won me over instantly. A good alternative to the dirty chai that keeps me going all the time.

Important Insights

A popular family friendly hike for all skill levels. Suitable for robust strollers, might also be suitable for robust wheelchairs. There are benches along the pathway to rest.

Land Acknowledgement

These are the lands of the Niitsítpiis-stahkoii ᖹᐟᒧᐧᐨᑯᐧ ᓴᐦᖾᐟ (Blackfoot / Niitsítapi ᖹᐟᒧᐧᒣᑯ), Ktunaxa ɁamakɁis, Stoney, Tsuu T'ina, and Michif Piyii (Métis) people.⁠ It is important as avid hikers and stewards of the land, to acknowledge and understand the full story our surroundings along with the people that care for her, both past and present. As sourced from native-land.ca, if there are corrections please send to victoria@girlgonegood.com.

Land Management

Grassi Lakes Trail in Canmore is managed by Alberta Parks.

GPS Coordinates

51.081413819924805, -115.39412467255606

Street Address

Ken Richie Way, Canmore, AB T0L 2C0

Directions

An easy 5 km (5min) drive from downtown Canmore. From Three Sisters parkway, turn west onto Spray Lakes Rd (towards Spray lakes and the Nordic Centre). Turn left towards the hydro station (also clearly marked as Grassi Lakes Recreational) before the road turned to gravel.

Parking

Medium parking lot at trailhead.

Cell Reception

Yes

Washrooms

Outhouses located at the parking lot.

Accessibility

Yes (for a portion of the trail)

Trail Details

Entrance Fee

Hours of Operation

All seasons. Open dawn to dusk daily.

Trail Map

Available from Alberta Parks.

Trailhead

Located at the parking lot.

Number of Trails

2

Total Distance (km)

4.5

Elevation Gain (m)

230

Cell Reception

Yes

Features

Activities

Hiking

Dogs

Permitted on-leash.

Trail Description

There a few benches along the route, strategically placed so that you can have a rest and a view. If you stay on the upper trail (marked ‘easy’) then it’s a steady gentle incline until you reach the lakes, and the great news is that if you take the same route back then it’s a easy decline all the way back to the parking lot. There’s also the option to take the ‘difficult’ route, not that it’s incredibly difficult but there is some exposure so if you take that route it’d be best to be comfortable with heights. It the winter, this trail tends to be closed. The trail continues around the two lakes, the water clear as glass and emerald in colour. There are multiple view points of Ha Ling Peak and East End of Rundle as a background. Before reaching the lakes there’s a viewpoint on Canmore and it’s surrounding mountains which is pretty to stop and look at but not so much pretty to take a picture of. The power lines run right in the middle of the view. Past the lake, the trail continues upward. Past this point it’s up to your own discretion since there’s a risk of falling rocks. You can however hike up to another lookout area that gives full view of the lakes, Canmore, and surrounding mountains.

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