Great family hike through a forest fire area. Forest is growing back but offers great views. Trail climbs from parking lot for the firs 1.75 km and then rolls along the valley floor to tree line. A true mountain trail for the last 1.5 km. Lots of areas to explore and you can even hike up to a very picturesque water fall. It took us about 2 hours to hike in (with frequent stops for my 5 year old) but both my sons said it was a great hike. Many water falls cascade down the cliff walls and for adventurous types, you can continue on up the valley to explore the glacier. Great family outing!
Take Hwy 1 west of Banff to Castle Junction. Take Hwy 93 south to Radium. Parking area is just south of the Alberta/BC border on east side of highway.
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Posted By: Joanie
- Mon Jul 03 03:40:05 UTC 2017
UpsideWe had a great time at Stanley Glacier today. Loved the variety of terrain and the openness. No bugs, plenty of sunshine and not too crowded considering it's a long weekend. I enjoyed a rest by the sign at the official end of the trail while my 21 year old son scampered up to the top. He went on the right side and it was steep but he lived it. DownsideAbsolutely nothing.
Posted By: eacurry1
- Mon Aug 15 13:27:28 UTC 2016
UpsideAmazing views DownsideGetiing to the bench of trees was very challenging. steep climb up loose rock/scree CommentOur family with teenagers took on the unofficial scree trail past the official trail sign. We took a sharp right to the waterfall. Very steep and slippery, but the kids loved the waterfall and cave. We then did a dicey water crossing on the slope to get to the bench of trees. Amazing views were to be had. We then took a different path back through small pines on the opposite side of waterfall. I found the descent to be very challenging, the grade on loose rock was pretty steep. Lots of sliding down.very happy to get back to the official trail which was more moderate.
Posted By: sperley
- Sun Jul 24 00:27:11 UTC 2016
CommentVisited this trail today but were turned around by a number of other hikers who encountered a grizzly near the river by the parking lot. We followed their lead and chose another hike for today.
Posted By: ChrisMarry
- Wed Jul 06 23:37:05 UTC 2016
UpsideThis is a beautiful hike with a growing forest (wildfire), flowers, glacier and numerous waterfalls. DownsideReally busy CommentElevation of 849 m NET, 872 m TOT & max 2421 m to GR671698. An extra 2 km to get closer to the glacier.
***** We needed a break from scrambling and thought we would start exploring the surroundings. We completed the loop from the right and back to the left but if you do not want to do it all, stay left for nicer views of the waterfalls/glacier. When we got closer to the glacier though, we left the official trail and hiked up to the highest possible point to take a break right beside the glacier. It was beautiful but we took a risk and if I had gone on the snow slope 2 minutes later, I would have been dead probably. There was a rock fall with two large rocks and some smaller ones in between the cliff under which we were and the glacier, exactly where I went to take some pictures a couple of minutes before. That snow slope was going straight down to another cliff. It would have been fatal probably. I should have listened to my partner saying this spot was not safeâ?¦ So if you get close to the glacier, you may take unnecessary risks up there.
The trail is fairly easy, with gradual switchbacks.
When the officially maintained trail ends - the real trail begins. Scramble up fallen rock to several waterfalls and a hanging valley (where we saw marmots!). If we had not done this last part of the trail, I would have said the journey up wasn't worth it. The scramble was steep but worth it!
Posted By: Yohohiker
- Fri Mar 25 14:52:38 UTC 2011
UpsideEasy trail, both directions. The views from the bench is vast and breathtaking. DownsideGetting up to the bench required a slog across loose scree. Would not take children younger than 10. Going down is tedious. CommentWe've done this hike three times and we've always been so glad when we got to the bench. Hardly anyone goes up there so you see a nice little stream, beautiful views, and mostly you have it to yourself. I posted a picture of the ptarmigan hen and chicks we saw last July 2010. Blended in so well we almost missed them, but there they were next to a trickle of a stream.
It's so worth it to go up to the bench. I'm 61, guys, and if I can do it, so can you. Take an extra sandwich or whatever, but don't do Stanley Glacier and miss the best part: the bench.
Posted By: sdecarie
- Sun Jul 19 01:12:58 UTC 2009
UpsideScenic hike, you can get the Glacier but it is a significant up hill climb past the official trail end. DownsideCan be crowded in summer CommentIt's relatively easy hike. Parking can be a problem on a busy day
Posted By: marvin
- Thu Oct 16 10:40:34 UTC 2008
CommentNice Trail! We did it in september 2008. At first a lot of switchbacks but easy going. After the bridge (see foto) the trail follows the valley. The official trails ends after 6 km but there are 3 ways to go up to a tree-covered plateau just under the glaicer. Take the most left(west) path trough the firs and a great gravel field. Look after cairns (small stone piles). The middle way follows the valley then turn right. It is more steeply an the gravel is moving. The third way is most right /east but it goes near along the ridge and there were a lot of falling rocks. We missed the first way and take the second. We were glad to have our hiking poles with us. From the plateau you have a wonderful view to the glacier and back in the valley. We take the first way for our way back and it was much easier! Dont forget to realize what nature has done after 2 big fires!!
Posted By: sdecarie
- Wed Jul 23 17:50:33 UTC 2008
UpsideA walk through the Vermillion Pass fire area DownsideShort walk CommentThis trail is not in Alberta, it should be list in BC hikes it's Kootenay NP