2.6 miles
3,444 ft
-74 ft
Avg time


  • Activities
    • Hike
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T5 Demanding Alpine Hiking
  • Trail Type
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Trail Visibility
    Sometimes hard to follow
  • Alpine Trail
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #5425 in Hiking
  • Land Owner

Crowsnest Mountain is the crown jewel of hikes in the area. The massive form of the mountain can actually be summited by hikers without having to do technical climbing. However, it is a long and difficult hike, with many hazards including danger from falling rock and some very exposed sections. The trail begins through the forest and begins to climb at a very steady pace, reaching treeline just before the 3 km point. From here the route leads up open scree slopes to the base of massive wet black cliffs above. At the base of the cliffs, the route works its way to the left, eventually reaching the "Chimney", the crux of the route. Above the Chimney the route follows a series of tracks through loose scree to the peak, the highest point in the Crowsnest pass at 2785 m.

Access Info

From Highway 3 drive north on Allison Creek/Atlas Road for 9.7 km, keeping right at the end of pavement/cattle guard. Take a 100 m side track to the trailhead sign on a pipeline right of way.

This trail is unsanctioned.


Good scrambling and route finding skills are a must for this hike. The hike can be extremely dangerous for those unprepared or unskilled.

More Stats for Crowsnest Mountain (Hiking Trail) hike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    3,372 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,588 ft
  • Altitude max
    8,959 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,588 ft
  • Altitude end
    8,960 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    302 ft
  • Distance flat
    449 ft
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      Crowsnest... Trail Reports

      Oct 17, 2018 @ 9:33pm
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