There’s just something about being in the mountains that makes us feel alive. Cochrane is the perfect base camp for all Rocky Mountain adventures. Whether it’s hiking to a beautiful viewpoint, scrambling up a rocky peak, or going for a swim in a pristine alpine lake, the Rockies is the perfect place to take your family for a snowy adventure.
Here are some winter hikes that are perfect for solo hikers or families looking to enjoy a hiking trip.
1) Troll Falls, Kananaskis Country
This is a great hike for families with kids. The 1.7 km trail is easy to follow and leads to a beautiful waterfall. You can stop to admire the view, and then head back the same way you came.
It’s short, easy, and scenic. The trail is a gentle, gradual uphill hike with a few switchbacks, and the views of the waterfall at the end are well worth the effort.
You can take up your sleds for the downhill sections to make the hiking trip a lot more exciting for the kids as well.
2) Marble Canyon, Kootenay National Park
This is a great short hike around the beautiful Marble Canyon. The trail is easy to follow and is only a 2.4 km long round-trip. The canyon is very scenic and is a great place to take photos.
It is one of the most beautiful hikes on this list. You'll be rewarded with beautiful views in just a short hike. As a plus, you will be immersed in Marble Canyon's rich history.
3) Fenland Trail, Banff National Park
The Fenland Trail is located just outside of Banff, and follows Forty Mile Creek. It's a short and easy hike, making it perfect for families with young children. The trail also provides opportunities to see wildlife. For a longer hike, the Fenland Trail connects to Vermilion Lakes Road.
Make sure to take precautions against wildlife when hiking, like leaving food in the car and having bear spray. Although the chances of anything happening are very rare, it is better to be safe than sorry.
4) Athabasca Falls, Jasper National Park
Athabasca Falls is one of the most popular hikes in Jasper National Park. It's an easy hike, and the views are breathtaking. The falls are located just off the Icefields Parkway.
Even though the top layer of water is frozen, the water underneath is still moving quickly. If you spend too much time in the water, you will get hypothermia.
Keep in mind that there are a few stairs leading up to the entrance, so it is not possible to enter in a stroller or wheelchair.
5) Lake Louise Lakefront Trail, Banff National Park
Taking a walk on the frozen lake can be fun if the ice is thick enough. You can also check out the frozen waterfall at the end of the lake. If you're facing the hotel, you can walk straight across the frozen lake to the other end. The frozen waterfall will be on your upper-right-hand side.
If you're looking for a fun afternoon activity, consider renting some ice skates and heading to the natural skating rink. You'll be able to enjoy the company of others while getting some exercise in.
If you're planning a winter road trip in the Rockies, there are many things to do and see. The above are some of the top winter hiking trails you and your family can enjoy.
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