Grassi Lakes- Canmore
Distance: 4 km
Elevation gain: 250 m
Rating: Easy/a little harder
*special considerations- there is an outhouse at the trail head that has toilet paper and hand sanitizer. There is also an outhouse at the top but you will need your own toilet paper for that one. There is a water source at the top if you were doing the longer hike, bring purification tablets if you want to carry less water. Ample parking and garbage containers at the trail head
Once in Canmore drive follow the signs to the Nordic center, pass the center about 2 km there is a sign for Grassi Lakes. Turn left and the parking lot and trail head are at the bottom of a hill.
There are two routes for the 4 km hike, one that is classified as easy and one that is harder.
The easy route is a wide access road, generally incline the whole way and through the trees (so you will not get the view until the top). The harder route is a little steeper in spots and the trail is more narrow but it offers wonderful views throughout the hike.
This trail is walk-able by most, is wide and flat enough to likely access with a wheelchair or stroller (though not paved so not completely flat)
The top offers stunning views of Canmore, two small lakes that are crystal clear and couple of waterfalls that to me are worth the trip.
A very popular hike you will likely see many people.
There are options to extend the hike to about 8 km, doing a larger loop and going down a different way then you came up. (I have not yet completed this version)
Having done both the easy route and the hard route, if you are up for the slightly steeper version the veiws from the harder route really are much better :)
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