Canyon Creek Ice Caves Trail, Alberta

Featuring an interesting cave system and a beautifully scenic setting in Kananaskis country, the Canyon Creek Ice Caves Trail is a fun route to explore when visiting Bragg Creek. Although the first half of the hike isn’t anything spectacular, the final portion more than makes up for any dull moments hiking along a forest service road!

Technical sheet
No. 23200653
A Canada walk posted on 20/06/22 by 10Adventures. Update : 22/06/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h10[?]
Distance Distance : 13.71km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 451m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 441m
Highest point Highest point : 1773m
Lowest point Lowest point : 1474m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Canada (CA)
Starting point Starting point : N 50.873946° / W 114.75581°
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Description

Start : The Ing’s Mine/Canyon Creek Ice Caves parking lot on Canyon Creek Road.

(D/A) Beginning from the Ing’s Mine/Canyon Creek Ice Caves parking lot, follow Canyon Creek Road as it leads North and runs parallel to Canyon Creek. This initial 5km stretch of the hike isn’t the most interesting, but hang in there, as it does get better!

(1) Reaching a junction in the road, you will keep left (West-North-West) on Canyon Creek Road for another 220m, where you will find a trail branching off into the forest on the right. This portion of the hike has a few intersecting trails, but it seems that they all join back up near the ice cave; follow the most defined route and you should have no problem reaching the cave.

(2) Following this route for roughly 1.16km, you will quickly gain some elevation as you work through the forest to reach the entrance to the ice cave. Nestled in the mountains, the cave keeps a fairly cold temperature year-round, creating the interesting ice formations that give it its name.

(3) Take some time here to get your safety gear and headlamp ready for a bit of cave exploration! While the cave system here sprawls out for about 0.5km, it is recommended that beginners don’t stray more than 150m from the entrance.

After taking some time to explore the fascinating caves, you can head back the same way that you came, planning out your next epic hike in the Bragg Creek area on the return to the trailhead at Ing’s Mine/Canyon Creek Ice Caves parking .(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 1474m - Ing’s Mine/Canyon Creek Ice Caves parking
1 : km 5.22 - alt. 1564m - Junction Canyon Creek Road
2 : km 6.06 - alt. 1606m - Elevation
3 : km 6.91 - alt. 1765m - Ing’s Mine/Canyon Creek Ice Caves
D/A : km 13.71 - alt. 1475m - Ing’s Mine/Canyon Creek Ice Caves parking

Useful Information

* Safety Tip: Bring headlamps, helmets, a two-way radio, and warm clothing when exploring caves. There is a scramble so wear adapted shoes with you and some water.

  • Consider bringing a bike to shorten the time necessary to travel the access road and get straight to the good stuff.

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During the walk or to do/see around

Forests, foothills, ice cave and ice formations.

Other walks in the area

Organisation / Walking Club / Mountain guide
Moose Mountain Trail, Alberta
distance 14.7km Vertical gain +630m Vertical drop -628m Durée 6h00 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Canada

A lengthy uphill climb with sweeping landscape views, the Moose Mountain Trail is an amazing adventure just 45 minutes from Calgary that showcases the natural beauty of Bragg Creek. Trek up through the forest and into the mountainous terrain to reach the summit of Moose Mountain, where you can gaze out across the Rockies from atop the fire tower.

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