The Opinionated Hikers on Patrol for You
Old Goat Glacier is a prime hiking destination near Canmore. The trail into the basin below the glacier is now free of snow. The basin itself is an ideal destination for families with hikers-in-training. You’ll encounter snow on the ascent above the basin, but it’s melting quickly. Meanwhile, hiking on the snow is easier (especially when descending) than on the talus. At the upper reaches of the ascent, however, you will encounter deep snow, but only for a short distance. Just follow the post-hole tracks of the hikers who’ve preceded you. Once you’re atop the moraine, above the glacier, you’ll be hiking through minimal snow. For details, read Where Locals Hike in the Canadian Rockies, The Premier Trails in Kananaskis Country near Canmore and Calgary, Trip 2, page 32. The Old Goat Glacier trailhead is behind the campground near the dam at the north end of Spray Lakes Reservoir.