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  • The Best Backpacking in Clearwater County

    Looking for the best backpacking in Clearwater County? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Clearwater County. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

    Top backpacking spots in and near Clearwater County

    • Clearwater County, Alberta

      Backpack the Vision Quest Trail

      4.16 mi / 2818 ft gain
      This short, but steep hike includes a moderate scrambling section, leading to an open spine that becomes increasingly difficult. The views of Abraham Lake are well worth the uphill grind, however, and this makes for a great half-day or beautiful backcountry overnight trip. About one third of the...
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    • 52.013448,-116.628897, Alberta

      Mount Cline

      14.56 mi / 6535 ft gain
      Starting 105 miles (169kms) from Rocky Mountain House, the trailhead for this hike begins across the highway from Thompson Creek Campground. There is a grassy area to park and the path extends obviously on the east side of the creek. The initial 2.5 miles (4.2kms) meanders along the creek with 2...
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    • Improvement District No. 9, Alberta

      Mosquito Creek Backpacking Adventure

      18.7 mi / 3822.2 ft gain
      The Mosquito creek trailhead is on the east side of the Icefield parkway road just across from the Mosquito Creek Hostel. You park in front of the hostel, and hop across the road to begin the trek.The trail winds up the Mosquito Valley, occasionally popping into a clearing where you get good view...
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    • Saskatchewan River Crossing, Alberta

      Backpack to Michelle Lakes

      11.2 mi / 7545.9 ft gain
      Trailhead Owen Creek located by the East Banff National Park Boundary on the David Thompson Highway (#11). There is no sign for Owen Creek so keep you eyes open for a pullout approximately 2kms east of the Banff National Park toll gate. You will find the trail to the right of the creek when facin...
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    • Improvement District No. 9, Alberta

      Hike to Hector Lake

      3.1 mi
      Hector Lake is one of the larger lakes in Banff National Park. It is surrounded by the Waputik Range to the west, and offers pristine views of the mountains. Hector Lake is idyllic and peaceful. Most tourists drive past the trailhead on the parkway, which means the hike is not at all busy. An...
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