Trail Length: 3.2 km return / approx 90 minutes
Elevation Gain: 40m
Age Appropriate: this hike is stroller friendly making it great for all ages Next to the Grassi Lakes Trail, the hike at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country has to be the most popular for young families and kids near Calgary. (Here’s a look at Troll Falls in winter)
To get to the trail head, head just past the Kananaskis Village and take the road down on your right for the Stoney Trail. This is a popular place for horseback riders, it’s also access to the hiking trails at the base of Nakiska.
The trail is mostly flat, it’s easily accessible in K Country and there is a waterfall at the end of the easy 1.6km hike. The fact it’s named after a troll, and there is a bridge about halfway through the hike gives even more food for the imagination.
On the return trip, veer to the left and head to the powerlines. From there you can head straight back to the parking lot, or add a walk through the Hay Meadow alongside the Kananaskis River.
There are geocaches at the parking lot, bridge, in the meadow, and at the top of the falls. It’s a busy trail, but we’ve still seen bear poo on the trail in the past, so bring bells, make noise, and have your bear spray handy.
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Thanks for the review! Would a chariot-type stroller be OK for this hike?
Yes – mostly. The trail is very wide and rolling. However, the end of it does have some zig zagging between trees and over roots. The trail is very well worn and marked, but I think the Chariot would be too wide for the final 100 metres. There is a pole where you could lock your Chariot, if that’s what you do, and carry the kids or they could walk the final steps. It is a very family friendly place.
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