Hiking to Stanley Glacier in Kootenay National Park - Canada

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Driving from Canmore to Radium we stop at the parking lot of Stanley Glacier in Kootenay National Park. On the Kootenay Highway the parking lots and hikes well-marked and Stanley Glacier is no exception. We park our car at the relatively small parking area, seen the popularity of the hike to Stanley Glacier.

We start the hike with a climb up hill of 300 meters. The woods near Stanley Glacier in Kootenay National Park are burned about 10 years ago, but it seems like a year ago. It is already quite warm and there is no shade to be found among all those black stumps. However, we have to climb 300 meters up and the trail is well maintained and nicely constructed. So in no-time we have covered the 300 m uphill. On top of the ridge, we have our first view of Stanley Glacier. Along the way we have meet three Canadians who also hike to Stanley Glacier and together we hike towards the glacier.

After the climb we walk in about 2 kilometers about 100 m up hill, fairly flat. The scenery is beautiful and the fall colors are starting to arrive. We cross a bridge, two trunks, and continue walking on the other side towards the Stanley Glacier in Kootenay National Park. In an open area, we take a break before we continue our hike through the beautiful valley of the Stanley Glacier. We hike a bit further before we decide that the view of Stanley Glacier is not changing unless we really continue hiking uphill for a long time. We conclude that the sign 'end path ' for us is the end of our hike. We start hiking back to the parking after this beautiful walk to Stanley Glacier in Kootenay National Park.

The walk to Stanley Glacier in Kootenay National Park is incredibly beautiful. The trail is well maintained and very passable. We hiked are pretty far into the valley, but the first view of the Stanley Glacier is when you walk over the ledge. However, the flat part of the walk from the edge into the valley is definitely worth it. Nature is beautiful! Make the move enough noise to scare the bears away in Kootenay National Park.

Length: 9 km
Height difference: 400 m

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