Hiking Trails

Yellowhead County offers a multitude of trails for hiking, biking or quadding. Please pay attention to signage as some trails are not for multiuse. Below we feature some of the well-known trail locations. For more information please access the Hinton Forest Management Area web site.

  • Ogre Canyon

    Southwest of Brule lies the Ogre Canyon. The canyon and the sinkholes within it were carved out by streams and underground water. In the 1900s the Ogre Canyon trail was used as a packhorse trail, transporting explorers and their goods through the mountains. The mountain consists of many switchbacks, which rise up to a height of over 900 meters!

    Once at the top, hikers descend down until the trail ends at Bedson Ridge. The climb is quite a hairy one, and only experienced climbers with proper climbing gear should attempt this hike. The gravel road to the canyon is treacherous so four-wheel drive is advised.

    Guided tours are available through Black Cat Ranch.

  • Athabasca Lookout and Nordic Center

    The Nordic Lookout Center contains over 2400 acres and boasts world-class trails that are up to 10 meters in width and anywhere from 1.5 km to 25 km long. This recently designated provincial recreation area hosts a number of events, as it includes a biathlon range, two large training grids, a telemark hill, small ski jump, two shelters, and a 1.5 km luge run. As well, there is 1.5 km of trail that is lit up at night for those adventurous night skiers/hikers. In summer there’s hiking, fishing and swimming, and in winter there’s snowmobiling, dog sledding, ice fishing, snowshoeing and skating. The view from the lookout center is awe-inspiring – one can see forever!

    Go west of Hinton for 2 km to Highway 40 north and then drive for about 18 km and follow the signs. It is a few kilometres to the Nordic Centre parking lot and those looking for the Lookout Tower or the luge track must travel a little further along the road.

  • Hornbeck Trails

    The Hornbeck Trails span a total distance of 37.4 km. Located only 14 km northwest of Edson, this area offers superb cross-country ski trails, that are maintained by the Muskeg Flyers. And in the summer these trails also make for some great hiking outings. Whether you are just beginning, or are an advanced skier/hiker, these trails are sure to please all. For more information on the Muskeg Flyers, contact Barb Prescott or Marsh Hoke at 780-723-2460

  • Willmore Park

    This serene park is located 6 km south of Edson. With trails from 1.5 km to 5 km, scenic views, and lots of fishing, you’re sure to find something you love to do. The campground offers twelve riverside sites, 29 overflow sites, outhouse facilities, firewood, cookhouse and water pump. The McLeod River, which borders the campground, is great for swimming, fishing, tubing, canoeing and kayaking. Gates are open from 6 am – 11 pm, so come out for the day, or stay the whole night!

  • Hoodoos

    • Breathtakingly beautiful, this is one trail you want to take. Located only a short jaunt from Emerson Lakes – 8 km – the Wild Sculpture Trail is 9 km (one way). Along the way are the naturally formed sculptures of sandstone known as the Hoodoos. These Hoodoos are unique to Alberta. Created by erosion on hard rock with sandstone beneath, the hoodoos are a magical hiking phenomenon. This site also offers much unique flora and wildlife to observe, such as an old-growth white spruce forest, as well as a couple of walk-in camping stalls, along the way.
  • Brule Sand Dunes

    Want a fun place to hike or bike? Well, check these dunes out! In the 1900s the Grand Trunk Pacific railway ran across these desert-like dunes helping to connect the Rockies to Edmonton. Although drifting sand over the tracks caused this section of the railway to be shut down, the remains of some of the tracks are still visible today. So take a drive out to the dunes and spend a whole day relaxing and taking in the scenery. The road to the dunes is rough and gravel so drive carefully.

  • Emerson Lakes

    These five lakes, located 64 km northwest of Edson, are a hikers’ dream. With lush trails and a stunning view, this hike takes you around three of the six lakes – about seven kilometres total. With lakeside, day-use areas, and camping stalls just feet from the lake, this is one place which is definitely worth the gravel-drive out to!

  • Bighorn Trail

  • Canyon Creek Hike

  • William A. Switzer Park

  • Whitehorse Creek

  • Folding Mountain Trail

  • Athabasca River Hike

  • Willmore Park Edson

  • Rock Lake-Solomon Creek Provincial Park

  • Willmore Wilderness Park

  • Pembina River Provincial Park

  • Pierre Grey’s Lakes Provincial Park

There are countless other trails for hiking and other recreational activities all across Yellowhead County. There are several great resources for finding these including:



BackRoad Map Books (Canadian Rockies and Central Alberta) 

https://www.backroadmapbooks.com/backroad-mapbooks/prairies-backroad-maps/canadian-rockies-backcountry-maps and https://www.backroadmapbooks.com/backroad-mapbooks/prairies-backroad-maps/central-alberta-backcountry-maps

And several brochure maps available at Visitor Information Centres.