Big Hill Springs - Hike

A hike so close to the city, it's a hidden gem. Within a small provincial park, it's a hike you can do on a summer evening, pack a picnic and enjoy some nature!

Round trip: 2.3 km
Hiking Time: 20 min - 45 min
Elevation Gain: 20 m
FitBit: approx. 3,000 steps and 17 flights of stairs
Location: Big Hill Springs Provincial Park

Marked: No
Facilities: Yes
How to get there: From Calgary drive north west on Hwy 1A through Bearspaw. At Hwy 766 (across from Rock Pointe Church) turn right (north).Then at Hwy 567 drive west a short ways to Range Road 34A where you'll turn south. Drive to the parking lot at the end of the road.

Map to Big Hill Springs, click for directions

The trailhead is not marked, but is very easy to find. Once you have parked in the small lot (which is a dead end from the road leading into the park) head to the trail which is west, across from the outhouses. Immediately there are four picnic tables and a small stream.

Follow the most boot beaten path around, stopping to admire the natural waterfalls and surrounding nature. There aren't any mountain views, but that doesn't mean it's not beautiful! Smaller paths shoot off from the main one, but all in all the loop shouldn't take more than an hour if you are taking it quite slow, 20 min if you cruise and don't stop. ]

At the end of your hike, if it's not too busy and there is a table available, enjoy a picnic lunch in the cool shade near the pond. :)

Kid Friendly: yes
Dog Friendly: yes

Happy Hiking!