The best part is that “Larch hunting” is accessible for the whole family and not just for strong hikers. These 6 hikes will be featured on the “Hiking Guide for Families” Kickstarter starting October 1st and are perfect for the whole family. They are specifically graded for kids and range from easy to challenging for kids. Check it out here.
6 Beautiful Larch Hikes around Calgary for Families
Highwood Meadows Interpretive Trail
At just over 1 km and 0 elevation, Highwood Meadows is by far the easiest of the 5 trails and is wheelchair accessible. Since the hike is located on the highest paved highway in Canada, the weather in this area can be unpredictable and significantly colder than other areas. Enjoy reading the interpretive signs and learning about the sensitive alpine environment as you meander along the trail. Learn more about the Highwood Meadows Interpretive Trail here.
Mt. Lorette Ponds
Mt. Lorette Ponds is another easy hike for kids and a great place to enjoy the fall
The trail head for Ptarmigan Cirque starts at the same place as Highwood Meadows. This challenging hike for little kids is over 4.5 km long with over 280 m of elevation. The hike takes you to a cirque in the alpine with incredible views of the surrounding mountains and larch trees. Learn more about Ptarmigan Cirque here.
Arethusa Cirque is another challenging hike for kids and a great place to “hunt for larches”. The hike covers over 4.2 km of trail and 330 m of elevation. The area typically has colder weather patterns than the city so be prepared for snow. Learn more about Arethusa Cirque here.
Lake Agnes Tea House
Lake Agnes Tea House hike starts from Lake Louise making it a popular hike for tourists and is a challenging hike for kids. The 7 km and 400 m of elevation trail offers incredible views year-round, but the fall
If your kids are a little bit older or your children have already conquered Lake Agnes Tea house, then consider hiking to Saddleback Pass. This hike is short at only 3.7 km but climbs almost 600 m and is a real leg burner. The hike also starts at Lake Louise and is sometimes slightly less crowded than Lake Agnes Tea House. Be warned that this hike is a stretch for little kids and some older children as well. Learn more about Saddleback pass here.