Location: Big Hill Springs Provincial Park, 20 minutes from Calgary, Alberta. From Calgary turn right off of HWY-1A (Crowchild) at Lochend Road/AB-766 N. After about 11 km turn left onto Big Hill Springs Road/AB-567 W. Drive about 3.2 km and turn left onto Range Rd 3A. There is a sign for the parking lot.
Distance & Elevation Gain: 2.3 km loop, 20 m
Child Carrier Accessible: Backpack carrier, child carrier, toddler friendly
Facilities: Outhouses, picnic tables
Trail Description: The trail is fairly easy to find from the parking lot. From the parking lot walk towards the outhouses and cross the road. The trail starts at the garbage cans across the road from the parking lot or on the trail to the left that goes up the hill. Our favourite way to go is to hike up the hill first and through the forest. The hardest part is the beginning where it goes up a series of switchbacks. It soon levels out and the hike just continues at the top going past a series of little shelters made out of logs. The trail is rocky, sometimes muddy with tree roots sticking out. It is not too long before you head down the valley and the hike follows the water. You will then walk down a set of stares, cross a series of bridges, pass a few small waterfalls and end at the picnic tables. The perfect place to play until you are ready to come home. Just remember to bring a change of clothes because it really is a great but wet place to play!
Trail Uses: Hiking. Would be difficult to use a stroller.
This hike was a perfect hike for my toddler to walk on her own. In fact this was the first hike I did with my two and a half year old and my 10 month old without my husband and/or a stroller. I put the 10 month old in my ergo carrier on my back and my two year old hiked it herself. We enjoyed the little waterfalls, hiking up the hills and seeing the beautiful views of the valley.