The Sled Route to Troll Falls, Kananaskis

by - Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Troll Falls is a fun family hike year-round as it is short, scenic and easy to access. In winter, for more sun and less hills, take the easy route (Stoney Trail) straight along the power lines from the gate. At the junction, turn left for Troll Falls. On this flat and open route, you can easily tow a sled all the way there and back! I recommend the "sled route" for strollers or Chariots as well as this popular trail gets packed and icy and slippery hills are tricky when towing or pushing! The round trip distance is the same as the Troll Falls trail with less elevation gain (largest hills are bypassed).

Troll Falls

Troll Falls Map
Take Stoney Trail (dashed green line) to the junction with Hay Meadow Trail and turn left. At the next turnoff (signed), turn right onto Troll Falls Trail. After a few hundred metres, you will be at the falls!

For a pleasant detour and panoramic views, explore Hay Meadow on the return. For more info on Hay Meadow, please see this post.


Distance: ~3 km return
Elevation Gain: 50 metres
Cell phone reception? Yes
Stroller Friendly? Yes
Recommended Footwear: Good walking shoes/hiking boots and ice cleats for trail. Use extreme caution on the ice near the falls (my children were wearing microspikes which offer superior traction to ice cleats).
Directions to Trailhead from Calgary: Take Hwy 1 westbound, head south on Hwy 40 for 25 km, turn right at Kananaskis Village turnoff, take your first right into Stoney Trail Day Use Area parking lot.

On the way to Troll Falls
A small ice fall near the main falls
Troll Falls
Exploring Troll Falls - microspikes recommended!
Side view of Troll Falls
On this day, we didn't need spikes until we got to the falls!
Views from the trail beneath the powerlines
What is your favorite winter hiking trail?

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  1. You're so cool. What a good hike with kids.

  2. Thanks Susan! It's an oldie but goodie! ;) We go there a lot, so it's fun to take the other trails in the area.

  3. Wow! So many new places that I want to check out! Love this, thank you 😊


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