If you’re scaling the internet looking for new Alberta hikes to try – you’ve come to the right place. We previously put together a list of 4 epics hikes in west Central Alberta, and today we’d like to make mention of a few more local favourites in David Thompson Country.

Again, a friendly reminder: You’re in bear country. Always be aware of your surroundings and take the appropriate safety precautions. Before heading out on your outdoor journey, always prepare for the elements, inform others of your travel plans, and take precautions to avoid getting lost.

Shunda Mountain Lookout (Baldy)


We rank this hike as: Good for all skill levels

Hike up to the top of old “Baldy” and look out to the gorgeous lookout point overlooking Nordegg. The trail is located just a short distance north of Nordegg. From highway 11, follow Shunda Creek Road and keep right onto Baldy Mountain Road. The trailhead is approximately six and a half kilometres from highway 11. This is a six-kilometre hike from the gate across the access road. The top of the summit offers a gorgeous view of the forested foothills, the Brazeau area and the Rockies. This is a family-friendly trail; however, it is not stroller accessible.

Nearby Accommodations: Upper Shunda Creek Campground, Fish Lake Campground

Crescent Falls


We rank this hike as: Good for all skill levels

Located three kilometres off the David Thompson Highway at the end of Crescent Falls Campground road, this scenic hike features two beautiful waterfalls in a crescent shaped canyon. This hike typically takes travellers an hour to an hour and a half to complete, and is a six-kilometre trip. Views from the viewpoint of Crescent Falls are stunning, and well worth the trip. The main viewpoint hangs over the canyon, so be sure to stay clear of the rock ledges around the top of the falls.

Nearby accommodations: Crescent Falls Campground, Rampart Creek, Thompson Creek and Two O’clock Creek

Vision Quest Ridge Scramble Trail


We rank this hike as: Difficult, recommended for experienced hikers

This trail typically takes hikers about three to four hours to complete and is a 5.5-kilometre hike. This trail is very steep and unrelenting throughout its entirety to the top. To begin your hike, park at the waste transfer site just east of David Thompson Resort. Work your way up the trail until you reach the ridge and cliff face. Here, you will be welcomed with a breathtaking view of the gorgeous Abraham Lake.

Nearby accommodations: Rampart Creek, Thompson Creek, Two O’clock Creek, Dry Haven, Gold Eye Lake, Fish Lake and Crescent Falls Campground

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