Troll Falls Hike Kananaskis Alberta – Beautiful Waterfall

Troll Falls is an easy Kananaskis hike for all types of hikers. I saw a lot of families with their kids on the Troll Falls trail in the summer. This hiking trail is also popular in winter. People go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing when enough snow is present. The Troll Falls is a beautiful little hike that starts out with views of Kananaskis country, then winds through the forest to the waterfall. There are several trails leading to Troll Falls so you can do the hike out and back or do it as a loop.

And yes you will probably see a troll or two among the rocks at the waterfall.

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Hikers enjoy the waterfall at Troll Falls trail - a popular hike near Kananaskis Village

Hikers enjoy the waterfall at Troll Falls trail – a popular hike near Kananaskis Village

 

Map of hiking trails around Troll Falls - Kananaskis Country AB

Map of hiking trails around Troll Falls – Kananaskis Country AB

 

Directions to Troll Falls trailhead

From Calgary the drive takes about 1 hour. Take the Trans-Canada Hwy 1 west to exit 118 for Kananaskis Country. Turn left onto Hwy 40 S/Kananaskis Trail and continue for about 25 km. Then turn right onto Mt Allen Dr. and continue 1 km to Stoney Day Use parking area.

 

Troll Falls hike description

I’m a sucker for hikes with waterfalls or panoramic views. Luckily there are plenty of both types of hikes in Alberta. Troll Falls is an easy walk from the trailhead through a forested area and views of Kananaskis Country with little elevation gain until you get closer to the waterfall.

 

Hikers start out on the trail at Troll Falls through the forest near Kananaskis Village in Alberta Canada

Hikers start out on the trail at Troll Falls through the forest

 

Rocky Mountains landscape in Kananaskis Country Alberta Canada

Troll Falls and Rocky Mountains landscape in Kananaskis Country Alberta

 

It’s a pleasant hike but not difficult so if you’re looking for more of a workout I suggest combining this hike with either Grotto Canyon or Grassi Lakes. In the summer you could also do the Ptarmigan Cirque trail, but it’s not open in winter due to the seasonal closure of Hwy 40.

 

A grove of Aspen trees at the Troll Falls hiking area in Kananaskis Alberta

A grove of Aspen trees at the Troll Falls hiking area in Kananaskis Alberta

 

Along the way to the waterfall you’ll pass by views of the mountains, a grove of Aspen trees, a footbridge made from trees, and a shelter formed from tree trunks.

 

Walking across the log bridge at Troll Falls hiking path

Walking across the log bridge at Troll Falls hiking path

 

Hiker standing under a tree shelter next to the Troll Falls hiking trail in Kananaskis AB

Tree shelter at the Troll Falls hiking trail in Kananaskis

 

Troll Falls Creek in Kananaskis Country Alberta Canada

Troll Falls Creek in Kananaskis Country Alberta Canada

 

As you get closer to the waterfall there the terrain becomes more rocky and there is slight elevation gain.

 

Narrow pathway of Troll Falls hiking trail in between the jagged rock and forested area

Jagged rocks next to the narrow path of Troll Falls trail

 

A beautiful waterfall is the reward at Troll Falls trail in Kananaskis Village AB

A beautiful waterfall is the reward at Troll Falls trail in Kananaskis Village AB

 

Watch for the trolls around the falls.

 

Hiker shaking hands with the troll near the waterfall at Troll Falls hike

Shaking hands with the troll near the waterfall at Troll Falls hike

 

Plan a loop hike or out and back

When you plan your route back to the parking lot from Troll Falls hike you have several options. If you took Hay Meadow on the way to the falls then consider doing either Troll Falls or Skogan Pass on the way back to make it a a nice loop trial.

 

Trail map for Troll Falls and various other hikes in this area of Kananaskis Country AB

Trail map for Troll Falls and various other hikes in the area

 

You’ll need to pay careful attention to the map because the pathways are not always well marked. Sometimes you may be wondering which path is the correct way. I like to take a photo of the trail map before I start out so I have a reference during the hike.

 

Troll Falls hiking trail is used by hikers and horseback riders in Kananaskis Alberta

Troll Falls hiking trail is used by hikers and horseback riders in Kananaskis

 

Mountains and meadows along the hiking trail at Troll Falls in Alberta

Mountains and meadows along the hiking trail at Troll Falls in Alberta

 

Troll Falls hiking info

Hike distance

3.4 km (2.1 miles) out and back trail (or you can do it as a loop – check the map)

 

Time required

Allow 1 hour to 90 minutes

 

Elevation gain

40 meters (131 ft)

 

Difficulty

Easy

 

Best time to hike Troll Falls

Best time to hike this trail is from May through October but throughout winter you can also hike this trail. Especially in the winter check the weather reports plus bring both clothing and gear for winter conditions with possible ice and snow.

NOTE: You may need crampons in the winter and hiking poles are also a good idea.

 

Signs remind hikers to stay off the ski tracks during winter hikes at Troll Falls

Signs remind hikers to stay off the ski tracks during winter hikes at Troll Falls

 

Dogs allowed on trail?

Yes, but dogs must be on leash at all times

 

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