Distance 10.2 km return, height gain 680 m, moderately strenuous
Old Goat Glacier is a remnant glacier below the highest peak in the Goat Range, hidden from view by projecting buttresses. The route ends at a moraine overlook at ~148457, a viewpoint for the upper, snow-covered part of the glacier.
Start: Hwy. 742 (Smith-Dorrien/Spray Trail). Cross Three Sisters Dam (signed "Spray Lakes West Campground"). At the end, turn left and drive West Side Road. Park at gravel parking lot by self registration kiosk.
I recommend walking farther along the road for about 200 m, then turn right at a wired-off opening. A good trail runs alongside bubbly Old Goat Creek.
Difficulty: This route has three parts: easy valley stroll to the waterfall, which is popular with campers; a steep grunt on rough trail up the headwall into the hanging valley; and the long trudge on lateral moraine to the viewpoint for Old Goat Glacier. Overall, a fairly strenuous trip if you go all the way.
Note: For the first 20 minutes from trailhead there is some trail erosion and creek has undercut the trail in a few places. Later there is an impressive gravel/boulder field washed down into the forest along the trail. The trail through is now fairly obvious. Higher, the talus slope to the upper basin is little changed.
Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes.
Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Volume 3 Trail #82
Trail start: Old Goat 50.98637N, -115.36428W
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Last updated Aug 20, 2018