Tent Ridge Horseshoe K-Country, Alberta

Hiking Tent Ridge Horseshoe

Angelito de Jesus

3 min read

Tent Ridge Horseshoe Trail: A Visual Overload

I'm excited to share my recent hiking escapade on the breathtaking Tent Ridge Horseshoe trail in the stunning Kananaskis Country of Alberta.

Behold the Magnificence of Tent Ridge Horseshoe Trail:

Located just an hour's drive from Calgary, the Tent Ridge Horseshoe trail is truly a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Kananaskis Country. This 11-kilometer loop offers a challenging yet rewarding experience, rewarding hikers with panoramic views that will leave you in awe. Trust me, the stunning vistas are very distracting while you hike, it’s hard to just keep looking down without lifting your head up to see stunning vistas just about from any angle, my suggestion is do not rush, take your time to enjoy the gift in front of you. The trail makes every step of the journey worth it!

Taking a short break after passing the scrambling section.

A rest spot just after a short scrambling

A Challenging Yet Accessible Adventure:

While the Tent Ridge Horseshoe trail is classified as a moderate to difficult hike, don't let that intimidate you. With a good level of fitness and sturdy footwear, you can conquer this trail. Be prepared for some steep ascents and narrow ridgelines, and occasional scrambling, but don't worry, the trail is well-marked, and the effort is worth the reward.

The view of Spray Lake from the ridge

Magnificent distant cordillera

Views that Will Take Your Breath Away:

As you ascend Tent Ridge, you'll be treated to jaw-dropping views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. Sweeping panoramas of Mount Smuts, Mount Shark to the West and Mount Assiniboine as you navigate northward on the ridge. The view of Spray Lakes will leave you feeling on top of the world.

The Ridge Northward towards Mount Assiniboine

Nature's Playground:

Tent Ridge Horseshoe trail offers a diverse landscape, showcasing the beauty of Alberta's wilderness. From lush meadows filled with vibrant wildflowers to rugged rock formations, you'll be immersed in nature's playground. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife sightings, including marmots, mountain goats.

Rock formation with lush Autumn foliage

Safety Goes a Long Way:

As with any outdoor adventure, safety is key. Ensure you are well-prepared with appropriate clothing layers, plenty of water as there are no source of water on the ridge , snacks, and a reliable map or navigation system. Additionally, check the weather conditions and trail status before heading out. Hiking with a buddy is always a great idea too especially after sunset as it gets really dark in the forest.


The Tent Ridge Horseshoe trail is an adventure that should not be missed by outdoor enthusiasts seeking a challenging yet immensely rewarding experience. With its majestic vistas, stunning landscapes, and invigorating hiking opportunities, this trail promises an unforgettable adventure. . Happy hiking!