Allstones Lake

Allstones Lake

A classic hike along Abraham Lake

by | Published on August 7, 2013 | Last updated on July 5, 2019

Based on a visit to the area on July 28, 2013

A popular day hike and overnight destination with stunning views of Abraham Lake along the way, Allstones Lake is worth the effort.
While this is not the longest hike, plan on making a full day of it. It is a relentless climb and well worth a rest on the shore of this picturesque lake before heading back down.
Allstones Lake

Getting closer to the lake

Allstones Lake

Abraham Lake from the Allstones Lake trail

This hike is starts along the shores of Abraham Lake and while the first half of the hike is a steep climb in a heavily forested area, the second half brings gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains and the valley below.

Plan Your Adventure

Trail conditions can change quickly. The map and directions below are based on our hike in the area on July 28, 2013.

  • Activity: Hike
  • Distance: 7.8 km return
  • Elevation Gain: ~615 m
  • Challenge Level: Challenging
  • Family Friendly: No
  • Trail Type: There and back
  • Trail Conditions: Good
  • Season: April to October
  • Congestion: Moderate
  • Alternate Descriptions: The David Thompson Highway – A Hiking Guide includes a version of this hike.
  • Trailhead: The trailhead provides ample parking space but there are no washrooms. The trailhead is approximately 31 km west of Nordegg and 52 km east of the Banff National Park boundary.

Guided Tours

Enjoy the comfort that comes with a guide who knows the area’s trails, wildlife and terrain so that you can focus on your adventure, while the rest is taken care of.

  • Management: Alberta Environment
  • Protection Status: Kiska/Wilson PLUZ
  • Other Trail Uses: None
  • Dogs Allowed: Yes
  • Permits / Restrictions: Random camping is permitted
  • Cell Reception: Limited

Head Out With A Guide

Make the most of your adventure and head out with a guide. Pursuit Adventures offers guided hikes from April to November. Get in touch with them to plan your custom adventure to Allstones Lake.

Head Out On Your Own

Sometimes you just want to head out on your own to explore the area. We get it. Here’s the guide for the Allstones Lake trail.

Allstones Lake

  • 0.7 km | Stream crossing
  • 2.7 km | Trail starts to level out
  • 3.9 km | Allstones Lake
  • 7.8 km | Trailhead
The trailhead parking lot is located south of the highway, immediately east of the Allstones Creek bridge. The trail is straight across the highway from the trailhead parking lot.

Before heading out on the trail take a few minutes to enjoy the great views of Abraham Lake and the Allstones Creek Cove.

Allstones Lake
Allstones Lake
Allstones Lake
Allstones Lake
The trail is well used and easy to follow all the way to the lake. The first third of the hike gradually gains elevation in the forest, providing much appreciated shade on a hot summer day. After crossing a small stream the hike starts its relentless climb toward the lake. There are no switchbacks and it can be quite slippery on a rainy day. Hiking poles are definitely recommended for this trail.
Allstones Lake
Allstones Lake
Allstones Lake
As you emerge from the forest the views of the surrounding mountains, Abraham Lake and the valley below are simply stunning.
Allstones Lake
Allstones Lake
Allstones Lake
Allstones Lake
The trail eventually flattens out, after climbing approximately 700 metres over 3 km, before dropping just over 100 metres down to Allstones Lake.

On the ridge before heading down toward the lake you will come across another trail taking off on the right. According to the map from Sustainable Resources Development (available at the trailhead) this leads to the other end of the lake.

Arriving at the lake you will first see the campsites before reaching the shoreline. There are trails going around the lake. Although some are in rough shape it is well worth the views.

Allstones Lake
Allstones Lake
Allstones Lake
Allstones Lake
There are a few trails leaving the campsites at the far end of the lake. Most appear to head straight up the ridge toward Mudslide Creek. Head back to the trailhead following the same route as you did on the way up.

Outdoor Safety

  • For your safety and the protection of the area please follow trail signs, stay on the trail and respect all trail closures
  • Be respectful of wildlife and familiarize yourself with wildlife safety techniques including keeping your pet on a leash and keeping your group together.
  • Always use the bear proof garbage bin, keep a clean site and store your food in a bear safe fashion.
  • Always be prepared when travelling outdoors.
  • This area has no cell phone reception. We recommend carrying an InReach on your hikes. The nearest phone is at David Thompson Resort.
  • Information provided here may be inaccurate or outdated. Always make sure to obtain current information before going on your adventure.


There are inherent risks in outdoor activities. Although we strive to provide accurate information and to alert you of potential dangers, trail conditions may change quickly due to weather conditions and other factors. Using the information provided on this site is entirely at your own risk and Pursuit Adventures is in no ways liable for any injuries or other damages that may be sustained by anyone using the trails or information described on this site.

Have you been to this trail? Let us know about your adventure in the comments below.