This is a fairly short and steep trail (elevation gain of around 600 meters in 5.5 km) so the start of the trail is primarily switchbacks. The climb seems relentless, but it eventually tapers off to a steep downhill that leads to a small lake filled with brown trout. The views are spectacular, but a guide book or topo may be needed. NTS Map: 083C08
Highway 11 west of Rocky Mountain House. Go past Nordegg until you see a large blue lake on your left (Abraham Lake). About halfway down the lake (it's a huge lake) you will see a sign that points up the mountain and says "Allstone's Lake". Park in the staging area across the highway.
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Posted By: fordcoupe1932
- Fri Apr 03 22:18:02 UTC 2015
QuestionAnyone been up in Allstones during May Long? is it busy? Is the lake still frozen?ANSWERS are in this forum: May Long
Posted By: K_R_COX
- Fri Aug 09 02:22:30 UTC 2013
UpsideViews, the lake, some nice camping spots. DownsideIf your knees are bad, it's not a recommended hike. CommentI really enjoyed this hike. It was a challenging go, as it was mostly up, up, up, but the views of the surrounding peaks and into the valley below with the blue reservoir were majestic. The lake itself once reaching the top was shallow and clear and had fish jumping here and there. There was a fire pit at the entrance side of the lake which seemed to have the remains of a tent someone had decided just wasn't worth hauling back down again. That was kind of funny and we came up with some great stories of how it ended up in the flames.
If you've got the stamina, and the time, and your knees are strong, this is a great hike to do in a day.
Posted By: LiseP
- Mon Jun 21 01:12:20 UTC 2010
UpsideShort hike with fantastic views and wonderful camping along the lake. DownsideSteady uphill climb for 5+ km. A real leg burner! CommentWe did this hike in mid-July 2010 with a group of 22 people ranging in age from 7 years old to 60 years+. Although we all made it to the top, it was a physically demanding hike.
The weather was beautiful (+25 to +28 c). I can not imagine climbing up (or going down) with our overnight packs if it was raining/snowing. It would have made for a really slick and extremely challenging trip.
Allstones has clean drinking water that requires only tablets to treat (particulate filtering not required). Though firewood is limited, we managed to scrape up enough to have a fire one night.
An added bonus...an outdoor toilet (yay!).
If you are traveling with a group larger than the national parks will allow and are looking for a relatively short hike with overnight stay, this may be the hike for you.
Posted By: daniegurl
- Mon Apr 20 21:55:26 UTC 2009
Upsidegood hike up great scenery, a little challenging but worth the view from the top and the stay by the lake. Downsidenone really, just to be careful which season you choose to climb due to eroosion some parts are washing away but very doable Commentloved, loved it and would hike it again
Posted By: rexvirtue
- Thu Aug 24 02:41:50 UTC 2006
Upsidegreat views and challenging to you legs. a good 3 hour hike. the lake is a great spot to chill before returning back. Downsidethe trailhead is hard to find when going west on highway 11 and the lake is really a big puddle. Commentthis trail may be getting kinda popular, especially on long weekends, so pick an off season trip if you want some quiet time.
Posted By: george v
- Mon Jun 19 04:34:43 UTC 2006
UpsideOnce at the lake you have a chance to climb to the top of Allstones Ridge. DownsideA hard steady climb to the lake. In the trees for the most part. CommentI enjoyed the hike to the top of Allstones Lake if you come in from Mud creek which is 2km east of Allstones Lake trailhaead on highway 11. When we did that there was five waterfalls on Mudcreek. You follow Mudcreek all the way up then ot forks take a left and keep going. Once the creek ends there is Allstones ridge in front of you. Then you hike up the right side of the notch and then curl up the backside of the ridge. Youi will see a bowl with big boulders countinue on and will see the lake. ( you may stop first and climb to the top of Allstones ridge which is a spectacular view)