The Highlands Hiking Trail runs along the North Saskatchewan at river level. During times of high water, the City will close the gates... more » to the trail for safety. This is a shared trail for walker, joggers and bikers and it is also a off leash area for pets. The Highlands Hiking Trail extends all the way to Kinnaird Ravine after skirting around Highland Golf Club. This hike exits at the Capilano Bridge.
This walk begins on Ada Blvd as you walk down the trail towards the 50th street pedestrian bridge. This junction will take you over to Capilano and Gold Bar Parks or down to the Highland Hiking Trail.
The path is a packed gravel path all the way along. There has been a little damage to the trail and river banks from the recent flooding, but City crews are working to repair this. All along the path you get nice treed areas followed by exceptional views of the river. Downtown Edmonton is a common sight as you get closer to the city core. On this end of the hike, you are mostly unaware of the Golf Club nearby as it is a quiet walk until you get closer to the Capilano Bridge.
Once under the Capilano Bridge, you walk through a fenced gate onto a golf cart path. This will take you to another paved path beside the Capilano and you will be led to the wooden staircases leading back to Ada Blvd by the Concordia Lutheran Seminary. The trail itself is reasonably even, but access to and from the trail is steep as you enter/exit Ada Blvd. A great hike with fantastic views. less «