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Day Hikes at the Black Cat Guest Ranch

If you are interested in hiking, we can recommend various hikes in the ranch area on our self-guided trails. These trails vary from easy and flat to moderately steep hikes up the nearby mountains. We can also recommend various day hikes in the Brulé/Hinton and Jasper areas. We will also gladly provide guided day hikes for locations that require a knowledge of the area or if you would just like to have someone along to provide interpretation and keep you on track.

The following photos and information will give you some ideas of the variety of hikes available.

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Looking back down the trail on the way up A view of Black Cat Mountain and the front ranges of the Rockies across the valley
Brulé Lake from the top of Mount Solomon A beautiful stand of aspen poplar on the return trail
Mount Solomon Trail

The Mount Solomon Trail is the most popular day hike accessable right from our front door. This 5 - 6 hour hike has a vertical gain of 610 metres (2000 feet) and gives you a fabulous view of the Solomon and Athabasca valleys and the surrounding mountains.

Ogre Canyon - the notch seen from the trail on the hike in. First views of Brulé Lake on the hike up to the ridge.
Ogre Creek tumbles through a beautiful valley before plunging over the precipice into the canyon Hikers exploring the bottom of the canyon
Ogre Canyon Guided Hike

Ogre Canyon is an all day guided hike. We drive a short distance south of the hamlet of Brulé, then hike for about one hour into the canyon area, which is located in the south end of Rock Lake / Solomon Creek Wildland Park. We climb up an old pack trail to the top of the Bedson Ridge for great views of Brulé Lake. After having lunch, we continue to the top of the waterfall. We then hike back off the ridge and proceed into the bottom of the canyon. Then we drive back to the ranch .

Brulé Lake with Roche Miette in the background 'Bart' swimming in the lake - Bedson Ridge in the distance
Petrified wood in rocks along the lake shore Hiking back along the ridge with the sunset on Roche à Perdrix
Brulé Lake Evening Hike

This guided walk is best on a warm summer evening. We drive down to the mouth of Solomon Creek, then hike along the north shore of Brulé Lake. This takes us past the original site of Jasper House. We loop around above a backwater of the lake and return to our vehicles.

Heading up the lower part of the trail Looking south towards Roche Miette
Black Cat Mountain as seen from the bench at the viewpoint Indian Paintbrush along the trail
Side of Mount Solomon

This popular 2 hour self-guided hike starts from the front door. It takes you across the lower south flank of Mt. Solomon to a bench where you can enjoy great views to the south and west. This loop trail takes you through a variety of forest and has great wildflowers in early summer.

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