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Overlooking Nordegg, this classic hike to the site of the first fire lookout in the Alberta Rockies provides a vantage point like no others. Enjoy the full 360 degree panorama from the summit.

The Coliseum Mountain hike is approximately 13 km on a well established trail. The climb is steady on a well maintained trail with switchbacks. Our destination is the ridge overlooking Nordegg and conditions permitting, the unique round summit of Coliseum.

The tour includes your guide who will be highlighting the natural and human history of the area, a gourmet lunch and hiking poles. We offer transportation from Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House and Nordegg or you can meet us at trailhead.

Highlights

  • Experience the classic views of David Thompson Country.
  • See Nordegg from a different angle, the front range of the Rockies and the prairies.
  • Learn about the natural and human history of the area.

Perfect for: Anybody looking for a fun day playing outside. No prior hiking experience required.

This day trip is open to all ability levels, whether you are a beginner and or an expert. You must be comfortable walking 13+ km in a variety of conditions. This tour is recommended for those 13 or older.

This tour is owned and operated by Pursuit Adventures.

Tour Overview

  • Activity: Hiking
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Distance: 13 km
  • Elevation Gain: ~700m
  • Duration: 6+ hours hike
  • Departure: Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House or Nordegg

Your Adventure

Departure Time Red Deer: 7:30 am
Rocky Mountain House: 8:30 am
Nordegg: 9:30 am
Return Time Nordegg: 4:30 pm
Rocky Mountain House: 5:30 pm
Red Deer: 6:30 pm
Pickup Location Pursuit Adventures' Basecamp + Cafe
Rocky Mountain House Visitor Information Centre
Miners' Cafe in Nordegg
Meet at the Trailhead
This option is available if you'll be driving yourself to the trailhead. You'll be meeting your guide at 9:45 am at the Coliseum Mountain  Staging Area.
Activity Level Active - 13 km hike
Lunch Gourmet bagged lunch
Custom Tour Let us know if you'd like to customize this tour for your group.
The itinerary may change without notice due to the weather and other factors. Our goal is to always provide the best possible experience.

 

Availability

Daily from April to November

2018 Rates

  • 1 Guest: $520
  • 2 Guests: $260 per person
  • 3 Guests: $173.33 per person
  • 4 Guests: $130 per person
  • 5-8 Guests: $110 per person
  • 9-12 Guests: $100 per person

Guides, snacks, transportation and activities are all included.

Meet at the Trailhead Option

  • 1 Guest: $520
  • 2 Guests: $260 per person
  • 3 Guests: $173.33 per person
  • 4 Guests: $130 per person
  • 5 Guests: $110 per person
  • 6-8 Guests: $95 per person
  • 9-12 Guests: $85 per person

Guides, snacks and activities are all included. You'll be meeting your guide at the trailhead.

The Explorer Series

Looking to join a scheduled tour instead? The Explorer Series is a great option when you have 1 to 3 people looking to meetup with others for a fun adventure at $110 per person.

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Coliseum Mountain Guided Hike

Saturday, July 28

The Experience

The Forest

The first section of the hike heads into the forest, slowly making its way up the mountain.

 

The Views

As we make our way up the switchbacks the views get increasingly interesting. First are the sights of the historic Brazeau Collieries and the front range of the Rockies.

Going Up

The climb starts to pick up as we make our way toward the ridge. Don't worry, the switchbacks make it easier and the views coming up are well worth the effort.

 

The Ridge

The trail levels up as we come out onto the ridge and great views of the mountains all the way to Abraham Lake.

After crossing a scree slope we make our way along the ridge with the views teasing us as to what is to come once we reach the summit.

The Summit

Our destination and lunch spot is the distinctive cap that makes up the summit where we get to enjoy 360 degree views.

The return follows the same trail we used to make our way up.

 

The Details

Where to Meet

  • Red Deer: Pursuit Adventures' Basecamp + Cafe: #10 5579 47 Street
  • Rocky Mountain House: Visitor Information Centre
  • Nordegg: Miners' Cafe
  • Trailhead: Coliseum Mountain Staging Area

What to Bring

Required Items

  • Proper footwear (shoes or boots)
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather
  • A windbreaker, shell and/or rain jacket
  • A warm sweater (conditions can chance quickly)
  • A water bottle
  • Sunhat
  • Tuque and gloves (spring and fall hikes)
  • A small backpack

Recommended Items

  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Comfy shoes for the drive home

What's Included

  • We provide hiking poles (and ice cleats on early season hikes) at no charge for this tour. You are welcome to bring your own if you wish.
  • A professional guide.
  • Gourmet lunch and trail snacks.
  • Guides carry emergency equipment, including first aid kits and cell phone or satellite communicators on all tours.

What's Not Included

  • Appropriate clothes and footwear for the weather conditions.
  • Water bottles, camera and backpack.

What kind of lunch is included? Can special diets be accommodated?

Lunch for this adventure includes the choice of a veggie (hummus, lettuce, tomato, cucumber and green pepper on a Montreal style bagel), Angus beef sandwich (roast beef, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato and green pepper with BBQ sauce on a Montreal style bagel) or honey maple turkey sandwich (honey maple turkey, Boursin cheese, lettuce, tomato, cucumber with deli mustard on a Montreal style bagel), juice box, veggies and hummus, fruits and dessert. Please make sure to mention any dietary requirements when you book your adventure and we will try to accommodate whenever possible.

Group Size

The standard group size is 1 guide with up to 12 guests for this tour. This tour is recommended for those 13 and older. Contact us for options for younger guests.

Transportation varies with the group size and can be in an SUV, mini-van, full size van or small bus depending on the day.

Terms and Conditions

Advance Booking

This tour requires bookings to be made at least 2 days prior to departure. Please contact us at (403) 986-6190 for a last minute booking.

Cancellation Policy

All bookings are non-refundable but we will offer you a credit for a future adventure if you cancel a minimum of 72 hours prior to departure.

Waiver

Waivers are required for all participants.You can review the waiver here.
Please review our complete terms & conditions prior to booking.

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Come For A Visit

We're located in Capstone at Riverlands, near the trails of Waskasoo Park and Downtown Red Deer. Stop by to plan your next adventure, rent the gear you need and grab a bite with friends. 

While you're in the neighbourhood make sure to check out some of our great neighbours like Wild Brewing Co, Purearth Organics, DOSE Coffee and Troubled Monk Brewery.

You'll find us at #10 5579 47 Street in Cronquist Business Park.

Hours

  • Monday: 8 am to 4 pm
  • Tuesday: 8 am to 4 pm
  • Wednesday: 8 am to 4 pm
  • Thursday: 8 am to 4 pm
  • Friday: 8 am to 4 pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

We're open for check-in 10 minutes prior to departure for all tours.

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