Coliseum Mountain Guided Hike

Overlooking the foothills and the Rockies
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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.

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 for those 13 and older.

Tour Overview

  • Activity: Hiking
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Hiking Distance: 13 km
  • Elevation Gain: ~700m
  • Duration: 6+ hours
  • Departure: Nordegg

Available daily from June to October.

The Experience

The Forest

Enjoy the smells and sounds of the evergreen forest on the first section of the trail as we slowly make our 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. It usually takes us a little over 2 hours to get to this point.

After a snack break, we'll be crossing a scree slope and making our way along the ridge with the views teasing us as to what is to come once we reach the summit, about an hour later.

The Summit

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

Lunch and snacks vary based on the day but you'll find some delicious food from local producers as well as our own made-from-scratch baked goods and more. We can accommodate most food restrictions, let us know when you book if you have any special requirements.

The return follows the same trail we used to make our way up. Going down is usually a little faster, taking us back to the trailhead in a little over 2 hours.

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.

There are no upcoming departures at this time.

The Details

When and where does the tour start?

You'll meet your guide at the Coliseum Mountain Staging Area at 9 am. Get Directions >

Return time varies based on the group and conditions but you can expect to be back at the trailhead by 3:30 pm.

The itinerary may change without notice due to the weather and other factors. Our goal is to always provide the best possible experience.

How much is it?

The full-day hike includes your professional guide, gourmet lunch and hiking poles. 

This is a private tour, just for your group. The rate per person is:

  • 1 guest: $380
  • 2 guests: $190
  • 3 guests: $126.67
  • 4 to 12 guests: $95

Is transportation available?

We currently have limited availability for transportation options. You will have the option to add transportation to your booking if it is available for the date you have selected. Please contact us if you need to arrange transportation for a specific date or from a different location.

Nordegg Area

We offer complimentary pickup and dropoff in the Nordegg area for this hike. Available pickup locations include cabins within Nordegg, the Nordegg Lodge, the Nordegg Canteen, Shunda Creek Hostel, Expanse Cottages, Goldeye Centre, Goldeye Campground and Fish Lake Campground. Pickup is at 8:45 am.

Abraham Lake Area

Transportation from David Thompson Resort is available for this tour. The rate is $160 per group, including up to 12 guests. Your guide will pick you up at the resort at 8:30 am and return is at approximately 4:30 pm.

Rocky Mountain House

Transportation from the Visitor Information Centre is available for this tour. The rate is $300 per group, including up to 12 guests. Your guide will pick you up at the visitor information centre at 8 am and return is at approximately 5 pm.

What kind of transportation is provided?

Transportation will be in an SUV or minivan, full-size passenger van or 16 passenger bus depending on the group size.

What kind of lunch is included?

Lunch for this adventure includes the choice of:

  • Veggie sandwich (hummus, lettuce, tomato, cucumber and green pepper on a Montreal style bagel), or
  • Honey maple chicken sandwich (honey maple chicken, Boursin cheese, lettuce, tomato, cucumber with deli mustard).

Lunches also include a juice box, energy bar, veggies and dip, chocolate chip cookie and trail mix.

Please make sure to mention any dietary requirements when you book your adventure and we will try to accommodate whenever possible.

What do I need 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

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's the group size?

The standard group size is 1 guide with up to 12 guests for this tour. Contact us if you are planning for a group of 13 or more guests.

This tour is recommended for those 13 or older.

What safety and COVID protocols are in place?

Safety Guidelines

There are risks associated with any outdoor activity. Some of the steps we take through our risk management program to mitigate those risks include:

  • Our guides are certified through the Outdoor Council of Canada, the Interpretive Guides Association or similar programs. They have first aid training and are familiar with the region we operate in and the specific areas where they lead tours.
  • Our guides carry emergency equipment, including first aid kits, bear spray as well as a cell phone or satellite communicators on all tours.
  • Our lunches and snacks are made in our commercial kitchen, under permits from Alberta Health Services and following established food safety protocols. 

Contact us if you have any questions about the steps we take to make you feel safe and comfortable on your adventure.

COVID Specific

We all need to work together in these challenging times. We ask that you not join us on an adventure if you have COVID symptoms, are not feeling well or have a reason to believe you may have been exposed to COVID. On our side, we are taking additional measures in response to the pandemic, including:

  • Screening all staff members prior to each shift. Staff are using additional personal protective equipment as required.
  • Guided hikes are offered for small groups of up to 12 guests where social distancing can easily be accomplished.
  • Transportation options for tours are only available for private groups, ensuring that you only share the space with your cohort. The first row on our bus will be kept empty to ensure greater distancing with the driver.
  • We're only offering our individually bagged lunch for the time being to limit the sharing of food.
  • All equipment and vehicles are sanitized between tours.
  • Hand sanitizer continues to be available on all of our tours.

In addition, we have extended our flexible cancellation policy. Tours booked by August 31, 2020 are eligible for a full refund up to 72 hours prior to the tour in the event of cancellation.

What are the 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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A Few More Things To Know

We get to play outside on our tours and that means you’ll want to come prepared for the weather. Make sure to dress in layers and come prepared for the unpredictable weather we often get in Alberta. We rarely cancel tours due to weather, as long as we can have a safe adventure. You’ll be amazed at how warm we get snowshoeing at -20C or how much fun hiking in the rain can be!

Need help with your booking or have a few more questions? Give us a call at 403 986-6190.

Come For A Visit

We're located in Nordegg, near Abraham Lake in David Thompson Country. Visit us at our new snack bar, the Nordegg Canteen.

Hours

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 11:30 am to 5 pm
  • Thursday: 11:30 am to 5 pm
  • Friday: 11:30 am to 8 pm
  • Saturday: 11:30 am to 8 pm
  • Sunday: 11:30 am to 5 pm

The Nordegg Canteen