- Difficulty: Easy
- Warnings: No official warnings. Check Twitter feed for current trail status updates
- Wheelchair accessible: yes
- High-clearance 4×4 advised to access trailhead? no
- Best seasons: spring, summer, fall
- Distance: 3.64 km / 2.26 mi (full loop)
- Approx. time: 1hr return (full loop)
- Elevation gain: minimal
- Steepest grade: approx. 10-15% in short sections
- Viewpoints: good views of the Premier Range from Dogwood and Main St. Good views of McKirdy & Rockies to the east and good views of Canoe Mtn to the south.
- Geocache points: Unknown
- Gear to bring: For the full loop, bring a small water bottle per person
- Closest bathroom/outhouse: Two public washrooms located near this trail (Centennial Park & Visitor Info Centre – see map for locations)
- Cell service? Yes (note: not all cell service providers cover the Valemount area)
The Big Foot Trail is a 3.6km paved trail that is mostly adjacent to local streets. It was completed in 2013. Its intent was to help funnel visitors from the highway and hotel district into downtown and across the tracks to the businesses and organizations (ex. museum, library, legion, bakery) located on Historic Main St and downtown 5th Ave. There are plenty of benches along the way and interpretive signs explaining historical facts. The trail is very popular among locals. It is excellent for wheelchairs, bikes, rollerblades and strollers and, on clear days, offers great views in all directions.
Best Parts: Very accessible (alongside street with no curbs); good views in all directions. Benches and interpretive signs along the way. The trail passes the playground, downtown, Historic Main St. and the hotel district.
Worst Parts: train tracks (train whistle), the sidewalk nature of this trail makes it a bit monotonous due to lack of interesting features.
Trailhead coordinates: 52.831386°, -119.280132° (Visitor Info Centre) Insert into Google Maps or GPS
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How to access/where to park: The trail is adjacent to all of 5th Ave, some of Dogwood and some of Main St. A good place to start is the Visitor Info Centre parking lot.