Kananaskis Country is a park system situated to the west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada in the foothills and front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Kananaskis Country can be accessed by three highways that run into or through the area: Highway 40, a 66 km (41 mi) segment of the Bighorn Highway and also known as Kananaskis Trail; Highway 66, a 28 km (17 mi) highway originating near Bragg Creek known as Elbow Falls Trail; and Highway 68, a 42 km (26 mi) gravel highway originating from the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1 known as Sibbald Creek Trail. An ecological and environmental research station of the University of Calgary is located nearby, at Barrier Lake. A "Tim Horton Children's Foundation" summer camp is also located in the area. Easter Seals Camp Horizon is also located within Kananaskis along Highway 66.
Steven U. on Pickle Jar Lakes
Did this one as a scout in scouts Canada. It was fun and challenging
Amazing hike! Beautiful views the whole way!! Park in the Lantern Creek lot and then cross the highway and walk north about a quarter of a km to the trailhead. Poles were useful on this hike as it was slippery in parts. Dress in layers as weather ranged from needing a jacket, toque, and mittens - to short sleeves. There was lots of snow but we were warm and happy. This has been one of my favorite hikes so far. The description above said this hike is only acceptable until September but we went the last weekend in October and it was totally fine. We only saw about 6 other people the entire hike though. It also says it's rated as easy, which I disagree with. I'd say it's probably moderate in the summer, and it was hard in the snow. Bring bells and spray, as apparently this area is prime for bears (there was a serous grizzly attack there in 2014); though we didn't see any trace of bears (phew). It's a lot of climbing (FitBit says 177 flight of stairs); great for dogs but small kids would struggle. Highly recommend this hike.
The beginning of the hike is easy to moderate. A steady but moderate climb through forest until you reach a beautiful meadow situated between 2 mountains. Once you reach the top of the meadow to the saddle, the trail becomes rocky and much steeper. Plenty of wildlife and fossil remnants to be seen all the way to the top ! Although the last mile is difficult due to the steepness and loose rock, I would highly recommend this hike due to the magnificent views once you reach the peak. A helmet is recommended.