Karst Spring Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Alberta, AB that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until November.
This is a good family hike. But the first 1/2 of the hike is relatively "boring" as someone immaturely scratched on the signs. It is a wide, grass covered, well travelled path. But the rocky mountain range from all angles is truly breath taking.
We went on an overcast day thanksgiving weekend. I feel like end of May or beginning of June there would be more to look at with wild flowers.
Just past the 1/2 way mark the scenery changes to tall evergreens and the incline picks up a tad.
Once you reach the lake there is a boardwalk. My kids loved it and that is where things started to get fun for them and the complaining stopped!
The moss was a vibrant green. The path takes you upside the creek. Lots of opportunities for pictures.
We sat at the top and had lunch while a light sprinkle of snow fell on us. It was amazing!
Karst Spring Trail. 10km return trip. Not exciting to start - you hike an old logging road for a few km through the Mt Shark trail system. Eventually arriving at Watridge Lake (turn left at the fork and go downhill to the lake) Mt Cone is across the lake to the right, Mt Shark behind you. A walk up Watridge Creek alongside boulders and driftwood covered in bright green moss, leads you to a roaring spring that bursts out of a rock face. It's a magical place, didn't feel like Alberta.
Loved this hike! Perfect for families with smaller kids. Dogs and Granny loved it too! Took us about 3.5hours with minimal steep inclines and the path is well taken care of.
Very easy. Trail from lake to the springs more enjoyable!
Beautiful, rather hidden, spring. Not a hard walk/hike.