Pickle Jar Lakes is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement District, AB that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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.
June 19/16 - Great hike and the lakes were beautiful! The third lake was absolutely stunning.