Explore the most popular birding trails near Eden Valley with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 month ago

Good fall/early winter hike if you have micro spikes. Some deep snow up top (don’t forget the gaiters) near the lakes, but lakes are frozen and you can easily traverse across them. Will be back in the spring/summer.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome and difficult climb in wintery conditions. Experience and technical gear required to complete in winter. Hard to find any trail through forest up to ridge, but once on ridge, easy to navigate your own path to the top. I only made it to the false summit due to daylight being shortened this time of year and also very tough, icy conditions on the last ridge.

Very nice trail. Not at all difficult and should be accessible for most people. This was our third trip around during an outing to view Big horn Sheep when the rams are down from the mountains. (We saw lots of sheep in the meadows). It's worth taking a little longer route from the old sawmill site upriver along side Blue Rock Creek. Nice spruce forest and views of the canyon. No snow except for some small parches and this was on Nov 22!.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike Nov 3, 2018. High of 10 degrees, slight wind, mainly overcast. First 60% of the trail was greasy and we had to put on crampons to stop from slipping everywhere. Middle portion ice and some snow. Top portion by lake has deep snow. Crampons necessary and likely snowshoes for upper area. Mud should not be a problem since freezing temps incoming.

This hike isn't what I would call "super easy". More moderate to difficult since it is essentially straight up. Very few flat areas. Use my GPX data since All Trails map is out of date.

The Good:
Nature, outdoors, some okay scenery on the way up, vigorous hike
Scenery around the lakes is beautiful

The Bad:
Aggressive climb from trailhead to lakes
Mostly within treeline
Few views along the way

I did this hike one late morning in September with my wife. She loved it more than I did. The hike is in itself not very tough as the trail is wide enough for bikes as well as in winter for cross country skiing. We saw a couple of people who came up minutes behind us. The views from the top by the lookout cabin is awesome. Can see both upper and lower Kananaskis lakes as the trail reaches the top. Good hike any time of the year.

hiking
2 months ago

Super easy hike - great little hike if you just want something quick.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Pretty easy if you hike a lot. It was incredibly windy one the hill walks and nice and calm in the forest sections. There was a few inches of snow along the whole trail. We got to the crest before you go down to the lakes. We stopped there because the wind had moved the snow to the point that you couldn't see a clear path so we'll be sure to be back when the snow is gone. 1h up. 45min down.

Good hike. Moderate effort for great views. Went oct 14. trail up to ridge is good but snow gets deep on the way down to the lakes. also poses avalanche danger in one spot. wouldn't recommend if more snow falls. Note that the map is out of date. Switch backs now make it easier.

Good hike, hard for sure went up and down in about 4 hours. Made the scramble up where there was some scree, deep snow but well worth the hike. Made it to the 1st summit but turned back cause it was sunset but would definitely return to complete summit

A friend and I did this trail today. October 14. For future reference it is a difficult hike at this time due to show accumulation. We were the only ones to do it today. We ended up missing the rock cairn for the creek crossing as it was buried under snow. So a 14km hike turned into a 23km hike. The falls look amazing with ice on them. Just be sure to bring extra socks and perhaps snowshoes. As for the crossing of the river at the beginning? ... it was dang cold.

Nice and easy little hike. Great views. Bring a picnic blanket and a lunch and you’ll have a great day. 1st lake is the best spot to throw down a blanket for lunch.

It looked like it was going to be a rainy day but turned out to be excellent. We missed the trail head at first, heading down the river instead of crossing it. This route requires a decent river crossing right at the beginning and then is fine after that. Also we brought bathing suits and jumped in the water when we got to the falls. It was freezing but tons of fun. Super fun walk in the woods. Little elevation climbing required. Long trail but worth it for the falls.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike! Did it with 7 people and 1 dog and it took us 5 hrs. We did stop at the first and fourth lake for about 30 mins each though. Steady incline but has some down parts and flat parts to help break it up. Once you get to the first lake, stay right to get to the second, go right at the second then once you reach the third, stick to the left for a bit of an easier walk through the rocks around the lake. Then follow up behind the last lake to the fourth. 10/10 would do this one again! Lots of pika and we saw a mink as well! Not too many people, and lots of people were fishing in the lakes!

hiking
4 months ago

Loved this hike! Great views, decent climb and some nice lakes to enjoy lunch by. There are 4 lakes total so keep trekking to see them all. Our favourite was the last lake, it was nice and quiet. We brought our dog and she loved it. I wouldn't recommend bringing smaller dogs as there are a lot of parts that require stepping over lots of rocks and little paws may get stuck. We saw Pika lots of and a Mink :)

camping
4 months ago

Hiked in for two day stay the trail is washed out a lot you really have to pay attention to keep on it. Seen beat sign and wolf sign didn’t see any animals other than a few small sheep ten horses went in as I left so the trail should be a lot more prominent after that.

Beautiful

hiking
4 months ago

I have been on the hike several times in the past with the last time being about 10 years ago, carrying my now 12 year old son on my back! It was pretty cool hiking this weekend with him as I’d always wanted to return with him as my hiking partner. It hasn’t changed a bit, moderately challenging, beautiful meadows and views and an amazing set of lakes at the end. It took us 4 hours with about a 1/2 hr rest at the lake itself. Catching a cutthroat was the icing on the cake. Great Day!

I did this trail on horseback and really enjoyed it. I would recommend having shoes on your horses as the terrain gets a bit rocky in parts. Wouldn’t be a great ride for beginners as you definitely need to navigate some obstacles- lots of roots and deadfall and some slippery hills (it had rained the night before) Took about 3.5 hours round trip including a nice rest at the falls.

hiking
4 months ago

Did this hike two weeks ago. IT WAS AMAZING. Getting started in the hike the initial incline was challenging but as we got further and further the views made up for all the sweat. At the top we hung out and enjoyed the lakes. The trail was pretty well marked. And the hike itself was super quiet - we only met up with 6 people total and they were all heading down while we were going up. Overall, I’d go back to the area and hike the trail again!!

hiking
4 months ago

Fun hike and gorgeous views. Just make sure when u enter the valley and see the headwall with two sets of waterfalls that you are on the trail angling up to the higher set!! Otherwise it's a grovel up rocky scree.

Beautiful, easy hike! Start early to avoid the traffic.

One of the most rewarding hikes. Wouldn't say it's hard untill we got to the chains. Definitely look for the arrow pointing to the right before you enter the veally. We missed it and scrambled up the side of the mountain. Would have been easier on the trail. The Lake is great and very relaxing. I don't like people cutting entire trees to get fire wood. Ten more years and the trees are gone.

hiking
4 months ago

Went this past weekend and it was great. Left base camp at 6:00 PM and ascended the chains in the dark at 9:30 PM (I do not recommend that). Overall, had a great trip. Fish were biting and the atmosphere was relaxing. Will do again.

Loved this hike!!! It’s been our favourite of all the hikes we’ve ever done. I’d say it’s easy as far as terrain and elevation gain but moderate based on length.and challenging terrain.
The trail can be challenging to follow at times (as has been mentioned before) but a lot of that is due to the flood in ‘13 . We found when the trail seemed to get too iffy- because it seemed to be washed out we walked along the dry creek bed for a bit and then rejoined the trail. You only cross one true creek- (there are a couple of little springs but the creek Is unmistakable) - there’s a little fall at that creek with a solid creek bed that’s been carved out by the current- the trail is easy to find once you cross. Generally just keep Junction creek to your left all the way- don’t make any weird turns that take you too far away from it and you should b fine ; ) We stopped for a good hour + at the falls for lunch and the two youngest of the teens even jumped (multiple times into the deep swimming hole below the middle fall- so if it’s hot- bring your suits!!
We also had Fitbit like distance trackers- so we knew when we were close to 7km we were almost there.
We did this with 5 teens, 3 big dogs, 2 fabulous women and 2 old men (well they’re older than the fabulous women : )
Pack a lunch, bring water and snacks- you’ll need them.

hiking
4 months ago

GREAT hike today. so mygestic and beautiful.. trail has some steady incline. Rained all the way and was snowing at the top. we made it 3/4 way up and turned back because it was slick with the snow. We will do this hike again for sure.. 5 months pregnant found it to be intermediate..

hiking
5 months ago

We did this hike about 3 weeks ago and it was great. I would consider it a fairly easy hike with a steady incline the entire way and nothing too challenging. The most challenging part of this hike was on the way up there is little tree cover at some points so definitely bring sunscreen and a hat. The bugs are really bad this year too on this hike so it was a quick lunch and go at the top. There are 4 lakes so make sure to keep going (as we missed the last one). This is a great spot for fishing and you can see right through the lakes they are so clear! One final recommendation is go early! It is a popular spot for family’s and pets so if you don’t want to be annoyed by crowds aim to get there for 8 or earlier.

I highly recommend this hike for beginners or anyone who has had a few months off hiking and needs an easy hike to get back into the swing of things! Round trip 5 hours with stopping for lunch.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice hike and not very hard at all. About 5km to the first lake with the next three lakes not far from the first. We hiked to the end (4th Lake) and decided to go back to the first lake to camp. Spent one night and it was very quiet with almost no other visitors on a Wednesday.

Lots of wildlife on the trail. We heard a bear or two when we stayed the night and if you know what to look for there are a lot of signs of bears in the area. Bring spray with you.

hiking
5 months ago

Would not say this is a hard hike, just long. The hardest part would maybe be finding the chains.? You literally have to walk straight towards the waterfalls and than you’ll find them!! The trail is not very popular so it was nice being alone; that being said be careful if you’re by yourself and watch out for bears!! It was a warm day although the smoke from BC was extremely bad on the 15th. You also have to cross water twice, but the second ones not as deep and has a tree over it you can use instead of getting wet. The water at the top was warm enough to go in, and lots of fish!! It was super windy, but died down once we went around the left side towards the back trees! Soon I will post a short video on youtube of this hike if you would like too see it !! Channel name is ellakattey!!

Video name: Hiking - Carnarvon Lake

https://youtu.be/UzpaxO6ynhY

backpacking
5 months ago

A decent trail mostly in the trees with a couple meadows. Not amazingly marked at some parts and if you are starting at Windy Point parking lot note you will have to cross the river right away. Overall an average trail, had fun, but probably wouldn’t go back.

Hiked from Windy point to Bluerock campground

Beautiful hike! Went on a Wednesday morning and had the place to ourselves. We did not see any signs of wildlife at all, but always best to be prepared. Hiked with with 2 dogs and 3 other ladies (2 of which we hitched up with at the trail head) this hike was misleading in a few ways but overall a really great payoff, those falls, no matter how many photos you take just does not do them justice - they were amazing! Lots of moss, butterflies and frogs at the top. The hike took longer than expected we missed the creek crossing, and had to turn around. The trail does not get steep at all (for too long anyway) and you never cross the Junction Creek itself, there are several small creek crossings but the Creek should always be on your left until you finally reach the falls. if it does you are going off course. make sure to keep an eye out for the flag tape, it marks every spot where you need to pay extra attention. Also, this hike was rated as easy but I found it to be pretty moderate as the trail is quite long and you need to really watch your footing in some places. If it had been ranked moderate I would have prepared differently (ex. Brought more water, packed more energy friendly snacks, etc) other than that was an amazing hike! Make sure you bring a map, the free one this app actually works better than the one for purchase, and bring water shoes! Happy hiking!

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