Explore the most popular cross country skiing trails near Improvement District No. 13 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

Great family trail. even our 3 year loves it!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail well marked and well groomed. saw lots of wild life. Go early in the morning mosquitoes are bad but lots to see. I'm going to do this trail again.

hiking
1 month ago

Very pleasant, easy stroll. Enjoyed watching the very busy beavers in the pond near the beginning of the trail. There were also beautiful wetland flowers. I didn’t see any other animals (which is to be expected, as it was afternoon), but there were tracks/scat/fur from bison, elk, deer, and coyote, so if you went in the morning or evening you’d likely have a good chance.

hiking
1 month ago

A lovely, short trail. I went two days in a row at sunset and was able to enjoy numerous beaver, muskrat, and waterfowl. This would be a great trail to bring the kids along.

Great easy trail. We went the last weekend in April so it was a little bit wet but still amazing! We will absolutely be back.

hiking
1 month ago

I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Not very challenging but if your looking for a relaxing stroll this is defiantly a great trail. There were a few wet spots that I'm sure will be dry within the week. Honestly I spent most of the hike imagining it come winter. Can't wait to shoe this next year.

It was alright. A lot of wood parts and mossy trail. Biked the trail and didn’t see any bisons :(

Biked this trail. Not to challenging but it wasn’t all smooth and had great trail maintenance Really enjoyed it!

mountain biking
1 month ago

24 degrees for the round trip, but didn’t see any buffalo today. Beautiful scenery!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Early season, lots of poop to navigate. not bad, not great. good for a relaxed ride.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike. Have seen bison everytime on this trail. Right now its got lots of snow, puddles and slushy sections. Once it’s dried up a very good hike worth recommending.

Did this in winter, pretty boring

backpacking
5 months ago

Easy, scenic trail. If you're staying overnight at the Oster Lake camp, however, be prepared for bison encounters as they tend to congregate here (as evidenced by the droppings you'll find). Give them lots of space, and get in your tent when it gets dark so you don't surprise them. We were kind of stuck in our tent as they were within 10 m of us for a large portion of the night. Cool, but a little nerve wracking. Beautiful stars too.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail. Icy sections that I would recommend
Micro spikes for. All in all a nice easy hike with woods, a large field and a lake. Easy signage to follow.

hiking
8 months ago

I would probably have called this a 3-star except for the encounters with wild bison which were quite exciting - had to drive a herd of them in front of us to stay on the trail. Flat plains and wooded scenery without pronounced features for most of the hike, only a few other hikers out there. Time a little under 4 hours, only minor elevation changes. As others have noted, there were a few boggy patches. I saw at least one brave soul tried it in the snow - would be pretty strenuous then?!

Close to home and decent views that you don’t need to work hard for.

hiking
9 months ago

An easy loop with Bison encounters. We had to shoo two bison off the trail to complete the loop.

hiking
10 months ago

this is a great beginner trail! my family and I went out last weekend and had a great time. this trail took us about an hour and our 3 yr old had no problem walking it herself. there are a few small incline and declines but generally well kept. I would recommend this trail to young families and the elderly alike.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice and refreshing! Lots of animal poop and we sadly saw nothing but a coyote and we left since we have small dogs.

hiking
11 months ago

Good easy trail. Interesting route with plenty to see. However, we were unlucky and did not see any beavers! A park ranger was there breaking one of the dams that was flooding the tree line so that may have had something to do with the no show! We saw lots of elk tracks on the trail, but no elk! There were loads of mini frogs which were amazing and swarms of flys/mosquitos which were most definitely not. We both had bug spray on but on the loop part of the trail the flys were relentless :( bug spray is a must. This would not stop me doing the trail again however because it really was good overall.

hiking
11 months ago

easy, lots of sight seeing.

hiking
11 months ago

nice easy trail for a good outing.

hiking
11 months ago

lots of evidence of animals using this trail. would definitely do it again!

Sympa mais la majeure partie de la marche est dans la forêt, sans véritable point de vue sur les étangs

hiking
Monday, July 17, 2017

This hike is better than the Lake Shirley hike. More variety, with open spaces and more of a wilderness trail rather than a quad path through the woods. A herd of wood Buffalo were in the path at one open spot, so I had to wade through some tall prairie grass to get around them. That added some time making for about a 3 & 1/4 hour hike. Lots of raspberries on the trail, making me think I might see a bear. I did see a big black bear last week on the Lake Shirley hike.

hiking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

The trail itself was pretty good. It's mostly flat (as expected in the prairies), and my friend and I were able to complete the entire trail in about 3 hours. We saw some wildlife (deer, woodpeckers, etc.) but didn't see wood bison as we had hoped. The sun was really hot and we ended up leaving at 11, so I would recommend doing the hike before it gets very hot out or taking plenty of sunscreen and water with you. Waterproof footwear recommended, as some regions were a bit muddy. There were a LOT of mosquitoes, so ensure that you have plenty of insect repellent as well.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Nice trail, flowers, lots of evidence of bison but didn't see any.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Ended up going 13.7k some of it through dense bush as we got off trail - organic bug spray doesn't have the punch to deal with the critters out there! Saw two bison near the mud hole

Monday, June 26, 2017

a bit muddy at the back and missed trail split on plains section but very beautiful.

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