Best trails in Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta

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Looking for a great trail near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta? AllTrails has 389 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Bow Valley Provincial Park or Canmore Nordic Centre Provincial Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Cataract Creek Snow Vehicle Public Land Use Zone or Pinetop Provincial Recreation Area. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 179 hard trails in Kananaskis Improvement ranging from 2.7 to 47.2 miles and from 4,294 to 11,135 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta
Top trails (389)
#1 - Ha Ling Trail to Ha Ling Peak
Bow Valley Provincial Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 48 m
The Ha Ling Peak towers over the town of Canmore. It's a striking mountain and a great hike. Drive west on 742 from Canmore, and the parking area will be on the right. The trail is often very busy, especially on warm weekend days. If you arrive early, there shouldn't be that many people on the trail. Keep in mind that during the winter, the road leading to the trailhead may be closed. The hike is fairly difficult as you zig-zag up to the peak. The trail is maintained until the saddle 0.4 km from the summit. From here, the trail is unmaintained and can be quite rocky. In winter conditions, this trail is a difficult mountaineering trip and should be attempted only by experienced hikers. There is an avalanche hazard here. Warning: you may encounter bears on this trail. Whistles and pepper-spray are recommended.Show more
#2 - Ptarmigan Cirque
Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 2 m
This is a beautiful hike with such little effort required for stunning views. The short distance and incredible views make a great quick hike good for young children. You will likely see lots of wildlife (squirrels, chipmunks, big horn sheep) with nice small waterfalls and great scenery. This is a fragile alpine area and people should respect that and stay on the trail. It is also advisable to carry bear spray. Note: The highway leading up to the hike is closed Dec-June. In winter conditions (that includes early spring and later in fall) this trail is considered backcountry and avalanche hazard exists. Show more
#3 - Sarrail Ridge via Rawson Lake Trail
Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 5 h 11 m
Parts of this trail can be closed due to bear activity during the summer months. Please check here for status updates: https://albertaparks.ca/parks/kananaskis/kananaskis-country/advisories-public-safety/trail-reports/peter-lougheed/rawson-lake/ In winter, this trail is considered backcountry and an avalanche hazard exists. Please exercise caution and refer to the park page for more information. Proper footwear and poles recommended. Show more
#4 - Prairie Mountain
Kananaskis Country Public Land Use Zone
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 3 h 5 m
Prairie Mountain is usually harder in the spring due to conditions left over from the winter. The trail gets easier to hike from mid-summer to early fall. The trail will turn into a small creek during a heavy rainstorm and some parts will become slick from the mud. Hiking poles are highly recommended.Show more
#5 - Picklejar Lakes
Elbow-Sheep Wildland Provincial Park
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 4 h 22 m
#6 - Troll Falls
Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 11 m
This trail is great for families or anybody looking for a nice easy hike. There are two end points: The main one takes you to the bottom of the waterfall whereas the second part takes you above (not directly above the waterfall mentioned above) the waterfall to a creek and some other waterfalls. The second part is more difficult than the first. The main trail is packed down, easy with good hikers and not a lot of elevation. If you want to explore behind the falls bring ice crampons. Exploring the upper trail is neat and you can find a pretty cool ice area that is easier to explore than the falls. Getting to the upper part is a little steep and a little slick but do able with good grips. The trail to the upper falls can be icy!Show more
#7 - Chester Lake Trail
Spray Valley Provincial Park
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 21 m
The trail starts by climbing through the pine forest along gradual but steady switchbacks. It then gets steeper and continues climbing until around 2.6 km in when it levels out for the most part. The trail opens up to an expansive clearing with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains! It re-enters the forest for a little ways and then opens up again before arriving at the lake. ⁣ ⁣ The lake is gorgeous and the pops of yellow on the larch trees look incredible against the snowy mountainous backdrop. The trail continues around the perimeter of the lake and it gets narrow, rocky and full of roots to navigate. The rocks can get snow covered and slippery at certain times of the year, so a little treacherous. You will get so many good photo opportunities! It then follows back along the same trail back to the beginning. ⁣ The “highway” leading to this trail is not well maintained with pothole filled, washboard bumps, loose gravel and large rocks along a narrow and winding road. This hike is busy so arrive early to get a parking spot. There is bear activity reported in this area causing intermittent closures for certain areas in the park. For more information on closures, please see https://www.albertaparks.ca/parks/kananaskis/peter-lougheed-pp/advisories/Show more
#8 - King Creek Ridge
Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 3 h 32 m
A leg burner with a steady vertical incline from the get go, but super rewarding with the amazing views from the top. Hiking poles and proper footwear is a must, especially after snow as it can get a bit slick.Show more
#9 - Edworthy Falls via Elbow Lake Trail
Elbow-Sheep Wildland Provincial Park
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 3 h 17 m
Great hike. After short uphill section to the lake, wonderful views of a multitude of mountains. Hike to the waterfall is well worth it and flat most of the way! Spikes recommended for path closest to the waterfall and some areas up to the lake. The path to the falls is tricky to find. Look for a cairn topped with a small inushuk on your left side and if you look closely 'FALLS' is painted in blue on one of the rocks. Short path to falls through the trees from there.Show more
#10 - Rawson Lake and Upper Kananaskis Lake Trail
Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 34 m
Note: Parts or all of this trail can be closed due to Grizzly bear activity during the summer months. Please exercise caution and visit the park page before planning your trip. Show more
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