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

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Great day up Wasootch! Took me 2:10 up and 1:40 down with a steady pace and only a couple of short breaks. Poles are definitely helpful on this trail, bring em along.

Great hike! A couple of lovely views and a solid trail that was easy to navigate. The trees are so pretty covered in snow! I find many of the hikes in this area you don’t need snow shoes because the fat bikes pack the snow down. There were moments I could have used snow shoes but overall not necessary. Although the views aren’t “epic” like some hikes deeper into Kananaskis, it’s hard to complain with it being so easy to get to from the city! Lots of uphill portions do make this hike moderate, not easy.

A little slippery on the hills in December but peaceful trail with beautiful scenery. Alternating between meadows and woods. Takes around 2.5 hours to complete. There are lots of forks in the road so it’s best to download the map.

hiking
13 days ago

Gorgeous views of Spray Lakes for the majority of the hike! We had to cut the hike short by a couple hundred meters as the snow became too deep. Definitely going to add this one to the list to do again in the summer!

Beautiful panorama view. Love it

hiking
25 days ago

To much snow to continue to Sparrow didn’t have the snow shoes on us - so we went up Reads instead! Great day! Not to windy not icy great Sunday hike - will be back to do the full route.

hiking
26 days ago

Beautiful hike this morning. Nice walk (though poles helped in a few spots) in a bit of fresh snow, and we had the trail to ourselves. Perfect time of year to do this trail - snow on the mountains and trees, ice forming on the creek and over the waterfalls.

Hiked this today, and enjoyed bushwhacking the whole time as there is not a laid out trail. Some kind folks left ribbon markers, but appears others were removed. A GPS is a great idea, as some folks may become disoriented. This trail should be rated Moderate, similar with others in the area. Definitely an enjoyable challenge.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with amazing views very quick with very quick (steep) elevation gain. Unfortunately we opted to turn back with only a short distance left to go due to snow and ice on the scree with the final scramble. Having already trudged through waist deep snow once past the ridge line - not only was the scree risky with the snow and ice we were getting pretty tired. This hike would be best avoided now until the snow melts, (unless you only intend to go to the ridge line - which the views from there are still very amazing).

If your up there get em both done

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Lots of snow, snowshoes are a must. Had to break trail most of the way, would strongly suggest having a good GPS app, saved us past the first valley in order to find the best route to the ridge. Larches were beautiful, the views made this 6.5 hour hike worth it, full 360 view of mountains.

Hiked up yesterday and microspikes were the ticket to an easy climb. I also used poles but others didn’t and had no issues. It is more spectacular in the summer but still a stunning backdrop.

1 month ago

Great scenic hike! Lots of little falls on the way.
The trail is very icy in spots, recommend taking ice spikes. Took about 6.5hr with a lunch break.
Actual distance is 9.6 km to the falls.

Oct 27.

Snow covered but packed. Bring spikes.

We decided to head out to this trail on a beautiful sunny blue sky day. A few weeks prior it had snowed in the area a fair bit. Micro-spikes were definitely required on the day that we went. At times having an ice axe and or crampons would have been a bit help. During some of the route up to Grizzly Col we encountered very slick ice that was hard to get traction in our micro-spikes. Beautiful view once we got to the summit! We didn't see a single person on the trail once we diverted off the trail headed to Pocaterra Ridge.

1 month ago

Great hike! Snow is packed down for most of it. And you start the ascent up to the ridge line the snow is minimal and it is muddy conditions. Yak tracks or spikes recommended for the lower portions in the trees as it is quite slippery. We proceeded as far as we felt comfortable on the ridge. Not much for tracks after the first summit. Wouldn’t recommend the full traverse right now, better as an out and back. The larches are still holding on! May be able to enjoy them for one more weekend.

Did it this week end, 2 days and one night out. Very nice trail! Snowshoes welcome at this date !

I would probably rate this hike somewhere between moderate and hard, depending on the weather conditions. Although, it’s a must to do day hike. The elevation gain is impressive and one might find it hard. However, if you choose your comfortable pace, it’ll be nothing but fun. We did it on October 20. Recent snow falls in the area made us a little worried about the route, but the warm weather and the trail location ( south-west facing) , we found almost all snow had melted and the surface was in perfect condition, except for a few snowy patches on the top. We walked to the north peak as well, which added another 400 meters to the distance. If you ever to do the same, be aware of strong wind gusts and narrowness of the ridge leading to the north peak., especially with snow on it. Great views open up as soon as you clear the tree line. Was totally worth driving from Edmonton for a day trip

hiking
1 month ago

Sep 3, 2017 - hard and rewarding

The beginning of the hike near the lake is flat, and enough to warm you up. Shortly after it is a steep incline up, and is slick after it rains. Once you make it up to the lake, the hike is well worth it. I brought my dog with me, and she struggled on the small-medium sized rocks around Rawson lake.

short and with amazing view

2 months ago

Rewarding hike. Hard to keep on the correct trail at the start so I recommend a map.

A very busy hike up to the summit or hot spring. Well worth the incline to get there with the views from the natural spring. Will defs be going again with the husband ! Highly recommend

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail - easy to navigate. Some steep parts but Well worth the views when you get to the glacier. Not very busy as there was a lot of snow ! Definitely recommend for people of all ages.

Steep climb that seems never ending! Amazing trail while following Kananaskis Lake then the trail turns off into the forest for a steep incline that doesn’t quit. Getting to the lake was a bit anti-climactic but perhaps this is because the lake was gray and frozen. I’m not sure it’s worth the hike just for Rawson but I would definitely do again to get to Sarrail for the reward of breathtaking views.

hiking
2 months ago

Stunning views and very rewarding for the effort put in. Only the first summit is really accessible with the snow. Starts at Ptarmigan Cirque trailhead and almost immediately opens into a snow covered valley filled with larches. Last ascent to the main summit was very steep and slippery - I highly recommend hiking poles. Trail is completely snow covered but quite doable as the trek through the valley of larches is fairly easy and with little to no elevation gain. Overall took us about four hours round trip.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiking today ! Gorgeous views! Steady climb!

hiking
2 months ago

Gold larch and snow mountain! Love the view and crampon hiking.

hiking
2 months ago

One of the most beautiful hikes I have been on. The long approach runs along a creek and meadow surrounded by many notable peaks including the first, snow and commonwealth. The long flat approach makes for some quick gain at the end but as you quickly gain elevation the views open of the surrounding and distant peaks. Did it with 15 to 20 cm on the peak and although it made it a little slippery it was a challenging but manageable scramble

hiking
2 months ago

All the colors of the Fall were m beautiful! When we went it was snowing quite heavily and there was a lot of snow, but it was still a lot of fun and I found it quite easy! My pup loved it! There are amazing views throughout most of it which is rewarding! The only downfall was that there are so many hidden trails through the first set of trees and you have to be careful not to get lost. I got lost but that was part of the adventure and found some great views in the process! Looking forward to trying out this hike during the summer months!

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