Explore the most popular forest 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.

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

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

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

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
13 days 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
20 days ago

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

hiking
21 days 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
21 days 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!

hiking
24 days ago

Hiked to the hotsprings today, very snowy traverse across to the path. make sure you have appropriate footwear or it could be a sketchy trip.
Didn't make it to the summit as the weather was turning and I wasn't feeling super confident in the snow. Hot springs fit 2 people in the top spring and the same in the bottom which is much shallower.
A good workout and diverse scenery.

hiking
24 days ago

Great hike! Not hard until you start the scramble to summit (it's a lot further up than you think lol!).

Fairly well trafficked the day we went, easily saw 20-30 people throughout the day. The hot springs, while a nice feature, are not worth hiking in for alone... The water wasn't very warm and there is maybe enough room for 4-6 adults max (expect legs to touch under water with those numbers).
Summit scramble is amazing! Lactic acid build up is real after this one :) you will be rolling out those quads/glutes/shins the day after ;)

Saw no wildlife, kids, or pets on this one.

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful but busy hike! The larches are out and are stunning, they are so soft too I couldn’t stop touching them! A lot of people only went to the summit and turned back, however we went along the whole ridge which was pretty snowy after the peak but so much fun if not a little challenging.

We took two cars and started from Highwood Pass and hiked to Little Highwood, think it would have been tough hiking the opposite direction as I found it quite steep coming down.

Our GPS shows 11.20km and took us 4h 25min with 793m total elevation gain #HikingWithHarri

Loved it! So many beautiful and diverse sights. The summit offers incredible views. The trail is very muddy right now, so poles are definitely needed.

backpacking
27 days ago

Awesome hike, beautiful larch trees. Very slippery, muddy and snowy. Glad we had crampons.

Absolutely beautiful single track trails! Fairly gradual elevation gain and a real joy to run!

Decently challenging hike. Beautiful views. Gets pretty steep and slick.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful! Larches were amazing.
I would consider this a hard hike, for the length and up and downs, some friends and I did the triple crown of Canmore this year and I thought this hike was more like those for difficulty.
This took our group 5 hours with lots of picture stops and lunch.
People said there was 4 peaks, but it felt more like 10!
Poles were nice and if you have spikes for your shoes it helps in several places.
Spectacular 360 view on the ridge!
We started on the south end and were glad we did. Definitely have your gps out and check it often.
Over all loved it!

Did this hike on the weekend before the snow came down. It was a great hike for my son and I. Trail was a little muddy and slippery in spots from the recent rain. And provided a good challenge for us. The view at the top was amazing and worth the climb. Lunch along the water was great and we were joined by a cheeky chipmunk and the chirps of the Pikas.

hiking
1 month ago

Led Zeppelin wrote a song about this hike i think? The majority of the hike is in the trees with a steady incline. We hit the summit in under 3 hours and roundtrip was under 5; including a beer break and some goofing around at the summit. Great echo from the top to practice your goat calls. We paired this hike with a pint of Goat Locker Fainting Block beer...Bon Mot!

on The Wedge

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike!! Amazing view!! To get to the top you will need climbing gear and experience, I didn't see anyone else the whole day!

I did this hike last week with my friend, Shahram. Started from Galatea parking at about 7:30 a.m. Hiked up to Lillian Lake that has a campsite and then toward lower Galatea Lake. The new trail to Guinn Pass is awesome. They did a great job and you can reach the pass with no issue.
We headed down toward Ribbon Lake and Ribbon Fall (both have campsites). Ribbon Lake campsite has about 20 spots with lots of firewood and benches for night gatherings. There is a cliff between lake and fall that has chain to climb up and down. Ribbon Fall is beautiful! We had lunch there and headed back to Allan Parking.
Strongly recommend this hike, however you better to have two cars otherwise you have to hike back to Galatea Parking. We were lucky some gave us ride half the way back to the start point.

Short hike up to the pass, then scramble to the summit, which was a long and exhausting, two step forward one step back climb. The warm spring was a nice detour.

nice trail for start hiking specially with family

absolutely beautiful hike! seen lots of fresh jumping in the lake and many birds :)
plan to spend lots of time at the lake as there's lots to see!

Loved this hike! Did it on Sept 9 and would absolutely recommend it, especially in the first few weeks of fall. The colours were astounding.

There isn’t a trailhead marker, but if you keep an eye on your map, you should be fine. Then follow the GREEN tape hanging in the trees (which ends around the scree/bowl area. We found it pretty easy to navigate, but some newer hikers (who I’m assuming didn’t have a map) said they got lost. Fairly quiet trail despite being a Sunday. Super easy hike until the last km which is very steep. Super windy at the top, bring layers! We did it with our three dogs, took a million photo breaks, and did the steep incline very slowly, and took about 4.5 hours including a break at the top. I’m sure most decent hikers could do it in 4 easily.

hiking
1 month ago

A very simple hike to the scrambling portion. Just watch for rocks coming down from scramblers above.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was a little hard to find as there is no signage or reception in the area, definitely do your research prior to starting! Once you locate it, the first peak is a steep uphill climb! Beautiful larches, and amazing 360 views along the way. Took us about 4.5 hours with multiple stops for pictures to complete the 9kms.

Completed the first week of sept. 2018. I loved this loop. We went from 3 isle to turbine via south and north kananaskis passes. The trail on the bc side is a bit overgrown but very easy to follow. Clearly marked with flagging. We took 3 days and two nights. I only wish we had taken more time to enjoy the passes and Beatty lake more. Beautiful hike all around.

A great trout lake but can be finicky. You can catch 50 when it’s on or 0 when it’s off.

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