Explore the most popular lake 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.

hiking
11 hours 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

backpacking
2 days ago

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

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

hiking
6 days 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.

on The Wedge

hiking
9 days 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.

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!

hiking
15 days ago

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

hiking
16 days 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.

hiking
16 days ago

Great hike with very rewarding views from the ridge. We started from the Highwood Pass parking lot and unfortunately took a left turn in the beginning of the trail that lead us up to the mountain overlooking the parking lot. We encountered several other people making the mistake, so keep an eye on the map until you reach the first alpine meadow. After that the trail is easy to follow. The hike is moderate and took us about 4-5 hours to complete with a lunch break at the beginning of the ridge. We ended the hike at the little Highwood Pass parking lot, where we had a second car parked. Would absolutely recommend this hike!

Beautiful trail.. I started early around 8AM, this hike is busy...crowds start at 10AM. Weather change quick up at Rawson Lake... moderate hike till Rawson lake.... it’s little technical after lake towards Saarail ridge be careful...

17 days ago

Easy terrain, but good and long to go completely around Upper K Lake. I did this from the Interlakes trailhead- ie on the north side of U. Kananaskis Lk. Great day with only a few squalls and lots of sun. Very pretty from Pt. campground on. Hidden Lk. was very low and I could easily have made the trek along the lake and then on up to Mt Sarrail. When back onto the main trail I continued on around U. K lake- very busy from Rawson junction on and a bit tedious. That portion of the trail does have lots of good views of Mt. indefatigable and once back around to the part near Mt Everest commemoration hike, there is a great view of Waka Nambe. Want to go back from Hidden to Aster Lakes.

hiking
20 days ago

A challenging trail with fantastic views! Start at the south end to shave a bit of elevation off and get to the top of the main peak first. Keep your eyes open for bighorn sheep.

hiking
21 days ago

Easy hike along Upper Kananaskis Lake, Upper Kananaskis Falls and Kananaskis river. Campground is at the dividing point between going to Three Isle Lake or Turbine Canyon. Well traveled route with beautiful views.

The canyon is spectacular. Hiked in from the main parking lot and it took around 7 hours. A lot of elevation gain so I would suggest staying at the campground!

great hike! good for all skill levels. The view of the lake and the mountain at the top did not disappoint.

The first 3/4 of this trail is all uphill, but it takes you through gorgeous forest, and the views of the lake, cliffs, and mountains at the end make it all worthwhile. The trail was heavily populated with people of most fitness levels and quite a few dogs. To note, there is a pit toilet at the lake. The trail continues around to the far side of the water, and some of it is pretty rocky - good shoes are a must. In all, a trail I would recommend: hard work rewarded with a beautiful endpoint.

hiking
22 days ago

Awesome hike with spectacular views! Get a map app to find the trail head and which way to follow at the intersections along the way.

Awesome hike with lots of variety. Worth the climb, will come back and do again next year!

This was on the list for the summer and it did not disappoint. Steady climb to the lake but well worth it. Next time we plan on going on to do Sarrail Ridge.

We completed this hike on August 31, 2018. We started at the south end, i.e. Highwood Pass and finished at the north end i.e. Little Highwood Pass Day Use Area. It was a great Ridge walk up high with continual great views. There was a small amount of scrambling to keep on the right trail. We followed a pair of bighorn sheep for a long ways and they were not too concerned about us. The only downside was the steep descent at the north end coming off the ridge. My wife particularly had problems with her toes jamming into the end of her boots. Note, that we had two vehicles and were able to do this as a one-way hike. It would be very strenuous to do both ways.

on Elbow Lake Loop

hiking
25 days ago

Loose rocks on the trail. Need good shoes to protect the ankles. Easy trail.

Beautiful hike and a little bit of everything to see - a waterfall and two lakes. Scenery is unreal. Some of the trail is steep in the middle but overall the hike is short. Can’t wait to go again. We hear you can go to furthest end of Rawson Lake and hike up to the ridge for peek views! Next time for sure.

This was a beautiful hike, that we did yesterday! It is all uphill and had some steep spots, but if you take your time it is well worth it! The trail is very well maintained. It was not busy at all. Once we got to Rawson Lake my son and daughter continued up to the ridge, it took them another hour to get up on the ridge. It is a steep climb up the ridge and they did it without any poles or equipment. Beautiful photos from the top of the ridge. Great hike, beautiful views!

hiking
29 days ago

This trail was much more difficult than expected. It’s straight up hill and a good scramble up some scree. You have to keep an eye out for the cairns to make sure you’re still on the path but the higher you go the more scarce and far between they become. They are there, you just have to trust and keep going even if it feels like you’re doing something wrong. The views from the top of the ridge are worth every grueling step. The hardest part was coming down. The path down a steep hill resembles a game trail and switch backs down towards the valley. Once there you can easily find the path but it was washed away quite badly in the floods and it’s quite the trek back. I wouldn’t recommend taking dogs on this trail as it was extremely difficult for them but they made it. At the end of the day it was gorgeous but tough. It took us 7.5 to 8 hours to complete.

This was a great hike! There are some areas where it gets steep and I would recommend poles for the decent. Absolutely worth the views once you hit the top!

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