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.

Awesome hike up to Rawson mostly shaded which is nice when the sun is beating down. We caught lots of cutthroat in the 12-16inch range. I was informed larger ones are present.

Beautiful hike today. Weather was perfect. Made it up to the ridge but not before our group was split in 2 by a momma grizzly and her 3 cubs. Walked right in between our groups. Beautiful sight but made us realize we were definitely in bear country. Do not go up the valley closest to the mountain ( snow ) as her den is right at the top of the saddle. Papa grizzly was just on the other side. We had to yell to one group to stop and turn around as it would have been a sure disaster if they would’ve continued on up. Hike up to the highest point instead please.

This is a beautiful hike with panoramic views on the ascent. Unfortunately we were unable to complete our final trek up to the ridge as there is a mama Grizzly with her cubs. Please be very aware she has been in the area for a while and frequents the meadow surrounding (Pocaterra cirque)

backpacking
6 days ago

Hit up this entire ridge today. Expect a good 1.5h uphill slog when you get closer to the ridge. Bring hiking polls. Also expect superb valleys, views from the top, and some wildlife? We save an entire herd of big horned sheep!

Good hike if you’re short on time. Very scenic and enough of an incline to get a work out in. When you get to Elbow lake, walk through the entire campground and passed the food lockers and the trail will reappear. The glacier itself is pretty underwhelming but the views along the way are great. For the length of drive it takes to get there I would recommend hiking to Tombstone Lake which is accessible from the same starting point.

Amazing views. The walk through the meadow is very unique. Didn't have enough time to do the whole ridge, but the conditions up to the peak and back we good, other than some muddy areas at the beginning.

hiking
9 days ago

Fairly easy hike. Under 2 hrs with a 3 year old (only including lake loop). Beautiful lake and lots of places to stop for a picnic or dip in the water.

The trail was pretty mucky and a little busy but the well worth it. It’s an enjoyable afternoon hike.... the switchbacks are a bit of work but once they are done, it’s smooth sailing to the top and an easy trek down. The lake is stunning and there are plenty of spots to stop for a snack, scramble up the rock face or just enjoy the view. Two grizzlies were pacing in the meadow at the far end during our visit.

hiking
10 days ago

Much more scenic than I expected based on other reviews, however today in early July 2018 it was very windy and cold between the 3rd and 4th kms as we ascended to the glacier. We were not prepared for the drastic temperature change and were quite cold. A learned lesson for future hikes.

Went July 6 and we were the only ones on the trail. Fantastic hike with so much variety of terrain and views. Very little snow at the top but the pups loved playing in it. The loop down was a little hard to follow the trail but once we got to the lake it was easy to find. Took 7.5 hours with two long breaks, one at summit and one at the lake. Would recommend to anyone experienced!

well travelled trail, a little muddy in spots so watch your footing! would suggest going out earlier in the day as the trail gets quite busy. the hike took us about 2 hours round trip with a little stop for a bite at rawson lake. would definitely do again to serrail ridge for a longer hike!

Did this hike Canada Day weekend. Absolutely stunning. On the way there we went from sunshine to rain to a little hail but for the most part it was alright, some patches of snow on the ground but didn't need any crampons or snowshoes. Slept at Turbine Sunday night and woke up to see beautiful frosted mountains. We thought it would only snow on the mountaintops but about 5 minutes into breakfast we got hit with heavy hail that quickly turned to flurries. The hike back to Forks felt like a completely different experience with everything above the switchbacks blanketed in a white crystal sheet. In the span of 3 hours we went from sun -> hail -> snow -> rain -> sun when we finally hit Forks.
It's a tiring climb up with a backpack but it's well worth the views.

Love this hike! Have done it several times in all seasons!

It is just breathtaking

Beautiful Hike. Our 4 year old was able to complete it. Switchbacks get your heart going.

The best views in Kananaskis

Moderately uphill climb up to the lake but a relatively short distance. The lake view alone is worth the trip.

hiking
21 days ago

We decided to take the short route to get to the Mary Barclay summit. This moderate scramble route required a waist deep river crossing and some bushwhacking for the first 1km of so. We were the only people that we saw the entire day. The trail is not very well cut and seems to disappear at times. The last 150m or so ranges from moderate to difficult scrambling with some pretty good exposure at times. The trail is a difficult hike to easy scramble otherwise.

Steep to start but incredibly worthwhile.

Easy short and view at the end just ok. Heavy traffic

Hiked to aster set up camp. Then skinned to Joffre the next morning. Lots of snow from the valley just past aster to the summit of Joffre June 16th

Pretty short hike, but a nice one. For the first 4km you will be on a paved trail, after the tree line ends now you will see the water!! So nice. Still quite a bit of snow this June. Knee-high in a few places.

stumbled on this lake by mistake but totally worth the hike!

hiking
1 month ago

A steady up hill hike. A selection of hiking conditions from open, woodland & stone trails. Very busy when we went but not so many people at the top. It was a pleasure to discover there is a washroom at the top!
Views were well worth the hike.

Love this trail, varied areas, amazing view of a valley.

Trail starts out well enough but you'll come across a sign stating "Trail not maintained after this point"...As you ascending upon the established horse trail you'll come to a small creek that cuts accross the path, if you do, YOU HAVE GONE to FAR. Go back about 50ft and you'll see an orange flag wrapped around a sapling with a pile of rocks at its base, THATS THE TRAIL...AND it gets worse as you go...Initially u hv a bit of a foot trail to follow then it becomes a game of "Can you find the trail"...So, as you continue, you'll need to read the landscape to stay on track...When they say it's not maintained, they mean it...If you keep a careful eye out, it can be done, just allow some extra time...Nice river creek runs along the lower section, scenery ok.

A lovely hike with prairie views. Perfect place to see the yellow pines in the fall!

hiking
2 months ago

Not giving it 3 stars because it was bad, giving it 3 stars because I attempted this yesterday and I was still snowed out. Just want people to know to wait a little longer if you’re wanting to do this hike!

hiking
4 months ago

We did see the mama bear with her 3 cubs just before the Highwood parking area, she stayed on the Ptarmigan Cirque side

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