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

Nice tramp, quite steep to start!

Just did this over the long weekend. The trail is in great shape, all the way. We stayed over night at Ribbon Falls, there was lots of firewood and company to visit with. Day hiked up to the lake the next day, the chains were a fun challenge. We brought our 1 year old up with us and he loved every minute of it!

little work.... great views!

Did a loop past here to Galatea then round Mt Kid back to Kananaskis village the chains where the highlight. The ball ache was the front of Mt Kid. In the trees the whole way. next time I'll just do either end not the front.

Was my first time doing a hike of this calliber... absolutely insane. The effort was well worth it. Would recommend making sure you have perfect navigation (gps, map, compass) as its very easy to get lost on this trail.

backpacking
18 days ago

Highly recommended loop! We backpacked it over 3 days, staying at Aster Lake, then Three Isle campground. We had lots of rain around Point Campground to Hidden Lake, but then clear after that. Lots of elevation gain after Hidden Lake (gut buster!), towards Aster. Was still a large portion of snow in a chute at the scree portion of Aster Lake trail. Too icy to cross, but we managed to skirt around it. Day 2 was the long grind up to the ridge. Hot weather around us until we got to the highest point of the ridge trail.. then we got pummeled with hail. Excellent views all around, making it a highlight. Lots of storms around the area during the day, but we only got hit once. Some thinner portions of ridge, but was manageable. The descent down to Three Isle was longer than expected, but still some great views. Three Isle was a beautiful campsite on a really nice lake. Day 3 was the descent back down to Upper Kananaskis Lake. Some steep descending initially, until the trail leveled out and turned into a well groomed trail, which was easier on the body!

Awesome trail! Quite spot so make sure to go in a group of Atleast 3 people.

Beautiful views from the top!!

on Jumpingpound Summit Trail

hiking
21 days ago

Just did this hike. It was beautiful! The wildflowers are in full bloom, there are several magnificent meadow near the top as well 360 degree views! Excellent

Slow incline. Great 360 views and there's a couple mini trails that veer off to a view stop. Took us 1.5-2 hours up and 45 mins down.

had a blast! trails in great shape! chains are knarly and not for the faint hearted. just dont look down. but totally rewarding once up top

hiking
26 days ago

It’s a long hike 21 km. But it’s easy. Start at Elbow lake hike the trail on the left of the lake, stop at Edworthy Falls around half way point marked by a Cairn on the left side of the trail after you go through the valley. Do some research before going to find maps to Rae Lake or you could lost. It’s off Sheep River trail. I love this area. It’s a must see.

07.21.18 Beautiful morning for a hike, started at around 9:30AM. We found it to be of moderate difficulty for beginners due to mostly uphill with consistent incline. Loved the cool fresh mountain breeze through the forest. Took us about 2 hours from trailhead to peak with quick water,rest, and photo breaks. Past the trees, the grassy areas are full of pretty wild flowers. Highly recommend the last push to the peak as it offers a breathtaking 360 view of neighboring mountains and trail on the ridge. Got really windy and cold at the top, will bring windbreakers next time. Only bummer is the gravel road leading up to the trailhead. It felt like you’d never get there (or maybe miss it). Took about 25min from the Powderface Trail sign. To be fair, it is a scenic drive. Plenty of parking if you get there early.

hiking
27 days ago

Perfect day for this trail. We are not the most in shape hikers and we found this trail to be on the easier end of moderate. The incline is even and steady with some switchbacks so we had a lot of short one minute breaks but we made it to the top in about 2 hours. Round trip was just over 4 hours but we spent almost an hour at the top. The views at the top are 360 degrees spectacular and for very little effort. We had our dog with us and it was perfect for him, but as you’d expect there is no water source aside from the creek right at the bottom. The top was quite windy and cool but there are some trees to shelter behind. There are a decent number of bugs at the trailhead but not too bad on the trail. July 21/18

Went up to the chain section on the way to Ribbon Lake, but could not muster the courage to climb up the chains. The hike to the falls was quite easy, with great views. There and back again took around 5 hours, and was approximately 22km. Really hoping to make it to the lake next time.

Great hike for a newbie or kids. Steady incline with smooth path. Summit is very rewarding for not too crazy of an incline. Cool paths to explore around too if you wanted to do more, there are about three signs with maps while you’re walking that makes exploring easy. Beautiful wildflowers all over the trail this time of year, July 21, 2018.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike / scramble. One lake followed by another. Best to camp at Aster Lake & do over 2 days, or use the camp site as a jumping off point for one of the surrounding peaks. Lots of ice, snow & scree, so can be challenging.

backpacking
1 month ago

I have completed this loop twice (once in Washington direction). I prefer going to Three Isle Lake first. We got a bit lost when we went Aster Lake way first. I preferred the descent going to Aster Lake from the ridge as opposed to descending to Three Isle Lake. I recommend hiking it during the week if you can - less people on the ridge!

Excellent hike, with views most of the way. The lake is anticlimactic; I went back a bit to have my lunch where I could see down the valley. 3 hours up and 2.5 back. Would not recommend for anyone afraid of exposure - coming down the chains is like rappelling without a harness!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail June 30,2018. Initial ascent is is a bit steep to Elbow lake then the rest of the hike is on a flat wide trail with nice views along the way there was a few wet spots but otherwise trail is in great shape. When we needed to branch off and ascend the trudge up Rae mountain we needed to do a bit of route finding since it's early season and the trail we were on was almost non-existent and there are no signs. We finally found the trail up to Rae Lake which is really pretty.

hiking
1 month ago

Once you get to the top you need to go down a bit to see “the view.” WARNING: we did see a bear cub. So if you’re planning on doing this hike soon, watch out for Mama.

scenic driving
1 month ago

30 minute gravel road to trailhead with condition of road being good. Trail is well marked and ample room for parking. Most of the hike is through forested canopy with little to see although very relaxing as the traffic is low. Top of the trail had very nice view of the valley below jumpingpound mountain. At the summit, there’s a nice and open area where you can move around off the path a bit with freedom. Overall the hike is through consistent elevation, decent view at the top, and drive is quite scenic. In total took us about 2.5-3 hours.

Amazing views! Fairly easy hike

absolutely love this trail and would highly recommend it! I have done it twice and will go back again. views are spectacular. would recommend a multiday to have the time to go off and explore a little bit and not be so rushed to do the distance and elevation in one day. The trail up to Aster can be a bit tricky find and follow. as along as you know the general direction of where you are going you will be fine.

Great trail. To the falls it is pretty gradual and not too strenuous. Many loose rocky sections so sturdy footwear is a must. If you are going to the lake be warned it gets considerably more intense but well worth it. A solid hour from the falls to the lake. The cliff could seem daunting but it’s not that bad really. The chains are necessary and it will take some effort. Great looking camping area around the lake as well as below the falls. Up and back in about 6 hours was a heck of a day hike! Will be back and likely to camp next time.

June 11/18- hiked Ribbon Creek to Ribbon Falls. Easy hike and about 22km roundtrip to the Falls. Trail is dry and in good condition. No snow left on the trail and the avalanche debris was cleared today as well. There are several small waterfalls along the way to enjoy, and the large falls just beyond the campground are spectacular. The campground is a great place to stop for lunch. Once you get to the falls, you can take the trail up towards the cliff face to access Ribbon Lake. There is a warning sign there and chains that you’ll need to use to climb up.

Great hike for kids, first timers, or just for a casual walk essentially. No crazy great views - and “Falls” described in the loop were underwhelming. Very nicely groomed trail though.

Completed ribbon creek hike June 1st, 2018. A long, but pretty simple hike. Lots of side trails that can get confusing so make sure your reading the signage/map. Lots of debris from what looks like an avalanche around the 10th kilometre mark. Made it to the first waterfall, tried to make it to the lake but still lots of snow at the top which made it super slippery! Loved being next to the river for the entire hike!!

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