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

hiking
20 hours ago

Was good hike we took the dogs up and had lunch at the first lake got some fish all fingerlings then hiked the up to the rest of the lake all and all loved it was about 20km there and back with the bit of wandering around the lakes and definitely don’t skip the last lake you’ll beat yourself up about it later

hiking
21 hours ago

Excellent views ... follow the hiking trail signs, NOT the fire road ... bring water shoes & bug spray (I’ve never seen bugs like this in AB) ... views are incredible & worth it at the top!

Closed due to bear activity FYI

best hike in the area 6 stars in my book
Total mileage 11.4 mile.
Very important the route changed due to flood in 2013 follow the trail signs

hiking
4 days ago

This hike was ok, you will start off on a mountain biking trail for the first half of the hike then turn left onto the hiking trail. Be prepared to scramble ... pretty fun! :)
The view from the top (should be flat) is amazing! You’ll love it. Hike is short, took us about 1.5hrs to get up. Oh.. ps we saw a marmot, fox and an elk.

hiking
5 days ago

Beautiful hike! Small incline throughout the whole trail with a few small steep sections. Beautiful waterfalls along the trail - some of the hiking sections were a little narrow beside the creek but should be no problem if you take your time. Easy trail to follow with signs along the way!

hiking
6 days ago

One of my favourite hikes. Use leather gloves when climbing around boulders. Lots of fossils.

I absolutely loved this hike, very nice inclined up with a few sections that were steeper, you cross several bridges and have the creek by your side. Very nice trail in really good shape, good for families and dogs.
It was very scenic, we went to all three lakes and it was totally worth it. Took us about 2 hours to get to the first lake, from there another 45 minutes to the second lake you have to cross a morraine to get there it is a bit steep but nothing you can’t do, after we rested for a bit we hiked to the third lake and it took us about about 30 minutes.
If you have the time don’t hesitate to go all the way to the end, my favourite lake was the third one.
I recommend walking poles and hiking boots, it got a bit windy and rainy at the top but not for too long so bring a jacket.
It was busy but not terrible.

backpacking
8 days ago

Will be back to camp overnight.

Pretty good hike. Beautiful view at the top.

Great for families! Make sure to have an extra layer to wear at lake. Check out the Elephant Rocks!

Wonderful hike. The first half was a bit of tough uphill slugging but the reward of the open meadows and the lake were worth it. Also worth the five minute hike up to the elephant rocks.

Great hike. Small incline the whole way up. One part was pretty narrow right beside the river you come too but wasn’t hard. Little bit of snow on the ground. Took us 4 hours as we were stopping lots with a pupper as he was excited the whole hike.

Lake is beautiful great spot for a lunch.

Beautiful lake at the end, family friendly, if you are going on rainy days make sure you have bug spray and mosquito spray..!! At the end we saw Grizzly bear and Bear cub at other side of the lake.

Closed today due to environmental concerns. Scheduled to open tomorrow but it is supposed to rain hard tomorrow possibly prolonging closure.

Camped out here twice - once at an earlier sight, a few km from the Marvel Lake area, and another at the back country cabin.
This area is absolutely beautiful and a favourite of mine.
Owl lake and Marvel are both great places to relax by the water and soak your feet (briefly!).
There were lots of wild strawberries growing along parts of the trail in the late part of summer.
Elevation gain for nearly the entire hike is close to nil.
There were a number of bears in the area, and some moose.

hiking
19 days ago

Awesome hike! Can’t wait to do it again

hiking
20 days ago

Lot's of snow!! Same day went to Little Galatea too, super views!

Great hike! don't forget bug spray. Good idea to bring flip flops to get through the flood plains. Today the trail wasn't too muddy but still snow to hike through toward the top. Beautiful views!

on Rummel Lake Trail

hiking
26 days ago

Nice trail and joyful for the beginners. We couldn't reach the lake by following the "Trail" sign, for still snow covering at last 1.5 km. But got over there following the yellow diamond ski sign, took by the cross country skiing route.
Gorgeous wildflowers made the day beautiful.

Took 26 members of our hiking club in today. Many had never been there before & were just amazed with huge smiles. What a beautiful spot.

Went up to Black Prince Lakes (a ways past Warspite lake and cascade) last year in August. It was a great, varied trail. The first part, to the Warspite lake, is very gentle, no issues and in forest. Past that it is steep and farther than you think to get to the lakes, since you must go up past the cascade, into a bowl, and up another ridge (to your right hand side coming into the bowl) to see the lakes.
The trek was worth it though, as the water was cool and reflective. Earlier in the season I'm sure you could even jump in!

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Amazing snowshoe trail! Spectacular views, forested and wide open spaces. Initially there is a bit of a incline to get through but it’s worth it!

So this was a really fun, and not super demanding trail. The views were spectacular the whole way but it was extra nice because my husband and I talked and joked around on the trail and had the best day! We weren’t tired or out of breath, we just strolled and hung out. We parked at the mt shark heli pad so it was a bit further. The spring at the end is nuts! I can’t wait to come back with my bike

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail. Next time I would take a bike up to the lake then hike the rest of the way.
The river was amazing to see, the spring was a surprise at the end. Hence the 5 star.

on Burstall Pass Trail

hiking
1 month ago

I absolutely love this hike. The views are breath-taking!

hiking
1 month ago

Went up on a day off. Nice trail, very minimal elevation gain, very gentle. I probably could have done out and back in 3 hours (plus a little extra time for food and photos), though my team were a bit slower, so it took us around 5 RT. The view of Mt. Galatea at the end is STUNNING. Not a ton of wildlife, though we did see a few grouse and some toads.

Still lots of snow for the last few kms. Not worth bringing spikes, but I would suggest poles for stability, and wool socks.

hiking
1 month ago

A little snowy for may still. I would wait until it’s a bit warmer.

An absolutely gorgeous day for a gorgeous hike. The trail was a little muddy & snowy in spots, but the hike up to the meadow was absolutely amazing! Lots of creek hopping! Unfortunately couldn’t go the last 3 km further due to the snow, but will definitely be back to try it again late summer/early Fall as recommended by other reviewers

Still deep snow the last km, we turned around rather than push through to the lake as you often punch through and sink up to your knees. However the view of the Spray Lakes and valley at the viewpoint made this an enjoyable day.

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