Explore the most popular trail running trails in Bow Valley Provincial Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great hike, the beginning of the trail is super easy with the incline getting steeper for the second half of the route. For sure a beginners hike but great for anyone who enjoys a steady work out with a rewarding view :)

I quite enjoyed this hike!! The views from the top are amazing. I found the hike pretty easy except for a bit of a scramble to the top. I plan to do this one again!

hiking
5 days ago

Decent hike but the payoff wasn't really great. Was quite busy and windy at the top but ok overall. Bring sunscreen, quite a bit of sun exposed stretches. My little dog enjoyed it!

5 days ago

Lovely views! A “harder” easy trail.

Pretty easy, liked that it was along the lake. Lots of spots to start, we got onto the trail at the boat launch area.

Cyclists said you couldnt do the 14 km loop yet without seeing snow however going up taking your first right there was no ice or snow in sight.

Easy quick hike with a pretty view. The trail is covered by trees for most of it, so the view is just at the top! Great for a quick outing!

hiking
9 days ago

Great first hike of the year, still too snowy to make it to the top of the mountain but we had a great time!

Easy walk with a beautiful view!

Did this hike May 13, 2018. Good conditions. Great pick for an early season half day hike which is always worth the views. We did the ascent on the Barrier Look our trail and was in good condition - 1 hr 15 mins. Descent down the Prairie View/Jewel Pass good condition but a few snowy spots - 3 hrs. Nothing which took away from a great half day capped off with a pic-nic over looking the lake. Busy with lots of families and dogs out (including ours!)

hiking
13 days ago

A great start of the season hike. The trails are mostly dry with only a very few muddy or snow patches. Very busy this May 13 with lots of families with kids and dogs out.

hiking
20 days ago

Went on Saturday May 5, still lots of snow in the last km to the top, bring poles and waterproof shoes. First 3km were nice condition though. Took us 1.5 hrs to go up with 2 kids and a dog, but also took us 1.5hrs to get down because of all the snow, very slippery.

hiking
20 days ago

Went today and thoroughly enjoyed this hike though poles and micro-spikes are still needed. Some loose rock/avalanche areas and icy steep parts. It took us about 2 hours up and about that back, but we were sliding quite a bit. Didn’t think we needed our micros-spikes so we only brought poles. Nice to have lunch at the top!!

I did the barrier lake forestry trails? Anyways, still quite a bit of snow in some spots and icy in some areas as well. A lot of mud and some snow up to my knees a bit deeper into the trails. Was an ok hike. The views are here and there peaking through the trees. Lots of picnic tables and areas to rest. My dog enjoyed it...he had to jump over a lot of downed trees

Trail is closed from dec 31 to June because of wildlife look forward to hike in june

hiking
1 month ago

Trail had some gorgeous views but was very narrow so passing people was a bit of a pain as the snow to the sides of the trail was VERY deep. Once we arrived at the end of the trail the wind picked up and snow rolled in so we did not stay long.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike, beautiful views. No snow shoes needed, used poles !

hiking
3 months ago

It was a awesome hike and the view was awesome!!!

A great winter hike route if you are short on time. I did this in 21/2hrs while stopping to take photos and appreciate the views. Right up to the fire lookout/helipad. Could be a good sunrise/sunset hike. Will do it again perhaps in the Fall and follow Jewell Pass this time to make it alittle longer.

5 months ago

Trail is well-worn but snow and ice covered for the majority. Crampons and/or hiking poles are ideal. Gradual incline throughout. Beautiful views of kananaskis valley and Nakiska ski hill, quite windy at the top.

snowshoeing
6 months ago

Had a small amount of snow that had previously been packed down by others. This meant we didn't need snowshoes and just hiked up. Great view at the top, nice trail up the valley.

I really enjoyed this hike! Went on October 30 just before this snow hit. Easy trail, I did need microspikes near the top and unfortunately I didn't find a route to the peak where I felt it was safe to have my boisterous retriever bouncing around me. It was still a great hike and picnic stop just in front of the scramble section and didn't feel ripped off because we didn't make it to the very top. Great views once your out of the forest

hiking
6 months ago

Great way to spend your morning! Completed in 2 hours, would love to go back and summit Midnight Peak

on Wind Ridge Trail

6 months ago

Some route finding at beginning; a bit boring until you come to clearing and beautiful views over Valley and towards Mount Lougheed. VERY windy, did not complete full trail.

hiking
7 months ago

It was windy and snowy on top; the views were amazing once it cleared up a bit; a lot of fallen trees on the trail.

Incredible views across the valley, a bit of snow on the peaks makes the mountains texture stand out. Tough hike but with the views it's not a slog.

hiking
7 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike! Steady incline. Great views! Through forest for about an hour to the pass, then it opens up. At the pass, go left rather than right. Minimal scrambling up to a couple of peaks.

walking
7 months ago

A nice and easy nature walk.. Going during the fall is lovely because you can really appreciate the contrast colours between the lake and trees.

walking
8 months ago

Lovely views of the mountains

Beautiful view of lake on top. Easy and enjoyable hike.

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