Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Kananaskis Provincial Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Poor signage for trail. Powderface was a long walk in the trees but Prairie creek was really nice.

Easy hike until you start to head up the ridge and then it gets steep in places...lots of snow at the top made life difficult...but the reward is more than worth it...loved it

Great place for hiking or cross country skiing! It's absolutely wonderful. there are many viewpoints along the way. This is also a great place for camping as it is right along the valley edge!

Hike: 7.5KM
Elevation Gain: 690M
Moving Time: 2.5HRS

Steep challenge all the way to the top/ incredibly rewarding view! Will do this again!
Did this hike at the beginning of may! It’s popular- lots of traffic! Some snow!

Great hike. Now our annual Father’s Day hike.

Super rewarding hike! 10/10 would do again

Great quick hike. We went yesterday in the rain and there was almost no one else on the trail. Unfortunately the summit was in the clouds so not much of a view! Some steeper sections, I would recommend trekking poles. A great place for dogs, (sticks and squirrels everywhere)

hiking
7 days ago

Awesome workout trail.

A rewarding view for a moderate amount of effort. I've brought friends new to hiking on this several times and while it can be a bit of a grind through the forest, it doesn't last long and the payoff is huge!

A really steep climb! Don't underestimate it!
It's not a particularly long hike, however, if you grind it out you can make it up in an hour and a half. Would definitely make for a nice sunrise hike.
There is no scrambling on this trail so it is kid/dog friendly in that regard.
The views are varied, with a nice look at the mountains on one side and the foothills/even Calgary in the distance on the other.
Finally, make sure when you are coming down that you don't take a false trail! You need to stick to your left when you come down, don't take trails that go straight. Found this out the hard way. If you do, its bushwhacking until the very bottom where there is a separate trail near a creek.

hiking
13 days ago

Perfect incline: at parts any steeper would have required our hands, but were comfortable in our moccasins and Chuck Taylors respectively. Nice amount of canopy. Great payoff at the summit. Sunny Saturday AM was not too busy maybe saw 50 others all morning.

Easy to follow, nice views, varying incline. Great hike for the start of the season!

trail running
13 days ago

Great workout, spectacular views

Nice one for trail running ... gentle rolling hills and nice path underfoot.

hiking
15 days ago

Great workout! Stunning views.

This is my favorite. It is challenging, but you dont have to be an expert hiker or in great shape for that matter. The scenery is always changing and it is long enough for you to feel accomplished, but not long enough to take up your whole day

Very easy leisurely walk. A great walk to stop and smell the flowers.

Very steep. Good hiking shoes or boots are a must. Poles would be a bonus, I did it without. Great open view at the top!

Challenging trail with incredible views. The trail is broken out into what feels like “steps”. Each step involves a somewhat steep climb and then levels off slightly to let you catch your breath and take in a view. After the final step, a moderately graded and remarkably scenic ridge walk takes you to the summit where the views are worth staying awhile to take in.

Trail is in good condition, very dry. We met several hikers today. Hiked with two small children so it was slow going (5.5 hrs round trip), my 8 y/o niece made it to the summit!

Can be gruelling on the way up, but the views are completely worth it. Nice and short hike that is very close to Calgary

This was not good. Trails not defined, road was muddy and sketchy even in June. Do not take a little car down that road, you will get stuck.

Great incline on the way up and a nice view at the top.

Lovely, sweat inducing trail!

Amazing view at the top!

Great workout hike! This hike is steep, but worth it for the views at the summit. Lots of people (dogs, kids, all ages). Took us 3.5 hours round trip with a lunch break, and a newbie hiker.
I wouldn't rate this as a hard hike, it's just very steep, literally takes your breath away!

Hiked Sunday May 27. 1st of the season and brought my 11 year old. Nice variety of scenery with one vista scene. Moderate hike for the beginner to average hiker who has kids. We started on path from powderface parking lot. In the final meadow before gate\fence we saw an adult black bear 100 yards away at tree line. Not aggressive and I reported sighting. Will definitely do this hike again with family (and bear spray:) Photos on site this site are accurate.

on Prairie Mountain Trail

26 days ago

Honestly an amazing hike with a beautiful view at the top!! Don’t be like me and wear runners! Get yourself some good hiking boots and a walking stick.

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