Explore the most popular forest 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.

hiking
13 hours ago

Amazing views from the top and great workout. Like others have said the return part can be a bit sketchy in some areas, but taking your time coming down is safe.

I did the loop clockwise starting with Baldy Pass. The elevation kicks in once you're done that segment. As soon as you reach the peak and see over the front side you'll know it was all worth it. Unreal views and thought it was really cool to get up and above Baldy. I'd hoped to see Barrier from the peak, but catch a glimpse on the way down. Pretty straight forward down the ridge but had to mostly freestyle once I got back into the trees. No snow mid July 2018 and was four hours round trip.

Beautiful views. The trip down is a bit tough on the knees - hiking poles are a must-have.

This trail is a little on the difficult side because of the incline (or decline) of the trail. For the majority of the trail you are going 3 feet forward, 1 foot up in elevation. it is a very rewarding hike with absolutely beautiful views. at the top, someone has left a Canadian flag and Alberta Flag - it is great.

If you are fit and acclimatized to the the elevation, you should be able to get up and back in 1'45" to 2 hours. If you are taking your time, I would count on it being a 3 hour hike.

Worth all of the effort.

Yup yyyyytt

Great hike. No flat spots at all, straight incline from the first step! The was amazing. arrived on top at 9pm the sun was setting and it was well worth it.

Great hike. Not much traffic on a Friday morning. Steep ascent doing the trail counter clockwise. The descent would be quite wet, muddy and slick after some rain. I would consider this moderate to hard due to the heat on this day.

Great hike! Like others said, be careful not to miss the trail directly to the right of the pretty little waterfall. The trail goes up quite steeply and appears to almost be an animals trail. The hike is steep and the dirt is loose and easy to slip on but the views are amazing at the top! Great short hike!

We almost got lost because there weren’t any signs. I found it hard but it was all worth it at the top!

We approached the trail to White Buddha (Otherwise known as Vents Ridge) by way of the Powderface Trail on the south side of Powderface Creek. Maps suggested an optional route along the north side but we didn't see the starting point of the north side trail. The trail north from Powderface is pretty clear once you get there but it is easy to miss it when the waterfall catches your eye. My old knees found the trail kind of steep but footing was good and overall the trail up wasn't particularly hard. The cliff face was really great. Obviously well used by climbers. Lots of hardware bolted into the rock. Shale and scree was a bit slippery for the last few feet but not a problem with the right footwear. Beautiful views all around (Calgary is visible some 60 km away). On the way down we found the trail on the north side of Powderface Creek and followed it back to the parking lot. Not easy to pick up the start among the cars but it's there. Overall a good hike.

Maybe I'm a newbie, but found this hike on the harder side. Mostly because I was wearing nikes with no grip. My bad. slipped a couple times on way down. Took us 2 hours up and back. Trailhead is tricky to spot - like another said, you'll see waterfall on left, a few steps back is a dirt trail on the right going up - that's the one. Channel your inner mountain goat and enjoy.

hiking
12 days ago

July 8 2018, we tried to hike today, but after 25 min walking the river stopped us. The river was to high to cross it, so we turned back. We didn't see any other hikers. If you go, be prepared to get wet. We'll try the hike again in the future.

Tough hills at the beginning that level out, going through a marshy area. The head wall area is steep but doable, and the views are 100% worth it. About half the time going back down, and the lake is a great spot to stop for lunch!

hiking
13 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.

Loved this trail! Path was in good condition (early July 2018). Wide enough for two to walk side by side. Lots of cows by the side of the trail but they ignored us. Cows made me think of ice cream for most of the loop...sure enough the ice cream on the way home was unforgettable! I would recommend Pistachio and Butter Pecan in a waffle cone after this hike, but you won’t need the sprinkles. All in all a memorable day.!

if you do get distracted by the beautiful little waterfall and pool, which we did, you will miss the trail going up - it's only a few feet back on the trail across from the waterfall.

Steeeeeeeeep. The view at the top helps you forget the burning legs. Great quick hike but would choose Moose Mountain over this if time in your day allows.

Very steep but short! Views from the top are amazing.

Easy start on the Powderface Trail. No markings for White Buddha, but with the app it’s simple to locate trail up the mountain. Good incline up the mountain, switchbacks all the way up. Couple decent climbs, but not overly stressful. Views at the top are amazing. A Few spots to picnic and take it all in.

hiking
15 days 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.

on Prairie Mountain Trail

hiking
18 days ago

Great hike. A steep hike with a wide path. Hiking poles would be an asset, bring them if you have them. The view at the end is spectacular, I will be doing this hike again.

Did this hike with 4 boys aged 10-16. The rocks at the end were a great stop for a snack and kept their interest. Pretty easy hike with short steeper final approach. Lots of wildflowers, good quick hike close to the city. I would like to come back here and climb. I would do it again for a quick hike when time is short or with older kids.

Follow signs for Prairie Creek Trail once parked. Couple forks in the trail at the start, but I believe all really lead to the main trail. I really enjoyed this hike! Rather steep, but so worth it!

Steep incline for the first 40-50min (longer or shorter depending on how many breaks you take), then beautiful ridge and fairly smooth descent, good workout.

Good "quick" hike for before work/after. Steep the entire way but gets you to the top quickly!

Short but steep trail. Good for a day where you get a late start. Awesome views at the top.

Great easy hike, loved the views of Mt Baldy and Barrier Lake. Will come back to do the whole loop including Jewel pass.

I did this hike with a group of 6 ladies in September 2017 and we really enjoyed it. If you have never done it the white Buddha trail was not clearly marked off the powder face trail, we actually walked right past it and figured it out 10 minutes up the path.
The White Buddha had beautiful views all round for how short the incline was.

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

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