Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

This was a great hike! My first "hard" rated hike so I can't comment on if it really deems itself as hard but compared to other hikes I have done, it was the hardest because of the steepness in some sections. It was uphill the entire way then downhill after reaching the top! Beautiful views at the top, good path as far as shade and sun goes! I would definitely do again! All ages on the trail and many dogs!

I don't know that I would rate this trail as hard but it would be much easier getting down with poles in some sections. Manageable either way though. Saw all kinds of people on the trail from babies to toddler to pregnant moms to a 70 year old man. Plenty of dogs as well. Nice and close to Elbow Falls as well which was an added bonus for me as I had never been before.

Hiked the trail CC on Sunday. Lots of horse and cow muck on the trail but has the path is wide all avoidable. Still a few wet spots that were either avoidable or that you could leap over.

Most of the hike is in the trees which makes for a nice hike when it's hot but not the most scenic hike. There are some great valley shots giving a great vista and a couple of open meadows which made the hill climbs worth grunting through.

If you're cycling there's one tree that's leaning/fallen that will skim your helmet as you come to the bottom of the hill. Stay right and you should be able to duck it with no problem. Its on a blind corner and below a another short hill so it can sneak up on you if you're going with any type of speed.

Great morning workout! Up and down in a little over 3 hours with a nice break at the top. Very steep but I found it harder on the return as I had a dog pulling me down. Saw all ages on trail and tons of dogs!

Hiked up with our 2 kidlets (3yr old and 5yr old). Very steep sections but the kids were able to do most of it. Had to carry them for a bit of the hike but the work was worth the reward at the top.

A nice chill hike. Prairie creek is the
nicer of the two. I’d suggest doing it counter clockwise.

Fun trail, haven’t hiked for a while so I found it a little more difficult than I usually would have. Would not say it’s a hard trail though, definitely moderate. Great views at the look out.

Not hard. Just steep.

Good leg workout. Wife and dog loved it

A great hike and popular hike. We did ours in 2 hours and because this was our first hike of the season, we were out of shape!
It is really steep throughout but doable!
Awesome views at the top

Lots of animal poop.. was ok otherwise not to hard..

The views at the top were amazing! Made it up with a group of 20 people ranging in age from 4-42. A great hike but quite steep. The trail is mostly dry. No spikes needed. What a beautiful day!

Trail is in great condition as of may 16t 2018. I brought gaitors and crampons cuz i didnt know what to expect and honestly didnt need them at all. Bring poles though, trust me they're a lifesaver

May 14.2018 Great hike. The trail is completely dry, a little to dry in some places so watch your step especially coming down easy to loose footing. if you have hiking poles I definitely recommend them. I took my 5 month border collie with me and she loved it it’s a good trail for dogs not too much exposure. Great view and nice breeze at the top.

This is a hard hike on the back side no switch backs

Trail is in great condition, no muddy sections right now. Very well known and busy hike and I think people (especially families with kids) underestimate how demanding some of the steeper sections are. I would definitely rate this trail as difficult. Took me 1hr 40mins for the uphill with lots of breaks. Views are incredible - well worth it!

I wouldn’t call this hike hard purely because it can be done in roughly 1-1.5 hours. Some steep sections as others have mentioned. Views from the top were great - mountains and some rolling hills as well as the river. Favourite part was after the tree line ends. The climb becomes less steep and the views get nicer with each step. There’s a Canadian flag at the top which was a nice feature.

trail running
8 days ago

Great day and a lot of people out for Mothers Day. Trail was completely dry and the views were spectacular in all directions. A great little challenging hike close in to Calgary/Bragg Creek area.

I liked it but it’s not ‘hard’. It’s moderate . Nice 360 views from the top. Some steep sections but still made the top in one hour . Mostly forest on the way up. Very busy trail on a nice day like today . Good, quick out and back .

I would rate this trail as "Easy" instead of Moderate. While there are a few sections of elevation gain/loss, the majority of it is relatively flat. I'm sure the open fields the trail crosses are lovely during wild flower season; however, right now it's all cow pies along with horse "droppings" on the Powderface trail. Though lacking in scenic mountain vistas, the trail does provide a good stroll through the woods.

My first “hard”’ hike. Was very steep, sketchy at times, poles necessary. Wiped out a couple of times on the muddy parts. View was totally worth it. Took me 1:45 to get to the top taking plenty of breaks.

Kind of confusing getting to the trail head, but basically there are a few different ways up, initially very steep.

First time doing the and it was also my first summit. It’s definitely a tough hike, with some fairly steep sections. There’s some relief in the middle section of the hike with a kilometer and a half being a gradual incline. The views get great about halfway through, and from the top they are incredible!

A few steep sections but a fantastic view from the top. Quick and simple, a good primer for summer or for those looking for a quick jaunt up the hill.

Very fun hike! Views at the top and along the way are incredible. Highly recommended. Trail was mostly dry May 6, 2018.

Very beautiful hike! defintley on the harder side but so worth it! The views on the top were amazing. Bring some food and take a rest at the top.

Great hike at any time of the year. Poles recommended. Back way down prairie creek is very snowy in spring so be prepared. Steep for first 2/3 but last 1/3 is gradual and beautiful with a 360 degree view of the prairies and the elbow valley. Also an amazing view of Nihahi ridge.

Always a favourite!! Great leg workout to the top! May 2/18 spikes were needed near the top as there was a bit of slushy snow and mud.

Great workout with a good view at the end. We were lucky that there was no wind when we got to the top so we were able to relax and eat our lunch. The grind up was a lot tougher than I expected especially since parts are exposed to the sun. Lots of ice and snow in some areas, a lot of ppl without spikes struggling on the trails. Took us 2 hours to reach the top and 90 min to get down. Good for a day hike but if you are looking for a shorter hike I would do White Buddha

A very good hike to kick off the spring! Was a little sloppy as we were approaching the tree line, but more than manageable. Excellent views of another range.

I love Prairie Mountain. It’s a nice grind so you get a great workout but also has awesome views at the top and can be done year round with spikes. It’s also less than an hour from Calgary so makes for a quick and easy way to get out of the city.

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