Explore the most popular hiking trails in Mount Shark Trailhead Provincial Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Amazing views. First time hiking, there was still a bit of snow below the ridge but was manageable and as long as you have AllTrails it is easy to stay on the route! We went up counter clockwise and honestly, I wouldn't go any other way. The scramble would be much harder to come down than the other way. Would say this hike is hard rather than moderate as consider myself to be on good shape but it was tough. Worth every effort

June 17, 2018
View from the first part of the ridge is stunning!! Definitely worth all the tree root tripping and log climbing for. Not too snowy until you reach the part where there’s the evidence of a huge avalanche. Doable though. Plenty of rocks to hold on to when getting up to the ridge, not too daunting but being steady on your feet helps. We took in the views and then had to head back down because of time and footwear but the view of the valley was 100% worth the efforts!

19 hours ago

My favourite hike in Kananaskis. Wow, there was a major avalanche in there this year. Significant tree damage. Showed me that I need to stay out of there until the avi danger has passed. Part of the route goes through a terrain trap.

22 hours ago

One of my favourite hikes in the Canadian Rockies. There was still a lot of snow on the trail under the ridge, manageable if you are comfortable hiking on snow. We started clockwise by taking the trail to the left of the parking lot. Not a lot of route finding required however the snow covered trail did make it slightly more challenging. We saw a lot of alpine flowers, a huge toad, and a little marmot. As soon as you reach the ridge line the views are stunning for the rest of the hike.

On the top three list. Where we take visitors. Not too difficult but still both challenging and rewarding.

Gorgeous hike but still lots of snow and we ended up in the bush multiple times! Would wait another month if I was to do again!

early season, really challenging hike!! We were sinking in the snow from the bottom almost to the ridge but it was AWESOME!! we went opposite direction so in the end we use backcountry lines to find a way from forest:D

Went for May long and had to call it quits due to the waist deep snow. We even attempted to do the reverse to see if we could at least go further, but that was just as snowy. We ended up hiking leaving and hiking West Wind Pass. Hopefully we can try this one again late summer or early fall.

Long hike but the views at the end are so rewarding.

My favourite hike of all time.

Awesome views

The trail is currently snowy which results in an easy to follow trail, but it gets wet and slick so prepare accordingly. There will be some snow scrambling and the views are incredible. The Ridge was very windy today and I didn't have extra clothes so I turned around at the false peak (started clockwise). I'll be back in summer to complete it! I would say the scramble is more difficult that "moderate", though.

Gorgeous hike/trail run. The views are great along the ridge. I went counter clockwise and it seemed like I was the only one doing that. It was fine, but I suggest using spikes.

8 months ago

Counterclockwise- amazing hike. And I would recommend the counterclockwise over clockwise as clockwise was going up over less of an incline but a vastly longer stretch that would add up. Counterclockwise was quick and straight up that had us climbing on 4s for a tiny bit. Your choice. That said the views are unrivalled up top and the radio antenna (not a Tim Hortons) was a fun place to meet other hikers. If you bring a pooch bring minimum 3L of water, dick all for ponds. You'll find trails spin off without signage or direction but follow the arrows on the ground left by other hikers. X means don't go that way! Have fun

We did this hiked yesterday, once you get to the top, the view is unrival. There was challenges in getting into the trail. We got lost few times. Yes clockwise is better but stay on the right after about 10 mins, the left will take you to nowhere. The challenges on the hiked was lots of snow, you are going to climb on the rocks, beware of loose rocks. I will not recommend this for anyone who is afraid of heights. I almost fell on the cliff because it was slippery, i was holding on the rock so tight & so afraid i would fall. I had to continue because going back was not my opinion. You have to hike on expose ridges all the way. There are hikers that seemed doing well but for sure they are pro. Anyone who are to any challenges this is definitely what you are looking for. We did the loop, this part was a bit easier, go down still slippery but no cliff, then go up the hill again for about 30 mins, again very slippery that is why it took us longer. then walked on the exposed ridge all the way. The last part is going downhill very steep , very slippery, my friend just slide down in her butt because there was so much snow & she had no pole. I will never do this hike if there is snow, it is very dangerous & really risky. I would to do this again on summer!

Beautiful trail! It can take longer than expected because you want to enjoy the views. Definitely hike clockwise.

Awesome hike. Fairly challenging in sections with some exposure and light scrambling. Definitely try and go clockwise around as makes for much easier route. Views are amazing.

9 months ago

Would recommend going clockwise. Our time was 3h35m but we forgot to pack food so we didn't stop much. Great hike!

Stunning hike

9 months ago

This was our favorite hike while we were here. Without a doubt, you need to go on the trail clockwise! Get on the trailhead that is before the small parking lot, not the one after. The second trailhead is where you should end! Awesome hike, still can't get over how fun and beautiful it was. A little Challenge as I'm not an experienced hiker, but still so doable and I still enjoyed every minute! On the way down we did get a little lost, so I used this app to make sure we were staying on the trail. Took about 4.5 hours, including stops and getting a little lost.

Ascent is more difficult than the descent with some scrambling, but the view is worth every effort. I've kayaked on spray lake before so seeing the lake from 3000 sq ft above sea level is breathtaking. Pack warm and waterproof clothes as it does get windy and rainy at the top. Gloves would also be useful!

Amazing views! However, it's rated as moderate. I would almost class it as Hard to difficult.. a couple of spots require skill and it's easy to get off path at one end.. otherwise stunning and made for a great day!!

Found this extremely difficult, went clock wise and couldn't find the way down. Had to make our own path and ended up falling down a lot, cuts and bruises everywhere. Views are nice but not recommended for people who can't climb. Took us 7 hours since we got lost.

Beautifull views

A bit harder than I expected. I thought that the scramble was easy based on what I read beforehand. For novice scramblers this is a difficult hike. Beautiful views and gradual incline but some tricky scrambling parts. Worth it but scary for people nervous about scrambling.

9 months ago

favourite hike!!! did it counter clockwise, found the incline easy, ridge walks were the best! got a little lost on the way back to the car as theres a lot of dead fall so the trail wasn't too clear, but found our way eventually!

Amazing, great views for a long time walking across the ridge!

9 months ago

Amazing views. Incredible 360 panoramas and a hike you will not be disappointed with. The inclines of the ridge can require some moderate climbing so be prepared for that. Moderate level hike. Go clockwise on the trail without question. Not recommended for the easy hiker but a good challenge for their next step up.

Absolutely stunning

This was Day one of a backpacking trip to Burstall Campground (US18)

The trail starts at mount shark day use area. to ultimately finish at the Burstall Parking area while staying one night at Burstall Campground (US18).

We made the connection between the two parking lots with a mountain bike. It is a ten km ride doable in less than an hour (took me 45 mins with the drive).

THe hike towards Burstall pass is a very serene one. We did not encounter a single person/group on the trail. For the biggest part of the trail you will be in a dense forest of hight trees and will get to look at a creek for a decent part of it. As you get into the valley things open and could possibly be very wet in early season. For us in late august, it was bone dry.

Overall a great hike if you're looking for a campground that is not too busy. Might be great on a mountain bike!

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