Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Peter Lougheed 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.

hiking
6 days ago

An AMAZING HIKE! This is a must do for anyone in the area. I may be a little biased as my family would go out and do this hike almost annually when I was growing up. It's really good for kids as it's a moderate hike to start off the season. It is moderate for the first third of the hike, but once you pass the first viewpoint (of many) the trail becomes much less steep. Once you reach the top, views of the entire valley greet you! There are a lot of rocks at the top and it can be really cold due to wind, so make sure you are prepared for the weather! Also bears frequent the area so make sure to keep bear spray on you and ready to use.

7 days ago

Amazing views! Definitely would not consider this to be easy being that my fit bit said I just walked up nearly 80 flights of stairs. Trail was slippery and muddy so I would suggest hiking this trail in July.

walking
13 days ago

This is a great trail to take children on.
I carried my 3 month old and we also had a 5 year old with us. The signage was not great, which is my only complaint. We took a 40 min detour down the bike path by accident. But no big deal. Marl lake was totally worth it once we got there. The water was sooooo clean and refreshing. The washroom facilities are super well kept. There are also lots of benches for resting (or changing diapers lol) we will be back again soon

snowshoeing
19 days ago

Amazing snowshoe trail! Spectacular views, forested and wide open spaces. Initially there is a bit of a incline to get through but it’s worth it!

walking
1 month ago

Fantastic walk with awesome views from the top.
We came across big sheep, ptarmigan, wolverines and a marmot. Can get busy in the middle of summer, I recommend going early in the season as all the meadow flowers are out.

Was closed as of 8 May 2018.

Love this trail, varied areas, amazing view of a valley.

on Ptarmigan Cirque

hiking
1 month ago

Nothing special when hiking the switchbacks in the tree line, but absolutely amazing views and scenery once you reach the cirque. Great hike for families, just be sure to check bear activity in the area prior to starting the hike.

Crazy weather today, lots of snow falling. Managed to catch some amazing views of the mountains towards the end of our snowshoe. Love to do this again

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice trail. The only problem that the last part of the road to the trail was unpaved. However, it was an easy one and once you reach the lake, you can enjoy the view. We went on the fall so we could not enjoy the flowers so that I hope I can go again in the summer

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Had a lovely hike snowshoeing, this took 3 hours with a few breaks and a short break for lunch.
Beautiful views 360.

hiking
3 months ago

A very nice trail , it has step sections but is very manageable, also very. yay as the weather was nice. The view at the trail end is breath taking !

Very steep at the beginning but very easy after about the first 2/3. The snow covered lake is in a beautiful bowl of peaks! Can’t wait to get back in summer!

This was a beautiful trail!! The trail offers some outstanding views once making it past the steep inclines. Most of the hike is in tree covering, but once you make it to the opening it is a worthy hike!! Our snowshoes worked out great and we wore minimal layers as we heated up quickly during climbing. I’d advise bringing additional layers for the opening as the winds tend to pick up past the tree line.
- great trail signage
- moderate/medium level difficulty during winter
- spectacular views
- easy access in and out of trail

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike with beautiful views!

snowshoeing
3 months ago

This is always where we seem to go for our first snowshoe trip of the year! It is peaceful and the snow is always great.

snowshoeing
3 months ago

We did most of this trail - stopped early to head home - but definitely worth doing. Steep at the beginning but flat and easy going for the rest of the way. Good for snowshoeing but the hikers we had with us had a bit of trouble on the hill. Great snow and good views!

cross country skiing
3 months ago

We did this with some beginner cross country skiers had a great time. We ended up doing about 12 km, we just followed the tracks made. Not sure what other hikes it connected with.
Highly recommend for a beginner or kid cross country skier.
Quiet on the week day, beautiful views!

Great trail. Definitely push yourself to the top of the lake

snowshoeing
3 months ago

We did a partial snowshoe/hike of this one today with some friends. Great views and lots of snow. A bit steep at the beginning without snowshoes and for longer than we thought; but very flat and enjoyable later on.

hiking
3 months ago

We did see the mama bear with her 3 cubs just before the Highwood parking area, she stayed on the Ptarmigan Cirque side

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Very pleasant snowshoeing circuit. Fairly easy for kids and not busy at all. Great views once you get to Marl Lake.

So much snow and a great trail

So much snow. Fantastic as always.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

This is a very easy route, I do not think it is moderate. I think that it can be easily managed by the elderly and people with less mobility. It was a nice track and decent snowshoeing. There is no challenge to it, but it was still enjoyable.

on Chester Lake Trail

5 months ago

The hills at the beginning of the hike are hard work, but if you push past them it'll be worth it for the amazing mountain views that follow :)

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Beautiful, relatively short and flat trail. Great way to start the snowshoeing season. The day was gorgeous, blue sky, sunshine and temperature around -3C.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Good hike up, some steep parts for my beginner legs. Way down was quick.

on Ptarmigan Cirque

5 months ago

nice scenery and outstanding view at the top

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Lots of new snow when we went up on 12/30/17. Great hike - first third very steep, but straightforward after. Several open meadows with great views of surrounding peaks.

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