Explore the most popular snowshoeing 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.

Hiked this this weekend. There is still snow up top. I would rate this a hard hike up to the ridge with the snow and slippery mud. Make sure to have good hiking shoes. It was snowing when I got to the top, so was not able to see everything. This is still a fantastic hike with gorgeous views.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful hike up to the lake. Serene setting up at the lake...were able to watch a nice avalanche crash into the lake.

Great trail. To the falls it is pretty gradual and not too strenuous. Many loose rocky sections so sturdy footwear is a must. If you are going to the lake be warned it gets considerably more intense but well worth it. A solid hour from the falls to the lake. The cliff could seem daunting but it’s not that bad really. The chains are necessary and it will take some effort. Great looking camping area around the lake as well as below the falls. Up and back in about 6 hours was a heck of a day hike! Will be back and likely to camp next time.

June 11/18- hiked Ribbon Creek to Ribbon Falls. Easy hike and about 22km roundtrip to the Falls. Trail is dry and in good condition. No snow left on the trail and the avalanche debris was cleared today as well. There are several small waterfalls along the way to enjoy, and the large falls just beyond the campground are spectacular. The campground is a great place to stop for lunch. Once you get to the falls, you can take the trail up towards the cliff face to access Ribbon Lake. There is a warning sign there and chains that you’ll need to use to climb up.

We Hiked this on Monday June 11. Beautiful hike. The view is definitely worth it. Be prepared though. LOTS of snow yet. We were walking in a winter wonderland. Too much snow to ascend the ridge. We will be back this summer for sure.

Went up to Black Prince Lakes (a ways past Warspite lake and cascade) last year in August. It was a great, varied trail. The first part, to the Warspite lake, is very gentle, no issues and in forest. Past that it is steep and farther than you think to get to the lakes, since you must go up past the cascade, into a bowl, and up another ridge (to your right hand side coming into the bowl) to see the lakes.
The trek was worth it though, as the water was cool and reflective. Earlier in the season I'm sure you could even jump in!

I hiked this on Tuesday and the view is amazing, but the hike after Rawson Lake is a grind this time of year. After you get around the lake, you will have a significant amount of snow in your boots unless you wore gaiters. The trail to the summit is covered in snow so it is up to you to navigate. I found the “easiest” way up to be pretty much straight up the mountain. If you plan on going in the next few days, be aware that this should be rated as a HARD trail until the snow melts. Also no grizzly bear sightings by me or the other hikers I came across that day.

snowshoeing
17 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!

It took us 5 hours and our watch clocked 12 km round trip. There is snow that is packed down for the most part but I would where boots and long socks. When you get up to rawson lake stay to the left of the lake and follow the trail. There is a grizzly bear at the top of the peak to the left. We saw it and warned hikers - go in numbers make lots of noise you should be fine. Do not go towards the left of the Ridge, there is a bears den over there where I think the bear must live.

Overall well worth the grind to the top, the lakes and view are breath taking. A must do!

Great hike for kids, first timers, or just for a casual walk essentially. No crazy great views - and “Falls” described in the loop were underwhelming. Very nicely groomed trail though.

Completed ribbon creek hike June 1st, 2018. A long, but pretty simple hike. Lots of side trails that can get confusing so make sure your reading the signage/map. Lots of debris from what looks like an avalanche around the 10th kilometre mark. Made it to the first waterfall, tried to make it to the lake but still lots of snow at the top which made it super slippery! Loved being next to the river for the entire hike!!

Still tonnes of snow left, made for a tougher hike! We were not able to peak the ridge due to a grizzly bear sighting near the top. We also had to make an alternate route around Rawson Lake because of another bear sighting on the trail. The bears are reported to Alberta Parks! However just BE CAREFUL this time of year! Will totally come back and try to peak again once the snow melts!

This was a really pretty trail, we only went as far as the waterfalls, which are 8.5 km in and turned around. I found this trail to be on the easy side, but maybe the last bit gets harder. I’d definitely do it again.

great hike. Lotsa snow left, but the challenge is well worth the view. around the lake there is a waste deel snow, but this is easily avoided by taking a wider route.

Gorgeous hike! Went on May long and there is still lots of waist deep snow. It's a grind that you'll need to be in decent shape for and the ascent to Sarrail Ridge is difficult right now with the slick conditions. Will be going back when the snow is all cleared and the flowers are in full bloom. Highly recommend!

Just went to the falls. Very well maintained path until we hit some snow. Couldn’t seem to find the trail for about 10 minutes just before the falls but forged a path through the snow which was still doable. Super easy and the water is incredibly clear right now. About 4.5 hours round trip just to the falls at a moderate rate.

A bit muddy and waist deep snow up top as of May 19. Beautiful frozen alpine lake this time of year!

Really nice hike, the lake at the top was beautiful with the blue glacier water. Most of the trail has a lot of snow and I’d go in June when it tapers off. Be careful of the ice and snow, especially at the lake where you think you can step somewhere but end up one leg through the snow into the cold water with your foot drenched

Was closed as of 8 May 2018.

Beautiful hike! Went with a large group of 9 people and we were not prepared for how long it is or the trails. Once you hit the nonmaintained trail it's incredibly hard on your feet so be sure to wear proper footwear. There are many rocks and tree roots you need to step on or over! Right now is the perfect time to go because the water is so clean and beautiful same as the waterfall. We didn't make it to the lake as we started late and wanted to make it back before sunset and our feet were hurting from the trail but other hikers said there was knee-deep snow still up there so would want to wait at least a month before going again. We started the hike around 12 pm and ended at 8 pm on the dot but we did go chill out at the rocks for a while which took us much longer.

We went May Long weekend 2018 and they’re was still quite a bit of snow and some parts of the trail were a little icy, nothing that wasn’t passible though. The waterfall at the start was beautiful and Rawson Lake at the top is stunning. Great to start with the view of upper Kananaskis lake too. We are going to go back when it’s clear this summer to hopefully catch a glimpse of the crazy amounts of flowers people mention! Overall great hike and would definitely do it again!

We’ve done this trail in the fall (in light snow) and in the summer. It’s a pretty easy trail, the road walking up is the hardest part so just take your time. I have seen coyote & moose on the trail so be aware if travelling with kids or dogs.

A really fun but long hike. Went yesterday May 19 and there was still lots of snow (waist-deep) on the trail from the falls to the lake. Trail finding was pretty difficult but we made it to the lake and though it was mostly frozen over it was incredibly beautiful and calm. Not many people make this trek at this time of year, so chances are you'll have it to yourself. Take caution on the chains as they can be a little slippery when wet.

The 11km to the falls, however, was very gentle and the trail was in good condition. The falls are big and gorgeous this time of year. Perfect for dogs and family outings.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views from the ridge, looking down at Rawson Lake on one side and Kananaskis Lake on the other side. The hike to Rawson is quite enjoyable, the hike up to the ridge is challenging but well worth it for the amazing views!

One of the best views I have ever seen! We got a hot and clear day which really helped. The trail from Rawson Lake up Sarrail ridge is HARD! It’s short but straight up, loose dirt, and steep! We had good hiking boots and poles which really helped make it easier. Although I saw lots of people in sneakers and they did just fine.

Lots of bear activity today. I would wait until later in the summer before attempting this hike again.
We hiked about 2.15hrs in, almost to the campground but there was a fresh kill on the trail so we turned around.

Not too much snow until about 2 hrs in.

The little waterfalls along the way are nice but no spectacular views.

Pretty easy hike.

We went May 2nd and the trail was full of snow which made it pretty hard to walk through with hiking boots. Definitely would need cleats or snow shoes to finish it. It was pretty flat for the most part, I wouldn’t even call it a moderate hike. There are a lot of reviews about if being really scenic and breathtaking. It was nice but I wouldn’t say the scenery was amazing. Going to try it again in the summer, maybe have a better experience.

Beware if you’re allergic or afraid of bees! The trail after the lake is uphill through tons of wildflowers, and even more bees and bugs. I have no idea how I’ve done this hike so many times and not been stung! Try to be respectful and don’t stomp on any of the flowers or wander off the trail.

Breathtaking, rewarding hike with a wide variety views throughout. The first part up to Rawson Lake is moderate, but gives you a few waterfalls and glimpses of Kananaskis Lake along the way, so not as boring as treed sections usually get. I I’ve everything from Rawson Lake onwards an A+. Once you reach the lake, you will see Sarrail Ridge off to your right, but you’ll follow the trail to your left all the way around the lake. Once you start to ascend Sarrail Ridge, it gets steep and difficult. In the summer crampons were not requisite. Hitting the top views over the other side of Sarrail Ridge overlooking the lakes ranks among the best views I’ve ever seen on a day hike. It can get a bit busy with hikers at the top, but still well worth your time and energy to check this one out.

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

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