Explore the most popular wild flowers 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
1 day 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.

2 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.

So gorgeous. Couldnt complete the loop today because of time constraints but beauty everywhere...from the colors of the skies,woods and water, to the exquisite shapes and colors of small wild flowers along the trail. Can’t wait to walk the whole loop.

hiking
6 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.

Definitely one of my favourite hikes! Lots of variety in terrain. Lots of different views! Make sure to bring a warm jacket. We did this hike yesterday (June 12) and the wind coming off the lake was freezing!

I hike this Trail several times every year because I like the variety and the length. There is light traffic on this loop although I find it gets busier around the mid afternoon. it is also a great spot Lake easily accessible from the parking lot. I have yet to bring a canoe out of here, but I'm eagerly looking to do so in the near future.

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.

walking
8 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

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
14 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!

I liked the variety of terrain this hike offered, the lake views, and the waterfalls.

hiking
16 days ago

Done this Saturday. Beautiful hike with lots of good views. Some parts are really steep but definitely worth the climb. Some experience in scrambling is preferential for that trail for some passings. However only for one or two transitions. I was early morning on the peak and had plenty of wildlife encounter on the way up. Make sure to bring proper gear.

on Burstall Pass Trail

hiking
17 days ago

I absolutely love this hike. The views are breath-taking!

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!

An absolutely gorgeous day for a gorgeous hike. The trail was a little muddy & snowy in spots, but the hike up to the meadow was absolutely amazing! Lots of creek hopping! Unfortunately couldn’t go the last 3 km further due to the snow, but will definitely be back to try it again late summer/early Fall as recommended by other reviewers

Did this hike may long weekend, still a bunch of snow on the ground. Otherwise a great hike suitable for families and dogs. Took our group about 4.5 hrs with a few stops along the way.

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!

walking
27 days 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.

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

hiking
29 days ago

Heavy snow on the trail now. Lots of sinking. Very few dry spots. Still a glorious view at the lake. WIll be back later in summer to see the rest.

Was closed as of 8 May 2018.

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!

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

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!

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.

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.

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