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Kananaskis Country is a park system situated to the west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada in the foothills and front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Kananaskis Country can be accessed by three highways that run into or through the area: Highway 40, a 66 km (41 mi) segment of the Bighorn Highway and also known as Kananaskis Trail; Highway 66, a 28 km (17 mi) highway originating near Bragg Creek known as Elbow Falls Trail; and Highway 68, a 42 km (26 mi) gravel highway originating from the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1 known as Sibbald Creek Trail. An ecological and environmental research station of the University of Calgary is located nearby, at Barrier Lake. A "Tim Horton Children's Foundation" summer camp is also located in the area. Easter Seals Camp Horizon is also located within Kananaskis along Highway 66.

Good moderate hike, we started early and no one was on the trail. As we descended from the lakes the trail became a bit more busy. Round trip 4 1/2 hrs.

hiking
11 days ago

Following the cut line from the Gorge Creek parking area, this is a straight, uphill slog through a perfectly plain pine wood. Not much to look at until the top.

In the final climb it was very difficult to pick out trails of any kind, perhaps due to snow obscuring them. As a result gaining the escarpment was challenging and not somewhere to bring a first timer who is scared of heights, especially with any wind to speak of.

Once on top you get a great view of the carpeted foothills and the front ranges behind them. Not your top priority, but worth doing at some point if you have a few hours and have exhausted the more exciting stuff.

hiking
11 days ago

Great hike today; it was a little icy in certain spots but still great.

If your on your way back from another hike in the Sheep River area and you don't really feel like you've "earned it", pull off here and do this. Quick little hour long hike with a good amount of elevation and decent veiws. Dont worry about following the trail, theres dozens of different cattle trails. I suggest keep right on the way up for the best views. If your knees are sore take the mapped trail down, its a wee bit easier but without the great veiws

Way too much wind. Broke my string and my kite flew away. Looks like it ended up in Turner Valley. If you see a Hello Kitty kite in Turner Valley, it's mine.

hiking
13 days ago

If your reading trips reports post 2013 floods saying the bridge is gone, dont worry its back. With the new bridge in place there is no reason this shouldnt be more popular. Good enough to be the Prairie Mountain of Sheep River. When you get near the top, the trail breaks up in the overgrowth and deadfall, watch for the pink marking tape. Pretty strait forward and short. When you get to the top, you are greeted by a Who's Who of the Front range peaks right up in your face. Junction, Shunga, Bluerock, Rose, Threepoint, Ware, Highwood, etc. Probably the best vantage point to see all these at one time.

I really gotta come back here in the summer, looks like it would be gorgeous. Decided to make it out here before the road closes Dec 1. Hit the trail during a chinook, while warm, it did make for a strenuous slog through the snow. Didn't have enough time in the day to make the full summit but got to the South summit. Great views of Calgary and mountains to the Southwest. Could not locate the new trail down the middle, had to take the old trail that cuts to the North, which added distance to my plan.

Excessive amount of bear droppings, got some on my nice new boots. Wish they'd pick up after themselves.

Did about a month ago for first time. Up to the meadow peak was fine and had to find the path from there on as it was covered in snow. Be prepared for wind gusts causing full white out conditions from time to time and pant legs freezing from snow. Crampons were helpful. Still a great adventure!!!

hiking
29 days ago

Fantastic hike! We did it at the end of oct and it was snow free. There is a steep section at the end where hiking poles came in handy.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail for a fall hike. There is a new bridge put in sometime in the last year. Park at Indian Oils and go from there.

Nice moderate fall or spring hike.Some limited views west of the mountains. May be cattle in the area. Very similar in distance, elevation and views as Fullerton Loop.

hiking
2 months ago

great place

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Good, short but steep hike. Nice views of Bluerock Mountain and others. Lot of birders watching for golden eagles.

fishing
2 months ago

Did this Sept 29. Beautiful warm day. Views are terrific at the top and the trail is easy to follow with flagging through parts of it. Quite a bit of deadfall through one section but this makes it all the more interesting. My new favourite hike in the Sheep area.

hiking
2 months ago