Looking for a great trail in Sheep River Provincial Park Kananaskis Country, Alberta? AllTrails has 32 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, trail running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 18 moderate trails in Sheep River Provincial Park Kananaskis Country ranging from 1.1 to 16 miles and from 4,468 to 8,143 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

Nice hike for spring, mostly dry. Pretty view up top.

hiking
6 days ago

This route was super windy the day we went. As others note there’s no well defined route, but generally speaking it was pretty straight forward. We looped it counter clockwise and found some fun scree skiing.

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
9 days ago

Great hike, trail ran 70% steep start for 30 min after that nice ridge walk with small hands on sections....just wore trail shoes mostly dry!!! Def a moderate hike

hiking
12 days ago

A short variation climbing to the first col and back down to the highway through a grove of Limber Pines:).

hiking
1 month ago

such an awesome off grid trek , will do it again when less snow is covering the trails

hiking
1 month ago

We only did a portion ...... bushwhacking for sure and deep snow will do it again when it dries up

Pretty good shape, lots of hard pack but some people with horses went through and rutted up the trail. I wore snowshoes on the trail, it helped and made the snowdrifts easy. Lots of extra road walking this time of year.

hiking
2 months ago

We did the route counterclockwise. Finding the trail on the way down was a little difficult but being off route isn’t horrible- pretty easy to visually navigate. Stunning views. At this point in time, no snowshoes or crampons required.

hiking
2 months ago

Full day hiking west to east the entire ridge . ~9.5 km ! Views exceptional all the way! Lots of boulders / rocks as well so good it wasn’t icy or a lot of snow. January 26/19

hiking
3 months ago

Well def need gps as it’s a bit of a crap shoot! Not hard essentially follow the spine up. Good workout just wore trail shoes a bit of snow at the summit. Def check the wind as it was brutal at the top

hiking
4 months ago

Good fall/early winter hike if you have micro spikes. Some deep snow up top (don’t forget the gaiters) near the lakes, but lakes are frozen and you can easily traverse across them. Will be back in the spring/summer.

Very nice trail. Not at all difficult and should be accessible for most people. This was our third trip around during an outing to view Big horn Sheep when the rams are down from the mountains. (We saw lots of sheep in the meadows). It's worth taking a little longer route from the old sawmill site upriver along side Blue Rock Creek. Nice spruce forest and views of the canyon. No snow except for some small parches and this was on Nov 22!.

Great hike today. Almost missed the trail start going up hill, but this app saved the day to put us back on. Enough trail markers / ribbons to keep us on the right trail to the top.

hiking
5 months ago

Definitely a good leg workout (i was feeling the burn for sure haha) especially near the end. Beautiful view once you make it up :)

Hiked this today, and enjoyed bushwhacking the whole time as there is not a laid out trail. Some kind folks left ribbon markers, but appears others were removed. A GPS is a great idea, as some folks may become disoriented. This trail should be rated Moderate, similar with others in the area. Definitely an enjoyable challenge.

hiking
5 months ago

Did this hike Nov 3, 2018. High of 10 degrees, slight wind, mainly overcast. First 60% of the trail was greasy and we had to put on crampons to stop from slipping everywhere. Middle portion ice and some snow. Top portion by lake has deep snow. Crampons necessary and likely snowshoes for upper area. Mud should not be a problem since freezing temps incoming.

This hike isn't what I would call "super easy". More moderate to difficult since it is essentially straight up. Very few flat areas. Use my GPX data since All Trails map is out of date.

The Good:
Nature, outdoors, some okay scenery on the way up, vigorous hike
Scenery around the lakes is beautiful

The Bad:
Aggressive climb from trailhead to lakes
Mostly within treeline
Few views along the way

I did this hike one late morning in September with my wife. She loved it more than I did. The hike is in itself not very tough as the trail is wide enough for bikes as well as in winter for cross country skiing. We saw a couple of people who came up minutes behind us. The views from the top by the lookout cabin is awesome. Can see both upper and lower Kananaskis lakes as the trail reaches the top. Good hike any time of the year.

Great reward for the effort required. The final stretch is challenging for beginners, but doable. Hiking poles are a must, and microspikes are beneficial. Beautiful views!
(There is Y junction in the road about a km past the bridge and the correct trail is to the right up the mountain- it is marked by a cairn).

hiking
5 months ago

Nice quick hike. Need to pay close attention to actual trail and ribbons. lots of different trails go off main one and can get off trail fast. when starting you need to cross small creek and trail is to the left. Great views from the top

on Pickle Jar Lakes

hiking
5 months ago

Super easy hike - great little hike if you just want something quick.

New hiker and I loved this trail.

on Mount Hoffman Trail

6 months ago

Beautiful fall day! Microspikes would’ve been nice in a few spots. Most places dry and snow free! What a beautiful panoramic view at the top. Will be doing this one again!

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail. Pretty easy if you hike a lot. It was incredibly windy one the hill walks and nice and calm in the forest sections. There was a few inches of snow along the whole trail. We got to the crest before you go down to the lakes. We stopped there because the wind had moved the snow to the point that you couldn't see a clear path so we'll be sure to be back when the snow is gone. 1h up. 45min down.

Good hike. Moderate effort for great views. Went oct 14. trail up to ridge is good but snow gets deep on the way down to the lakes. also poses avalanche danger in one spot. wouldn't recommend if more snow falls. Note that the map is out of date. Switch backs now make it easier.

Nice and easy little hike. Great views. Bring a picnic blanket and a lunch and you’ll have a great day. 1st lake is the best spot to throw down a blanket for lunch.

hiking
6 months ago

Hiking today ! Gorgeous views! Steady climb!

hiking
6 months ago

Easy hike with lovely views of the waterfalls right at the beginning. A moderate grade of a hike - easy for beginners. A lovely surprise of mountain views once you summit. Nobody else on the trail today!

7 months ago

Easy to get lost, be careful. The view on top is beautiful!

Low stress trail with a gradual elevation gain in the trees to a great viewpoint looking over the Sheep River. The map appears to show the trail following the road however as the earlier post indicates, you must cross the highway at the parking lot for Windy Point and go toward the benches, you will find a trail that follows the Sheep River bank and then you hook back up to the road to pick the car at the Foran Grade parking pull out. Leisurely pace 1.5-2 hours. There are cows and calves on the trail and lots of cow pies.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike! Did it with 7 people and 1 dog and it took us 5 hrs. We did stop at the first and fourth lake for about 30 mins each though. Steady incline but has some down parts and flat parts to help break it up. Once you get to the first lake, stay right to get to the second, go right at the second then once you reach the third, stick to the left for a bit of an easier walk through the rocks around the lake. Then follow up behind the last lake to the fourth. 10/10 would do this one again! Lots of pika and we saw a mink as well! Not too many people, and lots of people were fishing in the lakes!

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