Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Sheep River Provincial Park Kananaskis Country with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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 Use my GPX data since All Trails map is out of date.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).

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

hiking
18 days ago

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

New hiker and I loved this trail.

on Mount Hoffman Trail

21 days 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!

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
1 month 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!

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
2 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!

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this hike! Great views, decent climb and some nice lakes to enjoy lunch by. There are 4 lakes total so keep trekking to see them all. Our favourite was the last lake, it was nice and quiet. We brought our dog and she loved it. I wouldn't recommend bringing smaller dogs as there are a lot of parts that require stepping over lots of rocks and little paws may get stuck. We saw Pika lots of and a Mink :)

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike for beginners. Gradual inclines until the top. Very steep, hiking poles are a must. Windy up at the top but the view is gorgeous.

Definitely go counter clockwise on this one! Climbing up is roots and stones - but gradual ascent with only a couple steep bits. Descending met some cows - have to cross the highway to do the last 1.7k, you'll walk along the ridge overlooking the river. On the way up it flattens out and you think you're at the top? You're not! There are two or three more climbs. Payoff is beautiful.
Trail easy to follow and I hoofed it with a 30lb toddler on my back, in 2.5hrs.

Only people on the trail today! Not sure what trail others were speaking of with signs?!?! No signage we saw. After you cross the bridge keep left, after about 15 min keep looking right as the trail is sneakily tucked in (by a pile of rocks)! We were chatting too much we completely missed it and had to back track.

Good hike. Need to realy watch for trail split. Seen a bear, cattle... Did the hike clockwise. overall a nice relaxing day. Cattle is roaming in woods. Can startle you around a corner

hiking
2 months ago

The hike up was OK. In the trees the whole time. Even with the holiday weekend the trail was not too busy. The views from the top are spectacular and worth the walk through the trees. A good shorter hike.

Steep one for sure. Great views. The trail thins out and is a bit rocky at the top. We had two ravens following us the whole time. We spotted a black bear and three deer from our advantage point.

Beautiful

hiking
2 months ago

I have been on the hike several times in the past with the last time being about 10 years ago, carrying my now 12 year old son on my back! It was pretty cool hiking this weekend with him as I’d always wanted to return with him as my hiking partner. It hasn’t changed a bit, moderately challenging, beautiful meadows and views and an amazing set of lakes at the end. It took us 4 hours with about a 1/2 hr rest at the lake itself. Catching a cutthroat was the icing on the cake. Great Day!

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike two weeks ago. IT WAS AMAZING. Getting started in the hike the initial incline was challenging but as we got further and further the views made up for all the sweat. At the top we hung out and enjoyed the lakes. The trail was pretty well marked. And the hike itself was super quiet - we only met up with 6 people total and they were all heading down while we were going up. Overall, I’d go back to the area and hike the trail again!!

Beautiful, easy hike! Start early to avoid the traffic.

hiking
2 months ago

GREAT hike today. so mygestic and beautiful.. trail has some steady incline. Rained all the way and was snowing at the top. we made it 3/4 way up and turned back because it was slick with the snow. We will do this hike again for sure.. 5 months pregnant found it to be intermediate..

hiking
2 months ago

We did this hike about 3 weeks ago and it was great. I would consider it a fairly easy hike with a steady incline the entire way and nothing too challenging. The most challenging part of this hike was on the way up there is little tree cover at some points so definitely bring sunscreen and a hat. The bugs are really bad this year too on this hike so it was a quick lunch and go at the top. There are 4 lakes so make sure to keep going (as we missed the last one). This is a great spot for fishing and you can see right through the lakes they are so clear! One final recommendation is go early! It is a popular spot for family’s and pets so if you don’t want to be annoyed by crowds aim to get there for 8 or earlier.

I highly recommend this hike for beginners or anyone who has had a few months off hiking and needs an easy hike to get back into the swing of things! Round trip 5 hours with stopping for lunch.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike and not very hard at all. About 5km to the first lake with the next three lakes not far from the first. We hiked to the end (4th Lake) and decided to go back to the first lake to camp. Spent one night and it was very quiet with almost no other visitors on a Wednesday.

Lots of wildlife on the trail. We heard a bear or two when we stayed the night and if you know what to look for there are a lot of signs of bears in the area. Bring spray with you.

A great trail with awesome views that last quite a while. Just when you think your done going up hill it just keeps going! There were beautiful wild flowers while we were descending. The trail is very narrow for the majority of the hike so wear good shoes as you constantly have to watch your step.

backpacking
3 months ago

A decent trail mostly in the trees with a couple meadows. Not amazingly marked at some parts and if you are starting at Windy Point parking lot note you will have to cross the river right away. Overall an average trail, had fun, but probably wouldn’t go back.

Hiked from Windy point to Bluerock campground

on Pickle Jar Lakes

hiking
3 months ago

We hiked this trail on the August long weekend Monday and it was pretty busy. We started around 1:30pm so most of the people were on their way down by then and when we got to the lakes we had them pretty much to ourselves. It’s about 5k from the parking lot to the first lake and we are not in the best shape so going slow and steady took us about 2.5 hours going up. We only went as far as the third lake since reviews said it was the nicest of the four. It took us just under 2 hours going back down but we stopped a few times for photos. We had our large dog with us and the trail was fine for him but as others said it does get quite narrow in some places and if your dog can’t walk over large rocks it might not be a good option for you. There was a few little streams for him to drink on the way up. We had great weather but I wouldn’t want to do this trail if it was wet.

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