Explore the most popular birding trails in Sibbald Lake Provincial Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Absolutely beautiful views at the top, still snow in some spots. went a bit further along the ridge past the summit, totally worth it to go the little bit extra! Hiked May 21/18

good hike - still had snow on the trail in some areas, but manageable to get past it. views were awesome at the top. we didn't go far along the ridge at the top, just did the summit hike.

hiking
5 days ago

A great little 5km trail with options to do additional kms after the loop. From the parking lot we walked to the lake and kept right until we found the trail. Take a left soon after and that is the start of the trail. It was our first time on the trail and I used GPS which really helped us stay on trail with 3 or 4 intersections that could have got us lost. We did the loop clockwise and looked for the side trail that continues climbing upwards but couldn't find it. Trail was dry and in great condition.

Great family hike.

One of my favs! Great short hike with amazing views. May 15/18 - Trail very muddy as still lots of snow melting off. Sections of waist deep snow all the way up. Dry and clear once you pass the treeline.

hiking
12 days ago

The trail was nice and not too much debris, just in certain areas but it was easy to bypass. The view near the end was beautiful and there wasn’t too many people on a Saturday, when we went. Saw lots of Moose droppings, so they are in the area. Thought we heard one as well, but didn’t see any.

Lots of debris on trail. Very pleasant hike. Tried Deer Ridge but still lots of snow & ice

Beautiful spot in the fall, fun for kids to wander around lots of wildlife and scenery. We have gone to the picnic spots and roasted weenies

hiking
4 months ago

trail well used no snowshoe needed. recommend boots as there was some ankle deep snow.

Connect to coxhill for a point to point. Great hike along nice open ridges

I followed Eagle Hill, went up the very steep hill around the loop and followed the well traveled trail back. Somehow ended up on the highway so next time, stay left.

Great hike with stunning views at the top!! Nov 27/17 Trail was well worn so no spikes needed. Extremely windy on top.

hiking
6 months ago

Completed the loop, could have used some snow shoes. This was more a reconnaissance hike looking to do a snow shoe traverse of Ole Buck mountain from north to south summit. Beautiful day for i

Good trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Well marked trail. Challenging enough for us old prairie folk.

hiking
9 months ago

Not a well groomed trail most of the way. We got to around sign #3 of the interpretive trail and went left where we should have gone right. Ended up doing a loop that was 3km instead of the 2ish km we had expected. Lots of nice wild flowers and valley views. A little buggy. Nice picnic area after at the pond.

We hiked this 3x in a week in June, so beautiful, one of our favourite, the only issue is you have to drive in dirt road 18 kms.

Always a favourite. Easy hike.

Did it today with my sister who is a beginner hiker. Beginning is switch-backs, manageable for a beginner if you take your time. There wasn't another soul on the trail. Being just the two of us made me worry about bears in the open parts, but luckily all we saw for wildlife were some chipmunks. Great views at the top from both sides. Would recommend.

hiking
10 months ago

Pretty decent hike! We got seriously messed up at the start and wandered around on cowpaths for a while. We should have stayed low instead of going up to the lookout bench. After that is fine. Bit of a grind up a cut line but the top was very nice. Walking through pines down to edge of Sibbald Flats. Took our old dog.

on Eagle Hill Trail

hiking
10 months ago

Nice day for this hike. Early morning venture with no one else on the trail. The trail was mostly dry and in very good shape. There is alot of tall grass in the lower areas, making some sections of the trail slightly difficult to locate. I did see a moose and later a white tail deer just off the trail, otherwise very quite (bonus for early trailhead start). I added Deer Ridge on my way back to the parking area, which was in great shape today.

This is an great hike it's similar to tunnel mountain if you have ever hiked that one. The approach/drive is down dirt road a ways a way. Definitely worth the drive!

Nice walking trail not too steep perfect for beginners

hiking
10 months ago

What an absolutely fantastic hike. The weather was perfect, and aside from 2 other couples, we were the only people we saw for almost 4 hours. The hike was moderate, but offered many wonderful views and a vast assortment of wildlife, game trails and tracks, and flowers and foliage. Although the signage is plentiful at the head of the trail, you have to keep your wits about you when venturing to the Deer Ridge 'summit', as we were turned around a few times, turning the 6 km hike into a 7.5 km hike lol. All in all we honestly couldn't have asked for a better place to find some peace outside of the busy city. We'll be back for sure.

hiking
11 months ago

Lots of flies out when we were here.
Really nice and easy trail.
I would recommend wearing long pants.
Lots of tall grass and narrow paths.
We tried to attach deer ridge on this day but an angry grouse wouldn't let us pass.

About 35 min on a dirt road to reach the base. Decent climb, we had snow the night before so quite wet. Poles are a help. Not to steep, just a steady uphill climb. The views at the summit are spectacular! Would definitely recommend this hike. My husband did it with our one year old on his back, and me with a small dog. Fun for the whole family as it took about 3 hours.

hiking
11 months ago

Gorgeous

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Nice mixed terrain

hiking
Monday, May 22, 2017

Decided to do an easy hike for the day. We took a couple wrong turns at the beginning but ended up were we wanted to be at the Deer Ridge summit. Very easy hike with a decently maintained trail. Definitely some fallen trees on the trail at times but always easy to get around.
The loop we did was around 8 km total, under 300m elevation gain and it took under 3 hours with all our stops for viewpoints and caching.
It was a good first hike of the year and it's only an hour from Calgary. Now it's time for the fun ones!

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