Barrier Lake Trail

EASY 160 reviews

Barrier Lake Trail is a 7.7 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.7 km
ELEVATION GAIN
233 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

hiking
9 days ago

Super easy hike. Lots of shade for the puppers on a hot day like today. Too many people for my liking though.

15 days ago

We missed the left turn for this trail and headed up the mountain. Steady incline and switch backs. Decided to keep going. It was worth it for the view at the top. Jewel pass is how we were able to loop back instead of turning back. 7.7 k turned into a full day 13 k loop. Haha. oops. Ended up taking this trail back, the easy part close to the water. beautiful.

hiking
17 days ago

Took the Prairie view trail to get to the top, took me about hour to get up there with a brisk pace, and with no rest. Easy enough to do for the average hiker. Only challenge is the last stretch, which has a higher incline.

There isn't much to see on this trail til you get near the top, all the trees help keep the trail much cooler on a hot day like I went on.

hiking
17 days ago

Pretty steep, but most of it is through forest trails so has shady spots on a hot day. Lots of switchbacks on the trails although there are some shortcuts but are steeper than using the switchbacks (good for on the way down). Trail is quite rocky with loose gravel. View at the top is totally worth the climb

17 days ago

Lake was nice ...

walking
18 days ago

Wide, flat trails along power lines and old roads. Not much shade. Good accessibility but nothing to write home about.

hiking
18 days ago

Got there early and it was quite windy. Most of the trail you are exposed to the sun! It was a great easy hike. Had lunch at the lake and saw some wildlife.

hiking
26 days ago

Really windy today, but a good easy walk through the forest. Nice spaces to go sit close to the water and eat. Took about 2.5 hours to go the 8 km.

26 days ago

Great hike, I’m a beginner and it was just the right amount of incline and duration, up and down in 4 hrs with a relaxed pace and lots of photos at the top. Steep in places but overall was very moderate. We went to the fire lookout, great views.

27 days ago

For a beginner hiker this trail was a little challenging. The incline gets steep at the end and there are quite a few switch backs. But once you get to the top it’s all worth it. The view is amazing. I hope to do this one again before the year is over and I am more seasoned.

29 days ago

Did this hike a week ago. As a beginner hiker I would say this was more moderate than easy. Steep incline but so worth it

hiking
1 month ago

Completed in 2 hrs with a couple 10 year olds. It is an easy enjoyable hike. Not particularly interesting but nice and open and close to Hwy 1. Exposed for a majority of the time so the fact that we went on a slightly cloudy day was perfect.

hiking
1 month ago

We did the praiprie view trail till the summit then retuned, we did not do the full circle but we enjoyed it so much!

1 month ago

Good hike! Not super marked though! Beautiful day!!!

1 month ago

Beautiful lake. Did 2 hr round trip with spouse and 2 kids aged 3 (carried) and 7. Got 3 km in and 3 km back. From about 1-2.5 km it’s a bit boring, gravel path with no cover. After about 2.5 km the trail narrows to single file and changes from gravel to dirt in a forested area - this part was a bit more interesting. Steep at parts but our 7 year old had no problems with terrain.

hiking
1 month ago

not too easy but very nice, close to calgary which is a bonus.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a fairly easy hike and if you go on the weekends it's usually pretty busy. It's one of my go-to hikes when I feel like an active recovery day. The trail is well-marked and there is a pretty view at the top. Round trip you can do it in about two and a half hours.

1 month ago

Water was super cold which is to be expected this time of year. The lake is accessed right away near parking and those that want to hike the trail can do that nearby also.

hiking
1 month ago

This took us overall about 5 hours with picture stops and the girl I was with was slower and not cardio fit. She still enjoyed it and didn’t say it was hard, there was just hard spots. We took the harder loop trail but walked in and out. So did roughly like 17kms all up. Was worth it with the views for sure!

1 month ago

Beautiful views at the top!

1 month ago

First hike of the season! Definitely kicked my butt a little. Very rewarding view!

2 months ago

Awesome hike with amazing views. Nicely marked trails and not too difficult. Highly recommend. Great for kids as well.

hiking
2 months ago

Was a very awesome hike! You have a choice to do the look outs which is moderate level deffinetly not easy. Very good hike, lots of people, And amazing views at the look outs! Worth the effort.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike! We ended up taking the longer route, which was approx 9km to the peak and another 6km back down. Beautiful views from the top. Windy at the start but got better once we were in the trees.

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous hike! Pretty windy by the lake but really nice when you get into the trees and up top. If you want to go to the look out point (you do) make sure to take the prairie view trail up (different trail than the app maps out) for an out and back hike, or continue on to the jewel pass for a long loop. Beautiful view at the top!!

2 months ago

Great hike today! We did the whole loop and the trails were all cleared of brush and snow... Lots of people were out today! - June 2, 2018

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike. But wouldn’t really consider this easy if you’re going to the summit. We were not sure which hike we were on. We found another trail head and then at point the trail forked. We went up instead of around the lake. Gorgeous views!!

walking
2 months ago

Very beautiful and easy trail!

2 months ago

Lovely views! A “harder” easy trail.

2 months ago

Cyclists said you couldnt do the 14 km loop yet without seeing snow however going up taking your first right there was no ice or snow in sight.

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