Barrier Lake Trail

EASY 80 reviews

Barrier Lake Trail is a 8.5 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
8.5 km
ELEVATION GAIN
252 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

walking
2 months ago

A nice and easy nature walk.. Going during the fall is lovely because you can really appreciate the contrast colours between the lake and trees.

2 months ago

Beautiful view of lake on top. Easy and enjoyable hike.

hiking
2 months ago

In the trees for most of the hike, except the very beginning, but well worth the wait for wonderful views at the top. Pretty easy, steady incline with lots of flat spots. Mostly gravel, well groomed trail - good for all ages.

hiking
3 months ago

Aside from the lake being pretty, the hike was quite disappointing. We hiked 4km and then turned back, so we did not make it to the end.
The trail was all gravel, mainly flat, and majority of it was out in the open, so not much shelter from the sun. Quite boring.
I think this trail would be better suited for biking or horse back riding, not hiking.

hiking
3 months ago

easy hike, nice view of the lake, recommended for beginners! trail well defined

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

A very short hike so I don't think we were at the correct trail head and it is no way near the distance this ap says.

5 months ago

Hiked to the summit and then opted to follow the route straight down rather than the longer prairie view route. I wouldn't recommend it unless you like bushwacking down a very steep grade for a couple hours. best to take prairie view to Jewel pass back down to the main trail.

5 months ago

great hike....kids loved it!

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike to start the season but it can be busy. Once you get to the peak, spin around and head up to the fire look out - much quieter.

You can either go back the way you hike up or you can continue on a loop (prairie view down to Jewell Pass and back along Stoney trail). The loop adds a lot of distance

hiking
5 months ago

To get to the lookout there's a steep bit at the end but an incredible view from the top.

hiking
5 months ago

This was one of the best hikes that i really enjoyed. Enjoyed the lookout on McConnell Ridge

5 months ago

The hike is really great no cliffs or narrow spots. It does feel like it's all uphill with no breaks but the incline isn't too steep. Beautiful at the top!

5 months ago

Walked around the lake to the campground. Definitely going to spend a night or two there! Tons of wild flowers and great views. Very easy hike I would do again.

6 months ago

It was a good trail.

trail running
6 months ago

My first trail run ever! Super fun, and not too busy on a Saturday! Took just under two hours

6 months ago

I went on my first mountain hike here this past weekend. I loved it! Some hard parts but a gorgeous day trip, would do again.

hiking
6 months ago

Wasnt as easy as I thought. Fantastic views from the top . Worth every hour of hiking .

hiking
6 months ago

Pretty easy trail but long. It got a tad steeper at the top a few times. Very windy at the beginning by the lake, I'd take a light jacket next time. Climb all the way up if you can. The view is great!) and just beware of wild life. We were warned a bear was seen nearby but we didn't see it ourselves.

hiking
6 months ago

An easy to moderate trail! A lot of switch backs abs shaded areas up the mountain. The views from the top are gorgeous!!! Great for beginners :) completed up and down in about 2 and a half hours.

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