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Black Prince Cirque Interpretive Trail to Warspite Lake

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Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

Black Prince Cirque Interpretive Trail to Warspite Lake is a 3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.0 mi Elevation gain 583 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Skiing

Snowshoeing

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Bird watching

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Forest

Lake

Views

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Snow

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The hike on the Black Prince Interpretive Trail is a great family-friendly hike on the Smith-Dorrien. This route takes you to Warspite Lake on a good path and there are great views once at Warspite Lake. The start of the trail is at the signed trailhead, near the outhouses. From here, head out on an old logging road. After about 15 minutes cross a bridge over Smith Dorrien Creek and continue along the broad path. Soon it enters the forest and comes to a fork. At the fork you can go either way, the right-hand trail takes you on a walk with interpretive posts and most people go in this direction. In about an hour from leaving your car (faster if you aren’t hiking with little children) you reach Warspite Lake. This is a very pretty lake, and on calm, sunny days you will want to spend a while here, savouring the view of Black Prince Cirque high above and Mount Black Prince. The reflections in the lake can provide stunning photos, and you will find yourself snapping lots of pictures on a nice day.

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Liz G
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Hiking

Lake was stunning, hike not labelled very well...but a great family hike, the rock formations were a great exploratory spot for kids and us adults!

Jen Reed
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HikingMuddySnow

We loved this hike! We went around the lake and climbed Mount Black Prince to get a closer look at the waterfalls and snow. My kids (8 & 9) enjoyed sliding down the snow. I recommend hiking around the lake and over the rock gardens to see the beautiful alpine mountain face. Good footwear is a must as the trail past the lake isn’t really much of a trail. And bring bug spray!

Lotte Verhagen
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Hiking

Beautiful little hike, the lake is absolutely stunning. We hiked around the lake as well, which I only recommend doing if you’re comfortable balancing on logs to cross creeks. Not much of a trail to be found there, so bushwhacking and climbing over fallen trees. Takes the hike from easy to moderate for sure (but then again the loop around the lake is not officially part of this trail).

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Sylvain D.
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Hiking

Very accessible trail. Not much to see until you get to the lake. Didn’t find the trail that goes around it.

Marina Coates
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really enjoyed this first hike of the season. did it with my 6 month old in the backpack. Lake is gorgeous, trail very well maintained. long drive for a short hike so try to make a day of it.

Erin Dumenko
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Hiking

Really nice little hike for a young puppy. Great views for very minimal effort. Even hopped in the lake for a polar bear dip.

Shane Martin
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Bugs

This is an easy/moderate hike with a steep walk up right at the start but once it levels out it's very manageable. The views of the lake are stunning with lots of nice spots to picnic. The All Trails map shows a loop around the lake but it doesn't exist. The cirque loops back before the lake. The trail on the right side of the lake is the trail to Warspite. There was still snow up at towards the top so I'd suggest waiting a few more weeks before attempting that climb.

Carla Lestinho
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Hiking

Loved this short hike. The first 20 Minutes are uphill but still nice. Tried going around the lake but didn't appear to have a clear path. It's a gorgeous lake; clearest crystal lake water ever

Christina Berini
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Great!Muddy

First 1/4 uphill. Very beautiful lake and scenery. A fun family adventure

sani smith
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Hiking

Nice mostly forest walk, with a bit of elevation to begin with. Nothing spectacular.

Sunny Kyo
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HikingMuddy
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Micaela Widmer
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So pretty! Great for beginners or an easy day for frequent hikers.

Camilo Andres Pena Arias
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Gary Teare
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HikingMuddy

Lovely walk in the woods to a lake surrounded by rocky peaks with snow on them. Bit muddy at the start before you climb up over the initial hump. Easy hike. Plenty of people but not overcrowded by any means- we encountered perhaps 4 or 5 groups of 2-4 people and a few with dogs like we were. By the number of cars in the parking lot and along the road O thought we might be fighting a traffic jam on the trail! Luckily not.

Cassandra Chisholm
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HikingBugs

Great trail for any beginner or older people wanting to start hiking or have little children. It’s also a great short trail run. Saw a bear when we did it on the 27th of June and saw a big black bear, make sure you bring bear spray. Beautiful views at the top. Only took us 1 hour 20 minutes with inexperienced hikers and we walked around the lake.

A and D Camping Team
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HikingMuddy

Easy trail with a bit of an incline to begin with. Views at the cirque are quite nice. Took 3 year old niece along and she was able to make it most of the way on her own.

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Avery Klein
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Hiking

Hiked this June 26. Went around 5pm and only saw about 4 other groups on the trail. The hike up is steep but short and very manageable (even for my mom who is 60 with knee problems). The lake was peaceful and lovely. When we got to the lake we went off to the right and followed a trail to the other side of the lake. It was a nice and different view. Definitely worth walking the extra bit. The trail we were on then goes on past Warspite lake, through a cirque/ meadow, then carries on to Black Prince Lake. We only went around Warspite until Warspite creek as it is deep and flowing fast and we chose to not see if there was a way to cross or travel along the other side of the lake. Nice easy hike with a rewarding view at the end. Would do again.

Emily Herron
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HikingBugsMuddy

wonderful day yesterday (june 27). kinda muddy - and we've had torrential rain since then, so I'm sure it'll have some very soggy areas now. we had 4 toddlers with us and a leashed dog. Beat scat on the trail (very close to the trail cam, actually). all the toddlers (aged 23 months, 3, and 3.5) all hiked the whole thing on their own. beginning has a bit of an incline. Fine on the way up- a bit of an issue on the way down for traction as there's a bit of washout. nice little bench type thing at the top of the incline bit for the kids to rest for a moment. water was flowing FAST and high. BRING THE BUG SPRAY! Lake Warspite at the top was absolutely beautiful. clearest water I've seen in a very long time. Bring layers (duh), but even for the end of june some of the kids were a little chilly at the top. as others have said there are some neat rocks to climb on - kids loved it. suggest an early arrival- got there before 10, next to nobody in the lot. upon arrival back to the cars it was crammed. with the toddlers, and stopping for a couple tantrums, enjoying the bridges, exploring stumps, examining bear turds, climbing the rocks, took 2 hours to get to the lake. and about an hour back to the car. we did see a grizzly sow and 2 Cubs on the side of the road- just a firm reminder to leave them alone. some Darwin contestant was out of his car less than 20 feet from the sow. I'm here to say DONT DO THAT!!

Kaitlyn Wiens
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Nature tripsBugs

super easy and fun nature walk. some great views.

Amanda Lambie
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HikingBugs

Decent trail, the beginning is a pretty steady incline but it levels out. As you get closer to the lake there's some neat rocky formations. You can follow trails part ways around the lake, though it involves some minor bushwhacking.

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Kyle Keyowski
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HikingBugs

Nice family hike with a good incline at the beginning to warm you up. The trail doesn't loop around the lake anymore but it does split into a loop before the lake.

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Amanda Myers
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HikingBugsGreat!

You'll drive on washboard gravel road for about 7 minutes before arriving at the parking lot. We did this hike on Friday June 26, arriving at trail head around 12:30. Parking lot was mostly full but there were a few leaving so I got a spot. This was a good hike for dogs as it wasn't too long and there were plenty of water sources. Trail was a pretty good hike uphill for about 20 minutes and then it went a bit downhill before we got close to the lake but we were at the lake in an hour or a bit less. We spent 15-20 minutes around the rock formations and the lake. Very pretty and pristine. Total time spent was about 2 hours.

Elise Shorting
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Hiking

Marker 1-2 easy walk in woods, with a beautiful bridge over rushing stream. Marker 3-6 are up quite an incline, but nice cleared trail maybe former logging road. Marker 7 is near some rock formations, kids could have a blast playing on. Arriving at the crystal clear lake is gorgeous. There is no trail around the lake but some nice areas around the south shore to explore. We had a coyote follow us quite a ways on the trail, keep dogs on leash just in case! We yelled and it stayed back about 30ft but was not bothered by well populated trail of family hikers.

J Boyd
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Great, quick little trail for an afternoon! Beautiful lake at the end before you loop around to head back. Our kids also loved exploring the rocks near the lake. Bit of a steady climb to start but then levels off nicely near the lake.

Deidra Hooper
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Hiking

Great short trail with a beautiful lake to reward you after the initial lengthy climb. Well maintained and was quite dry despite rain in the last couple of days. Good beginner trail and great for families. If you’re looking to make the day a bit longer, do the trail across the road and head out to the suspension bridge. Adds another 6.5 km to your day and is a pretty easy hike. The route is listed here on All Trails.

Jocelyn Maxwell
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Hiking

easy hike great for kids and dogs lake was so beautiful will go back to chexk out the suspension bridges. sunny day perfect for a picnic

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