Karst Spring Trail

MODERATE 19 reviews

Karst Spring Trail is a 9.2 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kovach, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November.

DISTANCE
9.2 km
ELEVATION GAIN
418 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
8 days ago

hiking
9 days ago

SO BEAUTIFUL. Even the "boring" section has wild strawberries growing beside the trail and crosses some creeks! the area around watridge lake is swampy and has a little boardwalk, then its up the hill beside a raging stream through a mossy pine forest to the karst.

hiking
22 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice! Pretty level, on a road for most​ of the trip. Good view of the surrounding mountains. Then a cold lake, a pretty wetland, and a really impressive cascade coming from the spring. Good for any experience level. I'd rate this easy, not moderate.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Recommend riding bike to base of karst and then hiking up. Very flat and boring for most of the way. Beautiful tho

6 months ago

9 months ago

This is a good family hike. But the first 1/2 of the hike is relatively "boring" as someone immaturely scratched on the signs. It is a wide, grass covered, well travelled path. But the rocky mountain range from all angles is truly breath taking.
We went on an overcast day thanksgiving weekend. I feel like end of May or beginning of June there would be more to look at with wild flowers.
Just past the 1/2 way mark the scenery changes to tall evergreens and the incline picks up a tad.
Once you reach the lake there is a boardwalk. My kids loved it and that is where things started to get fun for them and the complaining stopped!
The moss was a vibrant green. The path takes you upside the creek. Lots of opportunities for pictures.
We sat at the top and had lunch while a light sprinkle of snow fell on us. It was amazing!

9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Karst Spring Trail. 10km return trip. Not exciting to start - you hike an old logging road for a few km through the Mt Shark trail system. Eventually arriving at Watridge Lake (turn left at the fork and go downhill to the lake) Mt Cone is across the lake to the right, Mt Shark behind you. A walk up Watridge Creek alongside boulders and driftwood covered in bright green moss, leads you to a roaring spring that bursts out of a rock face. It's a magical place, didn't feel like Alberta.

hiking
10 months ago

10 months ago

Friday, July 22, 2016

Loved this hike! Perfect for families with smaller kids. Dogs and Granny loved it too! Took us about 3.5hours with minimal steep inclines and the path is well taken care of.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2016

snowshoeing
Monday, January 18, 2016

Very easy. Trail from lake to the springs more enjoyable!

Sunday, June 07, 2015

hiking
Sunday, July 28, 2013

walking
Friday, June 21, 2013

Beautiful, rather hidden, spring. Not a hard walk/hike.