Karst Spring Trail is a 9.0 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 9.0 km Elevation Gain: 302 m Route Type: Out & Back

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This trail offers spectacular scenery of the Canadian Rockies. If you are looking for a quiet hike with very few people, this is the one for you. Fantastic wildlife-viewing opportunities. Well maintained and clearly marked trail.

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4 days ago

May. 16th, 2020 Great hike usually but still a lot of snow and the final incline to the top of the Spring was icy and sketchy. Ice cleats required

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2 months ago

We were the first snowshoer's in a while so we broke trail all the way staying off the ski trails. Between 15 and 30 cm of powdery snow. Snowshoes highly recommended. Met a number of skiers on the way out. Nice on and off views of the surrounding mountains.

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4 months ago

Good trail. Lots of snobby skiers though.

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4 months ago

Snowshoes required.

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6 months ago

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snow
6 months ago

Easy hike. The climb to the spring is worth it. It was a little slippery.

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6 months ago

Great trail. 2 hours round trip with a stop for a snack and pictures. Easy trail except for the final climb along the creek which is a bit challenging but short. Beautiful winter or easy hike.

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7 months ago

Great, easy to moderate hike.

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8 months ago

Easy walk to the lake, on a wide an well maintained path. The last kilometres along the waterfall is steep and more challenging with roots and rocks along the path. But it’s beautiful at the lake and the waterfall is like something out of a fairytale.

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8 months ago

The hike to Karst trailhead is quite flat and easy for all fitness types. The Karst trail specifically can be a bit steep and dodgy with roots, but me and my two couch potato dogs had no problem conquering this trip! Karst Springs is an absolutely gorgeous water source and worth checking out! The directions to the Karst Trail Head are a bit confusing as you need to descent towards the lake (and that isn’t clearly indicated).

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8 months ago

lovely waking trail! the beginning almost is prairie like, flatter and lots of brush, but once you get it it be trees it’s beautiful. when you hit a fork in the road, go down the hill! took a wrong turn as the maps and signs along the path tell you basically nothing.

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8 months ago

Easy hike to a beautiful mountain lake. Trail wasn’t that busy. The springs are amazing. The forest is so moist and green! I’d do it again.

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8 months ago

This hike is great. Very busy later in the afternoon so be sure to start early if you want to have a stress free hike. A few spots that are pretty single file which can be difficult with crowds. Did this with my two ten year old large breed dogs and they did well with it. The only steep part is going up to the look out where the spring comes out. Not a lot of views on the way in but the spring is well worth the walk.

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8 months ago

Fun easy trail, gorgeous mossy sections after the lake towards the Karst Spring. Really enjoyed this hike.

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8 months ago

steep the last kilometer, but the rest is like a hard packed gravel road (better shape than the road driving in!) Beautiful mountain views.

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9 months ago

Good trail for kids. 8 year old walked the whole way and 3 year old walked 1/8. Karst spring/falls pretty cool, best part of the hike. Other reviews accurate.

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9 months ago

Pretty east, first section is on a ski trail, so not very scenic but the karst springs itself is great

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10 months ago

Most of the hike was more like an extremely scenic stroll along a fire road until the turn off to Karst springs. That’s when the fun really begins. My prego wife and I started the hike after 6pm and got to the top of the falls right at 715. Took an hour to get back to the trail head from the falls. Oh, saw a lot of wildlife!

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10 months ago

Hike was gorgeous and the waterfall was even better in person! Trail is a little muddy and wet in some places so would recommend some waterproof shoes. Very easy so would highly recommend for kids. Would definitely do it again!

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10 months ago

Pictures don’t really do this hike justice, the waterfall is actually quite large and even more beautiful in person. Trail is quite an easy walk (good for kids and dogs). Trail had a few wet and muddy patches, but was overall clear. A conservation officer noted there was bears in the area, but didn’t see any (or any signs of bear activity). Definitely would recommend this hike!

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10 months ago

Great easy trail 10km only 350m elevation gain. Good for beginners, kids and pets. Beautiful lush mossy Forrest trail to awesome natural spring. Waterfall chasers will enjoy this.

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11 months ago

Great hike today with shelter dogs. A bit rainy near the end which made a few muddy patches but nothing too bad.

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11 months ago

June 9/19 - easy trail, muddy sections today as it was raining, but no snow. Started at the Mt Shark parking lot, hiked to Watridge Lake (gorgeous) and then it’s a quick hike from there to Karst Springs. Beautiful area. The viewing platform at the top of the Spring is quite small.

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11 months ago

Completely dry. Park at the mt. Shark parking lot and rake the trail next to the sign (same as mt. Assiniboine trail). The trail is fairly flat and very wide to the lake. Good signage along the way. Turn left at the map sign when you're almost to the lake. Stop for a swim in the clear lake then head up the rest of the trail to the spring. Short and easy hike!

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Sat May 25 2019

05.25.19 Fantastic hike! Still ankle-knee deep snow in places. Crampons wouldn’t have been bad in spots, but definitely got away without them. Took almost three hours, with LOTS of photo stops, but pushed it on the way back due to poor weather approaching. Can’t wait to do this hike again! One of my new favourites. Some bugs starting, don’t forget insect repellent. No wildlife sightings, however there was fresh moose/elk poop, bear poop, and wolf poop, along with bear tracks (we figure mom and cub due to sizing). Would not recommend solo.

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Wed Apr 24 2019

Beautiful destination! Trail was wide and relatively easy for the first 5kms (snow was melting and quite slushy making it more of a work-out). Once you get to the lake, beautiful views and the trail gets more interesting. The creek along the last third of the trail is absolutely beautiful!

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Thu Mar 21 2019

Did this hike today, first day of Spring. Trail was hard pack snow with cross country tracks set for much of the way. Was fairly quiet with skiers and hikers. The sun was shining and was glorious! Was a little slushy from the lake up to the spring. There was very little elevation gain until the lake up to the spring. I would say this is on the easier side of moderate. Great for families with young children and dogs. #HikingWithHarri

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