Mount Kidd Fire Lookout Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from May until October.

Length4.6 miElevation gain2,408 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Rose Castillo
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SnowshoeingSnow

The summer trail (the one listed here) carries significant avalanche risk. Even with a low/low/low avalanche forecast, avalanches can still occur. There is a lot of variability within the kananaskis avalanche forecast region! I've seen a lot of families and groups take the summer trail recently, do not follow their tracks or recordings without the proper avalanche gear and training. If you are wanting to go to the lookout in the winter, head way right from the road. You should be fully on the ridge at around 250m of elevation (instead of approaching it straight up from the road). This will avoid the 'pockets' of trees and stay in denser forest. Being in the sparser forest is no guarantee of safety, lots of avalanches occur in treed terrain. Be safe! Snowshoes are also almost certainly a must past mid december.

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Amy Hrenyk
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SnowshoeingSnow

Beautiful day. Sun was shining and zero wind at the top. Snowshoes required, snow can get deep but thankfully the trail was packed down. Starts fairly easy but gets steep and stays that way until the top. Beautiful views and fun adventure to the base of mount Kidd if you have the energy.

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Amber Ward
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Hiking

Steep! Difficult for sure. Worth it for the views at the top! super fun coming down. take advantage of sitting on your butt and sliding down!

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Roger Aoun
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Hiking

3 starts only because of the conditions. To be revisited in summer, but then all the way to mount Kidd. Overcast snowy weather -21 throughout with heavy winds slowing the mechanics on the #olympus cam. No risking taking the gloves off for a phone pic. Used the foot warmer pads for the first time ever on a hike, more than a km of uphill waist deep trail breaking. On this 7.4 km trail we finished it in 8 km as we had to create switchbacks following outcrops to avoid another km of deep snow. The balaclava froze like a piece of wood around my neck, only able to remove it after it thawed off in the car. This hike ranks toughest for this winter season. Not because of the trail but because of the conditions. It was a test of will, planning and teamwork.

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Amber Ward
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Hiking

thick snow. avalanche warnings. stopped for safety. will try again soon!

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Rishabh Batra
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did this on 31jan...great views. a must..

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Jack Gu
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Jan 24, Sunday, Sunny with some clouds, minor wind. Part of trail is for cross country ski only. Passed the tree line, trail/footprints is not clear. You can climb up z-z-z; steep trail, stunning view on the summit.

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Daniel Durnford
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HikingSnow

Had to do a little bush-walking on a semi-packed path to avoid the cross country ski trail at the beginning, and ended up going up the left ridge parallel to the trail, which was a mistake, so no matter how you cut across the cross-country ski trail make sure you end up back on the marked trail sooner rather than later. Otherwise great, the actual trail was packed, and the view from the top was beautiful!

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Greg Cully
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Adam Richardson
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Johnny Manzano
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JJ Woodpont
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Christine Tao
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Hiking

Windy at the top, turned around at the platform (which is pretty close to the end) Quite some people on the weekends

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Laura A
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Gabriela Brooker
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Mahal Family
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HikingGreat!MuddySnow

Hiked in Dec 5th. It is a steep hike. Microspikes are must along poles. Packed snow through the treeline area. Then Straight up hike on the exposed to sun mountain, with hardly any snow. It was slushy and muddy. After this, when you hit tree-line again, go towards left. Knee deep snow here, so make sure your shoes are waterproof and wear gaitors. While coming down, at the end of this treeline, when you hit T, go towards right.

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Fahmida Tariq
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harpreet sandhu
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Jayson Pister
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Brenda Chu
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No one on the trail besides our group on Friday. Was quite steep all the way - sticks will really help the descent. Beautiful fall foliage and views all the way.

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Monika Voy
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Worth the effort! One of the steepest hikes I’ve done, but the views at the top were spectacular. Highly recommend bringing hiking boots, poles, lots of water, and a healthy attitude towards falling a few times. Took our group of 3 with varying hiking experience levels 2.5 hours up with many breaks, and under 2 hours down.

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Geneviève Filion
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HikingGreat!

La montée abrupte vaut vraiment le coup d’œil au sommet! Bâtons de marches un must pour la descente.

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Gethsemane Canlas
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Paige & Matt
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Matt Fay
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Steep; fun tho - we made it to the helipad thing. Accompanied by my kids 12 and 8. Set off at 2, finished back around 5.30. It was super dusty so a little slick on the way down.

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Sue Madsen
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The views are spectacular but all the reviews are true. It is so steep! Coming down was very slippery/dangerous. Gloves, poles and hiking shoes are musts. It took our group 5 hours.

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