Ptarmigan Cirque

EASY 104 reviews

Ptarmigan Cirque is a 4.3 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.3 km
ELEVATION GAIN
387 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

off the hwy 1 at nakoda storny casino junction to hwy 40. driving to shouth about 40min you can get high wood pass. right after high wood pass you will see parking spot on right hand side (west side) you can also access to pocaterra tarn and even farther from parking lot.

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

We didnt get to do the entire loop because it was getting too windy and the snow was knee deep, but it was still amazing! we will definitely be doing this again! Cleats would be helpful. It was getting a little too slippery in the forest area.

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

Ptarmigan Cirque is probably my favorite hike in the area just because of the stunning glacial Cirque that it leads up to. The views from the top are phenomenal and the trail isn’t all that challenging.

22 days ago

We did this hike September 17/2017.
Beautiful hike and little effort required for stunning views.The only downside to this trail was the unsupervised children and off leash dogs. This is a fragile alpine area and people should respect that and stay on the trail.Most hikers we observed were not carrying Bear spray.This trail is currently under a bear closure.Carry bear spray.....
You are in Bear county.
Look what happened to Bear 148.

Stunning hike! Very family and dog friendly. We hiked it today and wish we had brought crampons as it was quite slippery in the treed parts of the trail but we made it without and couldn't believe the gorgeous views we found at the top for such minimal effort! We had our 13 month old daughter in her hiking carrier and our small dog with us. Took about 2 - 2.5 hours. Mostly slowed down by ice and slush and breathtaking views :) lots of young kids on the trail, all seemed to be really enjoying it. A great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

Great little hike with gorgeous views. Fall is starting to arrive so there was plenty of colour!

hiking
1 month ago

Trail and scenery was stunning but should of packed spikes. Snow on the ground = packed slippery trail especially on the way down.

hiking
1 month ago

Love this trail. I can see why it's so busy.

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1 month ago

Great for fun with the kids.

hiking
1 month ago

Steady incline to the top which was a bit more challenging that I had expected but is doable when stopping and taking a few breaks. The views at the top are beautiful and well worth it in the end. In total it took us about 2 hrs start to finish.

hiking
1 month ago

lovely easy hike

hiking
1 month ago

Fairly steep switchbacks through the treeline, but then it levels out.

1 month ago