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Shirley Lake, Paul Lake, and Oster Lake Trail

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Elk Island National Park

Shirley Lake, Paul Lake, and Oster Lake Trail is a 7.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sandy Beach, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.2 miles Elevation Gain: 413 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

cross country skiing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

snow

hiking
muddy
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Arrived at the parking lot around 330pm. Temp was around 11 degrees Started our walk approx 4-5 Km To our campsite. When at our campsite we had two huge bisons in the camp they slowly moved out of the area on their own. Light rain. Got a fire going. Beautiful evening next morning packed up and made the rest of hike around the lake approx 6 km It was my first back packing trip with my son Father’s Day gift. Celebrated s a little late. Recommend as good learning trip

Nice trail! Cool spot for camp fires! My dog got tired so turned back half way! Nice walk just watch out for poo lol

mountain biking
9 months ago

Decent trail for mountain biking, good for walking. Trail is wide and clear of debris with a few mud holes to maneuver around. Some rooty sections and the Bison frequent the trail so their hoof prints make it bumpy and there’s the occasional Buffalo steamer to avoid. You spend about 90% of the time in the bush but there are 3 lakes along the way with viewpoints. Lots of coloured leaves in the fall and no bugs.

hiking
bugs
muddy
10 months ago

hiking
muddy
10 months ago

This was my first introduction to backpacking with my husband. We took the northern 7km to the Oster Lake group camp, spent the night, then returned via the shorter southern route the second day. Hubby didn't think it was necessarily the most beautiful of hikes compared to some he's done in the past, but a good trail nonetheless. Well marked but very muddy. I had waterproof hiking boots but my husband's feet were soaked by the time we were done. We surprisingly didn't have that much trouble with bugs thankfully, but on the second day we did run into, not one, but two bison that we had to manoeuvre around.

hiking
bugs
muddy
10 months ago

Decent trail with lots of mosquitoes. Some parts of the trail are quite muddy and swampy. Lots of scatt but did not see any animals. A few nice views but mostly monotone. Not too dificult.

hiking
bugs
10 months ago

hiking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
off trail
over grown
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

wet summer, wet trail. turned around at flooding and walked road towards Oyster Lake instead. some bugs on trail...seen worst...wet conditions mean good breeding for mosquitoes. bring bug spray.

hiking
bugs
muddy
11 months ago

Decent hike that I made in 2:45, short lunch break included. Pack the bug spray and re apply every 30 minutes. Waterproof shoes are a must, or a change of socks. Cool views and a quiet hike, only encountered a few other hikers. Nice.

hiking
11 months ago

Bugs spray and extra pair of socks / shoes is a must . did not see any bisons but lots of bison shit on the trail .. overall ok hike.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
over grown
washed out
11 months ago

Bring a huge bottle of bug spray, waterproof hiking boots and spare socks (running shoes won't cut it) and if you do decide to wear running shoes maybe won't be a bad idea to pack an extra pair in your pack. Lots of washed out areas and puddles. Bugs were everywhere. Probably won't do this one again but it was nice nonetheless. Saw a couple bison

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
11 months ago

It was a good hike...very easy. Loads of mud and bugs. Good boots and bug spray a must. Campsites are in good shape and well maintained.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
11 months ago

Nice quiet trail, mosquitoes are vicious though so bring bug spray. We went after a few weeks of rain, so the trail had quite a bit of mud. Will definitely try it again after some sun to dry it up.

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