Southfork Lakes and Barnaby Ridge

moderate 18 reviews

Southfork Lakes and Barnaby Ridge is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pincher Creek No. 9, 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 October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 8.9 miles Elevation Gain: 3,756 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

fishing

hiking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

backpacking
5 months ago

We looked for a 1 day hike in & camp trail preferably not in the busy Kananaskis / Banff area and ended up here. Before the trail really starts you have to cross the river a few 100m from the parking lot, which was doable at this time of the year on bare feet, when you put your hiking boots back on and continue on the trail it slowly prepares you for a decently steep hike to the 1st Lake: Barnaby Lake. We camped at the two higher Southfork lakes. The blue mountain lakes (which are swimmable), gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains and Castle Mountain Ski resort did not disappoint. PS: we hiked the 2nd part of the trail up the summit the following morning —> a fun adventure getting up however this part of the the trail is less marked & obvious.

hiking
5 months ago

This is one of Castle Parks better hikes, that is if you like amazing panoramic scenery,blue alpine lakes, mountain streams, and hardly any other people on the trail. You will start off with a water crossing so be prepared to take off your shoes (we first attempted in May but the water was much to high) The trail quickly changes to a steep incline for the greater portion it the hike. The trail is well maintained and well marked, at least until you reach the lakes, the trail up to the ridge is less defined. I would rank this trail more into the hard category due to the elevation gain you will experience. The map shows two lakes, but in fact there are three ,the first lake you will reach is not shown on the map which may be cause for some confusion. Great hiking!

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike! The lakes are gorgeous. We did not venture the ridge today. Mind the water crossing at the start.

hiking
5 months ago

This was my first real hike after moving to Alberta and it didn't fail to reward. The hike up to the first lake took two hours and was slow going (very steep) until you hit the forest. Better for an overcast day as there is no shade for that part. The lakes were beautiful. Windy at the top but easy to find a nice spot for lunch. Would have liked my poles for the way down.

hiking
6 months ago

Have to walk across a small creek at the beginning and then the trail is a steep incline for a ways before it levels off to the lakes. there is a small short hike from the first lake up to the second. Google maps has you turn into at the wrong turn (no road) just go past where it wants you to turn about 100m and you'll find where to park your vehicle (not a lot of room to park).

6 months ago

Didn’t realize there was water crossing and were not prepared, so just explored up and down the river. It was a beautiful jaunt. Probably come out next weekend prepared for water lol

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6 months ago

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7 months ago

Bring water shoes for the river crossing. Steep trail to the lakes, off trail to the ridge and beyond. Such a fantastic hike with great scenery, fantastic forested areas, lovely lakes, and if you make it up and around the ridge - some breathtaking views. There are some back country camp sites and I hear there’s great fishing for Golden Trout and saw lots surfacing. Definitely worth the effort!

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5 months ago

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