Upper Kananaskis Lake Trail

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Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

Upper Kananaskis Lake Trail is a 15.3 kilometer heavily trafficked loop 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 March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 15.3 km Elevation Gain: 453 m Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

muddy

rocky

washed out

hiking
icy
muddy
scramble
snow
1 day ago

I went backward, so the last 5K was challenging. Trail still covered with snow about knee high for some spots. Spikes and hiking poles are recommended. If you don't, you need to have a good pair of hiking shoes to help you get through the snow.

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icy
snow
8 days ago

Nice loop, but a very long trek through rough snow. If you’re not prepared for the snow then turn around at the falls.

icy
snow
8 days ago

Completed this today. There is a large portion of the trail with deep, packed down snow that is slowly starting to melt. It was difficult to trek through and significantly slowed us down. It's still do-able, but plan ahead and be prepared for climbing through waist-deep snow. The snow is located shortly after Point Campground and goes for approximately 5-7 kms.

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snow
9 days ago

Did the whole loop today but definitely could have used snowshoes for about 5 km of the trail from The Point campground heading towards Rawson Lake and parking lot the trail All together took us 7 1/2 today added about 3 extra hours trudging through snow up to our hips at times. Totally unprepared but not turning around to far. Many hikers were turning around from The Point heading to Parking lot not risking the snow. I knew it was going to be deep and bad but not that bad I would have never attempted it. Not recommended for a couple of weeks without proper gear. Please consider. The trail from The Point to the shale side of loop was good but with some snow/ice/mud sections not ideal but doable. Have done this hike many times but not through the snow like this. I usually do this hike after June so snow Couple weeks it will all be gone. Lots of fresh bear tracks but surprisingly never ran into one due snow/bushwhacking and no one on that part of trails today just a few. Very quite. Parking lot packed most hikers doing the short version of the hike between the two parking lots. Some picnics lakeside. Do enjoy and be safe

11 days ago

Hiked on May 14th. Beautiful views and I think normally this would be a pretty easy hike. The snow was really deep on the trail and a bit slick however. We would have been ok but our 5 year old was struggling with staying upright so we had to turn back after about 2.5km would definitely recommend we will be back in the summer.

hiking
15 days ago

May 9, 2020. I normally do hikes with at least 1000m elevation gained. I decided to do this one, as I have been out of shape. It turned out to be a bit challenging due to the amount of snow (perhaps the latter 6k or so), the rest was pleasant. I would say snowshoes were necessary to put on.

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muddy
snow
20 days ago

Did this trail on May 5th 2020 , it was a beautiful sunny day and stunning sunrise. Used snowshoes for the first half of the hike.!

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snow
20 days ago

Waist deep snow after the first bifurcation, had to go back, otherwise the first few km were fun, nice view!

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muddy
snow
22 days ago

Did this trail on Saturday, May 2nd 2020 it was a gorgeous day! Quite a few people out as parks are open again, snow was waist deep in some sections but still had stunning views of the lake.

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Bring your snow shoes! It will be a major struggle without! Snow is waste deep

snowshoeing
snow
4 months ago

Pretty warm day at the start (noon), but weather changed quickly and by 4pm it was snowing pretty good. Just a short jaunt out to the island and from the upper parking lot. Lake was solid, but lots of hard drifts and a good 1" crust on most parts of the lake.

hiking
snow
4 months ago

I attempted to go to the point campground before finishing the loop. but heavy snow and made the route impassible.

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blowdown
snow
5 months ago

Gaiters, spikes but no snowshoes! We did the loop in the clockwise direction. Up until the 4.5 km mark, trail was lightly covered (5-10cm) on top of compact snow. Beyond this point the next 2.7 kms to the Point Campground we were breaking trail with the snow being knee deep most of the way - this is when the forgotten snowshoes would have been beneficial! Consequently our pace was rather slow, but the views and the sunshine were spectacular particularly when we hit the north shore. Beyond the Point Campground, the snow cover was half of what we experienced on the south shore. As well, somebody had dragged a sled in with their camping gear so the snow on the trail was slightly compacted or groomed which made for an easier return. The Great Divide trail section had also been well trafficked (perhaps on the weekend), so the snow was fairly compacted as well. Surrounding views particularly across to Sarrail Ridge were fabulous particularly with the slight misty clouds covering the neighbouring peaks. The temperatures were in the -3 to -5 C range so this was ideal especially when we were fording the knee deep snow. Also of note, there was quite a bit of deadfall on the south shore section of the trail. Although it seemed a long day with 5 hrs and change on the trail, it was a great day to be outdoors with nobody else on the trail and while enjoying the magnificent views and surroundings.

icy
snow
6 months ago

We hiked the loop yesterday. I would recommend microspikes due to the snow covered trail that had ice underneath. We all 3 used spikes and had no difficulty. Beautiful views of the lake all around with numerous areas for sitting if you prefer. There were areas in the middle of the loop where no one had traveled since the last snowfall (no tracks or footprints) so we were breaking in the trail. Very windy around the front end (nearest to the parking lot) of the lake!

icy
snow
6 months ago

Beautiful.... prepared with snowshoes but trail was pretty well travelled... still very icy beneath the snow

hiking
snow
6 months ago

Hiked the full loop yesterday. After all the snow this past weekend it was pretty buried. Some areas had been traveled and were packed down, some areas were fresh snow that we were the first through.

hiking
7 months ago

Took the trail clockwise today, first couple of km pretty icy but the rest of the trail still In good shape.

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7 months ago

I absolutely love this trail! It took me 6 hrs to complete but if the weather was warmer or if the wind was less cool I'd say about 7 or 8 hrs. There's ice on the south side for about 45min, the the rest is dirt with abit of snow. There's a rocky part as well but it leads to great views and photos.

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