Upper Kananaskis Lake Trail is a 15.3 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kananaskis, 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

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

muddy

rocky

washed out

hiking
1 day ago

An easy and relaxing hike with some pretty views. It was 17km which is a lot of walking but good if you want to take your time and spend the day out there. Lots of water spots for the pup to play in!

13 days ago

It is a long trip taking more than 6 hours (with lots of photos). We saw lots of different mushrooms along the trail’

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19 days ago

Great hike, beautiful scenery and a variety of terrain. Like others have said, it is long. Took my 14 and I about 5.5 hours. Time well spent though.

24 days ago

Great, but long! might be too long for the kids(our kids were 4 and 6! they were champs, but there was some complaining! lol)

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1 month ago

Great hike. It really had everything. Great views all around the lake. Beautiful fall colours are out in bloom.

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1 month ago

Long trail as some people said. Still nice and you can see beautiful scenery though.

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1 month ago

Long, long trail. It's on the difficult edge of moderate. Equally good views from the beginning of the trail compared to anywhere on the trail. Some variety along the trail but the highlight was the river that leads into the lake. First half was misleadingly easy compared to the second half which is far harder.

1 month ago

Nice hike, fairly easy compared to other hikes that are rated as moderate. Easily done as a day hike. Nice scenery.

1 month ago

Beautiful trail, you can see fews difference scenery and it was a long walk tho

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2 months ago

So beautiful, even in snowy spring!

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2 months ago

Great hike with lots of different things to see. Took a few breaks for pictures, lunch and enjoy the scenery. The hike is quite easy but the distance adds a bit of a challenge if you’re not ready. The area by the land slide is a little challenging as well so be prepared. Went and sat by the lake to cool off after we were done. Will definitely do it again!

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2 months ago

Love this walk. Becoming one of my favorites to do. Lots of wildlife to be seen. Did encounter a bear in the parking lot 2 weeks ago. A really easy hike and can be done in 3 hours. Worth packing a lunch and taking your time. Enjoy the waters

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2 months ago

We just completed the loop today. Weather was perfect except it was a bit smokey. If you start at the boat launch parking lot to circle the lake clockwise, it is a bit of a tougher workout. One of my favorite, long, non "climbing" hikes. :)

2 months ago

Favourite hike so far! Views for days! So many different types of scenery, waterfalls, lakes, Rockies, trees. Was beautiful and peaceful. Only saw about 6 people on it when I did it. I started at 8am only took me about 3 and a half hours. Pretty easy.

Saw a beautiful male moose on the way to the hike!

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2 months ago

Pretty easy day hike. Took about 5 hours.

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2 months ago

So close to Calgary. What a gem
of a hike...I am surprised I haven’t done it before. Gorgeous lake and a great trail with waterfalls. It was a long hike but well worth it!

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2 months ago

Great day for a great hike. Although the trail signage was good, I loved using the All Trail GPS map. Found the reviews/comments from previous hikers very helpful!

2 months ago

We did it in four hours including breaks and photos. Best part was the wildlife we saw, a loon in the lake, 2 moose by the roadside mud pit and mother bear with cubs in the parking lot :-)

Ps. Don’t forget to bring bug spray and a stop at the waterfall roughly halfway.

hiking
2 months ago

We did maybe a quarter of this, went to some waterfalls, and then back. We had a 6 year old, and 4 year old who were walking, and a newborn and 2 year old on our backs in carriers. We picnicked by the big waterfall. It was perfect for our little guys to go that far and then back. Such a pretty trail too.

3 months ago

Beautiful trail, we had perfect weather on July 14/18. Trail is pretty popular, definitely easy as it’s got very little elevation gain, has wonderful views from most of the trail and lots of shade. It’s only moderate because it is so long, my GPS came in at about 17km. This trail took us 6 hours including lots of stops for lunch and quick breaks. It was our second hike of the year and we generally only hike a few times a year so we are not the most experienced/in shape hikers. We even saw a mama grizzly and cubs as we left the parking lot around 8pm.

3 months ago

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3 months ago

It was awesome! Had little of everything, wildlife , waterfalls, mountains and a beautiful lake. Had a wonderful 4 hour hike with my wife and daughter.

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3 months ago

Great views! Fairly easy hike with a little bit of everything.

3 months ago

Beautiful trail

3 months ago

This lake has gorgeous views and a variety of terrain. Not too challenging for a beginner.

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3 months ago

Southern half is prettier, I think, but Northern half has some spectacular views and runs closer to the lake.

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3 months ago

This hike was beautiful, featuring some amazing views and some cool white water. The hike itself is fairly flat and easy going with a fair portion of the northern leg of the trail covered in small rocks.

It is a fairly long hike, so be prepared to be on the trail for several hours.

hiking
3 months ago

A gorgeous hike about 15km long! The variety of terrain kept things exciting, with lots of great views of the lake. The terrain isn’t too challenging but it is a long hike so that makes it on the more moderate side. We did this hike while camping at Lower Lakes campground, it was just a 5 minute drive away. It took us 5 hours to complete the hike with a few short breaks. The mosquitos are bad so stopping for too long wasn’t comfortable. It also seems like a lovely spot for a picnic and a stroll if you’re looking for something more causal in Kananaskis. This hike is also joined to Rawson Lake hike which is 3km.

3 months ago

So beautiful and so many different terrains to see! It’s a long one but worth it!

4 months ago

So gorgeous. Couldnt complete the loop today because of time constraints but beauty everywhere...from the colors of the skies,woods and water, to the exquisite shapes and colors of small wild flowers along the trail. Can’t wait to walk the whole loop.

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