Upper Kananaskis Lake Trail

MODERATE 91 reviews

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 is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding 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

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

muddy

rocky

washed out

hiking
1 hour ago

Did this hike may long weekend, still a bunch of snow on the ground. Otherwise a great hike suitable for families and dogs. Took our group about 4.5 hrs with a few stops along the way.

hiking
14 days ago

We hiked Oct 29, 2016. It was a great day for a hike. We parked at the North Interlakes Day Use area and did the trail clockwise. Views were great, the lake was so calm that it mirrored the mountains perfectly. The rocky beaches were full of drift wood, some structures were built and it had an otherworldly feel. I took hundreds of photos.

Like some others, we had some way finding in the last few km, in snow. The area was pretty dense with trees and could lose bearings fairly easy without having site line with the lake. We made it though, saw some grouse on the way out.

It is beautiful, even if you just do north parking lot to south parking lot you have great scenery and photo opportunities. Would do this again.

snowshoeing
27 days ago

We hiked the entire trail clockwise from the southern-most parking lot. The final 2 or 3 km to the Point campground was not well travelled or marked, and was difficult to follow (in snow of course, would be easier without). As well, the final 4.5 km or so between the North and South parking lot was also difficult to follow - not well travelled and we broke trail for about half of it. Several hikers were unprepared for the amount of snow. Snowshoes are a good idea if you're hiking it anytime soon.

hiking
30 days ago

Nice views on the lake and mountains around. Only went halfway starting left side, there was too much snow on the trail, snowshoes recommended at this period or you won't be able to do the loop in one day.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Classic Kananaskis hike, one of my favourites.

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Went snowshoeing today with my dog, it was really nice. Couldn’t do the full hike because of avalanche warnings but we hiked to the point which had beautiful views.

backpacking
7 months ago

Was a gorgeous hike. The point campground was a great spot to stop on our first night. The camp sites were very nicely laid out and maintained. The spot where we set up had access to the lake and we watched sheep on the mountain side as well as some mini rock slides. We saw a bull moose the night we spent there as well. Overall an easy hike in to it that was filled with great scenery.

7 months ago

I did this hike over two days on thanksgiving weekend. The hike in to Point Campground was great, lots of superb views of this lake. Point Campground sites were very good, and site 15 faced the lake. The next day I finished the second leg of the hike. After the falls, the trail became very busy.

hiking
7 months ago

Just did part of the trail to Sarrail falls. Gorgeous views of the lake!

7 months ago

Great place to have a picnic

8 months ago

Extraordinary

8 months ago

Beautiful hike. However a large moose ran towards us and scared us quite a bit.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful loop around Upper Kananaskis Lake. On a clear day, you can enjoy all the beautiful shades of blue/green reflecting off the lake. Fairly flat terrain. This area can get quite busy in the summer with boaters/SUPs, so try to arrive early for parking. Note: On this trail, you pass by the start point for Mount Indefatigable, which is unmaintained grizzly bear habitat. Keep a lookout for bears - we saw some scat on the trail.

8 months ago

Five fab women, 'vabulous' views, and natures wonders at every turn.

backpacking
8 months ago

Perfect overnight hike.

8 months ago

We did the trail clockwise, next time we will go the other way. We started at 6:40am and found that we did not bump into a single soul until three hours into the hike. It was awesome! The hike itself was beautiful and serene. Some parts were truly breathtaking especially with the rising sun. The trail itself was rather easy, we question the distance marked however. Although the app say it's 15km, most people that we have talked to have stated that it's more like 17-20km. It took us 4.5 hours with two 5-10 minutes rest stops. Will definitely do this again.

walking
8 months ago

great walk around! camped at point campground, beautiful walk!

8 months ago

Easy walk from dam to dam. Beautiful scenery. Better than Lake Louise

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful! We did the trail counterclockwise from the rocky bridge trail and the first part, up to the waterfall was definitely the most interesting. After the waterfall, you're mostly hiking in the trees. Some people saw a bear on the trail, despite it being fairly heavily trafficked, some be prepared. It took us about 4 hours and 15 minutes to do the full loop at a moderate pace with two dogs. Will definitely do this one again.

Awesome day! Easy but long hike.

9 months ago

Awesome trail! One of the best I have ever been in Alberta.

hiking
9 months ago

It's really nice half day hike. Busy at the afternoon, but if you start early in the morning it's gorgeous and quiet.

9 months ago

Hidden Lake on South end of trail, great diversion...gorgeous view. Excellent hike!

hiking
9 months ago

Can people bike this trail?

9 months ago

Loved this trail. Continuous up and down climb but not steep. Varied terrain. Lots of rock slides. Some forest and stunning views of the lake. Weather changes fast and we heard a thunderstorm roll in for the last 5km but luckily not much rain until we had finished the trail.

9 months ago

Very long hiked, we did the loop, nice to hike when you want to enjoy the view. 90% of the hike have lake & mountain view, so beautiful. Just under 5 hours with few stop lunch & snacks! Easy hike!

hiking
9 months ago

Great, natural path through forest, lovely waterfall, well populated so no fear of bears.

10 months ago

Great trail perfect hike!

hiking
10 months ago

So beautiful and longggggg....trail was really packed down. Lake, trees, rocks, foliage, you walk through it all! The trail is only tough because it's long. We are pretty new hikers but managed ok! No intense inclines. We clocked hike at about 16k and took exactly 4 hours with minimal break.

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