Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area

Alberta Parks

Trail Report

The trails at Cooking Lake-Blackfoot total approximately 170 km in length and provide recreational opportunities to a multitude of users. From cross country skiing, snowshoeing and dog sledding in the winter season to hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use in the summer, these trails provide ample opportunity to experience nature first-hand. Weave through forests of spruce, poplar and birch while taking in stunning views of waterfowl-filled wetlands.

Maintaining the trail system is a big job and Parks staff work hard to ensure every user has the opportunity to enjoy their time on the trails. As such, these trails are divided into prioritized sections in the winter season, or zones, to allow for timely and effective mowing, fallen tree removal, snow grooming and track-setting. These zones have been determined based on trail use and demand and weather trends. Priority Zone 1 trails are often maintained first, followed by Zone 2, 3, and 4 respectively.

Select the Priority Zone tab below the map to check the status of those trails.

During the summer, you can view the trail sections by staging area.

Please note, distances on map may vary slightly from the trail report table. Please refer to the trail report table for most accurate distances.

Maps: Winter Trails Map | Live Grooming Trail Report | Summer Trails Map

Updated: May 14, 2024 | Print Report

Advisory- Use caution while on Trail System -  Large amounts of Trail Maintenance will be performed on our trail systems. Trail Closures will continue throughout the year. Please check specific trails for details

CLOSURES:

JJ TRAIL - Flooded 

WAPITI TRAIL - Flooded

General Information:

    • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
    • Trail Conditions may change quickly with weather conditions. Be prepared, bring extra water and snacks.
    • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk. Obey all signage.
    • Please leave all gates how you find them to prevent cattle from wandering.
    • Potable water is NOT available at staging areas.
    • Be aware of wildlife in the area. Before you go, check out our few simple tips for safety around wildlife.
    • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, potholes, downed trees, flooded areas and open water may be encountered from flooding.
    • Hunting takes place year round by First Nations and all other hunting seasons follow under WMU936. Be sure to read the current Alberta Hunting Regulations for more information.
    • A Firearms Discharge Permit can be obtained online. Be sure to read the special/additional conditions.

Winter Information:

    • Trail usage has changed to winter, please obey signage and see winter map for activity locations
    • Snowshoeing, dogs, biking and hiking are not permitted on trails that are double-track set in winter.
    • If walking or jogging on SINGLE TRACK SET winter trails, please DO NOT walk on/along the set tracks. This damages ski tracks and makes it dangerous for skiers. Please stay to the side.
    • Snowmobiling: All snowmobiling access is closed, 30 cm of snow base required to open access.
Trail Length Comments Summer Winter Status
Baker Springs
1.2 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
Blackfoot West (from Waskehegan Staging to Round Up trail)
13.6 km

Trail work will occur throughout the year. Please check website and trail heads for advisories. A new trail system is beginning to be constructed, please refrain from using until otherwise posted. 

Large Mammal Research is taking place along Blackfoot Trail between North and Round Up intersections. Please use caution in these area until Advisory is removed 

Northwest corner of Blackfoot trail (known as J.J. trail) is closed due to beaver activity, flooding and major damage to bridge.  Impassible.

 

Caution - wagons and sleighs not recommended on the portion of trail heading north from the staging area along the inner east trail heading toward the the north park boundary. Trail can be narrow and steep. 

 

Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Warning
Boundary
2.0 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
Central Alleyway
15.2 km

Multipurpose Trail 

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Fat Biking Open
Cutoff
0.4 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
Detour
2.1 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Don's Way
3.2 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Ed's Way
2.0 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Flattail
0.4 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Grouse
1.2 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Hare
0.9 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
J.J.
1.3 km

Closed due to beaver activity and flooding. Bridge is off its foundation.  Sections impassible. 

Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Closed
Lost Lake
14.9 km

Trail work will occur throughout the year. Please check website and trail heads for advisories, or call the office 780-922-3293

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Meadow
0.8 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Neon Lake
1.8 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
North
3.5 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
Running Dog
3.0 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
Spruce Hollow
2.7 km

Trail work will occur throughout the year. Please check website and trail heads for advisories, or call the office 780-922-3293

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Swan
0.5 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
Wanisan
4.0 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Wapiti North (from Winter to Blackfoot trail)
1.6 km

Trail work will occur throughout the year. Please check website and trail heads for advisories, or call the office 780-922-3293

Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
Waskehegan North (from Central Alleyway to Blackfoot Trail)
1.2 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Good
Waskehegan South (Central Alleyway to Lost Lake Trail)
1.8 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Winter North (from Central Alleyway to Wapiti trail)
1.2 Km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Good
Winter South (from Lost Lake trail to Central Alleyway)
2.4 km

Trail work will occur throughout the year. Please check website and trail heads for advisories, or call the office 780-922-3293

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open

Updated: May 14, 2024 | Print Report

Advisory- Use caution while on Trail System -  Large amounts of Trail Maintenance will be performed on our trail systems. Trail Closures will continue throughout the year. Please check specific trails for details.

General Information:

      • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
      • Trail Conditions may change quickly with weather conditions. Be prepared, bring extra water and snacks.
      • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk. Obey all signage.
      • Please leave all gates how you find them to prevent cattle from wandering.
      • Potable water is NOT available at staging areas.
      • Be aware of wildlife in the area. Before you go, check out our few simple tips for safety around wildlife.
      • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, potholes, downed trees, flooded areas and open water may be encountered from flooding.
      • Hunting takes place year round by First Nations and all other hunting seasons follow under WMU936. Be sure to read the current Alberta Hunting Regulations for more information.
      • A Firearms Discharge Permit can be obtained online. Be sure to read the special/additional conditions. 

Winter Information:

    • Trail usage has changed to winter, please obey signage and see winter map for activity locations
    • Snowshoeing, dogs, biking and hiking are not permitted on trails that are double-track set in winter.
    • If walking or jogging on SINGLE TRACK SET winter trails, please DO NOT walk on/along the set tracks. This damages ski tracks and makes it dangerous for skiers. Please stay to the side.
    • Snowmobiling: All snowmobiling access is closed, 30 cm of snow base required to open access.
Trail Length Comments Summer Winter Status
Highline
3.1 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Lost Lake
14.9 km

Trail work will occur throughout the year. Please check website and trail heads for advisories, or call the office 780-922-3293

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Middle
1.3 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Moose Link
2.4 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
N.U.L. North
4.0 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Fat Biking Open
Porcupine
0.5 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Push Lake
1.9 km

Trail work will occur throughout the year. Please check website and trail heads for advisories, or call the office 780-922-3293

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Siksika
5.8 km

Trail work will occur throughout the year. Please check website and trail heads for advisories, or call the office 780-922-3293

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Winter South (from Lost Lake trail to Central Alleyway)
2.4 km

Trail work will occur throughout the year. Please check website and trail heads for advisories, or call the office 780-922-3293

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open

Updated: May 14, 2024 | Print Report

Advisory- Use caution while on Trail System -  Large amounts of Trail Maintenance will be performed on our trail systems. Trail Closures will continue throughout the year. Please check specific trails for details.

CLOSURES:

A section of BEAVER TRAIL, between WAPITI and ROUND UP under repair - proceed with caution.

General Information:

      • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
      • Trail Conditions may change quickly with weather conditions. Be prepared, bring extra water and snacks.
      • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk. Obey all signage.
      • Please leave all gates how you find them to prevent cattle from wandering.
      • Potable water is NOT available at staging areas.
      • Be aware of wildlife in the area. Before you go, check out our few simple tips for safety around wildlife.
      • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, potholes, downed trees, flooded areas and open water may be encountered from flooding.
      • Hunting takes place year round by First Nations and all other hunting seasons follow under WMU936. Be sure to read the current Alberta Hunting Regulations for more information.
      • A Firearms Discharge Permit can be obtained online. Be sure to read the special/additional conditions. 

The BLACKFOOT staging area is CLOSED seasonally to all equestrian use from December 1- March 31 

Winter Information:

    • Trail usage has changed to winter, please obey signage and see winter map for activity locations
    • Snowshoeing, dogs, biking and hiking are not permitted on trails that are double-track set in winter.
    • If walking or jogging on SINGLE TRACK SET winter trails, please DO NOT walk on/along the set tracks. This damages ski tracks and makes it dangerous for skiers. Please stay to the side.
    • Snowmobiling: All snowmobiling access is closed, 30 cm of snow base required to open access.
Trail Length Comments Summer Winter Status
Baker Springs
1.2 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
Beaver
3.3 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Central Alleyway
15.2 km

Multipurpose Trail 

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Fat Biking Open
Cutoff
0.4 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
Long Run
26 Km

Winter Trail Only

Advisory: Fence and Field work is taking place starting Nov 3 in Field 3B. Hunting is prohibited from this trail location South into the section of the field until further notice. Please contact the office if required 780-922-3293 

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Skate Skiing Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Fat Biking Dog Sledding Skijoring Closed
N.U.L. Cycling Connector
2.7 km

Multipurpose Trail 

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Fat Biking Open
N.U.L. East
4.5 km

Summer only - Gates maybe locked along the East fence line of Faraway Trail when cattle are grazing in the 3 Fields. Use caution while travelling in this area. 

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Fat Biking Open
N.U.L. North
4.0 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Fat Biking Open
N.U.L. West
2.9 km

Multipurpose Trail 

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Fat Biking Open
Round Up
5.2 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Fat Biking Open
Running Dog
3.0 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
Swan
0.5 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
Tie-In
1.0 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Wapiti South (from Central to Winter trail)
6.5 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open

Updated: May 14, 2024 | Print Report

Advisory- Use caution while on Trail System -  Large amounts of Trail Maintenance will be performed on our trail systems. Trail Closures will continue throughout the year. Please check specific trails for details.

CLOSURES:

  • The BLACKFOOT staging area is CLOSED seasonally to all equestrian use from December 1- March 31.

OTHER NOTES:

Lamont County has restricted traffic to 50% capacity along the main access road - range road 195 - from HWY 16 south to Blackfoot Staging Area. County ban information can be found HERE.

General Information:

      • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
      • Trail Conditions may change quickly with weather conditions. Be prepared, bring extra water and snacks.
      • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk. Obey all signage.
      • Please leave all gates how you find them to prevent cattle from wandering.
      • Potable water is NOT available at staging areas.
      • Be aware of wildlife in the area. Before you go, check out our few simple tips for safety around wildlife.
      • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, potholes, downed trees, flooded areas and open water may be encountered from flooding.
      • Hunting takes place year round by First Nations and all other hunting seasons follow under WMU936. Be sure to read the current Alberta Hunting Regulations for more information.
      • A Firearms Discharge Permit can be obtained online. Be sure to read the special/additional conditions. 

Winter Information:

    • Trail usage has changed to winter, please obey signage and see winter map for activity locations
    • Snowshoeing, dogs, biking and hiking are not permitted on trails that are double-track set in winter.
    • If walking or jogging on SINGLE TRACK SET winter trails, please DO NOT walk on/along the set tracks. This damages ski tracks and makes it dangerous for skiers. Please stay to the side.
    • Snowmobiling: All snowmobiling access is closed, 30 cm of snow base required to open access.
Trail Length Comments Summer Winter Status
Blackfoot East (from Blackfoot Lake Staging to Round Up trail)
11.2 Km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Fat Biking Dog Sledding Skijoring Open
Buck Run
2.0 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Skate Skiing Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Fat Biking Dog Sledding Skijoring Open
Central Alleyway
15.2 km

Multipurpose Trail 

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Fat Biking Open
Elkhorn
1.6 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Skate Skiing Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Fat Biking Dog Sledding Skijoring Open
Faraway East
6.2 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Skate Skiing Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Fat Biking Dog Sledding Skijoring Open
Faraway West
1.3 Km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Gas Line
0.3 km

Winter Use Trail Only - under water in summer 

Skate Skiing, Dog Sledding, Fat Tire Biking 

Hiking - Front Country Trail Running Skate Skiing Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Fat Biking Dog Sledding Skijoring Open
Heron Hollow
2.5 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Long Run
26 Km

Winter Trail Only

Advisory: Fence and Field work is taking place starting Nov 3 in Field 3B. Hunting is prohibited from this trail location South into the section of the field until further notice. Please contact the office if required 780-922-3293 

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Skate Skiing Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Fat Biking Dog Sledding Skijoring Closed
Morningside
2.1 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Skate Skiing Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Fat Biking Dog Sledding Skijoring Open
Muskrat
1.1 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Skate Skiing Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Fat Biking Dog Sledding Skijoring Open
N.U.L. East
4.5 km

Summer only - Gates maybe locked along the East fence line of Faraway Trail when cattle are grazing in the 3 Fields. Use caution while travelling in this area. 

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Fat Biking Open
N.U.L. West
2.9 km

Multipurpose Trail 

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Fat Biking Open
Norris Ridge
1.5 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Outlet
0.3 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Skate Skiing Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Fat Biking Dog Sledding Skijoring Open
Springs
2.0 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Wellsite
1.1 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Skate Skiing Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Fat Biking Dog Sledding Skijoring Open
Whitetail
3.1 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open