Kananaskis Country

Alberta Parks

Kananaskis Valley

Updated: June 30, 2022

Updated: June 30, 2022 | Print Report

June 30: The snowpack in Kananaskis is well above average for this time of year, due to low snow melt in April and May. Snow melt is currently 4 weeks behind, so what you may have been able to access safely in previous years could still be dangerous this year. Much of the terrain including popular hikes and scrambles in Kananaskis is still prone to avalanches. Visit https://www.avalanche.ca/spring-conditions and https://www.avalanche.ca/map/forecasts/kananaskis for more information and consider the precautions listed below.

    • Check snowpack, trail, and weather conditions before heading out into the backcountry.
    • Expect difficult conditions and more snow on trails than usual. Proper footwear and equipment are essential, such as microspikes, warm layers, and avalanche equipment depending on your plans.
    • Snow can make even easy to moderate trails difficult. Know your limits and hike within them.
    • Your group should have the skills, knowledge and training to travel in avalanche terrain if heading into the alpine - including Ribbon Lake Backcountry Campground.
    • You should carry an emergency communications device and be aware that cellular service is not available in this area.
    • Leave the details of your plan with a responsible person.

COVID-19 Updates: Taking steps to return to normal.

    Notes:

    • Be aware of avalanche conditions. Current conditions can be found at Avalanche Canada.
    • Be wildlife aware! Practice wildlife safety. Travel in groups, make noise on the trail, and keep pets on leash. Carrying bear spray and knowing how to use it is highly recommended.
    • Caution is advised for natural hazards such as downed trees, washouts and missing bridges. Route-finding may be necessary. Please report any downed trees on the trails.
    • It’s tick season! Ticks live on our trails and are prominent in the spring. Protect yourself from tick bites by covering your skin with light coloured clothing, using bug spray containing DEET, and checking yourself and your pets after you have been outside.

Maps

Trail Name Permitted Activities (Legend) Status Keywords
Aspen
Hiking Biking Open Biking/Cycling,Hiking
Baldy Pass
Hiking Biking Open Biking/Cycling,Fat Biking,Hiking,Hiking (Winter) Fat Biking, Fat Bike, Phat
Barrier Lake Interpretive
Hiking Open Hiking
Bill Milne E-bike Pilot Project
Hiking Biking E-bike Open Biking/Cycling,E-bikes,Fat Biking,Hiking Fat Biking, Fat Bike, Phat ebike, Electric Bike
Centennial Ridge
Hiking Open Hiking Duane
Coal Mine
Hiking Biking Open Biking/Cycling,Hiking
Eau Claire Interpretive
Closure: A Female moose with two calves is frequenting the trail and the surrounding willows. Previous separation between the cow and a calf has caused stress in the animals.
Hiking Closed Hiking
Evan-Thomas Fire Road
Hiking Biking Horseback Riding - Equestrian Open Biking/Cycling,Hiking,Horseback Riding
Galatea Creek
Closure: From Terrace Trail to Lillian Lake, until further notice to prevent environmental degradation. Lillian Lake Backcountry Campground (June 28): Closed to July 5 (inclusive) due to lingering snow conditions.
Hiking Closed Hiking
Guinn's Pass
June 16th: Currently not accessible via Galatea Creek Trail as the trail is closed until further notice. Significant snowpack lingers and avalanche danger exists via Ribbon Creek Trail. Note: The junction is at Lower Galatea Lake, after Lillian Lake.
Hiking Warning / Snow Covered Hiking
Hay Meadow
Warning: due to bear activity.
Hiking Biking Warning Biking/Cycling,Hiking
Hidden
Hiking Biking Open Biking/Cycling,Hiking,Skiing Cross Country Skiing, XC Duane
High Level
Hiking Biking Open Biking/Cycling,Hiking
Kananaskis Integrated Forestry Interpretive
Hiking Open Hiking,Hiking (Winter) Duane
Kovach
Hiking Biking Open Biking/Cycling,Hiking
Link E-bike Pilot Project
Hiking Biking E-bike Open Biking/Cycling,E-bikes,Hiking ebike, Electric Bike
Mount Kidd Interpretive
Hiking Open Hiking Duane
Prairie View
Hiking Biking Open Biking/Cycling,Fat Biking,Hiking,Hiking (Winter) Fat Biking, Fat Bike, Phat
Ribbon Creek E-bike Pilot Project
Warning: due to bear activity. June 23: A significant amount of snow remains above the Ribbon Headwall above Ribbon Falls, with continued avalanche risk. Please read the important note at the top of this trail report page as it applies to everyone travelling beyond Ribbon Falls. Ribbon Lake Backcountry Campground (June 28): Closed to July 5 (inclusive) due to lingering snow conditions. Note: Bikes permitted on first 4 km of trail ONLY.
Hiking Biking E-bike Warning Biking/Cycling,E-bikes,Hiking ebike, Electric Bike
Ruthie's
Hiking Biking Open Biking/Cycling,Hiking,Skiing Cross Country Skiing, XC Duane
Skogan Pass
Hiking Biking Horseback Riding - Equestrian Open Biking/Cycling,Hiking,Horseback Riding Duane
Stoney E-bike Pilot Project
Warning: due to bear activity.
Hiking Biking Horseback Riding - Equestrian E-bike Warning Biking/Cycling,E-bikes,Fat Biking,Hiking,Hiking (Winter),Horseback Riding Fat Biking, Fat Bike, Phat ebike, Electric Bike Duane
Sunburst
Hiking Biking Open Biking/Cycling,Hiking,Skiing Cross Country Skiing, XC
Terrace
Hiking Biking Open Biking/Cycling,Hiking
Terrace Link E-bike Pilot Project
Hiking Biking E-bike Open Biking/Cycling,E-bikes,Hiking ebike, Electric Bike
Troll Falls E-bike Pilot Project
Warning: due to bear activity
Hiking Biking E-bike Warning Biking/Cycling,E-bikes,Fat Biking,Hiking,Hiking (Winter),Skiing,Snowshoeing Cross Country Skiing, XC Fat Biking, Fat Bike, Phat ebike, Electric Bike Duane
Upper Troll Falls
Warning: due to bear activity.
Hiking Warning Hiking,Hiking (Winter) Duane
Village Rim E-bike Pilot Project
Hiking Biking E-bike Open Biking/Cycling,E-bikes,Fat Biking,Hiking,Hiking (Winter) Fat Biking, Fat Bike, Phat ebike, Electric Bike
Wasootch Creek
Hiking Open Hiking,Hiking (Winter)
Wedge Connector
Warning: Bridge washed out over Evan-Thomas Creek . Trail may not be passable in high water. (still in effect June, 2022).
Hiking Biking Warning Biking/Cycling,Hiking
Wedge Pond
Hiking Open Hiking Duane