Kananaskis Country

Alberta Parks

Peter Lougheed

Updated: June 13, 2024

Updated: June 13, 2024 | Print Report

A Kananaskis Conservation Pass is required to park your vehicle in Kananaskis and the Bow Valley.

    Annual Road Closures:

    Highway 40: Closed Dec 1 - Jun 14, from Kananaskis Lakes Trail to Highwood House Junction.

    Notes:

    • Be aware of avalanche conditions. Current conditions can be found at Avalanche Canada.
    • 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, even in winter.
    • It's tick season! Make sure to check you and your pets when you get home. For best protection, use a bug repellent with DEET.
    • Caution is advised for natural hazards such as downed trees. Please report any downed trees on the trails.
    • Be sure not to overestimate your ability when planning your trip: Humility can be a life saver. Plan for rapidly changing conditions and bring extra clothing.

    Snow Depths:

    Highwood Pass: 80cm

    Mud Lake: 3cm

    Burstall Pass: 86cm

    Aster Lake: 114cm

Maps

Trail Weather

Peter Lougheed
Jun 13 @ 12:09 PM 11 °C

Sunny

Trail Name Permitted Activities (Legend) Length Status Keywords
1982 Canadian Mount Everest Expedition Interpretive
May 29th: Mostly bare with some snow patches. Downed trees removed.
Hiking 2.1 km Open Hiking
Bill Benson
June 6th: Snow free. Downed trees removed. Blown clean of needles and debris.
Hiking 0.7 km one-way Open Hiking
Black Prince Cirque Interpretive
May 29th: Mainly snow covered. Downed trees removed. Note: The Blackshale Creek Suspension Bridge is NOT accessed on this trail.
Hiking 4.2 km Open Hiking
Burstall Pass
Note: Bikes permitted on first 2.9 km of trail ONLY.
Hiking Biking 7.4 km one-way Open Biking/Cycling,Hiking Duane
Chester Lake
Chester Lake: Closed May 1 - Jun 29 to allow area to dry and prevent damage to trail.
Hiking Biking 4.6 km one-way Closed Biking/Cycling,Hiking
Elbow Lake
Warning: No vehicle access via HWY 40, Dec 1 - Jun 14. Tombstone Backcountry and Equestrian Backcountry Campground: Closed Dec 1 - Jun 14. Elbow Lake Backcountry Campground: Closed Dec 1 - Jun 14.
Hiking Biking Horseback Riding - Equestrian 1.4 km one-way Warning Biking/Cycling,Hiking,Horseback Riding
Elk Pass
May 6th: Snow covered, deep at higher elevations. Summer sign change over in progress.
Hiking Biking 5.6 km Open Biking/Cycling,Hiking
High Rockies
June 6th: Ranging from snow free north of Spray Lakes, and between Sawmill and Boulton Campground, to mainly snow covered with some bare patches in middle areas; still deep snow in the Elk Pass area. Observed (with downed trees removed) from north of Spray Lake and south of Chester Lake. Warning: A washout has occurred on the High Rockies Trail south of the Goat Creek Trail. See details. Note: Hiker-cyclist camping allowed at select day use areas only from Jun 1 - Sep 20. See details.  
Hiking Biking 63.0 km Goat Creek to Peninsula Day Use; 80.0 km Goat Creek to Elk Pass Warning Biking/Cycling,Dog Sledding,Hiking
Highwood Meadows
Warning: No vehicle access via HWY 40, Dec 1 - Jun 14.
Hiking 0.6 km one-way Closed Hiking
Kananaskis Canyon Interpretive
Closure: Stream crossings washed away by penstock/dam construction. Trail is impassable and is closed indefinitely.
Hiking 0.8 km Closed Hiking
Lookout
May 28th: Mainly snow covered with a couple bare patches.
Hiking Biking 1.7 km Open Biking/Cycling,Hiking
Lower Lake
June 6th: A few snow patches. Sign changeover complete.
Hiking 3.5 km one-way Open Hiking Duane
Lower Lake Interpretive
June 6th: Snow free. Blown clean of needles and debris. Downed trees removed.
Hiking 0.5 km one-way Open Hiking
Marl Lake Interpretive
May 28th: Snow free except one small patch. Blown clean of needles and debris. Downed trees removed.
Hiking 1.5 km for loop Open Hiking
Maude-Lawson
June 6th: Mainly snow free to Forks (with downed trees removed to Forks) with some snow patches. Not observed beyond Forks. Note: This trail has been redirected just west of Forks for access to Turbine Canyon. Turbine Canyon Backcountry Campground: Closed Dec 1 - Jun 23.
Hiking 7.5 km Open Hiking
Peninsula
June 5th: Snow free.
Hiking 0.4 km Open Hiking
Peter Lougheed Paved
June 3rd: Snow free. Swept and blown clean of needles and debris.
Hiking Biking 12.1 km one-way Open Biking/Cycling,Hiking
Pocaterra
May 28th: Bare at the North end to mainly snow covered at the South end.   
Hiking Biking 9.9 km one-way Closed Biking/Cycling,Hiking
Ptarmigan Cirque Interpretive
Warning: No vehicle access via HWY 40, Dec 1 - Jun 14.
Hiking 4.5 km Closed Hiking
Rawson Lake
May 24th: Mainly snow covered, deep snow at the Lake. Down trees removed.
Hiking 3.9 km one-way Open Hiking
Rock Glacier Interpretive
Warning: No vehicle access via HWY 40, Dec 1 - Jun 14.
Hiking 0.15 km one-way Warning Hiking
Rockwall
June 6th: Snow free. Downed trees removed.
Hiking 0.5 km Open Hiking
Three Isle Lake
June 3rd: Mostly snow free from North Interlakes to Forks Campground. Some snow and ice patches. Downed trees removed. Note: Bikes only permitted to Invincible Creek, 3.8 km from trailhead Forks Backcountry Campground: Closed Dec 1 - Jun 14. Three Isle Lake Backcountry Campground: Closed Dec 1 - Jun 23.    
Hiking Biking 10.2 km Open Biking/Cycling,Hiking
Upper Lake
June 6th: Trail is mostly snow free with some small patches remaining in shaded areas. Downed trees have been removed.
Hiking Biking 15.7 km Open Biking/Cycling,Hiking
Whiskey Jack
Hiking Biking 3.9 km one-way Open Biking/Cycling,Hiking
William Watson Lodge Access
May 27th: Snow free but covered in needles and debris. Sweeping planned for Wednesday. Sign changeover complete.


Hiking Biking 0.6 km one-way Open Biking/Cycling,Hiking,Skiing Cross Country Skiing, XC