Kananaskis Country

Alberta Parks

High Rockies (Winter)

Seasonal Service Change - Blackshale Bridge on High Rockies Trail

    The High Rockies Trail is a portion of the Trans Canada Trail, or "The Great Trail" running between Goat Creek Day Use area in Spray Valley Provincial Park and the AB/BC border in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.

    The trail is still under construction so signage is limited and route-finding is required. The anticipated completion is early summer 2018.

    The northern end of this this trail begins at the Goat Creek Day Use area in Spray Valley Provincial Park, 1 km from the Banff National Park Boundary. Traversing through open meadows the trail crosses the Three Sisters Dam (Spray Lakes Reservoir) and continues south along the eastern side of the Spray Lakes Reservoir. Upon reaching the Driftwood Day Use area, the trail crosses the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Trail (Road)/Hwy 742 and continues south beyond the Sawmill Day Use area in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, to once again cross back to the west side of the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Trail (Road)/Hwy 742 at the Pocaterra Dam at the north end of Lower Kananaskis Lake. 

    The landscape along this long route is diverse with some sections travelling through thick forests and others climbing up and over massive rock slides, providing outstanding views across the valley. While much of the trail is new-build, many sections utilize pre-existing trails such as the lowest sections of Buller Pass, Rummel Lake, the Chester Lake Trail, the Chester-Sawmill Trails network and in the future, significant sections of the Peter Lougheed Provincial Park Trails Network. 

A portion of the trail is closed Nov. 1 to May 1. annually between Spray Lakes Day Use area and Buller Pass due to Highway Avalanche Control.

The bridge over Blackshale Creek in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park is closed in winter. 

 

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Warning

  • Between Nov. 1 and May 1 the trail is closed through the Buller Slide Path due to Highway Avalanche Control
  • Blackshale Bridge is closed for the season

Trailhead:
    Length:63.0 Goat Creek to Pocaterra Dam
    Type:Connector Trail
    Out-and-Back
    Point-to-Point
    ActivitiesHikingFat BikingSnowshoeingFat Biking,Hiking (Winter),Snowshoeing
    Trail Map Kananaskis Valley Map (Geo Referenced)
    Spray Valley & Peter Lougheed Map (Geo Referenced)
    Winter Trails
    Trail Report:Spray Valley
    Trails  Kananaskis Country  - All Parks
    Updated: Nov 16, 2019