Kananaskis Lakes Things to Do

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    Nakiska ski resort

    by PeterVancouver Updated Feb 17, 2012

    Quite a good place to start your skiing life as it has a good range of runs for people of every skill, many of which are novice to intermediate.

    One of the green trails (novice) has a somewhat nerve racking section on a path only a couple of metres wide, with hill and drop on either side, and little room to manoeuvre the skis to slow down, but over all, a great place, good rental and chalet for food drinks or simply to warm up.

    This was the home of the 1988 Olymipic alpine competitions and the runs and high speed lifts are still in general in excellent condition

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    Lower Kananaskis Falls

    by Hermanater Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Snow clouds covering the peaks behind these ones..
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    There is a 16 km loop aound the upper Kananaskis Lake. We took the southern part of the loop to the falls. The temperature was only 4 degrees and looked like snow, but we wanted to get out.

    When we got there, there was a strong wind and lots of clouds. The trail has a few small hills but overall no real elevation gain or loss. We went 9 km total just past the campsite. If you want you can canoe or hike to the first campsite. There are 20 sites, food hangers (for bears) and firewood. On the way to the campsite, you can take a branch off of this trail to other trails that allow back country camping.

    The trail starts in the trees but soon enters an area where there was an avalanche many years before. You have to pick your way through the rocks and boulders. There are some trees trying to get a foothold here. It is a very neat sight. After a little while you come across the branch to the campsite. About .5 km later are the falls.

    Next time we will try the complete loop. It was a nice hike for a cooler day.

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    Troll Falls

    by Hermanater Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There is a short trail from the Nakiska Ski Hill area that takes you to the Falls. This is a nice short trip for the whole family. You can actually stand under the falls. During the summer, this becomes quite popular and crowded.

    Use caution because the rocks are very slippery......

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    Western Culture

    by jamiesno Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Boundary Ranch

    I really enjoyed by visits to the boundary ranch. On one occassion I went for a trail ride and enjoyed the mountain views.

    Another time I went there for a winter party, tried to learn the two step and done a winter sleigh ride. You will have fun and enjoy the barbeques!!!

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    Chester Lake

    by Hermanater Written Dec 28, 2009

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    'This 3.9km point-to-point trail follows a winding logging road and then a pleasant single track, bringing you to a tiny lake beneath an imposing rock face.

    From the busy trailhead, follow the wide road, staying left at a junction at km 0.2. As the road climbs, the views to the south open up. You get good views of Mount Burstall and Commonwealth Peak, and even periodic views of the French Glacier. Finally, the trail leaves the wide road and heads left into the woods on a narrower trail. At 2.2km you get your first real views towards the unusual summit of Mount Chester. The towering peak has layers tilted almost straight up, making it somewhat resemble Mount Rundle in Banff National Park. After climbing past some wooden cribwork placed to help reduce erosion on the trail, you approach a wide meadow with more great views towards Mount Chester. The elevation is revealed by the presence of alpine larch as you pass a huge snag. Beyond this is a fabulous meadow that in spring explodes in wildflowers, and in fall is rimmed with the golden needles of alpine larches. Across the meadow, Chester Creek drains the meltwater from the lake. '

    You reach the lake at km 3.7. Mount Chester towers directly overhead, making it hard to fit the entire scene into a camera frame. From the lake, there are numerous options for off-trail exploration.

    **This was taken from the Calgary Outdoor Club Website**

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    Pickle Jar Lakes

    by Hermanater Written Sep 16, 2008

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    The Pickle Jar Lakes was named after the saying that "there are so many fish you could put a pickle jar in the lake and fill it with fish".

    The trail (as far as we went) was 9.7 km return with an elevation gain of 650 meters.

    The morning started off nice and sunny with about 1 - 2 inches of snow on the ground. The trail was a steady uphill jaunt through the trees. No grizzly bear on the trail this time (3 weeks earlier two women in our group came across a very large grizzly about 18 feet away from them).
    Once out of the trees we walked along the hill to a steep incline that took us to a small ridge. We walked along the ridge which was in the shade so the snow was not melting much. This part was a little slippery and intimidating to some. From here we decended to the first lake. There are 4 lakes in total and we made it to the third lake. I stayed behind with Paul who was having problems while the rest continued on to the fourth lake.

    On the way we past 3 fishermen. They caught about 25 trout in a couple hours. Might have to try it sometime.

    Very nice hike.

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    Grassi Lakes

    by Hermanater Updated Jul 2, 2008

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    This is a short hike but is well worth the effort.

    There are many trails within Kananaskis Country, but this one holds a special fascination with its combination of colour, water and history.
    Canmore Pioneer Lawrence Grassi hiked this route in the 1920s. He, along with several other Canmore miners, built this trail to facilitate access to the “Twin Lakes”, as the lakes at the end of the trail were originally known. Grassi spent many hours carving steps out of the stone to allow easier access.

    There are two trails to take. One is easy as it follows the TransAlta service road. The second trail follows the cliff/hillside and gives a great view of the waterfall. This is the path I suggest. Follow the easier trail back. The trail takes you to the first lake. Amazing clarity and blue color. The trail along the left takes you to the second lakes. Also very clear and blue. If you look closely you can see some trout swimming around. The cliffs on the west side are very popular for climbers.

    The only downside would be the power dam and the transmission lines :-(

    Length - 3.1 km
    Elevation Gain - 300 meters

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    Foran Grade Trail

    by Hermanater Updated Jul 2, 2008

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    This trail takes you along some cliffs over looking the Sheep River. The trail then crosses the highway and slowly ascends through a meadow. The trail will veer left to the top of a small plateau. There are some very nice sights from here.
    The trail is about 7.4 km long with an elevation gain of 225 meters.

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    Ribbon Falls

    by Hermanater Written Sep 10, 2007

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    This 16.4 km, 300 meter gain hike is a nice hike for all ages. While it may be long for younger kids, there is very few steep parts and even then, those parts are very short.

    The trailhead starts at the parking lot on Ribbon Road by the Kananaskis Village. The first 4 km is a wide mountain bike trail. The path follows the Ribbon Creek and crosses it numerous time over well built bridges.

    Along the way are some nice views of the mountain peaks on either side. Most of the trail is in wooded areas with lots of openings to see the peaks. At various points are nice spots to view smaller waterfalls. When we went there was a slight amount of snow on the plants. It did warm up nicely in the afternoon. Perfect short sleeve hiking temp.

    Near the end of the trail is a wood pile, benches and picnic tables. There is a hoist that is used to store your food if you are camping overnight. This hoist is to prevent the bears from getting your food. The falls are very nice. You can continue another 1.8 km (300 meter gain) to the source of the falls called Ribbon Lake. To get there, at one point , you have to scale a cliff with the help of a permanent chain ladder.

    A longer hike but not too challenging.

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    Prairie View Lookout

    by Hermanater Written Aug 30, 2007

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    Nice place to relax
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    This trail starts at the dam at Barrier Lake. It offers a great view of the prairies to the East. The trail starts off with many switchbacks with a steep incline. If you like walking through trees then you would like this. Not many view points until the first lookout about 90 meters from the top. The last ascent to the lookout is about 90 meters and is quite steep. The effort is worth it.

    The trail is shared with mountain bikers.....(insane people)

    The trail continues on down the other side and is called Jewel Pass. At one point you can go to Heart Mountain (by heart creek) or continue back to Barrier Lake. Jewel Pass was easier travelling and is in a different type of forest. Very nice hike.

    The trail was about 13.3 km loop and 500 meter elevation gain.

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    Nihahi Ridge - Moderate hike

    by Hermanater Written Jun 5, 2007

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    From the top of the second summit
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    This is a moderate hike that is very popular..... When we were there we must have seen about 70 - 80 people, rangeing from 10 to 80. The trail is about 5.5 km from the parking lot. The elevation gain is about 500 meters. The trail starts with some switchbacks through the trees. Where it first levels out you can see across a meadow to the next set of switchbacks. The second set of switchbacks is more rocky then the first set.
    There is a level area at the base of the first summit that most people stop at. This is where Mary, Jo, Daisy (the dog) and I stopped. Our son Damian and Colin continued on.
    They went up some switchbacks in the scree to the first summit. They followed the ridge until the base of the final summit....and then it happened.....

    A lightning/hail/rain storm came in.

    The hike started in 25 degree, cloudless weather. When a storm comes in, it really comes in....
    By the time Damian and Colin made it back down to where we were, the rain just started to come down. We decided to head out at a quick pace down the ridge. The temperature dropped about 12 degrees and the hail was small but sure stung the skin. We had lightning crashing around us during the down pour. One hour later we made it to the vehicle...soaking wet and cold....but laughing at the experience. Ten km away the sky was cloudless and it was hot.

    The most amazing thing was, we passed about 10 people still trying to reach the summit...carrying aluminum hiking poles.....nice lightning rods......

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    Great hiking in Kananaskis

    by sinjabc Updated Jul 10, 2006

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    There are several great hiking trails around Kananaskis Village. The popular one is the Ribbon Creek trail, which is accessible by a parking lot off Highway 40. You can hike or bike along Ribbon Creek trail. It is a 4.4 km hike to the Ribbon Falls.

    Be sure to wear good hiking shoes and bring plenty of water if you think you may hike for 2 hours or more. There are maps at many of the junctions where the trails meet. Some areas are hilly and medium grade. We did this hike in the July and there were a lot of bugs.

    All dogs must be on a leash.

    If you are staying at the Delta Lodge, you can get a map of the trails and bottled water from the Concerige desk. Note: map does not seem to be to scale. Verify trail distances at junction maps.

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    Hiking the "Ole Buck Loop"

    by Hermanater Written Jun 6, 2006

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    This is a 5.4 km hike in the foothills in the Sibbald area. The trail head is 1 km from the parking spot. From the trail head, the trail is 3.4 km. It follows along the side of a hill for about 1 km. Then things get fun. The trail follows a series of switcback, climbing about 170 meters within the next 1.5 km. At the top there is a bench to rest on. The view from here is nice but the growth of the trees is starting to block some of the view. From here the trail goes steadly downhill for about 1 km to the trail head. For the work it takes to get to the top, I don't think the view was worth it. It was a get hike for the exercise. Waht was described to us as a great family walk, was alittle more then that.

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    Bring your camera for Wildlife

    by trek06 Written Jun 3, 2006

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    Wild Canadians
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    Better shots than any Zoo. Just remember don't feed the animals and they are actually wild if even they do look like friendlies. Most of these "Wild Canadians" were hanging around the entracen to Peter Lougheed Park in Kananaskis Country.

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    Sheep River Falls

    by Hermanater Written Oct 20, 2005

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    This area is a great place to spend the day. The river is shallow in places so you can cool off during the afternoon sun. The falls form a couple pools. Some people climb the sides and dive into the pools. The water is clear but very cold. There are fire pits and picnic tables. Everytime we have been there, there has been lots of people, but no crowding. During the summer, the campsite about 5 miles away, is full and alot of the people make their way to the falls.

    Great day trip.

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