This is an easy trail to hike but it is rated average because of the length. For the most part it follows along the lakeshore with a few minor diversions through the bush. Nice views of the lake and Kananaskis Falls and Sarrail Falls. While you're there take some time and feed the whiskeyjacks.
NTS Map: 082J11
Elevation Gain: 60 m (197 ft).
Park at the interlakes parking area in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park and follow the trail in either direction. Other trails branch out from this one, just stay near the lakeshore.
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Posted By: Hammy
- Sun Oct 01 22:00:44 UTC 2017
UpsideReally nice hike, not too challenging (very little elevation). Beautiful views, and family friendly. DownsideNo cell service once you turn off Hwy 40, so if you are meeting people @ trail head. make sure you coordinate properly (you can probably tell by this post that we did not!). There are several parking lots and this can cause confusion. CommentWe hiked this Sept 24th. Gorgeous fall day. Beautiful views essentially the entire path, as you are surrounded by mountains.
Posted By: SheilaSpencer
- Sat Jun 24 14:32:31 UTC 2017
UpsideThis is a great hike. Not too physically hard but a beautiful long one. Us 3 girls kept up a good speed walk stopping for a few minutes at the falls and a few sites here and there. It took us 3.5 hrs. I recommend this one big time! DownsideGrizzly country! Others on trail spotted them and we did see lots of fresh poop!
Posted By: Remax123
- Sat Mar 18 23:35:37 UTC 2017
QuestionI'm planning to do this hike this year but I feel 5 hours is too long. I would hike about 3 hours total. Would you recommend starting to hike to the left of the lake or the right of the lake.
If I hike 1.5 hours either left or right, will I get to see the water falls?ANSWERS are in this forum: Upper Kanaskis Lake
Posted By: Reed
- Wed Jun 29 03:44:11 UTC 2016
QuestionHello, I am trying to find a good hike to take my wife on, who is six months pregnant and needs something easy. I think doing a portion of this trail would be perfect, but it would be great if we could reach a particularly nice spot to eat lunch before we turn back. Does anyone know of something like this, and if so, do you know how far down trail and which way we should travel the loop to reach it? ANSWERS are in this forum: Mid-way Destinations
Posted By: sperley
- Mon May 23 02:05:21 UTC 2016
UpsideBeautiful views, not many people, very quiet DownsideThe lake was pretty low when we went. Would be even more beautiful if the lake was full! CommentWe started at Interlakes parking lot and went counter-clockwise around and didn't encounter anyone until the slide area and then not again until the bridge at Kananaskis falls. Beautiful hike. Trail was in good shape. A couple downed trees between Kananaskis Falls bridge and Hidden Lake turn off that forced us off the trail a bit.
Posted By: Nick Duncan
- Sun May 22 20:35:23 UTC 2016
Questionhello all id like to thank you all for your time. i am really excited to make a trip to upper kananaskis lake for a weekend trip, im just looking for a review of the area and possible some suggestions on were i can pitch my tent. also not sure if you have to pay for campgrounds around the area and if so were would i arrange that. thanks again.ANSWERS are in this forum: Looking for info about best locations for camping
Posted By: greengirl79
- Sat Aug 06 14:24:09 UTC 2011
CommentI was there last year and I know for a fact there is no cell service at all. Also there was a female grizzly on the ice of the lake wondering around for the week we were there. She got pretty close to the shore neat the camp ground but the parks people were around to scare her off. Awesome lake and views!!! So pretty... :)
Posted By: kimmyg
- Mon Sep 28 19:18:05 UTC 2009
UpsideBeautiful and fairly easy (except for the length) hike. Went on a Friday and only ran into a coupe of other parties. DownsideThere was one point in the trail where we began to wonder if we were still on the trail. Was like hiking through a rocky wasteland. We managed to find our way though. CommentLoved the three waterfalls. There was a lot to see and not many other people.
Posted By: adventurerJJ
- Sun Aug 16 15:34:32 UTC 2009
Upsidegreat view of the lake.... amazing waterfall.....at one point...its a nice stroll round the lake.. Downsidethere wasnt a downside to this at all Commentloved it..will do this again hopfully before the season is done....
Posted By: jsab0
- Fri Jul 17 03:22:58 UTC 2009
CommentI've done this trail 4 times now. The first 2 times were about 15 years ago while camping with the parents, once this year, and once last year. It's a relatively flat and level hike because it goes around the circumference of a lake, and it takes about 5 hours to do at a steady pace with no long breaks. I tried jogging it this year (April 2009), although I had to walk most of the South side of the lake due to many deep patches of snow. Took me 3 hours. The lake depth can vary incredibly, and was probably 10-15 meters more shallow this April compared to last August. You can even walk to some of the "islands".
Posted By: Ungowa
- Tue Jul 22 17:40:31 UTC 2008
QuestionDo you know if there is cell phone reception along these trails?
Also, any bear sightings recently? (Upper Kananaskis Trails and vicinity).
ANSWERS are in this forum: Cell Phone Reception
Posted By: Hermanater
- Thu Nov 01 18:45:36 UTC 2007
UpsideFor the most part the trail was easy. Enjoyed the numerous views of the lake. Some vantage points gave amazing views of the lake and valley beyond. Well worth the time. CommentWe only made it part way (to the falls) because one of our party was not capable of going all the way. This was planned before we left. Want to finish it sometime.
Posted By: sdecarie
- Tue Oct 11 00:15:45 UTC 2005
UpsideFantasic view on hike with not much elevation DownsideIt's a long walk, the section through the slide area isn't as easy walking as the rest of the trail.
We also encountered a flooded section near the dam and had to bush whack around it. Commentthere is alternate accesss at north interlakes parking, cross the dam and follow trail