Great hike early or lake in the season. Very popular with mountain bikers. Park at the Barrier Lake Picnic area and cross the causeway to the trailhead.
Within a kilometer you will reach an intersection in the trail. Heading left will take you along the lake at low elevations. Veering right into the trees will take to up the mountain quickly and keep you at a high elevation for most to the hike. This is my preferred route.
Highway 1 West to Kananaskis exit. Highway 40 to Barrier lake parking lot.
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Posted By: MelZo
- Mon Jul 23 01:56:14 UTC 2018
UpsideGorgeous views, good stretch for the legs DownsideRelatively busy, especially later in the day. There are a lot of switchbacks to get to the marker, and intensely steep "shortcuts" if you are able to use them. We used one and wished we hadn't. CommentDid this on July 20 (Friday), and we got started a bit later in the day than anticipated (about 10am). There was only one other group out at that time, so it was quite quiet and we leapfrogged each other a few times. Not a great sign to get to the fire lookout (it's scratched into one of the official signs with an arrow), but we made it!
By the time we got back down to the survey marker, there were another 5-6 groups there. We went back via Jewell Pass, but it seems like most people go up and come down the same way, based on the comments everyone was making.
There was a LOT of cat scat (too small for cougar, bobcat or lynx, maybe) on the "beach" on the way back to the parking lot, and we found out when we got to the car that there was a grizzly just off to the right of the path at the start. Parks was out with a radar, so I assume it was a tagged bear, but they were still looking for it when we left.
Posted By: ChrisMarry
- Mon Nov 23 16:42:15 UTC 2015
UpsideIncredible views in winter conditions for a mostly easy ascent. DownsideCrowded up to the Lookout, quiet on the ridge and down. CommentEdwards Rating: I (II) M S
4 to 6 hours
Elevation of 648 m NET, 801 m TOT & max 2023 m
Perfect early/late season or winter hike
We probably wouldnâ??t have enjoyed that hike as much in the summer, but it was absolutely stunning with that fresh snow in Mid-November and still quite easy overall. Once we reached the Lookout, we went back down to Prairie View and from there left the official trails to bushwhack on the ridge staying close to the cliff all the way up and down until we could start bushwhacking down after a crest that makes the end of the cliff facing Barrier Lake. It makes it a little more interesting and more of an easy off-route scrambling that way and bushwhacking in the snow was easy and fun most of the time actually.