Karst Spring Trail

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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2.5-3.5h
Distance
This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
9.0 km
Elevation
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302 m
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Directions to Trailhead

Karst Springs trail is a beautiful hike that goes past Watridge Lake to a natural piped spring, where you can enjoy fresh mountain water. This is a great trail for beginners and those who are looking for a relaxing trip while exploring Kananaskis.

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Route Description for Karst Spring Trail

From the parking area, find the Watridge Lake trail as this will be the main route you follow. Begin on a wide open decommissioned road before joining the single track trail to the lake. After 1.8 km, you will come to the junction for the Mount Shark trail, and you’ll want to stay right towards Watridge Lake. A junction to the Spray River appears 3.5 km from the trailhead; however, you will want to stay left for the lake, which will appear in a few hundred metres. Enjoy the lake and continue 800 m on a steady incline to the end of the trail where the spring is. Fill up your bottles and enjoy the crisp, clean mountain water on your way back to the trailhead.

Getting to the Karst Spring Trail Trailhead

To get to the Karst Spring Trailhead from the town of Canmore, make your way to the Nordic Centre and Join the Spray Lakes Road. From here, travel 35.0 km to Mount Engadine Lodge and turn right. Follow signs for Mount Shark and continue beyond the helipad to the main parking area.

Route Information

  • When to do

    May-November

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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