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    Kananaskis Country

    Hikes in Kananaskis Country

    Region in Alberta, Canada

    We love hiking in Kananaskis Country. There is so much hiking in The Kananaskis that we have broken the region into four smaller regions. These regions are based around major access roads into the Kananaskis. You can see the regions in the icons below.

    Located south of Banff National Park, Kananaskis Country (also known as K-country or The Kananaskis) is a stunning collection of provincial parks that is still largely undiscovered by tourists. This means you can usually expect fewer crowds on hikes in the Kananaskis compared to hikes in Banff National Park.

    The main access road into the Kananaskis is along Highway 40, also known as Kananaskis Trail. We also include the hikes around the Kananaskis Lakes in this region. The best hikes along Highway 40 includes hikes in Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park and Elbow-Sheep Wildland Provincial Park. There is a summer-only area at the southern end of Highway 40 known as the Highwood, which has some incredible family-friendly hikes.

    The other major access road into the Kananaskis is Highway 742 (Smith Dorrien Trail). The best hikes along the Smith Dorrien includes hikes in Spray Valley Provincial Park and hikes in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.

    Finally, there are two main access roads that go from east to west into Kananaskis. The first road is Highway 66, which includes great hikes around Bragg Creek and out on Highway 66 towards Little Elbow, and is adjacent to Don Getty Wildland Park. The second road is Highway 546, which leads to hikes in Sheep River Provincial Park and Bluerock Wildland Provincial Park. These hikes along the Sheep River and combined in a region with hikes

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      Open details for Lillian and Galatea Lakes

      Lillian and Galatea Lakes

      Hard
      16.7 km
      740 m
      5-7h

      The hike to Galatea Lakes is spectacular. The first bit to Lillian Lake is through forest, the route above Lillian Lake is outstanding, especially the circuit around Lower Galatea Lake. This hike takes in Lillian Lake, Lower Galatea Lake and Upper Galatea Lake.

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      Open details for Sarrail Ridge Hike via Rawson Lake

      Sarrail Ridge Hike via Rawson Lake

      Hard
      11.5 km
      670 m
      4-5.5h

      The hike to Sarrail Ridge offers some of the most stunning views in the Canadian Rockies, it is truly spectacular. The final push up Sarrail Ridge is also perhaps the steepest hike we share in the Canadian Rockies. The informal route is degraded and challenging, and not one we’d do when icy or wet.

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      9.7
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      Open details for Cox Hill Hike

      Cox Hill Hike

      Hard
      13.4 km
      774 m
      4.5-6.5h

      Hiking Cox Hill Ridge is a great way to spend a half-day in the summer. Save this one for wildflower season, and you won’t be disappointed. The multi-use trail can get busy with bikers, hikers, and runners, so be prepared to run into some speedy trail users.

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      Open details for Rummel Lake Hike

      Rummel Lake Hike

      Moderate
      13.3 km
      380 m
      3.5-5h

      The hike to Rummel Lake is a Kananaskis classic, with people returning year after year. The colours in autumn are spectacular, and if you have the energy push the trip a bit farther up to Rummel Pass for very special views.

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      10.0
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      Open details for Pocaterra Ridge Hike

      Pocaterra Ridge Hike

      Hard
      12.0 km
      985 m
      5-7h

      This wonderful hike along Pocaterra Ridge is a stunner! A challenging hike, but with spectacular views, we love hiking Pocaterra Ridge in autumn with the beautiful fall colours. Pocaterra Ridge is known as one of the best places to hike among the autumn larch trees in Alberta.

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      9.9
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      Intermediate (Square)
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      Open details for Rawson Lake

      Rawson Lake

      Easy
      7.8 km
      320 m
      2.5-3h

      The hike to Rawson Lake is one of the most popular in the Kananaskis Lakes area. It’s a pleasant path through the forest up to Rawson Lake, but the hike around the side of the water’s edgeis what truly makes this a spectacular hike.

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      9.8
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      Open details for Eagle Hill Trail

      Eagle Hill Trail

      Moderate
      14.2 km
      453 m
      4-5.5h

      The Eagle Hill trail climbs the foothills of Kananaskis Country to reach a ridge that looks out into the Prairies. It is an easy-to-follow, gradual trail that is the perfect day trip from Sibbald Lake Campground. There are no technical sections on this trail, making it excellent for hikers of various abilities.

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      Open details for Troll Falls Hike

      Troll Falls Hike

      Very Easy
      3.7 km
      60 m
      1h

      Troll Falls is a classic, family-friendly hike near Nakiska, that’s popular year-round. While Troll Falls is certainly a pretty view, our favourite part of the walk is the return journey through Hay Meadow, where you walk along the Kananaskis River and take in wonderful views.

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      9.7
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      Open details for Opal Ridge

      Opal Ridge

      Hard
      6.3 km
      900 m
      3.5-5h

      The hike along Opal Ridge is a wonderful hike. This steep hike requires the use of hands to steady you on the way up to Opal Ridge, however the views from the top are spectacular. We love the hike to Opal Ridge.

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      Open details for Wasootch Ridge

      Wasootch Ridge

      Moderate
      11.7 km
      750 m
      4-6h

      Wasootch Ridge is an easy choice as one of the best hikes near Canmore. Once you are up on the ridgeline, the valley feels isolated, with no other sounds or trails visible. This is a great day out!

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      Open details for Picklejar Lakes

      Picklejar Lakes

      Moderate
      10.5 km
      500 m
      3-4.5h

      Some Calgarians rate Picklejar Lakes as their absolute favourite hike in the Canadian Rockies. It’s not hard to see why. The hike to Picklejar Lakes is a great intermediate hike, with varied terrain and wonderful views.

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      Open details for Sibbald Flats Trail

      Sibbald Flats Trail

      Easy
      1.9 km
      92 m
      0.5-1h

      The Sibbald Flats interpretive trail travels around Sibbald Lake and includes many educational signs. It starts in the central Sibbald Flats Recreation Area, which makes it great for those looking for something quick and easy from a central area.

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      Open details for Upper Kananaskis Lake Trail

      Upper Kananaskis Lake Trail

      Easy
      16.5 km
      295 m
      3.5-5h

      The hike around Upper Kananaskis Lake offers tremendous views, varied terrain and limited elevation gain – a great trail for all levels of hikers. This is also an especially good option for shoulder season in Canmore, when the route is far less crowded.

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      9.5
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      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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      Open details for Guinn’s Pass

      Guinn’s Pass

      Very Hard
      18.3 km
      980 m
      6-8.5h

      The trail to Guinn’s Pass is spectacular, offering stunning views. This hike takes in Lillian Lake, Lower Galatea Lake and then up to Guinn’s Pass, offering views down to Ribbon Lake and over to Buller Pass. This trip is pretty special.

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      9.8
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      Open details for Rae Glacier

      Rae Glacier

      Moderate
      9.3 km
      425 m
      3-4h

      The hike to Elbow Lake is a wonderful, family-friendly hike in the Highwood Area. Adventurous types will want to continue and explore the area beyond Elbow Lake, and we love the hike to the Alpine that explores the Rae Glacier.

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      9.3
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      Easy (Circle)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
      Open details for Burstall Pass

      Burstall Pass

      Moderate
      15.5 km
      450 m
      4-5.5h

      The hike to Burstall Pass is an iconic Canmore route for good reason – it's stunning! Although a great trail for intermediates, those with energy can scramble up Snow Peak for one of the best views in the Rockies. And in autumn, the sights of the larches are incredible!

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      9.8
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      Easy (Circle)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
      Open details for King Creek Ridge

      King Creek Ridge

      Hard
      7.3 km
      740 m
      3.5-4.5h

      The hike up King Creek Ridge is spectacular – offering the chance to get up close with the spectacular Opal Range, views of Mount Wintour and the valley of the Kananaskis Lakes. Although this is a very steep hike in Canmore, it’s absolutely worth it for adventurous, fit hikers.

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      9.7
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      Intermediate (Square)
      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
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      Advanced (Diamond)
      Suitable for advanced experience level looking for a solid adventure.
      Open details for Pocaterra Cirque

      Pocaterra Cirque

      Easy
      6.7 km
      262 m
      2-2.5h

      Pocaterra Cirque may often be passed up for other nearby, well-known hikes, but this little gem is the perfect way to enjoy mountain views with little effort. Passing by Pocaterra Tarn, the trail gives wonderful views of Mount Tyrwhitt, Grizzly Col, and Mount Rae. However, its popularity increases during larch season, so prepare for crowds and a full parking lot. The beauty of the larches makes up for the crowds, though.

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      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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      Easy (Circle)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
      Open details for ForgetMeNot Ridge

      ForgetMeNot Ridge

      Hard
      24.5 km
      944 m
      7-9.5h

      Great views without a ton of work? Sign me up! This walk up Forget Me Not Mountain gives great views of the surrounding peaks, the elbow river valley, and gravel fields.

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      9.8
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      Easy (Circle)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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      Intermediate (Square)
      Suitable for intermediates who are ready for a little bit more adventure.
      Open details for Ptarmigan Cirque

      Ptarmigan Cirque

      Very Easy
      3.5 km
      195 m
      1-1.5h

      The hike to Ptarmigan Cirque is a family favourite and is especially great for little kids. Starting at Highwood Pass means you are in the alpine almost immediately. Ptarmigan Cirque is locally famous as a great hike to view autumn larches, it is also a fun location for a family photo shoot!

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      9.6
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      Easy (Circle)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.
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      Easy (Circle)
      Suitable for beginners, families, young children, and those looking for a casual adventure.

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