BURNS WATERFALL & LAKE
Distance 10.6 km backpack side trip, height gain 411 m, moderate
From a camp near the beginning of Burns Creek, a long forest approach leads up Burns Creek Valley on cutline and assorted trails to Burns Creek waterfall, candidate for the highest non-continuous fall in K Country. Lovers of high alpine lakes should carry on uphill into the cirques tucked under the south face of Mount Rae.
Start: Camp in Burns Creek outside of Burns Lands.
Difficulty: Reasonably good game trails and cutlines. The trail up the Sheep has considerable flood damage beyond the new bridge.
Note: It is possible for scramblers to reach Burns Lake from Hwy 40 via Arathusa Cirque.
Note: This trail passes through the Burns Lands, disputed territory between Burns Resources and the Alberta Government. Notices have recently been posted by K Country that there is no travel allowed on Sheep Trail through private land and no access to Rickert's Pass from Sheep Trail. We have been told that there is no objection to hikers passing through the lands.
  • Burns Creek waterfall.

Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes.
Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Volume 4 Trail #38

Trailhead: Junction Creek 50.60371N, -114.73854W

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Last updated Aug 20, 2018