Distance 17.8 km return, height gain 625 m, moderately strenuous
While the lake at the head of this long valley is not always full -- it's an underground seeper -- it's the journey that's so enjoyable: The lush green meadows and the lively stream.
Start: Hwy. 546 (Sheep River Trail) at Junction Creek day-use area. Use one of the lower parking lots.
Difficulty: Good trail up junction Creek and fairly good, well-used trail to the lake. Going anywhere is dependent on being able to wade the Sheep River right at the start! Try from mid summer on.
Note: The usual crossing place of the Sheep River now has a stoney flat on the far side, then a steep bank up onto the old logging road. An easier crossing place lies a little upstream: Start from the first of the lower parking lots as you go round the loop road, then head straight for the river bank and down the steepish bank to an upright picnic table firmly entrenched in the muck. Cross here onto the stoney flat and walk left along it to the logging road crossing.
  • Photo Alf Skrastins

Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes.
Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Volume 4 Trail #30B

Trailhead: Junction Creek 50.60371N, -114.73854W

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Last updated Jul 18, 2018