Distance 8.6 km return, height gain 479 m, moderate
Contrary to what you might expect, the easy trail along the northwest bank of Picklejar Creek does not lead to Picklejar Lakes, but makes for the scenic pass between Picklejar and Cliff creeks where youâ€™re in position to connect with Gibraltar Pass or knock off a few summits of the Highwood Range.
Start: Hwy. 40 (Kananaskis Trail) at Picklejar Creek day-use area parking. The day use area Is permanently closed as is the old approach road. There is a small parking area just off the highway. If you want to hike Picklejar Creek it is best to park in this area, walk along the ditch to the first opening on the left, then head across the rehabilitated access road to a cairn where a trail is developing through the trees to the flood-damaged trail up the creek.
Difficulty: Once through the day-use area there is a good trail all the way.
Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes.
Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Volume 5 Trail #29
Trailhead: Picklejar 50.51043N, -114.823236W
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Last updated Jul 24, 2019