Distance 21.8 km bike-hike, height gain 603 m, moderately strenuous
The most beautiful mountain lake in K Country demands a price in the form of an exposed scramble up a headwall. Even though there are now two chains to hold on to, this is not the place for nervous walkers. Although the headwall is clearly exciting, the rest of the route along a logging road is tedious, best tackled by bike.
Start: Hwy. 40 (Kananaskis Trail) at Cat Creek day-use area. Currently the day-use area is closed. Park near the bridge. Via #43 McPhail Creek at 3.1 km.
Difficulty: Easy hiking then a scramble up the headwall.
Note: Gives scramblers access to mounts Strachan, MacLaren, Shankland and Muir from the south.
  • Photo Alf Skrastins

Please refer to the trail description in the guidebook, especially for unofficial, off-trail hikes.
Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Volume 5 Trail #46

Trailhead: Cat Creek 50.410405N, -114.717915W

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Last updated Jul 4, 2017