First we had a look at Three Isle Lake trail. Apart from a new footbridge at Invincible Creek and a short reroute off the bridge, the main changes occur between Upper Kananaskis Falls bridge and Forks Campground with a major reroute beyond the spring creek crossing. The new trail crosses Dead Horse Gulch, as James calls it, and the alluvial flat of Three Isle Creek via no fewer than 8 bridges of various kinds (with one more to come) and a long stretch of boardwalk. It was quite impressive. We heard that campers trying to get up to Three Isle Lake had been turned back by snow. Another couple with snowshoes were aiming for Turbine Canyon. I wonder how far they got?
We reached Upper K Lake trail via the decommissioned Lyautey trail that shortcuts between Forks and Point campgrounds. The trail is still clear– obviously people are still using it—but has more deadfall to clamber over at the north end. The two water crossings at the south end can be crossed on skinny logs using two poles for balance!
We returned to North Interlakes Parking lot via Upper K Lake Trail. The big change here is the rerouting of the trail around Lower Kanananskis Falls. Unfortunately this new line misses out one of the major attraction of the trail! While the old trail to the falls is still a go as far as the falls, it’s been blocked off with branches at the low end Y-junction. To us it makes sense to remove the branches and erect signs at the Y-junction indicating Lower K Falls viewpoint 100 m to the left and Upper K Lake trail to the right. Maybe this is the intent?
Nearing the parking lot I took a pic of the sign at Indefatigable trail junction that warns you are entering bear terrain should you venture up that trail. Ironically, a few minutes later we passed grizzly #162 busily eating fresh greenery on the exposed flats above the lake.