There’s now a well thought out network of snowshoe/winter walking trails in lower Peter Lougheed Provincial Park that enables snowshoers to create their own short and long loops starting from parking lots at Elk Pass, Boulton Bridge, Boulton Creek, Elkwood, William Watson Lodge, Canyon, the Discovery Centre and Pocaterra.
Peter Lougheed Provincial Park
Torpor is a new snowshoe/winter biking trail in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. The 6.3 km loop is easy with a few long hills and three very short steep ones out of Boulton Bridge parking lot.
Highwood Pass is a popular venue for larch viewing. While there are a few larches at the pass for the driving tourist, the nearby cirques — Pocaterra and Arethusa — contain one of the highest concentrations of larches in Kananaskis Country. We headed out to photograph the larches in Pocaterra Cirque and climb Pocaterra Ridge.
The High Rockies Trail is finished and open. It is just under 82 km from Goat Creek to Elk Pass at the powerline. While almost all of the trail can be used in winter there are a few things you should be aware of:
So, where are the best larches in Kananaskis Country. There are many old favourites — Burstal Pass, Pocaterra Ridge, Chester Lake — but there are many others. Here is our selection of some of the best larch hikes.
So we started out on Boulton Creek interpretive trail and followed it down to the new bridge over Boulton Creek. From here we turned left and looked at the re-worked section of the ski trail to the junction with Fox Creek and Moraine. All was good. Plodded up Moraine and down to the bridge again, then turned [...]
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, [...]
TransAlta has resumed work on the penstock replacement in the Canyon Campground area of Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. The penstock, constructed in 1955, is leaking at numerous locations along its 1.37 km stretch. The new steel penstock will be buried. As a result of the project construction, the penstock and surrounding area, including Canyon Campground, [...]
A two parter: A comparison of the two trails from Upper Kananaskis Lake Trail to Hidden Lake and a description of how to reach the base of Fossil Falls.
Condition of Rawson Lake trail for Snowshoeing