Trails in PLPP are a mix of snow and ice covered with bare sections at lower elevations, particularly at the north end of the network. At higher elevations the snow base is still very deep, with upwards of a metre at highest elevations. If venturing into alpine terrain, come prepared to arrest a fall or slide and remember that spring avalanches still pose a significant hazard. Anticipate fluctuating water levels on rivers and creeks throughout the day as the temperature warms. Plan activities accordingly and consider early morning starts to avoid high river crossings in the afternoon.
Cyclists planning to travel up highway 40 past the seasonal road closure, must be aware that avalanche hazards still exist due to the potential for alpine snow to release to the road; one slide currently covers the road approximately 100 metres south of Elbow Pass Day use.
- Bears and cougars are active - Carry bear spray, keep dogs on leash, remain observant and observe wildlife safety techniques.
- Spring avalanche hazards still exist on higher elevation trails/routes. Check the avalanche report before venturing out.
- Ticks are out in full force and experts recommend wearing light coloured clothing that covers your skin and conducting daily tick checks of you and your pets. For more information on ticks visit Alberta Health.
- The Annual Seasonal Closure of Highway 40 is in place until June 15. Parking is prohibited in front of the Highway 40 gate, within 5 metres of stop signs and in no parking areas.
- Upper Kananaskis Lake is covered in ice and snow, while Lower Kananaskis Lake has an area of open water near Panorama Day Use.
- Caution is advised for natural hazards such as downed trees and other natural hazards.
Cautions and Closures:
- Construction Closure - Kananaskis Canyon Interpretive Trail
- Construction Closure - Canyon Day Use area vault toilets
- Water Advisory - Water is not available at Elkwood and Boulton Creek Campgrounds
- Bear Closure - Grizzly Creek Day Use Area
- Chester Lake: May 1 -June 29
Burstall PassNot advised for hiking or biking due to deep snow.
Bikes permitted on first 2.9 km of trail only.
1. Seasonal Closure - May 1 to June 29
2. Bikes permitted on the first 2.7 km only
Highway 40 seasonal closure in place until June 15
Elk Pass Snowshoe
The Elk Pass Snowshoe Trail starts at the north end of the Elk Pass Day Use area and parking lot.
2. The south side of the trail, beyond the Lookout Tower, is not maintained in summer and there are unbridged stream crossings
Not advised for hiking due to deep snow and avalanche hazard at the lake.
Three Isle Lake
1. Not advised for hiking or biking due to deep snow. 2. Bikes only permitted to Invincible Creek, 3.8 km from trailhead
Caution advised due to avalanche hazards on the south and southwest portions of the circuit
Upper Lake Connector
This trail connects Elk Pass Day Use area to Upper Lake Day Use area, providing an alternative access to Elk Pass when the parking area is busy.
ValleyviewHighway 40 seasonal closure in place until June 15