Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area

Alberta Parks

Trail Report

The trails at Cooking Lake-Blackfoot total approximately 170 km in length and provide recreational opportunities to a multitude of users. From cross country skiing, snowshoeing and dog sledding in the winter season to hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use in the summer, these trails provide ample opportunity to experience nature first-hand. Weave through forests of spruce, poplar and birch while taking in stunning views of waterfowl-filled wetlands.

Maintaining the trail system is big job and Parks staff work hard to ensure every user has the opportunity to enjoy their time on the trails. As such, these trails are divided into prioritized sections, or zones, to allow for timely and effective mowing, snow grooming and track-setting. These zones have been determined based on trail use and demand and weather trends. Priority Zone 1 trails are often maintained first, followed by Zone 2, 3, and 4 respectfully.

Select the Priority Zone tab below the map to check the status of those trails.

Please note, distances on map may vary slightly from the trail report table. Please refer to the trail report table for most accurate distances.

Updated: March 21, 2020 | Print Report

Due to circumstances around COVID-19 and staff isolation, ski trails may not be set again this season. Should circumstances change, this trail report will be updated to reflect those changes. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Trails in this section last set on Sunday, March 8. Icy in areas.

General Information:

  • If walking or jogging on winter trails, please DO NOT walk on/along the set tracks.  This damages ski tracks and makes it dangerous for skiers.  Please stay to the side.
  • Snowshoeing, dogs, and bikes are not permitted on trails that are double-track set in winter.
  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk.
  • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, downed trees, flooded frozen areas, thin ice and open water may be encountered from flooding.
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
Trail Length Comments Summer Winter Status
Detour
2.1 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open
Don's Way
3.2 km

Section of Don's Way Trail along the 7 foot fence is under frozen water with beaver trench present and a exposed culvert.

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Warning / Icy
Ed's Way
2.0 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open
Flattail
0.4 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open
Grouse
1.2 km

CAUTION AREAS because of frozen flooding water, beaver trenches and damage to the trail.

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open
Hare
0.9 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open
Highline
3.1 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open
Lost Lake
14.9 km

3.5 km up Lost Lake trail there is a frozen water flowing over the trail. BE VERY CAUTIOUS.

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Warning / Icy
Meadow
0.8 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open
Middle
1.3 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open
Moose Link
2.4 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open
Neon Lake
1.8 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open
Porcupine
0.5 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open
Push Lake
1.9 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open
Siksika
5.8 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open
Spruce Hollow
2.7 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open
Wanisan
4.0 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open
Waskehegan South (Central Alleyway to Lost Lake Trail)
1.8 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open
Winter South (from Lost Lake trail to Central Alleyway)
2.4 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open

Updated: March 22, 2020 | Print Report

Due to circumstances around COVID-19 and staff isolation, trails may not be set again this season. Should circumstances change, this trail report will be updated to reflect those changes. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

All trails last packed February 20.

Snowmobiling:

  • All snowmobiling access is closed
  • 30 cm of snow base required to open access

General Information:

  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk.
  • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, potholes, downed trees, flooded frozen areas, thin ice and open water may be encountered from flooding.
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.

Snowmobiling:

  • All snowmobiling access is closed
  • 30 cm of snow base required to open access
Trail Length Comments Summer Winter Status
Baker Springs
1.2 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
Beaver
3.3 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
Blackfoot West (from Waskehegan Staging to Round Up trail)
13.6 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
Boundary
2.0 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
Cutoff
0.4 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
J.J.
1.3 km

Closed due to beaver activity and flooding. Bridge is off its foundation.  Sections impassible. 

Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Closed
N.U.L. North
4.0 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Snowshoeing FatBiking Open
Round Up
5.2 km

Closed to Equestrian users between January 27 and February 9, 2020 for Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival.

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Partially Closed
Running Dog
3.0 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
Swan
0.5 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
Tie-In
1.0 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open
Wapiti South (from Central to Winter trail)
6.5 km

Closed to Equestrian users between January 27 and February 9, 2020 for Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival.

Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Partially Closed
Wapiti North (from Winter to Blackfoot trail)
1.6 km

Closed to Equestrian users between January 27 and February 9, 2020 for Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival.

 

 

Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Partially Closed
Winter North (from Central Alleyway to Wapiti trail)
1.2 Km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open

Updated: March 21, 2020 | Print Report

Due to circumstances around COVID-19 and staff isolation, ski trails may not be set again this season. Should circumstances change, this trail report will be updated to reflect those changes. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

These trails are groomed for dog sledding, fat-tire biking, skate skiing, dog walking, jogging, and walking only.

Trails packed as of February 20 EXCEPT for the Long Run trail for dog sledding.

Equestrian notes:

  • This sector is CLOSED TO HORSES from Dec 1st to April 1st annually.

General Information

  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk.
  • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, downed trees, flooded areas, thin ice and open water may be encountered from flooding.
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
Trail Length Comments Summer Winter Status
Blackfoot East (from Blackfoot Lake Staging to Round Up trail)
11.2 Km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Dog Sledding Skijoring Open
Buck Run
2.0 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Dog Sledding Skijoring Open
Elkhorn
1.6 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Dog Sledding Skijoring Open
Faraway East
6.2 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Dog Sledding Skijoring Open
Gas Line
0.3 km Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Dog Sledding Skijoring Open
Morningside
2.1 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Dog Sledding Skijoring Open
Muskrat
1.1 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Dog Sledding Skijoring Open
Outlet
0.3 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Dog Sledding Skijoring Open
Wellsite
1.1 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Dog Sledding Skijoring Open

Updated: March 21, 2020 | Print Report

Due to circumstances around COVID-19 and staff isolation, ski trails may not be set again this season. Should circumstances change, this trail report will be updated to reflect those changes. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Trail section groomed as of February 21.

The first few km of trail from the staging area are not ideal as heavy foot traffic has damaged much of the tracks. Please remember to stay off of the tracks when walking on ski trails!

General Information

  • If walking or jogging on winter trails, please DO NOT walk on/along the set tracks.  This damages ski tracks and makes it dangerous for skiers.  Please stay to the side.
  • Snowshoeing, dogs, and bikes are not permitted on trails that are double-track set in winter.
  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk.
  • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, downed trees, flooded areas, thin ice and open water may be encountered from flooding. 
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
Trail Length Comments Summer Winter Status
Faraway West
1.3 Km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open
Heron Hollow
2.5 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open
Long Run
26 Km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Dog Sledding Skijoring Open
N.U.L. Cycling Connector
2.7 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Open
Norris Ridge
1.5 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open
North
3.5 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
Springs
2.0 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open
Waskehegan North (from Central Alleyway to Blackfoot Trail)
1.2 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
Whitetail
3.1 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open