Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area

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Trail Report

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HEAVY RAINFALL AND INCREASED BEAVER ACTIVITY HAS CAUSED SEVERE FLOODING on a number of our trails throughout the park.

  • Trails are not being maintained by park staff as access is highly restricted
  • Please be cautious, do not attempt to cross damaged sections of trail and respect all trail closures.

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, fallen tree removal, 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: June 23, 2020 | Print Report

GROUSE TRAIL, DETOUR TRAIL, DON'S WAY and LOST LAKE (Arrowhead Lake to Meadow Shelter) are closed due to beaver activity and flooding.

 

Mowers and other trail equipment are unable to access trails due to wet and soft ground.

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 and open water may be encountered from flooding.
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • 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.
Trail Length Comments Summer Winter Status
Detour
2.1 km

CLOSED due to flooding and damage from beaver activity.

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Closed
Don's Way
3.2 km

CLOSED due to flooding and beaver trenching.

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Closed
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

CLOSED due to flooding, beaver trenches and damage to the trail.

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Closed
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

PARTIAL CLOSURE from Arrowhead Lake to Meadow Shelter due to flooding and beaver trenching.

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Partially Closed
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: June 23, 2020 | Print Report

WAPITI TRAIL is closed (between Blackfoot trail and Running Dog Trail) due to flooding and beaver activity.

TIE-IN trail is closed due to flooding and beaver activity.

General Information:

  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk.
  • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, potholes, downed trees, flooded areas 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

Northwest corner of Blackfoot trail (known as J.J. trail) is closed due to beaver activity, flooding and major damage to bride.  Impassible.  

Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Partially Closed
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 Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
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 Closed
Wapiti South (from Central to Winter trail)
6.5 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
Wapiti North (from Winter to Blackfoot trail)
1.6 km

 

 

 

Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
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: June 23, 2020 | Print Report

  • The first kilometer of Blackfoot trail heading south from the staging area under deep water (depth unknown). Please be extra cautious.
  • A section of Blackfoot trail just west of Morningside trail is under deep water. 

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 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: June 23, 2020 | Print Report

SPRINGS trail (from Heron Hollow to Faraway) is closed due to flooding and beaver activity.

Heron Hollow trail is under deep water. Please be cautious.

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 and open water may be encountered from flooding. 
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • 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.
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

Closed between Heron Hollow to Faraway Trail due to flooding and beaver activity.

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Closed
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