Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area

Alberta Parks

Trail Report

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SKI TRAIL GROOMING WILL NOT BEGIN UNTIL EARLY DECEMBER WHEN HUNTING SEASON IS OVER.  PACKING WILL OCCUR BUT TRACK WILL NOT BE SET.

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 a 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 in the winter season, 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.

During the summer, you can view the trail sections by staging area.

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

Maps: Winter Trails Map | Live Grooming Trail Report | Summer Trails Map

Updated: November 12, 2020 | Print Report

Snow packing to begin the week of November 9, 2020.  Ski trails will not be track set until hunting season is complete, in early December.

CLOSURES:

JJ TRAIL
GROUSE TRAIL
DON'S WAY
WAPITI TRAIL 

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

May be some sections that are flooded/ice covered and there is beaver trenching between Arrowhead Lake and Meadow Shelter.

 

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open
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: November 12, 2020 | Print Report

CLOSURES:

None

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.

The rest of the trail in the northwest, to Field 6A is open.

 

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

Trail is not passable beyond the 6th km from Central Staging Area.

Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Warning
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

This section of trail unmaintained.

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Warning

Updated: November 12, 2020 | Print Report

Wapiti trail is unpassable beyond the 6th km due to flooding.

CLOSURES:

TIE-IN

Equestrian notes:

  • All equestrian trails from Central staging area CLOSED to equestrian use, with the exception of:
    • CENTRAL ALLEYWAY 
    • N.U.L. ROADS
    • OPEN PASUTRES/FIELDS

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
Blackfoot East (from Blackfoot Lake Staging to Round Up trail)
11.2 Km

Section of trail starting at staging area has deep water.  Cross only at your own risk.

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Dog Sledding Skijoring Warning / Wet
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

Use caution at start of trail from Blackfoot Staging area.  Deep swamp may be difficult to pass through.

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: November 12, 2020 | Print Report

Lamont County has restricted traffic along the main access road - range road 195 - from HWY 16 south to Blackfoot Staging Area. County ban information can be found HERE.

  • The staging area will remain open for access and use but will be closed to heavy truck and trailer access.
  • A 50% weight restriction has been placed on the road. This means smaller passenger vehicles are permitted, however heavy trucks & horse trailers are not permitted on RGE RD 195.
Trail Length Comments Summer Winter Status
Faraway West
1.3 Km

Closed due to extreme flooding.

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

Closed due to extreme flooding.

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Closed
North
3.5 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
Springs
2.0 km

Closed due to extreme flooding.

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Closed
Waskehegan North (from Central Alleyway to Blackfoot Trail)
1.2 km

Culvert at Dynamite lodge recently replaced.  Proceed with caution as ground is soft.

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