Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area

Alberta Parks

Trail Report

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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 respectively.

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 30, 2022 | Print Report

Fields are currently open, if you come across a gate that is closed with a chain and lock please do not enter. 

Trail conditions are mostly snow covered, some may still be wet and muddy and have areas underwater. Trees and debris maybe on some on trails. Use Caution while on trail system.

Cross Country ski grooming will take place in the early morning hours on Dec 1, 2022. Yay for snow!!  

* Notice * Trail maintenance will be occurring on our trail systems throughout the season, please be mindful of large equipment on trails and roadways. 

CLOSURES:

JJ TRAIL - Flooded 

WAPITI TRAIL - Flooded

General Information:

    • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
    • Trail Conditions may change quickly with weather conditions. Be prepared, bring extra water and snacks.
    • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk. Obey all signage.
    • Please leave all gates how you find them to prevent cattle from wandering.
    • Potable water is NOT available at staging areas.
    • Be aware of wildlife in the area. Before you go, check out our few simple tips for safety around wildlife.
    • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, potholes, downed trees, flooded areas and open water may be encountered from flooding.
    • Hunting takes place year round by First Nations and our open hunting season is for the month of November. Be sure to read the current Alberta Hunting Regulations for more information.
    • A Firearms Discharge Permit can be obtained online.

Winter Information:

    • Snowshoeing, dogs, biking and hiking are not permitted on trails that are double-track set in winter.
    • If walking or jogging on SINGLE TRACK SET 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.
    • Snowmobiling: All snowmobiling access is closed, 30 cm of snow base required to open access.
Trail Length Comments Summer Winter Status
Detour
2.1 km

Beaver Dam creating a wet spot, maybe impassable 

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Warning / Wet
Don's Way
3.2 km

There are two wet spots along the trail. It is still passable, one spot is deeper than it looks with beaver trenching.

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Warning
Ed's Way
2.0 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Flattail
0.4 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Grouse
1.2 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Hare
0.9 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Highline
3.1 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Lost Lake
14.9 km

Flooding and wet spots all along trail. Grass maybe tall in sections. 

Beaver trenching is at the bottom of the hill between Wanisan and Detour. Proceed slowly and with caution. 

Another large wet and muddy spot is located between Hare and Wanisan 

 

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

Updated: November 30, 2022 | Print Report

Fields are currently open, if you come across a gate that is closed with a chain and lock please do not enter. 

Trail conditions are mostly snow covered, some may still be wet and muddy and have areas underwater. Trees and debris maybe on some on trails. Use Caution while on trail system.

Cross Country ski grooming will take place in the early morning hours on Dec 1, 2022. Yay for snow!!  

* Notice * Trail maintenance will be occurring on our trail systems throughout the season, please be mindful of large equipment on trails and roadways. 

General Information:

      • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
      • Trail Conditions may change quickly with weather conditions. Be prepared, bring extra water and snacks.
      • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk. Obey all signage.
      • Please leave all gates how you find them to prevent cattle from wandering.
      • Potable water is NOT available at staging areas.
      • Be aware of wildlife in the area. Before you go, check out our few simple tips for safety around wildlife.
      • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, potholes, downed trees, flooded areas and open water may be encountered from flooding.
      • Hunting takes place year round by First Nations and our open hunting season is for the month of November. Be sure to read the current Alberta Hunting Regulations for more information.
      • A Firearms Discharge Permit can be obtained online.

Winter Information:

    • Snowshoeing, dogs, biking and hiking are not permitted on trails that are double-track set in winter.
    • If walking or jogging on SINGLE TRACK SET 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.
    • Snowmobiling: All snowmobiling access is closed, 30 cm of snow base required to open access.
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 had deep water, may be muddy and slippery. Cross only at your own risk - in summer

With recent rains, expect trail conditions to be wet with some deep puddles around geese and bog area. 

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 Equestrian Trail Running Skate Skiing 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 Skate Skiing Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Dog Sledding Skijoring Open
Faraway East
6.2 km

Some gates along the east fence line maybe locked when cattle are grazing in the fields. Use caution while travelling in this fields. 

Grass is long in certain locations along the east fence line. 

Please note: The stove inside Faraway Shelter is currently unavailable. The outside firepit is still accessible. 

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Skate Skiing Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Dog Sledding Skijoring Warning
Gas Line
0.3 km

 

Winter Use Trail Only - under water in summer 

Hiking - Front Country Trail Running Skate Skiing Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Dog Sledding Skijoring Warning
Morningside
2.1 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Skate Skiing Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Dog Sledding Skijoring Open
Muskrat
1.1 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Skate Skiing 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 Skate Skiing 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 Skate Skiing Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Dog Sledding Skijoring Open

Updated: November 30, 2022 | Print Report

Fields are currently open, if you come across a gate that is closed with a chain and lock please do not enter. 

Trail conditions are mostly snow covered, some may still be wet and muddy and have areas underwater. Trees and debris maybe on some on trails. Use Caution while on trail system.

Cross Country ski grooming will take place in the early morning hours on Dec 1, 2022. Yay for snow!!  

* Notice * Trail maintenance will be occurring on our trail systems throughout the season, please be mindful of large equipment on trails and roadways. 

CLOSURES:

A section of BEAVER TRAIL, between WAPITI and ROUND UP under repair - proceed with caution.

General Information:

      • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
      • Trail Conditions may change quickly with weather conditions. Be prepared, bring extra water and snacks.
      • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk. Obey all signage.
      • Please leave all gates how you find them to prevent cattle from wandering.
      • Potable water is NOT available at staging areas.
      • Be aware of wildlife in the area. Before you go, check out our few simple tips for safety around wildlife.
      • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, potholes, downed trees, flooded areas and open water may be encountered from flooding.
      • Hunting takes place year round by First Nations and our open hunting season is for the month of November. Be sure to read the current Alberta Hunting Regulations for more information.
      • A Firearms Discharge Permit can be obtained online.

The BLACKFOOT staging area is CLOSED seasonally to all equestrian use from December 1- March 31 

Winter Information:

    • Snowshoeing, dogs, biking and hiking are not permitted on trails that are double-track set in winter.
    • If walking or jogging on SINGLE TRACK SET 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.
    • 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

Expect trail conditions to be wet with some deep puddles.  

Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Warning / Wet
Beaver
3.3 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing 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 bridge.  Impassible.

The Section from Waskehegan and east of JJ intersection all the way to dynamite lodge is open and cleared.

Caution - wagons and sleighs not recommended on the portion of trail heading north from the staging area along the inner east trail heading toward the the north park boundary. Trail can be narrow and steep. 

 

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 Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Open
Round Up
5.2 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Open
Running Dog
3.0 km

Running Dog Trail west, heading towards the shelter has a large puddle/pond forming. Please use caution and cross at your own risk. 

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

Partially Closed due to flooding in the summer 

Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Warning
Winter North (from Central Alleyway to Wapiti trail)
1.2 Km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open

Updated: November 30, 2022 | Print Report

Fields are currently open, if you come across a gate that is closed with a chain and lock please do not enter. 

Trail conditions are mostly snow covered, some may still be wet and muddy and have areas underwater. Trees and debris maybe on some on trails. Use Caution while on trail system.

Cross Country ski grooming will take place in the early morning hours on Dec 1, 2022. Yay for snow!!  

* Notice * Trail maintenance will be occurring on our trail systems throughout the season, please be mindful of large equipment on trails and roadways. 

CLOSURES:

  • The BLACKFOOT staging area is CLOSED seasonally to all equestrian use from December 1- March 31.
  • Springs and Norris Trail is closed due to flooding 

OTHER NOTES:

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.

General Information:

      • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
      • Trail Conditions may change quickly with weather conditions. Be prepared, bring extra water and snacks.
      • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk. Obey all signage.
      • Please leave all gates how you find them to prevent cattle from wandering.
      • Potable water is NOT available at staging areas.
      • Be aware of wildlife in the area. Before you go, check out our few simple tips for safety around wildlife.
      • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, potholes, downed trees, flooded areas and open water may be encountered from flooding.
      • Hunting takes place year round by First Nations and our open hunting season is for the month of November. Be sure to read the current Alberta Hunting Regulations for more information.
      • A Firearms Discharge Permit can be obtained online.

Winter Information:

    • Snowshoeing, dogs, biking and hiking are not permitted on trails that are double-track set in winter.
    • If walking or jogging on SINGLE TRACK SET 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.
    • Snowmobiling: All snowmobiling access is closed, 30 cm of snow base required to open access.
Trail Length Comments Summer Winter Status
Faraway West
1.3 Km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Heron Hollow
2.5 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
Long Run
26 Km

Winter Trail Only

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Skate Skiing Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Dog Sledding Skijoring Warning
N.U.L. Cycling Connector
2.7 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Open
Norris Ridge
1.5 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Open
North
3.5 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
Springs
2.0 km

Short Section Closed due to extreme flooding along northside fencing - bridge under water, can go around in winter.

 

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