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: September 09, 2021 | Print Report

Fire Hazard is High - The fire danger rating has increased. Fire permits may be restricted. Safe campfires are allowed in campgrounds, day use and backcountry areas, but this level is a warning they may be restricted if the situation doesn’t improve. For more information visit Alberta Fire Bans

Trails have wet, muddy, and dry sections. Proceed with caution.

  • Conditions may change quickly with weather conditions.

CLOSURES:

JJ TRAIL - Flooded 

WAPITI TRAIL - Flooded

GROUSE TRAIL - Flooded

General Information:

  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • Please leave all gates how you find them.
  • Potable water is NOT available at staging areas.
  • Be aware of wildlife in the area, for more information click Here
  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk. Obey all signage 
  • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, potholes, downed trees, flooded areas and open water may be encountered from flooding.
  • Discharge Firearms Permit are obtained online, for more information click Here

Winter Information:

  • Snowshoeing, dogs, and bikes are not permitted on trails that are double-track set in winter.
  • 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.
Trail Length Comments Summer Winter Status
Baker Springs
1.2 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing 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 bridge.  Impassible.

Blackfoot west between Wapiti and Baker Springs has flooding on trail and at the approach just before the bridge. 

Please note, there is an exposed culvert with a beaver trench running on side it. Still passible proceed with caution.

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
Central Alleyway
15.2 km

A section of the alleyway between Winter Trail and Wapiti Trail is wet and underwater due to a nearby spring.  Proceed with caution.

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Electric Bicycles Warning / Wet
Cutoff
0.4 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
Detour
2.1 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open
Don's Way
3.2 km

Some sections, may still be wet. 

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open
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 beaver activity and flooding. Section impassible. 

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Closed
Hare
0.9 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Warning / Wet
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
Lost Lake
14.9 km

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

 

 

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Warning / Wet
Meadow
0.8 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
North
3.5 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
Running Dog
3.0 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
Spruce Hollow
2.7 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open
Swan
0.5 km

Trail is wet and muddy due to beaver action and flooding

Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Warning / Wet
Wanisan
4.0 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open
Wapiti North (from Winter to Blackfoot trail)
1.6 km

Closed due to flooding

Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) 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
Waskehegan South (Central Alleyway to Lost Lake Trail)
1.8 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing 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
Winter South (from Lost Lake trail to Central Alleyway)
2.4 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open

Updated: September 09, 2021 | Print Report

Fire Hazard is High - The fire danger rating has increased. Fire permits may be restricted. Safe campfires are allowed in campgrounds, day use and backcountry areas, but this level is a warning they may be restricted if the situation doesn’t improve. For more information visit Alberta Fire Bans

Trails have wet, muddy, and dry sections. Proceed with caution.

General Information:

  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • Please leave all gates how you find them.
  • Potable water is NOT available at staging areas.
  • Be aware of wildlife in the area, for more information click Here
  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk. Obey all signage 
  • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, potholes, downed trees, flooded areas and open water may be encountered from flooding.
  • Discharge Firearms Permit are obtained online, for more information click Here

Lake Information:

  • Help prevent the spread of aquatic species click Here
  • Clean, Drain, Dry your gear click Here
  • Blue Green Algae Advisories click Here

Snowmobiling:

  • All snowmobiling access is closed
  • 30 cm of snow base required to open access
Trail Length Comments Summer Winter Status
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 flood covered and there is beaver trenching between Arrowhead Lake and Meadow Shelter.

 

 

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Warning / Wet
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
N.U.L. North
4.0 km

Beaver Trench and Flooding 

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Snowshoeing FatBiking Warning / Wet
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
Winter South (from Lost Lake trail to Central Alleyway)
2.4 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open

Updated: September 09, 2021 | Print Report

Fire Hazard is High - The fire danger rating has increased. Fire permits may be restricted. Safe campfires are allowed in campgrounds, day use and backcountry areas, but this level is a warning they may be restricted if the situation doesn’t improve. For more information visit Alberta Fire Bans

Trails have wet, muddy, and dry sections. Proceed with caution.

CLOSURES:

A section of BEAVER TRAIL, between WAPITI and ROUND UP is closed.

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

Equestrian notes:

  • No equestrian use annually from December 1- March 31 from Blackfoot Staging Area

General Information:

  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • Please leave all gates how you find them.
  • Potable water is NOT available at staging areas.
  • Be aware of wildlife in the area, for more information click Here
  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk. Obey all signage 
  • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, potholes, downed trees, flooded areas and open water may be encountered from flooding.
  • Discharge Firearms Permit are obtained online, for more information click Here

Winter Information:

  • Snowshoeing, dogs, and bikes are not permitted on trails that are double-track set in winter.
  • 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.
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

Section closed between Wapiti and Round Up trails

 

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Partially Closed
Central Alleyway
15.2 km

A section of the alleyway between Winter Trail and Wapiti Trail is wet and underwater due to a nearby spring.  Proceed with caution.

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Electric Bicycles Warning / Wet
Cutoff
0.4 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) 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
N.U.L. East
4.5 km

maybe wet during rainy season 

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Open
N.U.L. North
4.0 km

Beaver Trench and Flooding 

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Snowshoeing FatBiking Warning / Wet
N.U.L. West
2.9 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) 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

Trail is wet and muddy due to beaver action and flooding

Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Warning / Wet
Tie-In
1.0 km

Closed due to flooding 

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Closed
Wapiti South (from Central to Winter trail)
6.5 km

Trail is not passable south of the winter/wapiti intersection thru to central alleyway intersection. 

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

Updated: September 09, 2021 | Print Report

Fire Hazard is High - The fire danger rating has increased. Fire permits may be restricted. Safe campfires are allowed in campgrounds, day use and backcountry areas, but this level is a warning they may be restricted if the situation doesn’t improve. For more information visit Alberta Fire Bans

Trails have wet, muddy, and dry sections. Proceed with caution.

CLOSURES:

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

Closures:

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.

  • 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.

General Information:

  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions.
  • Please leave all gates how you find them.
  • Potable water is NOT available at staging areas.
  • Be aware of wildlife in the area, for more information click Here
  • Crossing any hazardous area is entirely at your own risk. Obey all signage 
  • Be aware of natural hazards such as rocks, potholes, downed trees, flooded areas and open water may be encountered from flooding.
  • Discharge Firearms Permit are obtained online, for more information click Here

Winter Information:

  • Snowshoeing, dogs, and bikes are not permitted on trails that are double-track set in winter.
  • 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.
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
Central Alleyway
15.2 km

A section of the alleyway between Winter Trail and Wapiti Trail is wet and underwater due to a nearby spring.  Proceed with caution.

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Electric Bicycles Warning / Wet
Elkhorn
1.6 km

Closed between Norris Ridge and Springs 

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

Closed due to extreme flooding.

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Closed
Gas Line
0.3 km

Trail Under water 

Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Dog Sledding Skijoring 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
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
N.U.L. East
4.5 km

maybe wet during rainy season 

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Open
N.U.L. West
2.9 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
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
Springs
2.0 km

Closed due to extreme flooding along northside fencing 

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Closed
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
Whitetail
3.1 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open