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.

  • Not all trails are 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 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.

Updated: July 13, 2020 | Print Report

Trails are water logged and unmaintained.  Use is at your own risk.

EQUESTRIAN NOTES:

  • BLACKFOOT TRAIL is closed to equestrian use to preserve the trail base in these wet conditions.
  • Equestrian use restricted to the following locations:
    • CENTRAL ALLEYWAY (Note - there is an exposed culvert at the intersection of Winter trail and Central Alleyway
    • N.U.L. ROADS
    • OPEN PASUTRES/FIELDS

CLOSURES:

JJ TRAIL

LOST LAKE TRAIL
GROUSE TRAIL
DETOUR TRAIL
DON'S WAY
LOST LAKE (Arrowhead Lake to Meadow Shelter)

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
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 bride.  Impassible.

Entire trail closed to Equestrian use.

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

Central Alleyway and Winter Junction has an exposed culvert.  Be cautious.

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Electric Bicycles Warning
Cutoff
0.4 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
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
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

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

OPEN and DRY from Islet Lake Staging Area to Porcupine

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

 

 

 

Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
Waskehegan North (from Central Alleyway to Blackfoot Trail)
1.2 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open / Dry
Waskehegan South (Central Alleyway to Lost Lake Trail)
1.8 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open / Dry
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: July 13, 2020 | Print Report

Trails are driest and mowed in this section, though some sections remain water logged and unmaintained.  Use is at your own risk.

CLOSURES:

WAPITI TRAIL 
TIE-IN 
LOST LAKE (arrowhead Lake to Meadow Shelter)

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

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

OPEN and DRY from Islet Lake Staging Area to Porcupine

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Partially Closed
Middle
1.3 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open / Dry
Moose Link
2.4 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 / Dry

Updated: July 13, 2020 | Print Report

Trails are water logged and unmaintained.  Use is at your own risk.

CLOSURES:

TIE-IN 

Equestrian notes:

  • All trails CLOSED to equestrian use, with the exception of:
    • CENTRAL ALLEYWAY (Note - there is an exposed culvert at the intersection of Winter trail and 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
Beaver
3.3 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
Central Alleyway
15.2 km

Central Alleyway and Winter Junction has an exposed culvert.  Be cautious.

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Electric Bicycles Warning
Cutoff
0.4 km Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Open
Long Run
26 Km

Closed due to extreme flooding.

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Dog Sledding Skijoring Closed
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 Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Open
N.U.L. North
4.0 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Snowshoeing FatBiking Open
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
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

Updated: July 13, 2020 | Print Report

Blackfoot Staging Area is CLOSED to all access. 

  • All trails are closed due to excess flooding and damage.
  • Range Road 195 is also closed to traffic due to construction.
Trail Length Comments Summer Winter Status
Blackfoot East (from Blackfoot Lake Staging to Round Up trail)
11.2 Km

Closed due to extreme flooding.

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

Entire trail closed to Equestrian use.

Hiking - Front Country Equestrian Trail Running Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) Partially Closed
Buck Run
2.0 km

Closed due to extreme flooding.

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Dog Sledding Skijoring Closed
Central Alleyway
15.2 km

Central Alleyway and Winter Junction has an exposed culvert.  Be cautious.

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

Closed due to extreme flooding.

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Dog Sledding Skijoring Closed
Faraway East
6.2 km

Closed due to extreme flooding.

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

Closed due to extreme flooding.

Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Dog Sledding Skijoring Closed
Heron Hollow
2.5 km

Closed due to extreme flooding.

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Closed
Long Run
26 Km

Closed due to extreme flooding.

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

Closed due to extreme flooding.

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

Closed due to extreme flooding.

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Dog Sledding Skijoring Closed
N.U.L. East
4.5 km 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

Closed due to extreme flooding.

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Dog Sledding Skijoring Closed
Siksika
5.8 km Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Cross Country Skiing Open
Springs
2.0 km

Closed due to extreme flooding.

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

Closed due to extreme flooding.

Hiking - Front Country Mtn. Biking/Cycling Equestrian Trail Running Cross Country Skiing Snowshoeing Hiking - Front Country (Winter) FatBiking Dog Sledding Skijoring Closed
Whitetail
3.1 km

Closed due to extreme flooding.

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