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Updated: May 16, 2018

Bow Valley Trail Report

Trail Maps

Updated: May 16, 2018 | Print Report

Trails in the Bow Valley are drying out nicely, particularly at the lower elevations of Bow Valley Provincial Park and on south facing slopes. Higher elevation trails still hold significant snow in shaded areas.  Trail conditions are a mix of dry and wet, with ice and snow patches. Traction aids are highly recommended at this time of year.

Area Seasonal Closures:

  1. Wind Ridge: Closed December 1 to June 15
  2. Pigeon Mountain: Closed December 1 to June 15
  3. Mt. Allan/Centennial Ridge Trail: Closed April 1 to June 21
  4. Stoney Trail: Section closed April 15 to June 15
  5. Jewell Bay Backcountry Campground: Closed April 15 to June 15


  1. Be wildlife aware! Bears are coming out of hibernation, and bear spray is highly recommended. See the Wildlife Safety page for more information.
  2. Ticks are beginning to come out for the season. Wearing a hat, plus covering up with long-sleeved shirts and long pants while recreating in grassy or wooded areas is recommended. Check for ticks once you are off the trail. Further information on how to avoid and remove ticks can be found on the MyHealth.Alberta website.
  3. If you are unaware of which trails have avalanche risk, please call the Kananaskis Information Line at 403-678-0760.
    Daily avalanche forecasts are available on the Avalanche Canada website.
Trail Name
Permitted Activities
Centennial Ridge
Note Seasonal closure for protection of bighorn sheep during sensitive birthing period. Bridge damaged - A stream ford is required across Wind Creek which is located on the northern end of Centennial Ridge Trail out of the Wind Valley Day Use.



Grotto Creek Canyon
Note Thick ice still remains on some areas of the canyon. Warmer spring conditions can cause melting and rapid rising of water levels creating potentially dangerous conditions.


Note Seasonal closure from Jewel Bay backcountry Campground south to Evan-Thomas Provincial Recreation boundary (April 15 - June 15)

Partially Closed

Windy Point
Note Bridge damaged - Stream ford is required.


Note Yamnuska Trail is only maintained for the first 1.0 km and requires significant route finding skills beyond.