Kananaskis Country

Alberta Parks

Peter Lougheed

Updated: May 20, 2024

Updated: May 20, 2024 | Print Report

A Kananaskis Conservation Pass is required to park your vehicle in Kananaskis and the Bow Valley.

    Annual Road Closures:

    Highway 40: Closed Dec 1 - Jun 14, from Kananaskis Lakes Trail to Highwood House Junction.


    • Be aware of avalanche conditions. Current conditions can be found at Avalanche Canada.
    • Walking, snow-shoeing, and fat biking are not permitted on ski trails.
    • Dogs are not permitted on ski trails in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.
    • Practice wildlife safety. Travel in groups, make noise on the trail, and keep pets on leash. Carrying bear spray and knowing how to use it is highly recommended, even in winter.
    • It's tick season! Make sure to check you and your pets when you get home. For best protection, use a bug repellent with DEET.
    • Caution is advised for natural hazards such as downed trees. Please report any downed trees on the trails.
    • Be sure not to overestimate your ability when planning your trip: Humility can be a life saver. Plan for rapidly changing conditions and bring extra clothing.

    Snow Depths:

    Highwood Pass: 129cm

    Mud Lake: 68cm

    Burstall Pass: 143cm

    Aster Lake: 160cm


Trail Weather

Peter Lougheed
May 22 @ 09:30 AM 1 °C


Trail Name Permitted Activities (Legend) Length Status Keywords
1982 Canadian Mount Everest Expedition Interpretive
May 16th: Mainly snow covered. Downed trees removed.
Hiking 2.1 km Open Hiking
Bill Benson
May 16th: Mostly snow free. Downed trees removed. Blown clean of needles and debris.
Hiking 0.7 km one-way Open Hiking
Black Prince Cirque Interpretive
Note: The Blackshale Creek Suspension Bridge is NOT accessed on this trail.
Hiking 4.2 km Open Hiking
Burstall Pass
Note: Bikes permitted on first 2.9 km of trail ONLY.
Hiking Biking 7.4 km one-way Open Biking/Cycling,Hiking Duane
Chester Lake
Chester Lake: Closed May 1 - Jun 29 to allow area to dry and prevent damage to trail.
Hiking Biking 4.6 km one-way Closed Biking/Cycling,Hiking
Elbow Lake
Warning: No vehicle access via HWY 40, Dec 1 - Jun 14. Tombstone Backcountry and Equestrian Backcountry Campground: Closed Dec 1 - Jun 14. Elbow Lake Backcountry Campground: Closed Dec 1 - Jun 14.
Hiking Biking Horseback Riding - Equestrian 1.4 km one-way Warning Biking/Cycling,Hiking,Horseback Riding
Elk Pass
May 6th: Snow covered, deep at higher elevations. Summer sign change over in progress.
Hiking Biking 5.6 km Open Biking/Cycling,Hiking
Highwood Meadows
Warning: No vehicle access via HWY 40, Dec 1 - Jun 14.
Hiking 0.6 km one-way Warning Hiking
Kananaskis Canyon Interpretive
Closure: Stream crossings washed away by penstock/dam construction. Trail is impassable and is closed indefinitely.
Hiking 0.8 km Closed Hiking
April 12th: Mainly snow covered.
Hiking Biking 1.7 km Open Biking/Cycling,Hiking
Lower Lake
May 15th: A few snow patches. Sign changeover complete.
Hiking 3.5 km one-way Open Hiking Duane
Lower Lake Interpretive
May 15th: A few snow patches. Sign changeover complete.
Hiking 0.5 km one-way Open Hiking
Marl Lake Interpretive
May 16th: Some snow and ice patches. Downed trees removed.
Hiking 1.5 km for loop Open Hiking
Note: This trail has been redirected just west of Forks for access to Turbine Canyon. Turbine Canyon Backcountry Campground: Closed Dec 1 - Jun 23.
Hiking 7.5 km Open Hiking
May 14th: A few patches of snow.
Hiking 0.4 km Open Hiking
Peter Lougheed Paved
May 17th: Mainly bare, but many patches of snow and ice.
Hiking Biking 12.1 km one-way Open Biking/Cycling,Hiking
April 27th: A mix of snow, ice and bare at the North end to deep snow at the South end. Sign changeover in progress.  
Hiking Biking 9.9 km one-way Open Biking/Cycling,Hiking
Ptarmigan Cirque Interpretive
Warning: No vehicle access via HWY 40, Dec 1 - Jun 14.
Hiking 4.5 km Warning Hiking
Rawson Lake
Hiking 3.9 km one-way Open Hiking
Rock Glacier Interpretive
Warning: No vehicle access via HWY 40, Dec 1 - Jun 14.
Hiking 0.15 km one-way Warning Hiking
May 13th: Snow free. Downed trees removed.
Hiking 0.5 km Open Hiking
Three Isle Lake
Note: Bikes only permitted to Invincible Creek, 3.8 km from trailhead Forks Backcountry Campground: Closed Dec 1 - Jun 14. Three Isle Lake Backcountry Campground: Closed Dec 1 - Jun 23.    
Hiking Biking 10.2 km Open Biking/Cycling,Hiking
Upper Lake
May 16th: Observed only from Interlakes Parking to Point Campground Junction. Some snow and ice patches. Point Campground is about 30% snow and ice covered, up to 30cm's, including trails, with 15 of 20 tent pads fully or mainly snow free. Group gathering areas are snow free with snow covered trails to one. Fires are permitted in designated Steel firepits and campground is stocked with wood; collecting and/or burning forest deadwood is not permitted.
Hiking Biking 15.7 km Open Biking/Cycling,Hiking
Whiskey Jack
April 23rd: Mainly snow covered. Sign changeover complete. 
Hiking Biking 3.9 km one-way Open Biking/Cycling,Hiking
William Watson Lodge Access
May 16th: Mainly bare.
Hiking Biking 0.6 km one-way Open Biking/Cycling,Hiking,Skiing Cross Country Skiing, XC