Great hike early or lake in the season. Very popular with mountain bikers. Park at the Barrier Lake Picnic area and cross the causeway to the trailhead.
Within a kilometer you will reach an intersection in the trail. Heading left will take you along the lake at low elevations. Veering right into the trees will take to up the mountain quickly and keep you at a high elevation for most to the hike. This is my preferred route.
Highway 1 West to Kananaskis exit. Highway 40 to Barrier lake parking lot.
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Posted By: ChrisMarry
- Mon Nov 23 16:42:15 UTC 2015
UpsideIncredible views in winter conditions for a mostly easy ascent. DownsideCrowded up to the Lookout, quiet on the ridge and down. CommentEdwards Rating: I (II) M S
4 to 6 hours
Elevation of 648 m NET, 801 m TOT & max 2023 m
Perfect early/late season or winter hike
We probably wouldnâ??t have enjoyed that hike as much in the summer, but it was absolutely stunning with that fresh snow in Mid-November and still quite easy overall. Once we reached the Lookout, we went back down to Prairie View and from there left the official trails to bushwhack on the ridge staying close to the cliff all the way up and down until we could start bushwhacking down after a crest that makes the end of the cliff facing Barrier Lake. It makes it a little more interesting and more of an easy off-route scrambling that way and bushwhacking in the snow was easy and fun most of the time actually.