From the parking lot in Cat Creek Recreation Area this easy family hiking trail starts at the north end of the turning loop. It soon crosses Hiway 40 (hold onto the kids hands) and gently climbs to a park bench from which affords a great view of the Highwood Valley and the peaks of the Great Divide. The trail wanders along over a low ridge the switchbacks down towards the creek. After crossing the old hiway by an old mine camp ( rest bench here too) you will cross the creek twice on two wooden bridges. Soon the trail ends in front of a beautiful little waterfall gushing through a gap into a high walled rock basin. Sit and enjoy your surroundings, it is very tranquil here. Combine this short walk and a picnic in one of Kananaskis Country's picturesque day use areas and come away relaxed and renewed.
From Highwood Junction, the corner of Hiways 40, 940 and 541, go west on Hiway 40 ~6 km and turn south into Cat Creek Recreation Area. Remember this stretch of Hiway 40 is closed from Dec. 01 to Jun. 15 every year.
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Posted By: saralumby
- Sun May 28 18:37:04 UTC 2017
UpsideExcellent for an easy and manicured trail to show off the beauty of Kananaskis. Round trip is 2-3 hours including a 30 minute stop at the waterfalls. DownsideWould be crowded very easily if there were more than a few groups at the falls. It is quite a small, contained area at the falls and nowhere else to go if it is crowded. CommentLovely hike to do with any out of towners who don't want to get sweaty. Great intro to hiking for young kids - first time I did this hike my youngest daughter was 3 - she was fine and we just took our time.
Posted By: eyeguy
- Wed Jul 23 16:54:56 UTC 2014
UpsideThis is a great Trail, it is an easy hike for all levels of fitness. With a nice prize at the end of the trail. the bridges crossing the river have been replaced after the the big flood of 2013 so you don't have to get your feet wet unless you choose to dip your feet in the pool at the bace of the falls. DownsideI don't see a downside to this trail Unless you are looking for a long day hike.
Posted By: Benhollins
- Mon Aug 15 16:04:21 UTC 2011
UpsideVery easy and relaxing walk through the forest and to the waterfall. we did this with our 3yr old and 5 yr old and both managed it very easily. lots of different wildflowers on the trail and excellent interpretive info boards. The waterfall is lovely and if brave enough jump in for a swim. Downside3kms in length return journey. CommentAfter the weekend previous with the kids doing a 12km walk they needed a small walk. the waterfall at the end is great just to relax and let all your stresses leave. worth the small hike and we plan on coming back to this one more than once
Posted By: ken1318
- Sun Jul 04 20:04:23 UTC 2010
UpsideVery easy walk with family, 40 minute for one way. Lots of wild flowers around the trail, nice little fall at the end. DownsideLong drive for the people who live in NW,NE of Calgary. People who live south of Calgary can get here through "Long view" CommentThis trail is far better than Heart creek. Trail begins from the "Cat Creek picnic area" parking lot(Inner one). No worries there's a sign on Highway 40
Posted By: longleggedhiker
- Sat May 08 03:25:10 UTC 2010
UpsideOne of the best interpretive trails in Kananaskis Country. It is of a decent length and is mainly in the shade, making it ideal for a hot summers day. And it takes you to a spectacular canyon and waterfall. DownsideCougars are in the area. CommentA hike to be combined with a picnic at Cat Creek on a lovley summers day. You can spend an hour sitting on the rocks in the cool canyon.