Albertawow

Fossil Falls Hike

  Ratings:    Ratings 4 Star
Level: Difficult Time/Dist: 6 to 8 hours / 18K return Elevation Gain: 647m

Trailhead: Park at the Upper Kananaskis Lake parking lot located in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park 170 kms west of Calgary.

Description: This and unofficial unmarked trail that can be found near the south east end of Hidden Lake. See the Hidden Lake page for directions to Hidden Lake. Once you reach Hidden Lake work your way towards the south east corner of the lake looking for two large leaning spruce trees forming what looks like a tall pointed arch over a well worn trail. This is the trail that leads to Fossil Falls and Aster Lake. This trail is a real grind and not much better than a bushwhack. Its unrelenting with mud, steep slopes and several obstacles. Continue up the trail for an hour or so until you arrive at tree line. From here the trail forks left towards the headwall below Aster Lake and right towards Fossil Falls. Views of Fossil Falls, Hidden Lake, Upper Kananaskis Lake and Mount Invincible are unforgettable. You can now clearly hear the sound of the waterfall and see the mist rising around it's base. This is a nice spot to stop for lunch. You can reach the base of the falls by working your way left along the talus slope.

Near Here: Local campgrounds include Boulton Creek, Lower Kananaskis Lake, Interlake's, Canyon Creek, Elkwood, Mount Sarrail, and Mount Kidd. Trailheads to Elbow Lake, Elbow Lake to Elbow Loop, Hidden Lake, Kananaskis Fire Lookout, Ptarmigan Cirque, Tombstone Lakes, Mount Lipsett, Robertson Glacier and Rawson Lake are all located near here. You are in bear country.


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