Hike the Aster Lake Trail in Kananaskis Provincial Park

Rate this Adventure Aster Lake Trailhead, Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada

  • Activities:

    Hiking, Rock Climbing

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    7.5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    1969 Feet

Lake
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

In hiking like life, goodness comes with hard work. The Aster Lake trail in Kananaskis Provincial Park, has it all, waterfalls, spectacular alpine scenery and a gem of a lake.

A long day hike or perfect backpack trip, this alpine lake surrounded by high peaks, starts out relatively easy from the upper Kananaskis Lake parking lot, at the far end of the south side of the lake, with a short tour around the east side of Hidden Lake, you start, what at some points will seem like an endless climb. As the sweat drops clear, you are constantly rewarded with some of the coolest scenery in the Canadian Rockies, from massive Fossil Falls, to views back across upper Kananaskis Lake, peaks jutting above you, nature amazes in all directions, given the steep cliffs and scree though, don’t gaze too long as this is a trail you need to keep your eyes on.

Reaching the alpine meadow and outlet of the lake provides more waterfall time and the perfect picnic spot or that coveted cool dip. Scrambling beckons with access to the ridge via the Northover Traverse trail or venture up the valley for views of one of the highest peaks in the Southern Canadian Rockies, Mt Joffre. 

Pack List

  • MSR Guardian water filtration system – hot, up-hill grind, you will want water from creeks
  • Camera
  • Mid-volume pack for extra room – day hike extra room for additional snacks/food
  • If plan to backpack – remember to pre-book your backcountry campsite with Alberta Parks
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