Memorial Lakes, Kananaskis

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Memorial Lakes, Kananaskis

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Trail descriptions

A link to the trail description

A link to the hiking with Barry post 

Time

The return trip took about 5.5 hours to the lower lake. We started late in the day and turned at this point and regret it a little. The 5.5 hours was with breaks and route finding so took longer than most trail guides would suggest. I would guess you should add at least another 1.5 - 2 hours return to get to the other lakes (middle and upper). Although it really does look spectacular.

Dog

We had to throw the dog over a river stream as she could not get across, it was raging...so we would probably not take her next time especially if we wanted to make it to the top lake scramble.

Getting there

The trail stems off of the Ribbon Falls trail which has a nice big parking lot. Take the exit towards Nakiska from the 40, then take Centennial Drive and then Ribbon Creek Rd. It should be relatively easy to find. Then when parked follow the ribbon creek trail for about 1.2 hours...?...We did this hike Saturday May 7th 2016. It was a warm, dry day.

My trail description

A nice hike but difficult to find the route. The trail was washed out in 2013 and while they have fixed the trail along Ribbon Falls when you turn off to Memorial Lakes you are not on a maintained trail anymore.

Someone has tied some helpful ribbons on trees that generally show you where to bush beat the trail when needed...I have to say if you are not trying to find the trail you are clearing the trail of spiders. Chris got a facefull of spiders. He is my absolute hero.

It is a beautiful hike but the trail is rough and it is isolated so we would not be surprised if there were bears although we did not see any. For visitors this would be a rough introduction although it is very isolated and that certainly has its appeal.

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