Trail Conditions and Closures

Trail conditions and closures are monitored by the GDTA but much of this information is crowd-sourced and depends on trail user contributions. Please report trail conditions via email.

July 11, 2024

Expect hot temperatures to continue this week and into the weekend. Valley bottom and lower elevation trails are bare with some muddy sections. Snow is melting quickly with the warm weather but snow patches remain on trails at higher elevation, particularly on the north-facing slopes of passes. Snow melt creates muddy trail conditions so plan for variable conditions. Trail maintenance crews are out so please be mindful when hiking past, and say hello! 

TRAIL CLOSURES AND NOTICES:  

  • WILDFIRES and FIRE BANS: There are no closures due to wildfire but fire bans or restrictions exist throughout BC and Alberta, covering all of the GDT. Please be fire smart on the trail this summer and ensure you follow the rules.
  • CREEKS: Rapid snow melt during this time of year results in high water levels and potentially dangerous creek crossings, particularly later in the day. Attempt to ford larger creeks early in the day when water levels are lowest.
  • CLOSURE – Mount Robson Provincial Park: Portions of the Berg Lake Trail will remain closed for repairs during the 2024 season, eliminating access to or from the GDT. Kinney Lake and Whitehorn campgrounds will be open for reservations on a four-month rolling window, accessed only from the Kinney Lake trailhead near Highway 16. Mount Robson Visitor Centre has temporarily suspended its resupply package service. The Moose River Trail is open, giving GDT Hikers 4 options to use as the GDT northern terminus other than the Berg Lake Trail:   
    1. Jasper   
    2. Moose River   
    3. Blueberry   
    4. Kakwa
  • CLOSURE – Collie Creek Alternate Route: A new log bridge across the Blaeberry River near Cairnes Creek Rec Site was built last month (June 2024), restoring access to the Collie Creek Trail on the east side of the Blaeberry River. The logs have been ratchet strapped together and two overhead tensioned grab ropes have been installed, but hikers should use this bridge at their own risk. The main route of the GDT via Ensign Creek Road to Cairnes Creek remains open and accessible.
  • DELAYED OPENING – Peter Lougheed Provincial Park: Due to late snow fall this season, Three Isle Lake, Turbine Canyon and Aster Lake backcountry campgrounds will open July 12, 2024.
  • CLOSURE – Egypt Lake and Bryant Creek shelters are closed until further notice due to construction.
  • BEARS: Bears are out and about so be bear aware on the trails, make noise and carry bear spray.

ACCESS: 

  • Kananaskis Conservation Pass will be required for all vehicles visiting Kananaskis Country and provincial sites in the Bow Valley Corridor. The pass is not required for people arriving without a vehicle on foot, horseback or bicycle.
  • BC Parks lists Walker Creek FSR as closed at km 37 due to unsafe road conditions, but the road remains accessible beyond that point for those with high clearance 4WD vehicles willing to drive the very rough and overgrown road all the way to from the Bastille Creek trailhead.
  • For more information, check out Alberta 511 and Drive BC.

National and Provincial Park Trail Conditions:

Banff National Park
Jasper National Park Submit a Jasper trail condition report
Kootenay National Park
Waterton Lakes National Park
Yoho National Park

Akamina‐Kishinena Provincial Park
Castle Wildland Provincial Park
Castle Provincial Park
Elk Lakes Provincial Park
Height of the Rockies Provincial Park
Kakwa Provincial Park
Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park
Mount Robson Provincial Park
Peter Lougheed Provincial Park

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