K Country Hiking

K CountryCalgary is a hub for some amazing hiking and summertime is the perfect time for going out and seeing a number of trails. Last weekend, a group of us headed out to Kananaskis Country, a hidden little gem on the way to Banff that apparently is what locals head to when they want some piece and quiet from all the international visitors. Locals often refer to it by its abbreviated name “K Country”.

K CountryOur goal that day was only a small 6km hike, although predominantly an uphill/downhill hike where we’d leave a lake at the bottom, only to reach a smaller lake at the top of the mountains. We were so high, that even in the middle of July, we still saw some snow covering some of the mountain side. Fortunately the weather fluctuated between relatively cool temperatures, to much cooler at the top, making the hike that much more enjoyable. The weatherman had predicted a little bit of rain and although it dampened the surrounding forest and muddied the track, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

Getting to the top was definitely worth the short although steep hike up. We brought a packed lunch with us to eat, stopping just after midday where we sat by the crystal clear waters of the lake accumulating in the basin. With the group that we had, it was pretty leisurely climb and sprayed over with plenty of mosquito repellent, we were prepared for anything.

Check out the rest of the pictures from the hike here.