Mount Lorette Ponds is located at Mt. Lorette Ponds Day Use Area located in Kananaskis, Alberta. The easy trail follows a short, wide paved trail around a pond draped with a vista of mountains.
Mt. Lorette Ponds
There are many easy hikes for families in the area and Mount Lorette Ponds can be combined with any of them to make for a longer day exploring in the mountains.
On a nice weekend, come early to get a beautiful picnic spot tucked in the trees. The picnic spots are in various areas around the pond.
Distance: 1.1 km (.68 mi) loop
Elevation: 0 m (0 ft)
Hike Highlights: Pond, Mountain Views, Bridges,
Facilities: Outhouse, Picnic Tables, Water, Fire pits, Fishing,
Optional Gear: Stroller, Wheelchair, Carrier
TrailRider Rating: Easy
From the Trans Canada Highway AB-1 W take the 118 exit and turn onto Kananaskis Trail Highway AB-40 S towards Kananaskis Village. Follow Kananaskis Trail Highway AB-40 S for 18 km. At the Mt. Lorette Ponds Day Use Area sign turn left into the parking lot.
The trailhead for Mt. Lorette Ponds starts beside the outhouses that are located on the left-hand side, or south east end, of the parking lot.
Follow the wide, paved, stroller friendly trail past the picnic tables and fire pits. These day use sites are tucked in the trees creating a pleasant private atmosphere.
At the junction, turn right to start the first loop. Follow the trail as it loops around the lake to the picnic tables along the far side of the pond. Enjoy the mountain views. Continue along the trail until you reach the bridge. Cross the bridge to head back to the parking lot or continue straight. If you choose to follow the trail straight ahead then you will end up at a platform. Return the way you came to head over the bridge that takes you to the other side of the lake.
Once you head over the bridge, you have the option of meandering right for a few hundred metres before returning to the same junction to finish the trail by heading to the parking lot.
Enjoy hiking Troll Falls either before or after enjoying hiking at Mt. Lorette Ponds. Then, drive the short distance to Kananaskis Village for a coffee and a treat.
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