There were 2 river crossings down at the bottom of the North pass - we managed across on some logs that were placed strategically. We were on the trail by 8:30am. Just finished this great hike counter clockwise. On the clockwise route, the short traverse of the hard-pan shale slope up high (below Beatty Lake) is exposed to a nasty slide. Definitely not for the faint of heart, but very fun! It is 7.3 km from the trailhead via Upper Kananaskis Lake Circuit/Three Isle Lake Trail. We made sure to have our AllTrails map loaded in the app before we lost service on the drive up so that we didn't get lost. It is very easy to find and stay on the trail the entire way. The closest access is at North Interlakes Day Use Area. Has anyone instead picked a perhaps safer line down through larger rocks under the rock wall? Another hiker turned up with pictures of Three Isle Campground covered in snow . Golden larches every where. Didn't see any bears, saw moose and deer and birds a plenty. Tea time at The Forks: North Kananaskis Pass Backpack. First night we slept at Turbine Canyon Day one I hiked from the Interlakes parking lot to Turbine Canyon. Three Isle Lake is a 10.3km hike from the North Interlakes parking lot with 490m elevation gain and passes through the Forks campground. Watch out for bears though as we've had an encounter with a Grizzly after LeRoy creek. Forks Campground Campsite; Three Isle Lake Campground Campsite, 2½ km west; Three Isle Creek Camp Campsite, 2½ km west; Park Patrol Cabin Information, 3 km west; Park Partol Cabin Building, 3 km west; Point Backcountry Campground Campsite, 4 km east Amazing views but day 2 is a tough one especially the second pass as it has a lot of scree. The weather was fantastic and had the makings for a very hot day. From there the steady climb up the screw slope is tough but doable. At the Forks campsite, stay right to go to Turbine Canyon, left to Three Isle Lake.Editors Note: Attached GPS data is approximate, planned from Topo maps (but good quality topos). The closest access is at North Interlakes Day Use Area. Second day was certainly the challenge in this loop. The trail was in great condition. On June 27/28th, a big group of us from the WMIG went up to the Forks Campground for a backpacking trip. none of our group were super experienced hikers and it proved difficult but fun nonetheless. Over all this is an amazing hike because of the amount of diversity in terrain, vegetation, and views. The final trek up to Beatty Lake campground was really tough. Find Forks Campground - Three Isle Lake - Turbine Canyon 2009 by kami at Blurb Books. I would recommend this trail to everyone the views you get at both continental devides is spectacular, if doing I would suggest going clockwise as when you go past Beaty lake you follow a creek bed down and the scree slope trail is easy to navigate clockwise it’s easy to loose the trail and makes for more difficulty. Did the full loop in three days but this day was the hardest! The first day we went to Turbine Canyon- if you have time I’d recommend staying an extra night there to check out the glacier and surrounding area. The Three Isle Lake trail continues. At the campground/junction, head right toward Turbine Canyon Campground and North Kananaskis Pass. did it in four days and three nights. Turbine back to North Intake on Sunday. Instead we hiked to Three Isle camp via Forks campground. Saw two grizzly cubs on the way down from Three Isle to the Forks! The snow that was on the trail was compact enough to walk on top of without falling in. ### ***Please Call To Place A Reservation (406)285-3611. Would agree with Leah, it was swaggy. Very glad to have poles on the trip! Best Camping in Forks on Tripadvisor: Find 268 traveler reviews, 195 candid photos, and prices for 6 camping in Forks, Washington, United States. Hike west (right if you are facing the lake) and follow the Upper Kananaskis Lakes Trail, then the Three Isle Lake Trail to Forks Campground (7.3 km). Turbine Canyon campground itself is mostly snow free. Visitors to Forks Campground have limited views of the lake but can easily walk to its shore and beach for swimming and relaxing in the mountain air. So people either didn't book or overstayed their welcome. After that it's easy-peasy to Three Isle and a wonderful end. As others have said, the BC side is more overgrown than AB, but someone has recently went trough and cut back all of the bushes. ... Forks Backcountry Peter Lougheed PP. This time, instead of taking the Maude-Lawson Lakes trail at Forks, Lupe stayed on the Three Isle Lake trail. The vista of the majestic mountains surrounding you all around is breathtaking. Popular activities include swimming, motorized boating, non-motorized boating, water skiing, sailing and fishing for bass, trout, bluegill and catfish. Definitely needed some poles but probably could have taken boots off and crossed in sandals across as it wasn't very deep. Wondering if anyone attempted this trail this summer. Need to Know: The Three Forks hot springs and much of the riverbank leading upstream for the campground are on unmarked private land. Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. Completed weekend of 17-19 July. Lots of bear scat on the back side but no wildlife spotting. The views are beautiful! We completed this trail in three days, beginning August 18th, completed August 20th. Cavalry in the 1800s built the old military grade road on the west side of the river. Make sure here to descend to the trail that contours around the lake and don’t continue along the route to Three Isle Lake, although this is also a great backpack option. Attempted July 5-7. Thanks! Third day was the hike down from Three Isle into the Forks and then back to the Upper Kan lake. swaggy hike. Trail starts from Upper Kananaskis lake, follow directions to the Forks. It was starting to snow a small amount in the morning. Forks Backcountry Campground is in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, 50 km south of Hwy. Beatty Lake was beautiful and we debated camping there instead of Three Isle but decided to continue on. The descent down from Three Isle was beautiful, so many gorgeous views! Big section of fallen trees to climb over on the way into three isle. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. If your not looking for a workout take a few days to enjoy.. Beautiful trail! Forks Backcountry Campground is in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, 50 km south of Hwy. There are pit/vault toilets and secure food storage lockers here. Enjoy beautiful lake and mountain views at these scenic sites. The hike down was probably 6 hours or so... Again stopping alot. Forks Campground: A backup option if Three Isle Lake is booked up, at 4km further it would make for a long, but doable day two. We went counter-clockwise, going to Turbine Canyon the first night, going through the North and South Kananaskis passes on the second day, staying at Three Isle Creek Campground the second night, and hiked back out to the car via Forks campground on the final day. Completed this hike solo in a day, started at 1:15AM waited for sunrise to descend down the scree slope at the south Kananaskis pass talked with BC forestry folks and few other groups on way back. We parked at the Interlakes parking lot at the Upper Kan lake. 4 hours to turbine. We took a dip in Beatty Lake (about 2km from the Three Isle campsite) and then continued on to Three Isle! Forks Campground is on the west shore of Bass Lake in the Sierra National Forest. Beatty to Turbine Saturday. Spray Valley & Peter Lougheed Map (Geo Referenced), Three Isle Creek Backcountry Campground Map. At the junction of Three Isle Creek and the Upper Kananaskis River is the “Forks” Campground where our journey takes us north along the river for a time, before the ascent onto the avalanche slopes beneath Mount Putnik. It isn't too far (under 7 km) or too steep and it puts you in easy range of Three Isle Lake and the South Kananaskis Pass. The scree slope was steep and very narrow at some parts, but doable and had great views (even for me, not very experienced with scree and very afraid of heights). Tip: To get to the top of the Headwall with less effort, stash your backpack in a locker at the Forks. Next day to Three Isle- the trail was relatively overgrown, not sure if it’s because fewer people do the loop (we only saw 1 group) or because it’s on the BC side. We did this in 3 days, 2 nights at the end of July. We stayed at the Turbine Canyon campground which was very windy throughout the night. On the last day of our trip (25 JUL 2004), we simply packed up camp and hiked out along the Three Isle Lake trail. Lots of activity at Three isle camp ground and Turbine camp ground. We have a site at Turbine mid July and would love to do the loop but haven’t seen any recent reports so far! Both sites have bear boxes and picnic tables. Also a great place to enjoy your lunch on the way out! No fires permitted. First off, this trail has STUNNING views... coming over the North pass just makes you stop in your tracks. Situated on a hillside overlooking the aptly dubbed Bass Lake, the park offers swimming, boating, sailing, and some of the best gosh darn bass fishin’ in these parts! It seemed too risky. Definitely more time than necessary to complete the loop but it made for relaxed mornings and evenings. We did two nights, one at forks, which took us 2 hours to get too, then from forks to Turbine Canyon which took us 7 hours, granted I'm not that fit and for my first back country camping, I was super slow with my extra gear. Turbine Canyon to Three Isle Lake Backpacking Loop is a 29.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. 40 and south on Kananaskis Lakes Trail. Got to parking lot around 3PM so just under 14 hours to complete! We stopped for lunch at the Forks campground and then went on to Turbine Canyon campground. It is passable, but plan for extra time and keep your bags light. Day 1: the steep incline after the Forks campground is very challenging but once that's done you'll be rewarded with beautiful views in the meadows on the plateau. This time of year. The views are beautiful, the trek is long but the results are 100% worth it! Highly recommend. Soon you arrive at Point Campground, roughly 8.0 km into the trip. The descent down the pass is quite steep and long. Did it over 3 days from Sep 10-13. Enter a campground, Provincial Park, city or town, and we'll make suggestions on where you can go camping. On AllTrails, it said to walk up the creek and around which I'm sure would have worked as well because we saw that on the map at Beatty campground. Two river crossings between Beatty and Turbine - water was low enough that the logs were easy to cross. 1 on Hwy. What a beautiful hike. Distance: 6.7 km to forks, 10.2 km to lake, 13 km to pass.The time and distance are round-trip.The hike to the Forks Campground from Upper Kananaskis Lake is a good hike for your first overnight trip of the year. A touch of snow, maybe 200m where snow was on trail. The last day back to Upper Lake was downhill and easy. 40 and south on Kananaskis Lakes Trail. North Intake to Beatty Lake on Friday. Overall a great hike!!! Also, there are creeks throughout the whole hike, so no need to bring tons of water each day! Overall, the trip was amazing and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. The tent sites are scattered in two separate loops; the first located amongst the trees above the lake and the second, 0.5 kilometres along the lake shore on the opposite side of the creek. Good for a moderate backpacker, a beginner may be a little intimidated by middle section of the hike. Such stunning views! This was a great backpacking trip, we did in 3 days, stay left at Beatty lake over the little creek as you can easily go down the wrong path. Mon, Sep 23, 2019, 11:00 AM: The plan is to hike to the Forks campground for the first night, Three Isle Lake for the second night, back to Forks on the third night, and return to the trailhead on the There are 16 campsites scattered throughout the forest by the lake and the campground is equipped with an outhouse and secure food storage lockers. Campground Description: Forks Backcountry Campground is in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, 50 km south of Hwy. AB side had great trails, very well taken care of and easy to follow. The approach to campground wasn’t too bad. We followed that trail into the campsite and it seemed to work out. The AllTrails map, my recording, and the maps on the trail all give different mileage so I have no idea how far it is between each campsite. Three Forks Campground located in Hill City, SD provides 50/30 amp RV sites,Camping cabins,Tentspaces, Call (605) 574-4546 Three Forks Campground (605) 574-4546 Drive to the North Interlakes day use area. Map Legend. Three Isle cook out. I began day two by viewing Turbine Canyon. Beautiful backpack that I’d recommend dot anyone looking for something a bit more strenuous. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. You could also camp at Three Isle Lake rather than Beatty Lake if you prefer. Trail starts from Upper Kananaskis lake, follow directions to the Forks. The mountain vistas are wonderful. The snow was deeper and soft. Contact Three Forks Campground in Hill City, SD by calling (605) 574-4546 By then she was already getting close to the Forks Campground about 7.1 km from the trailhead. It is 7.3 km from the trailhead via Upper Kananaskis Lake Circuit/Three Isle Lake … Completed September 3rd Whether you are RV’ing, tenting or looking to rent a small comfortable cabin, Camp Three Forks, is highly touted by all it’s visitors as one of the state’s premier campgrounds. Climb this old road to get cross-country access to Warm Springs Canyon and the Three Forks hot springs. Watch for the cairns at the creek crossing to stay on trail. All in all a wonderful and beautiful adventure that you should go on. Three Isle Lake Backcountry Campground is located in Kananaskis, AB. Some cut down trees/fallen trees along the way but nothing that changes the trail drastically. Legend Aerial. From there I began the hike to Three Isles Camp Ground. We completed the Turbine Canyon to Three Isle Lake loop July 26 - 28. The closest access is at North Interlakes Day Use Area. The footsteps in the snow helped us keep track of where the trail was. The first discernible channels of the St. Johns River (Three Forks) arise within the marsh south of Lake Hell ‘n’ Blazes. Would definitely recommend, we went as a group of seven, ages 17-57 and thoroughly enjoyed it! Give it a go. We noticed right away that the BC side was overgrown and not as well kept as the AB side. Turbine was very buggy. Up at 6:30 the second day started with an early morning breakfast, tales of the evening and anxious discussion of the days adventure. Two thoughts. Contrasting the near-solitude we enjoyed at Aster Lake and on Northover Ridge, the Three Isle Lake trail was very busy on this day all the way from the lake to … Trails are fairly clear so there was no getting lost. About 15 tent sites are nestled in the forest at this lovely creekside campground. Turbine Canyon and Maude Lake via Maude-Lawson Trail, Upper Kananaskis Lake Trail to Upper Kananaskis Falls, Upper Kananaskis Lake and Rawson Lake via Great Divide Trail, Aster Lake Trail through Three Isle Lake Trail, Turbine Canyon to Three Isle Lake Backpacking Loop. Once I decided to take my boots off I had no trouble crossing the river at the bottom of the valley. Although you can hike there and back in one very long day, it is far better to backpack in to the campground for a long weekend and spend time looking around some fantastic high country. Forks campground is located on a hillside overlooking Bass Lake. We stayed at Beatty Lake campground. Three Isle Lake is the most popular overnight destination of all the trails radiating out from Upper Kananaskis Lake. Lol once again the views down the valley were phenomenal. It definitely was hard in the knees. Amazing 3 day trip (July 12-14). If you're taking the shoulder up, it's just a steep straight-up-the-mountain go before another rough and steep scree slope to conquer. Day 3: Nothing but amazing views from Beatty to Three isle Lake then down to the valley back to Forks that'll surly leave you wanting to do this hike again. Stunning scenery amongst varying terrain that continually makes you reach for your camera. Second day took us ~8 hours. The hike back out on the third day was pretty easy. If you go counterclockwise, camp at Beatty Lake (only 4 sites) as it's at the top of the slope and you'll have more time to rest your weary legs after a tough battle. Overall, a fabulous route and a much clearer trail than before. Three Isle Lake Campground: A popular site when we were there. Time: 3 hours Distance: 7 km (to Forks Campground) Elevation Gain: 320 m How to Get to There: From Hwy 1, head south on Hwy 40 to Kananaskis Lakes Road. There's also thirteen attractions listed in this city in other categories. ** **We will do our best to honor your selected site, but due to unforeseen circumstances the _specific site cannot be guaranteed_. You will find the exact location of Three Isle Lake Backcountry Campground … Day 2 departing Turbine Canyon to Three Isle Lake was strenuous on the climbs and scree slope in the hot weather. This was the most rewarding hiking experience of my life. We ascended towards some bluffs that we circumvented climber's left, staying in … Second, if you're using Gaia GPS, the second crossing of LeRoy Creek (again clockwise route) is shown maybe 0.5 km sooner than where the actual trail and common sense indicates. Later that evening two young men from Toronto turned up in sneakers and it seemed that they were doing the traverse as well. On our map we show Option 2, which includes a backtrack to Forks Campground and then continued to the Three Isle Lake Campground from there. I wish we could have but we were too tired. :). I completed in 3 days and 2 nights. The second day was definitely the hardest but most rewarding. That night it rained and was very cold. That was a challenging hike. I hiked this loop solo middle of August and it was a beautiful experience! 5 to Three Isle and 3 back to the parking lot. Afterward I hiked a short distance to see a ski training hut. The next morning we got about 1km out towards the BC border and decided to turn back. Then you're in for an incredible downhill over scree and some overgrowth before bottoming out in the valley. There were a few groups the last few days that made the same call. Nicely nestled in by Three Isle Lake and about 12km from Aster Lake over Northover Ridge. We passed 3 other groups doing the loop. The path is strewn with rocks as you follow the old fire road before heading deep into the forest once well past the lake. 40 and south on Kananaskis Lakes Trail. Hidden Lake Water feature, 4½ km southeast; Other Places. Backpacking loop with amazing views! NOTE: The Forks is a common location for Grizzly bears. The North pass was beautiful - huge descent to the river below. No snow or other tricky conditions. This is a moderate loop trail to Park Patrol Cabin in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. First day took ~6 hours with some breaks and a lunch break. 60m. 1 on Hwy. Did it over 3 days from Sep 10-13. The campground is 10.3 km from the day use via Upper Kananaskis Lake Circuit/Three Isle Lake Trail. The hike out to Forks campground is nice but flat, for about 7-8km. The views once you reach the Plateau are breathtaking. We did get lost at the top of the scree slope, we looked at previous recordings that other people had done and took a hard right up the creek bed to the top of the lookout, and found a trail and some paper someone had put on a few trees. This is the ‘safer’ option, and is still a very pleasant day. Day 2: You start the day with a short incline until you reach Maude Lake then there's a steep descend that'll take you down into the valley and into a whole nother environment with lush forests and plants not yet seen on this trail. I decided to walk the long way around Upper Kananaskis Lake. Bass Lake offers a beach and boat ramp. The leg after Forks Campground is a bit of a challenge. Forks Backcountry Hike. Very small amount of snow - packed down so gators and spikes were unnecessary. Second day was the trek through the BC side to Three Isle Lake via the North and then South Kan passes. It was passable the whole way. ... 7.3km via Upper Kananaskis Lake Circuit/Three Isle Lake Trail from North Interlakes Day Use (100m elevation) Campground Info. The original floodplain communities of this area were severely impacted by diking and draining for agricultural uses decades ago. Beyond Forks Campground, at first the Three Isle Lake trail continued to be nearly level. 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