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. We took a dip in Beatty Lake (about 2km from the Three Isle campsite) and then continued on to Three Isle! Also a great place to enjoy your lunch on the way out! 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. Backpacking loop with amazing views! It was passable the whole way. Third day was the hike down from Three Isle into the Forks and then back to the Upper Kan lake. I decided to walk the long way around Upper Kananaskis Lake. Campground Description: Forks Backcountry Campground is in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, 50 km south of Hwy. 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. 40 and south on Kananaskis Lakes Trail. Give it a go. From there the steady climb up the screw slope is tough but doable. We stayed at the Turbine Canyon campground which was very windy throughout the night. Completed September 3rd First night we slept at Turbine Canyon campground and second night at Three Isle Lake campground. Besides this campground, there are eleven more campgrounds listed in Kananaskis. No snow or other tricky conditions. The original floodplain communities of this area were severely impacted by diking and draining for agricultural uses decades ago. 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. This time of year. 4 hours to turbine. Another hiker turned up with pictures of Three Isle Campground covered in snow . The hike up to Three Isle was pretty dry. We completed the Turbine Canyon to Three Isle Lake loop July 26 - 28. The first discernible channels of the St. Johns River (Three Forks) arise within the marsh south of Lake Hell ‘n’ Blazes. 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. Then you're in for an incredible downhill over scree and some overgrowth before bottoming out in the valley. Up at 6:30 the second day started with an early morning breakfast, tales of the evening and anxious discussion of the days adventure. The views are beautiful! First day took ~6 hours with some breaks and a lunch break. A couple creek passings from turbine to three isle that resulted in wet shoes. We completed this trail in three days, beginning August 18th, completed August 20th. The hike back out on the third day was pretty easy. It definitely was hard in the knees. Forks Backcountry Hike. The mountain vistas are wonderful. We did this in 3 days, 2 nights at the end of July. :). Half the team left Calgary early so that we could drop off our gear at the Forks and hike up to Turbine Canyon and the Haag Glacier. 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. It never got boring or monotonous feeling. There are pit/vault toilets and secure food storage lockers here. Big section of fallen trees to climb over on the way into three isle. We passed 3 other groups doing the loop. It is 7.3 km from the trailhead via Upper Kananaskis Lake Circuit/Three Isle Lake … 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 Three Isle cook out. Turbine back to North Intake on Sunday. Golden larches every where. Some cut down trees/fallen trees along the way but nothing that changes the trail drastically. We have a site at Turbine mid July and would love to do the loop but haven’t seen any recent reports so far! Second day took us ~8 hours. 40 and south on Kananaskis Lakes Trail. The most direct access for the Three Isle Backcountry Campground in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, is via North Interlakes Day Use.  The campground is 10.3 km from the day use via Upper Kananaskis Lake Circuit/Three Isle Lake Trail.   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. The sun and heat are melting it, but that's making it trickier to pass through. Beyond Forks Campground, at first the Three Isle Lake trail continued to be nearly level. Contact Three Forks Campground in Hill City, SD by calling (605) 574-4546 Four-mile-long Bass Lake is a popular mountain recreation destination, offering fishing, boating, waterskiing, and hiking. The last 5 km to the campsite were a struggle. Turbine was very buggy. Spray Valley & Peter Lougheed Map (Geo Referenced), Three Isle Creek Backcountry Campground Map. Would agree with Leah, it was swaggy. My suggestion is clockwise to Three Isle first and then make your way to Turbine through Beatty lake, the descent to the scree slope and the scree slope are something I would rather not do towards the end of the longer second day. Follow the Three Isle Lake Trail to Forks campground and continue on that trail to an avalanche path, 241101; another broader path exists a little further. Day 2 departing Turbine Canyon to Three Isle Lake was strenuous on the climbs and scree slope in the hot weather. Stay together, make noise and if one is seen, veer through the bush to keep clear and avoid any unpleasantness. All in all a wonderful and beautiful adventure that you should go on. Forks campground is located on a hillside overlooking Bass Lake. On June 27/28th, a big group of us from the WMIG went up to the Forks Campground for a backpacking trip. Attempted July 5-7. On the clockwise route, the short traverse of the hard-pan shale slope up high (below Beatty Lake) is exposed to a nasty slide. Option 2 is to largely retrace your steps from yesterday to Forks Campground and then go west to Three Isle Lake. Very small amount of snow - packed down so gators and spikes were unnecessary. 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. Has anyone instead picked a perhaps safer line down through larger rocks under the rock wall? The closest access is at North Interlakes Day Use Area. 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. Overall a great hike!!! Drive to the North Interlakes day use area. Watch out for bears though as we've had an encounter with a Grizzly after LeRoy creek. The ascent up to the camp ground took me through some thick brush and dense forests making using my poles challenging. 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. Three Isle Lake Campground: A popular site when we were there. There's also thirteen attractions listed in this city in other categories. I hiked this loop solo middle of August and it was a beautiful experience! First off, this trail has STUNNING views... coming over the North pass just makes you stop in your tracks. 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 You could also camp at Three Isle Lake rather than Beatty Lake if you prefer. It is 7.3 km from the trailhead via Upper Kananaskis Lake Circuit/Three Isle Lake Trail. The hike down was probably 6 hours or so... Again stopping alot. There is still a lot of snow getting up to Turbine Canyon. ... Three Isle Lake was actually quite a pleasant temperature. The weather was fantastic and had the makings for a very hot day. The last day back to Upper Lake was downhill and easy. Drop your backpacking gear at Turbine Canyon Campground. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. There are 16 campsites scattered throughout the forest by the lake and the campground is equipped with an outhouse and secure food storage lockers. Legend Aerial. The descent down from Three Isle was beautiful, so many gorgeous views! Tip: To get to the top of the Headwall with less effort, stash your backpack in a locker at the Forks. Forks Backcountry Campground is in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, 50 km south of Hwy. Day one I hiked from the Interlakes parking lot to Turbine Canyon. It is passable, but plan for extra time and keep your bags light. 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. 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. 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. Nicely nestled in by Three Isle Lake and about 12km from Aster Lake over Northover Ridge. I began day two by viewing Turbine Canyon. Soon you arrive at Point Campground, roughly 8.0 km into the trip. 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. That night it rained and was very cold. This time, instead of taking the Maude-Lawson Lakes trail at Forks, Lupe stayed on the Three Isle Lake trail. North Intake to Beatty Lake on Friday. What a beautiful hike. About 15 tent sites are nestled in the forest at this lovely creekside campground. Beatty Lake backcountry campground does not require a permit, however Turbine Canyon campground does. From there I began the hike to Three Isles Camp Ground. We were on the trail by 8:30am. Highly recommend. We stopped for lunch at the Forks campground and then went on to Turbine Canyon campground. The Three Isle Lake trail continues. The approach to campground wasn’t too bad. 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. Note that fires aren’t allowed at Turbine, Beatty Lake, or Three Isle. This was the most rewarding hiking experience of my life. It was starting to snow a small amount in the morning. The closest access is at North Interlakes Day Use Area. If your not looking for a workout take a few days to enjoy.. Beautiful trail! The next morning we got about 1km out towards the BC border and decided to turn back. Two thoughts. Also, there are creeks throughout the whole hike, so no need to bring tons of water each day! A touch of snow, maybe 200m where snow was on trail. 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. We noticed right away that the BC side was overgrown and not as well kept as the AB side. Lol once again the views down the valley were phenomenal. This is the ‘safer’ option, and is still a very pleasant day. That was a challenging hike. Ain't no fork in the road here folks! 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. The snow that was on the trail was compact enough to walk on top of without falling in. 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 views at the "meadow break" were incredible. Trails are fairly clear so there was no getting lost. Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. We ascended towards some bluffs that we circumvented climber's left, staying in … Did it over 3 days from Sep 10-13. Didn't see any bears, saw moose and deer and birds a plenty. The campground is 10.3 km from the day use via Upper Kananaskis Lake Circuit/Three Isle Lake Trail. First through overgrown bush, and then about an hour up a scree slope. Enjoy beautiful lake and mountain views at these scenic sites. The second day was definitely the hardest but most rewarding. 5 to Three Isle and 3 back to the parking lot. Watch for the cairns at the creek crossing to stay on trail. Later that evening two young men from Toronto turned up in sneakers and it seemed that they were doing the traverse as well. Turbine Canyon campground itself is mostly snow free. Second day was the trek through the BC side to Three Isle Lake via the North and then South Kan passes. 300ft. Amazing 3 day trip (July 12-14). Some areas are hip deep. We stayed at Beatty Lake campground. Such stunning views! Got to parking lot around 3PM so just under 14 hours to complete! Saw two grizzly cubs on the way down from Three Isle to the Forks! The leg after Forks Campground is a bit of a challenge. Beatty Lake was beautiful and we debated camping there instead of Three Isle but decided to continue on. It seemed too risky. 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! No fires permitted. Did the full loop in three days but this day was the hardest! Did it over 3 days from Sep 10-13. NOTE: The Forks is a common location for Grizzly bears. Beautiful backpack that I’d recommend dot anyone looking for something a bit more strenuous. So people either didn't book or overstayed their welcome. 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. Thanks! An option to consider is to stay at Beatty Lake campground to shorten the day giving more time to enjoy the lake and Three Isle the following day. did it in four days and three nights. We parked at the Interlakes parking lot at the Upper Kan lake. We did it with our husky and besides carrying him over one creek he had no problem at all and was one happy doggo. Popular activities include swimming, motorized boating, non-motorized boating, water skiing, sailing and fishing for bass, trout, bluegill and catfish. Trail starts from Upper Kananaskis lake, follow directions to the Forks. The views are beautiful, the trek is long but the results are 100% worth it! This is a moderate loop trail to Park Patrol Cabin in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park. 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. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Overall, a fabulous route and a much clearer trail than before. After that it's easy-peasy to Three Isle and a wonderful end. 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. Just finished this great hike counter clockwise. The trail was in great condition. Forks Backcountry Campground is in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park, 50 km south of Hwy. Lots of bear scat on the back side but no wildlife spotting. The descent down the pass is quite steep and long. The footsteps in the snow helped us keep track of where the trail was. Three Isle Lake is a 10.3km hike from the North Interlakes parking lot with 490m elevation gain and passes through the Forks campground. Take your time, pack water and filters, and make time for breaks. At the campground/junction, head right toward Turbine Canyon Campground and North Kananaskis Pass. Definitely not for the faint of heart, but very fun! 1 on Hwy. Amazing views but day 2 is a tough one especially the second pass as it has a lot of scree. Climb this old road to get cross-country access to Warm Springs Canyon and the Three Forks hot springs. Definitely more time than necessary to complete the loop but it made for relaxed mornings and evenings. It is 7.3 km from the trailhead via Upper Kananaskis Lake Circuit/Three Isle Lake Trail. 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. 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 … 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. swaggy hike. 1 on Hwy. The best move you can make for your camping pleasure is undoubtedly Forks Campground on the scenic western slope of the central Sierras. I wish we could have but we were too tired. The vista of the majestic mountains surrounding you all around is breathtaking. 60m. This trail goes by Rawson Lake Trailhead, Foch Pond, Aster Lake Backcountry Campground, Three Isle Lake Campground, Forks Campground, Jct Upper Lake Circuit, Indefatigable Trail … The North pass was beautiful - huge descent to the river below. 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 The hike up to Turbine was really nice, quite the elevation gain in the first hour or so, then levelled out to lots of meadow breaks and small stream crossings (with bridges). 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. ** **We will do our best to honor your selected site, but due to unforeseen circumstances the _specific site cannot be guaranteed_. Very glad to have poles on the trip! Over all this is an amazing hike because of the amount of diversity in terrain, vegetation, and views. ... Forks Backcountry Peter Lougheed PP. 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. Completed weekend of 17-19 July. Trail starts from Upper Kananaskis lake, follow directions to the Forks. The views once you reach the Plateau are breathtaking. First night we slept at Turbine Canyon Find Forks Campground - Three Isle Lake - Turbine Canyon 2009 by kami at Blurb Books. The camp is forested with cedar, ponderosa pine, and oak trees. 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. none of our group were super experienced hikers and it proved difficult but fun nonetheless. 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. The final trek up to Beatty Lake campground was really tough. I completed in 3 days and 2 nights. There were 2 river crossings down at the bottom of the North pass - we managed across on some logs that were placed strategically. Second day was certainly the challenge in this loop. 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). Stay on Kananaskis Lakes Road until it ends at the Upper Lake Parking lot. By then she was already getting close to the Forks Campground about 7.1 km from the trailhead. You will find the exact location of Three Isle Lake Backcountry Campground … 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. There are 20 campsites here, … Map Legend. Once I decided to take my boots off I had no trouble crossing the river at the bottom of the valley. 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). AB side had great trails, very well taken care of and easy to follow. Overall, the trip was amazing and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Tea time at The Forks: North Kananaskis Pass Backpack. 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. Hidden Lake Water feature, 4½ km southeast; Other Places. Definitely needed some poles but probably could have taken boots off and crossed in sandals across as it wasn't very deep. Three Isle Lake is the most popular overnight destination of all the trails radiating out from Upper Kananaskis Lake. The path is strewn with rocks as you follow the old fire road before heading deep into the forest once well past the lake. Best Camping in Forks on Tripadvisor: Find 268 traveler reviews, 195 candid photos, and prices for 6 camping in Forks, Washington, United States. The hike out to Forks campground is nice but flat, for about 7-8km. Lots of activity at Three isle camp ground and Turbine camp ground. Both sites have bear boxes and picnic tables. 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. ### ***Please Call To Place A Reservation (406)285-3611. ... 7.3km via Upper Kananaskis Lake Circuit/Three Isle Lake Trail from North Interlakes Day Use (100m elevation) Campground Info. 1 on Hwy. The snow was deeper and soft. I just took my time and walked at a steady pace. Wondering if anyone attempted this trail this summer. There were a few groups the last few days that made the same call. Need to Know: The Three Forks hot springs and much of the riverbank leading upstream for the campground are on unmarked private land. It is very easy to find and stay on the trail the entire way. Final day took us about 5 hours with a lunch break again at Forks, and we were especially slow on this day even on the flat walk from Forks to the car. Three Isle Lake Backcountry Campground is located in Kananaskis, AB. Beatty to Turbine Saturday. Stunning scenery amongst varying terrain that continually makes you reach for your camera. 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. Cavalry in the 1800s built the old military grade road on the west side of the river. 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. Instead we hiked to Three Isle camp via Forks campground. Two river crossings between Beatty and Turbine - water was low enough that the logs were easy to cross. Bass Lake offers a beach and boat ramp. Enter a campground, Provincial Park, city or town, and we'll make suggestions on where you can go camping. The closest access is at North Interlakes Day Use Area. 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