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Iron Lakes
Kananaskis, Alberta
September 1, 2014

|Distance: 7.3 km
Cumulative Elevation Gain: 336 m

Iron Lakes is easily reached on good trails, although the lack of clearings makes it difficult to view much of anything. Even when Dinah and I climbed a clearing on a hill above Little Iron Lake, we couldn't see much.

The hike begins with a short climb to Bear Lake. After that, the forest trail rises to its highest point before falling 120 m to cross a huge meadow. The trail continues through the woods to Iron Lakes.

Given the limited scenery, the trip didn't offer much, unless you like hiking to lakes and if you like fishing. But it gave us an idea. We returned to the area several weeks later and ascended Iron Lakes Ridge, an enjoyable climb that allowed us to peer down at the lakes.

We reached Bear Lake after hiking 500 m

After Bear Lake, we dropped down and crossed a meadow

Following the trail to Iron Lakes

We reached Big Iron Lake

Looking at Sentinel Peak from the east end of Big Iron Lake

When we reached Little Iron Lake, we made our way to the slope on the other side

Looking back after we starting hiking up a meadow at the end of Little Iron Lake

View from the top of the meadow. Iron Lakes Ridge in the background.

Heading back down

82 J/1 Langford Creek

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