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Kananaskis: Sheep Bridge offers stunning mountain view
Sheep Bridge and Whiskey Lake
A view of Gibraltar Mountain from the Sheep Bridge on Whiskey Lake Loop. (Photo courtesy of Joanne Godfrey)

Trail: Sheep Bridge and Whiskey Lake Loop

Difficulty: Easy

Length: 8.5 km

Ascent: 200 metres

Trailhead: Drive west of Turner Valley on Highway 546 to the Junction Creek day-use area. The trail starts at the upper parking lot and goes west beside the Sheep River on the old Burn’s Mine Road.

Description: This scenic hike boasts beautiful views, a bridge and three wonderful areas to stop for a rest, snack or lunch. As you near the Sheep Bridge, which was rebuilt following the 2013 flood, the rocky flat top of Gibraltar Mountain comes into full view. This stunning location is a great place to stop for photographs and a water break. On the way back, take the trail that swings north to Whiskey Lake. This grassy lake has been dry in recent years, but the area offers lovely views of Shunga-la-she. This is another great place to stop, take photos and enjoy a snack. At the end of the hike, the day-use area is a wonderful place to roast hot dogs, rest at the picnic tables or dip your toes in the river.

Reminder: Take adequate water, food and clothing in the event of sudden weather changes. Ensure someone knows where you’re going and when you’ll be back in the event you get lost or injured. Hiking alone is not recommended.

~ Trail recommendation and details provided by Sheep River Ramblers facilitator Joanne Godfrey. To join the Sheep River Ramblers hiking group visit Gita at the Sheep River Library in Turner Valley.