Posted by Vi Warkentin on
Chickakoo Lake Recreation Area, Alberta - a short drive west of Edmonton (32 km and 22 minutes from Anthony Henday/Hwy 16 (TransCanada Hwy) you will find Chickakoo Lake located in Parkland County. This 480 acre park has over 14 km of fantastic hiking trails (and biking, x-country ski and equestrian trails) and what better way to test out my new hip than to set out to do some hiking!
Easy to find - head out on Highway 16 West from Edmonton and turn north on Highway 779. A short drive north until you reach Township Road 534 - turn west (left) here and follow the signs to the park. Since I somehow missed one sign, look for Range Road 13 on your right, turn here and follow up to Range Road 235. Take a right here and just a short distance, you’ll come to the entrance of Chickakoo Lake Recreation Area. There are several parking areas once you reach the park - the first parking lot immediately to your left is closest to Chichakoo Lake where you can offload your canoe or kayak. Continue past that parking area and you’ll reach this sign and a large parking lot. Both parking areas have toilets should you need them. We didn’t have our kayaks today so we proceeded to the larger parking lot and planned out our hike for the day. We began our hike along path #1 along the edge of Chickakoo Lake. (I often take a photo of the map with my phone so I’m able to easily refer to it along the trail, if needed.)Several fishermen were lined up along the edges of the lake which gets stocked each year - I’m not sure what fish were stocked this year but last year it was mountain whitefish and previous years it was either brook trout or rainbow trout. This is a quiet lake to take one’s kayak out to enjoy the sound of birds or watch the fish jumping!The many kilometers of trails are very scenic and enjoyable to hike along - every so often one catches a glimpse of Chickakoo Lake on the left.
Loads of wild raspberries to be found along the trails edge this long August weekend! Also found along the paths were a large variety of mushrooms, wild flowers, shrubs with berries and interesting foilage.
The trails meander through the 480 acre area with a different view around every corner or over every hill. Chickakoo Lake Recreation Area offers the hiker a variety of elevations - you won’t get bored!
More interesting foilage, berries and flowers to be seen. And gorgeous ferns covering the forest floor in areas.
It was earlier in the morning so we hadn’t come across many hikers - just peaceful bliss with the sound of chattering birds and the rustling of leaves.
And yes, the new hip was working fine - what a difference it’s making - hiking is once more enjoyable!A small lake where Nature’s Way (#2) meets up with Cranberry Corner (#4).
The hiking trail along the edge of Kettle Lake was gorgeous as the trees form a canopy over the trail.
A large and interesting plant seen along the edge of Dog Leg Pond.
We met up with more hikers in this area - mid afternoon and people are enjoying the fantastic weather and great hiking here at Chickakoo Lake Recreation Area.
The nice thing about Chickakoo Lake is that you can choose to come out for a short hike or take in as many of the trails as you can fit into your schedule.
All in all, it was a great way to spend part of our day - hiking just a short drive from Edmonton.