Hiking

Explore the hiking trails and see that 600m elevation gain for yourself. Not just in your legs, but when you reach the many viewpoints you will be rewarded with an incredible view of the surrounding area. It's not just about the viewpoint though, the trails themselves are incredibly diverse. Travel past babbling creeks, through lodgepole pine forest, across wildflower-filled meadows, and over cobblestone trails - all in one day! The trails here vary from easy to more complex to keep all the hikers happy!

Trail conditions can be accessed at:
https://www.trailforks.com/region/cypress-hills-provincial-park/

Safety on the Trail
-Inform family or friends of your route and your expected time of return.
-Check weather conditions before you ride out. Be prepared for weather changes and carry appropriate clothing. 
-If someone in you party is injured or becomes lost, call for help immediately. DO NOT DELAY. IN the case of an emergency, Conservation Officers can be reached by dialing the HELP LINE at (403) 893-HELP. 
-Cell phone reception varies throughout the park. The best area to receive a strong signal is on the plateau but this varies with weather conditions. Do not rely on your phone to work at all times. 
-Know where you are at all times. Keep track of your location by carrying a map and compass, GPS, or both. Know how to use these items. Carry extra batteries. 
-Be alert for other park users and wildlife on the trail. 

Close Encounters
-Be aware that cougars live in CHPP. Watch for signs that cougars are in the immediate area (ie. covered kills). 
-If you encounter a cougar on the trail: 
     -Don’t panic
     -The animal may leave the area on its own
     -If the cat remains, back up, make yourself as large as possible. Maintain eye contact with the animal. Raise your arms and make noise. 
     -Stay calm. 
     -If the cougar attacks, FIGHT BACK with anything at hand. 
-Report cougar sightings by calling the Visitor Centre at (403) 893-3833. 
-Remember that other wildlife, such as moose, can also be dangerous. Stay alert and aware to avoid dangerous close encounters.