Cat Creek Day Use Area on Hwy 40 over Highwood Pass is where this easy hike for little kids begins. The road washed out, so you’re going to have to park on the outside of the day use area but there’s still lots of access to walk through. It’s important to know that the hike is going to cross you over the highway, so watch for vehicles and cross quickly.
About an hour up and an hour down, the easy 1.3 km hike is little kid friendly, we did it with toddlers who had just begun to complain on the last 1/4 down. The hike up is easy, filled with fun things to traverse like stairs and kid-friendly uphill trails. You go through meadow, overlook a lookout point and finally head into the forest where you will begin to hear the water and cross two bridges as you get to the area of Cat Creek Falls.
Like we said, it’s easy. The water is too cold for more than just sticking your feet in but there’s lots to explore while you’re in the small canyon. You can throw rocks in the water, stop and have a snack for the way back down, wade, climb and explore the rocks. There’s a built in throne on the left side of the falls – the kids loved that, and lots of big rocks to climb. Plan to spend some time exploring.
The trail doesn’t get too busy, that’s one of the things that we love about Cat Creek. You’re easily able to go up and down without seeing too many people, we spotted a handful on the Saturday afternoon we chose the kid friendly Kananaskis hike.
What to bring: bear spray, water, small snacks if you want to stop and have them at the bottom, walking shoes.