Crimson Lake Provincial Park in David Thompson County near Rocky Mountain House Alberta has a well-developed trail system. Crimson Lake Provincial Park is a popular for camping year-round and for cross country skiing, snow shoeing and fat biking in the winter. During mild winters with little snow the Amerada Trail, also known as the Crimson Lake Loop, makes for a nice winter hike. Although the trail has little elevation change, the 10km distance gives this trail an easy-moderate rating. It is simply due to the length of the trail that some give it a moderate rating.
Located at the meeting point of the prairies, boreal forests and the foothills making it an interesting park to explore. This is an extremely popular camping destination during the summer and even has a few year-round sites. Summer activities include swimming, boating, fishing on the lakes as well as hiking, biking, and running on the extensive trail system. Popular winter activities include cross-country skiing, fat biking, snow shoeing, hiking and even ice fishing. Weather permitting there is even a double skating rink. The local community teams up with Alberta Parks each February to host Crimson Lake Winterfest, a fun family festival filled with outdoor fun and entertainment. There is even a polar bear dip if you are brave enough to take a winter plunge.
The Amerada Trail circles around Crimson Lake leading trail users through mixed forests and wetlands with some beautiful views of the lake. The trail is serene and has that wonderful alpine forest smell to it. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. There are two pit toilets (Aka outhouses) along the route with several rest areas as well. The local David Thompson Trail Running club has even installed a few shelters should the weather take a turn for the worse.
Distance - 10 km
Route Type - Loop
Elevation Gain - Minimal
Difficulty - Easy-Moderate
Time Needed - 2.5 hours
Trail Surface - gravel
Trailhead - Crimson Lake Day Use Area parking lot
Dogs - Allowed and must be on leash.
Permitted uses - Hiking, running, biking, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing
Trail Signage - Well marked with kilometer markers, trail names and maps
Interpretive Signage - Yes
After the hike, there are plenty of other things to see and do nearby.