Just came back from Lady McDonald Ridge today Oct 22, 2016. Parking was closed for construction so we parked in the next street. Started hike at 6 a.m. There was little snow after helipad but no need to have traction device or crampoin. It was windy at the top. In the way back, saw a couple heading to the ridge for "Love Celebration"
Just did this one on Sunday Oct 9th with my 10year old. Super easy trail. Lots of places where the path connects with others to continue on longer or more difficult hikes. We took the long loop along the water at the west end of the trail. We had lots of opportunities for pictures.
I have done this trail twice. Both times were fairly early in the morning, so neither was busy. For a first time, or after a temporary absence (in this case, following surgery)this has just enough challenging bits to let you know if you are ready to do anything more.
We hiked up the less busy climbers route which is a fancy way of saying "go straight up the mountain and enjoy it" and there are few people on the trail which is great! You arrive on the east summit ridge and can do a trail run along the ridge to the west which has great footing. A few ups for climbing but it's great. Did a slower round trip in 4:29 for 15.66kms starting at the ACC centre (parked by the firewood pile). We ascended into the clouds which was nice, easy trail to see at the top. The ACC route is a bit of a slog on the west side and up and down same route. Definitely run the ridge, so worth it!
It's the Rockies and this is an awesome hike!