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Did this hike on a hot July day. We were in shade most of the way, so that helped with the 30+C weather. Quite flat in places for a ways. But it allowed time to look at the beautiful flowers and trees, and hear the river until you start the way up to the waterfall - still an easy hike tho, then past the waterfall it’s a fairly steep scramble ascent to the chains. For those that are reasonably in shape, it’s not an issue. I would not recommend this part of the hike after the waterfall to those with mobility or balance issues. It is certainly passable for novice hikers. Just be careful. The view from the top is absolutely stunning. The huge waterfall is brilliant and worth it. We did the hike leisurely and took pictures, took us about 6 -7 hours if I recall correctly. If I did it again, I would do an overnight. There are spaces for tents. There’s only a couple outhouses along the way, unfortunately. Bears were also in the area. Great day, but our feet were tired when we were done.

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rocky
scramble
9 days ago

this was a absolutely amazing trail I will never forget. the approach trail was very interesting and once clear of the trees I had to stop every 2 seconds just to appreciate the views as being from the east coast anything over 900 feet tall is alien to me. the main summit trail is very rocky, parts are large boulders rest is large scree like rocks.

hiking
scramble
snow
10 days ago

Ran march 9, 2019. Some fresh slides have taken out the visible path just south of the big lake.

Beautiful. Be safe if heading in the next few weeks

hiking
1 month ago

We hiked this trail from cadomin to miette in three days it was a fairly easy hike and the trail was pretty clear for most of it. Hiking in this direction puts you at the hotsprings at the end which is an awesome way to end a hike.

Only went to bridge nice hard packed trail. Good walk with hiking shoes.

one of the best Trails I hiked so far, but in the map as the return hike. That way you don't have to walk the same way twice and you don't have to "climb" such a steep slope...

This applies to trail up through Cataract Pass and Cline Lake, and back. Moderately difficult. Scenary is varied and unusually beautiful above tree line.

hiking
1 month ago

I bit slippery in spots, and came across quite a few cougar tracks. All in all great hike, well worth the views, I would recommend to do it on a clear day.

hiking
1 month ago

I have hiked to Pinto Lake twice, the first time we did the Owen Creek Trail. It was very flat and easy and took a lot less time than anticipated. We had slotted two days to do it and easily could have done it in one. The next time we did Sunset Pass and it was definitely strenuous at times, but a lot of fun! I would definitely recommend that trail.

hiking
1 month ago

I have done this trail a few times, it’s very lovely and has much fewer people than Landslide Lake. It’s a very full day up and the creek crossings can be a bit tricky if you lose the trail. Just do your research as to where the trail is and you’ll be fine!

1 month ago

I took 3.5 days from Signal to Maligne. Exceptional weather, exceptional scenery. I did the scramble up to the summit of Curator which was well worth the extra couple hours.

This was an exceptional hike.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

1/26/19 Hard packed trail all the way to first lake. Last 1.4km was not as traveled. Steady incline all the way to the top. Took me about 2 hours up and 1.5 down. Would highly suggest in winter and in the summer.

hiking
1 month ago

All trails jacked up my tracking. Not accurate

hiking
1 month ago

No snow made for an easy hike. Most of the elevation is at the end. Trail head was a little hard to find from the parking lot in the dark.

hiking
snow
1 month ago

Great campsites only downside is they are about 1 km from the lake. Great fishing

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful wildflowers.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice established dirt bike trail to summit. Dirt bike tracks undulate more than a usual hiking trail. I took the well road for a bit on the way up, and followed it back down, instead of the trail, saves my knees some.

Starts off with a beautiful forest hike, the views at the end are unreal- absolutely gorgeous. We didn't need our yaktrax at all today, the path is almost entirely clear, very well travelled.

Fantastic snowshoe / winter hike!

Did this in 2017. Only went to north molar pass and back. Hike down to fish lakes looked nice and beautiful, would be a great backcountry camping trip. I was just day hiking however. Great, less trafficked trail. It is mostly in the trees until about half way and then opens up to beautiful valley on the way to north molar pass with beautiful views of mountains and dolomites.

Excellent overnight hike with family (boys 10 and 12). Impressive camping infrastructure at at Lillian Lake and spectacular views further up at Galatea Lakes.

hiking
2 months ago

We started at Maligne Overlook and hiked down Maligne Canyon’s first bridge. The first three bridges were condensed with tourists. Once you get to bridge four there aren’t as many people.

The best views of Maligne Canyon come at bridges four and five. We wanted to make the most of our hike so we went from bridge one to six on the main trail, then got on trail 7H to bypass the crowd. It’s no joke - it was a straight incline to get to the top. It was so worth it.

I would definitely recommend taking the back trails and bypassing crowds. It made the hike easier by not having to navigate other people and personally, I think we found the best views.

My husband, son and 5 year old grandchild and I hiked about 2km out and back again. Beautiful views, blue skies but lots of snow. Rolling hilly path which was a bit of a challenge for a 5 year old. We will definitely be back to hike it again and hope to complete the full loop! Trekking poles were helpful. We hiked to Rawson Lake in the summer so seeing part of the path in winter was a beautiful change.

My favourite hike in Waterton lakes national park. The hike up had variety and nice views. The peak was beautiful. The wind was blowing hard at the peak and made a few people in our party nervous. Hiked it with 4 kids (7,9,11 and 11 yrs). We hiked this before the fires and are very glad we did. This hike is on our top 10 favourite hikes.

Great hike we went on a very hot day so there was lots of run off on the hike out.

Great snowshoeing trip on a very snowy day. Only saw one person on the trail. About 4 hours to do the round trip to Big Bend, which is around 6.5km one way.

After completing the route to Fish lakes in the summer we thought we’d return in the winter for a snowshoe to the first campground. It did not disappoint. Very scenic and the day couldn’t have been more perfect with fresh ( deep) powdery snow, a blue sky and mild temps. Half our group stayed overnight at the campground while the rest of us wished them luck and made our way back. We will return in the summer to complete the full 60k route.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Started at the back end of the trail and snowshoed to the suspension bridge at Black Shale Creek (about 2.5 miles, which took about 1.5 hours to get there snowshoeing one way) and back (about 5 miles round trip). We saw bear prints in the snow at the beginning, so definitely bring bear spray! Beautiful scenery throughout. The trail opens up a few times to see the mountains in the distance. The views at the bridge are absolutely beautiful, definitely worth it.

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