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backpacking
19 hours ago

Hiked the trail with my 8 year old son. Spent first night at Baker Lake and second night at Merlin Meadows. All around great experience, lots of wildflowers, amazing alpine valleys and lakes. Challenging but doable for most.

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
2 days ago

One of the best hikes for diversity along the way. River crossings, waterfalls, meadows, and ridge views from the top! Lots of fossils near the falls before the final ridge ascent.

hiking
2 days ago

Easy hike for the first 4.5km, after the turn off it's straight up but worth it with views of the valley and the clear water lake.

Good hike with a 9 year old and 13 year old. After seeing Troll Fails the hike to the lookout is almost all uphill. My 9 year old wanted to stop but once he made the lookout he was all smiles. The view is of the whole Kananaski Valley and was awesome.

hiking
3 days ago

The hike was gruelling to say the least. There is no noticeable signage for the Landslide Lake/Lake of Falls trail so we ended up on the Pinto Lake trail before realizing this. The washout from 4 years ago has made a large section of the trail from the horse camp midway up, very difficult and in some places very unsafe for hiking. Once at the junction for Landslide or Lake of Falls, there is finally a sign showing directions to each lake. The hike took us 8 hours out from Landslide Lake to the trail head at the Cline River. I think this hike should be rated as hard and would not recommend it to an inexperienced hiker.

hiking
3 days ago

**Did a variation of the posted map**
Where the map has you turn to walk below the mountain, we continued on down the main path another 700 m to the junction with the Sheep River Trail. Walk down the Sheep River Trail for about 1.8-1.9 km. You'll see a big pile of rocks - that's your trail head (If you've walked over top of the stream [piped underneath the pathway] you've gone too far). Walk along this narrow, forested, uphill pathway alongside the river for about 1.37 km, at which point you will arrive at at Rae Lake! Taking this way in and out was 19-20 km and took about 6 hours, with a couple short breaks,
I would recommend long sleeves and pants if you want to walk along the river pathway - there are branches of all shapes and sizes at various heights.

Overall quite enjoyed this hike. Great scenery - forests, lakes, river, valleys. Hard, loose rock pathway so you'll want some thick soled shoes! Will definitely do again.

walking
5 days ago

Awesome day hike, took us about 5 1/2 hours including a lunch break at the top. Pretty windy at the top so I'd recommend a good raincoat. We took a dip in the little waterfall on the way down, beautiful views.

hiking
5 days ago

This is a tough hike to do in one day if you’re not physically fit. I would recommend splitting it up into 2 parts, first camping at forks then heading to the canyon on the second day. The second day is a brutal steep uphill climb on switch backs that seem to last forever but once you reach the top the views are nothing short of spectacular!

It was extremely Smoky on the way up for us and we saw nothing but a deer as far as wild life goes. Because of the steep incline, we were far too tired to visit the hauge glacier or the north K pass.

The second day it rained pretty much the entire time expect for a few breaks here and there, so that hindered our attempts to make it to the glacier or the pass. The canyon itself is a neat feature, a massive deep canyon that gives you the chills even if you’re not afraid of heights.

For next time I would also stay at forks on the way down because the entire leg it’s tough to do.

We hiked to the Ribbon Lake campground, which is a beautiful and fairly sheltered spot. The hike from the parking lot to the falls is fairly flat and gets a bit boring, but the hike from the falls to the campground is more challenging, especially with the chains. My husband kindly carried my backpack up the chains for me, and I had no problems. Highly recommend going up the chains, as the views are much better.

Uphill all the way without views until the waterfall (which was lovely). We turned around there.

Four beautiful lakes and good fishing. We had a great time relaxing at the lakes.

The trail itself is definitely more of a moderate hike than easy. It's steep and steady climbing as you get closer to the lakes.

I think that the reward at the end of the hike is well worth the effort.

I recommend bug spray. There are quite a few mosquitos and flys due to being near by water.

Overall, it was a really great hike.

hiking
5 days ago

Directions to parking and start of trail are good. The trail is well defined and easy to follow.

I'd disagree with the "easy" rating on this hike. The majority of it is uphill and there is a decent stretch of a steep slope that is challenging. Moderate would be more appropriate as it is often difficult but not dangerous.

There was a fair amount of smoke in the air today so the views were hazy and looked fake but still incredible.