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Sunshine meadows is a awesome spot. Make sure there’s no forest fires around though or the smoke at this elevation will drown out the views.

awesome exploring this Area many interesting areas hoodoos, rocks, and history .

hiking
muddy
snow
3 days ago

Was a great trail to do with our two adventure pups! It’s a good walk with pretty minimal elevation gain. When we did it on May long it was still muddy in spots and had a fair bit of snow in the upper 2km.

So many beautiful things to see makes the hike fly by. Terrain was fairly easy to navigate with a manageable incline, some areas were uneven and rocky. At about km 4 some trees had fallen over and blocked the path so you had to go off the trail a bit and then around km 8-9 the snow was too deep and we could no longer navigate the trail ( we weren’t prepared for that much snow). Can’t wait to do this hike again once all the snow melts.

This trail has been closed since May 1st/ 2019 to further notice due to annual seasonal closure. We were there May 19th and it’s still closed as of right now.

backpacking
blowdown
4 days ago

Just got back from this trail, and my biggest recommendation is DO NOT attempt it in May. The trail itself is lovely, but the wildlife activity is extreme. It is pretty heavily wooded on both sides of the trail for 70% of the trip, so any wildlife moving around in there uses that trail almost exclusively. Day 1 was quiet, and the Celastine Lake campsite is quiet. Day 2 started with a herd of 20 elk, and because its calving season, they spooked very easily. There is a small creek crossing, but someone has felled a tree to act as a small bridge. The next 8 km were quiet, and then you come to a section with some open lodgepole pines on the right side of the trail. there was a black bear maybe 100 ft off the trail, milling around in the lodgepoles, and he didnt seem terribly bothered by my whistle or my shouting. He wandered off eventually, but wasn't very nervous about us at all. The Seldom Inn campsite had also seen recent bear activity; the firepit had been overturned, and when I woke up on the 3rd day, the ground below my bear hang was all scratched up. It being springtime, I shouldn't have been surprised to wake up in the middle of the night to torrential downpour; all I can say is I'm glad my tent was waterproof... it certainly lived up to that! The falls are breathtaking, and well worth the 1400 ft in elevation. As I was leaving the falls, I spotted a grizzly about 200 yards upstream. In May, that is a very unsettling sight, so instead of staying an extra night at the Seldom Inn campsite, I decided to head back toward Shalebanks. When I got there, some small cat tracks (not big enough to be a cougar) where all over the place, and there were some feathers left over from a recently-deceased grouse. Rather than stay an extra night, I decided to make the extra push and get back to my car. I saw another black bear on the way down to the car, this one was smaller than the first, probably a juvenile. It was 9:00pm by the time I left the trail head, and I was exhausted. It's definitely worth it, but I would strongly recommend both bear spray and bear bangers. I would also recommend that you don't try to do this trail in 2.5 days; it would be much more enjoyable if you split it up into 3 or 4 full days, so that you have time to fully enjoy each campsite.

on Flood Mountain

4 days ago

Lots of bear tracks.

backpacking
scramble
snow
5 days ago

05/18/2019. Giving this hike 4 stars because we couldn’t make it to the lake but we will definitely be going again later in the season. Made it within 100m of the south ridge which is where the snow became waist deep. Wouldn’t recommend going until late June/early July.

hiking
off trail
snow
5 days ago

Great trail, lots lots of snow. Bring snow shoes for sure. We didn’t get to the end of trail as the trail was covered with snow and it was hard to find the way. Definitely going back in a month or so.

hiking
5 days ago

Great trail for those who are looking for a steady incline that is not steep. Beautiful view with the river running beside you most of the way. We did see grizzly tracks but no animal sightings. Truly a moderate level hike.

trail running
8 days ago

Awesome trail for trail running! Lots of fun single track with a variety of scenery and minimal elevation gain. Trail is completely dry now.

Hiked this yesterday May 15, 2019. Quite chilly to begin with but warmed up on the slog thru snow/ice on south & west side of lake trail, you need cleats, very tiring but once you get to sunny side it's a beautiful walk. Massive pile of bair scat, bring bear spray & make noise. Minimal elevation but long hike & slow going in the snow. From opposite side of lake we saw the possibility of avalanche danger through the gullys on the south/west trail, beware. 6 hour hike inc lunch & photo stops.

Went Mother's Day Sunday and it was pretty busy. Fairly easy for children. Great views, no snow.

great views and trail not too difficult

hiking
muddy
snow
11 days ago

I walked loop on 10 May 2019. There was lots of snow and ice on the trail from upper Kananaskis falls to trailhead. It took us 4.5 hours complete western and southern trail. It was terrible to my daughter, she came near to a breakdown. Now is so early. Another half trail was very good, we completed trip for 2.5 hours.

We started at Fort Trail and walked up the mountain due to the trail going around it being closed due to bear activity. Took us approx. 3hrs to get to The first lake, would recommend starting at the trail head on the opposite side of you want an easier shorter hike. Beautiful lakes when you reach them however!!

off trail
over grown
rocky
washed out
12 days ago

Great views the entire way up to the lake! Lots of snow as to be expected in May. Many groups turned back because of the snow. It’s steep up to the lake (there’s not much of a path, so the switchbacks are lost), but if you’re prepared for deep snow and some heavy inclines it’s great fun. Completed in about 3.5 hours to lake and back. Likely would have been much easier with snowshoes for the last 1.5 km to the lake.

Trail was in good condition for mid spring. No spectacular views but an overall well balanced hike.

hiking
snow
12 days ago

hiking
no shade
off trail
13 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

I just hiked to the trailhead. the pups weren't feeling the scree so will be back in a couple weeks.

hiking
bridge out
muddy
snow
13 days ago

bridge still passable. little bit of mud at the bottom and snow patches near and at the top. be sure to stay to the rocks at the top to avoid deep snow

Easy trail with great view and amazing lakes!

Fun trail with some great views. But not super challenging. Still a fun trail to do and great for biking!

hiking
snow
17 days ago

Great day hike. Took my chances and left the snowshoes in the vehicle. Put my gators on however which was overkill I though during the first half. Going up in elevation however, I’m glad I had them on. Still a lot of snow in higher elevations of the pass right now. The odd time my foot would sink in the soft snow. Did not wear spikes but worth taking along as the snow ices up..Big pile of bear crap (Grizz) found on the trail close by the lake so be careful.

hiking
snow
18 days ago

Well what can I say ..... not my fav hike! In the trees 95% of the time and when we got to the top socked in!!! Nice little walk I guess.... it was easy with exception of there being a foot of snow most of the 14 k ..... we did come across fresh bear tracks half way up .... we did this may 5 th 2019

I've been coming here since I was a little kid and it's still just as enjoyable. The landscape is beautiful and there are many different paths to take so it could be an easy walk or an up hill hike on rugged terrain. Cooling off in the river is always a nice way to end the day during the summer.

awesome trail. we camped at point which is a great place. will probably try and go back when the weather is warmer.

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