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Bighorn No 8, Alberta Map
7 days ago

An easy trail to follow. Well signed.

One of my all time annual favorites; any weather or any season. Always best counterclockwise.

9 days ago

Great place to hike for any age. Make sure you have proper footwear as it is quite rocky - a lady making her way up had fallen and hurt her ankle (hope you are doing ok!) If you go in the late morning/early afternoon it's quite busy all the way up to the waterfall, take a left and follow that trail into a nice open spot with inuksuks and hoodoos, we stayed in that area for half an hour and didn't see many others.

It’s a nice hike but would be neat in summer when there is water flowing in the creek/river. Go right to the cave and climb up to it.

Even the false summit has amazing views! Worth every second of it!

Difficulty: Hard. Make sure you reach level 80 before attempting this.

Estimated time: 4-6 hours

Map Terrain: Steep. Steeper. then very steep descent.

Cheat codes:
Go Counter Clockwise.
Run down scree.

Reward: 10,000 points + Bonus

We underestimated this one! The views were outstanding and the hike was challenging both mentally and physically. If you're new to hiking this will be a challenge. There is a chains section that I found terrifying and had to be coached through! But others in my party breezed through it. Theres a fun skree-ski section coming down that was a blast. Overall it made us feel alive!!

Though I’m new to day long hikes, this was one of the toughest I’ve done. Definitely need to be in at least moderate shape to complete. I absolutely loved the variety this trail had to offer: forest, large boulders requiring the use of a chain to cross ledges, scrambling, breath-taking mountain views, scramble, and scree. Bring lots of water, snacks, and sunscreen. I finished the hike very sore, but feeling accomplished. If you’re looking for a rewarding challenge, look no farther.

15 days ago

Easy trail. Started the trail at the end of the Elk Flats trail (so included part of the Moraine Trail) and did the loop in an hour and 30 minutes. Stopped for a lunch break and at all the trail stops to read the pamphlet. As someone else mentioned, Google “Middle Lake Trail PDF” for the pamphlet as there were none at the beginning of the trail. The pamphlet made the walk more interesting, pointing things out we probably would have otherwise missed. Trail goes mostly though different forest eco zones and a little ways along the lake.

Short, easy walk around the springs. Sign says it takes 1.5 hours but it only took us 50 minutes with long stops to look at scenery.

Great family hike. We took the canyon in and The High Water Trail back. We got there by 10 am and no issues with parking. Highly recommend ankle support hiking boots/shoes, as there were a lot of loose rocks to walk on. We found the native markings on the rock wall and enjoyed the waterfall and inukshuks. Next time we will stay and do some fishing at the pond and pack a picnic.

Fantastic view of heart shaped lake! Scramble down slope, amazing experience! First time seeing helicopter rescue young girl twisted her ankle, hope she’s getting well soon!

Amazing trail!!

Lovely hike but gets extremely hard aproximately 6 km in. Hard to navigate with no defined trail, ended up going the wrong way and turning around. I think best navigated with guide or someone that has done it before.

19 days ago

Very easy trail. Close to water. My cat hiked all the way and enjoyed it. Only down point is if you don’t camp there, there has no day use parking. You have to park the other side of highway 11x.

It was an okay hike. Would have been better with water in the canyon for sure. The first half isn't the prettiest of views because your walking along the Lafarge plant.
Best part was definitely the inukshuk past the waterfalls where the "trails end". Most of them were pushed down but the ones standing were nice and we build a lot more.
Great and easy hike for kids. Make sure you bring shoes with supports around the ankles because the path is all rocks.

Be sure to bring good shoes as the main part of the trail is on loose rocks. From the map it looks like a good part of the hike is passing the plant, but this part is easy and takes the shortest time. Once you arrive at the riverbed you will leave the plant behind and start enjoying the hike, with it's great canyon views.

As others have mentioned, go beyond the sign that states trail not maintained and you will get a great view of a wide riverbed.

Would HIGHLY recommend doing this hike with an experienced hiker and someone that has done it before as we lost around 1.5 hours going down the wrong path, as it’s not marked well AT ALL and very confusing, and having to come back. Getting to the summit was fairly easy, chain part was seriously nothing (and I had my dog!) but going down the loop was absolutely terrifying. Loads of scree and we avoided the most of it by walking along the face of the mountain (a 15 km loop) but do not try the scree unless with poles or an experience scree skier as it look absolutely deadly. Was a difficult hike, and with the whole trail being improperly marked, it took us 8.5 hours to complete... (however if not lost around 6) if looking just for a fun hike & great views just get to the summit and do an out & back. Will not be doing the full loop again.

We did this trail on the first day of our week out here and it was quite an introduction to the Canadian Rockies! Going up was a grind, but worth it. Scrambling up and through the rocks was really fun and I found the short chain section fun as well. The trail going down is difficult to find, and some hikers advised us to stay close to the mountain base and wait until getting into the forest before descending. There is ALOT of sliding on the way down and poles were a lifesaver there. We had never gone down screw before and we avoided the large scree fields by following the hikers directions. The views at the top were great, but due to the fires, half of our views were just smoky.

Super...will be my yearly hike!

Very intriguing trail! Lots of variety. I only wish I did this on a clear day because I'm sure the views would be spectacular.
From the beginning there is a beautiful birch tree forest, a rarity to start off hikes. The hike goes up to a grass crest and then begins its way up behind the block of rock. It goes through sections where light scrambling is required, all the way through to the chained section, which I found to be quite manageable though if you are afraid of heights - take caution!
From there it's a half hour or so to the summit with what I am sure would be impressive views without the smoke.
Finally the descent is quick through brown scree, I personally stayed on trail since I didnt have poles but found it manageable. Once we got to the trail beneath the summit block the colours were fantastic, with all sorts of different types of rocks.
From this horizontal trail there is a good trail that switchbacks down after less than a half hour along, though we continued and joined up with the hiking trail at the grass crest. This definitely adds time but is a less steep option.
Overall there are lots of options for the traverse depending on what is comfortable for you. It is a classic hike, so close to Calgary & worth all the efforts.

24 days ago

Really enjoyed this hike with 3 kids ages 9-11 and 2 adults. Agree with reviews below about start of hike and will just add:
1) This trail is loose rock pretty much the entire time. Not ideal for seniors or anyone not stable on their feet.
2) The trail follows the grotto footbed and you may see climbers along the way which is very cool.
3) Once you explore the waterfall, be sure to keep going further, past the sign that reads trail not maintained past this point. Within 5 minutes you will come to the valley of inukshuks which was our fave part of the hike.
4) there is a fishing lake at the parking lot so bring your rods if that is something you enjoy to add onto the fun.

AMAZING!!! A little smoky out there today but still great views of the peaks and valleys off the back side of Yamnuska.
Definitely a challenging scramble. The chains aren’t as bad as people made them out to be unless you’re deathly afraid of heights. The summit has 360 views (when the smoke isn’t there) and there are 3 separate scree fields on the route down which are super fun! One from the summit down to the western edge of the loop and then two more connected sections from below the peak to the trail that connects to the parking lot. All said and done, about 300-400ft of scree skiing!
Best hike I’ve done out here yet...many challenging and exciting elements.
And oops...forgot to turn off the app until after we left the parking lot! It’s only a 9km loop!

30 days ago

Easy and quick trail, crowded. Half of the hike follow power line (with the factory noise). When you actually get into the canyon it's pretty cool (and silent). You have a little fall at the end. Lot of climbing opportunity.

I did this hike last weekend with 1 expert hiker (who had done this hike many times before), 2 moderate hikers, and 3 novices (who had never been in scree or summited a mountain before). It was great for all skills levels, BECAUSE we had an experienced guide with us. If no one in your hiking party has done this hike before, I strongly advise completing some research beforehand, especially for the scree field locations. There are a couple scree-runs that end at the top of a cliff.

Although we didn't have too much visibility due to the smoke, it was a beautiful hike. I'm personally very scared of heights, but found the hike doable since I had hiking poles (helps with vertigo) and a harness and PAS for the chains section.

It took us about 5 hours in total, with lunch at the summit. Highlight for the majority of us was running down the scree.

quick hike with elevation. river bed dry. better with water I would imagine.

I've done this hike many times. it is satisfying for all skill levels. great views and a very short drive from Calgary.

August 9, 2017

Amazing hike with breathtaking views. I would not recommend doing this hike without poles. I also wouldn’t recommend bringing larger dogs as it would be difficult to cross the chains.
It was a challenging hike but completed with 5 hours at a moderate pace with lunch on the summit. Definitely don’t do this as your first hike of the year.

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