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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.

Great trail to do with the kids. We had a nice sunny spot for a picnic once we reached the falls.

great trail

Hiked this trail with my dad and our friend from Ireland! He'd never done a hike like this before so it was a great first experience. When we reached the chain it was sleeting, made for a sketchy crossing. The scree ski on the way down was a highlight!

Wife had to be rescued on top as I pulled her shoulder when trying to help her climb up the scramble. My first hike and definitely a challenging one especially for beginners. Going down was the hardest as we were sliding down. Very memorable.

hiking
10 days ago

Easy trail that leads to a small waterfall. I suggest if you are a local to wait until a weekday as it's extremely busy on weekends. You can be in and out in less than 2 hours if you keep a steady pace. Plenty of climbing opportunities along the way.

Two separate parking lots, both lead to the same trails. At first the sound of the nearby industrial area is easily heard but soon drowns out when you enter the canyon.

the views are so worth it! make sure to go right so that you can run down the scree at the end!

Great trail! Only noise was from the nearby factory and once past it, it wasn’t too bad. ! Super quiet.

Bathrooms and paved parking . Will do again for sure !

Great hike with amazing views. Not a busy trail which was nice.

hiking
11 days ago

Easy hike, but gets a bit monotonous after a while. Great for rock climbing, but hard on the feet if you’re hiking. Ended with a pretty waterfall.

An incredibly challenging walk but never ending breathtaking views to keep you motivated throughout! You need to be in good physical condition to be able to conquer this one both uphill and down. Going up is one long ordeal but the views from the top absolutely breathtaking. Just when you think you have it easy coming down, think again! Get ready to scramble and potentially incur a few cuts and bruises as you go down on your backside at points and be prepared to empty your boots of rocks at least twice on the way down! So much fun though, a real adventure but most definitely not for the faint hearted!

What a thrill!

Trail is very well marked going up. When coming down the front side not many markers. Very thrilling from beginning to the end. Scree is a blast to ski down! I recommend this one to everyone. Fair warning, do not attempt if you are severely afraid of heights. Some sections are quite intense. Rating this a 6.5/10 for difficulty, however overall rating of a 8.5/10 would be more likely due to dangerous portions.

Nice hike but most of the trail is loose rock. The canyon is pretty nifty and not overly challenging with a toddler in a pack. Lots of people were on the trail when we went.

My boyfriend and I went for the first time in a long time. I always like a challenge. This was an amazing hike with amazing views. We did the full loop and it took us 7 hours. Coming down was an absolute nightmare as there is lots of scree. I would recommend hiking poles for sure. Hiking boots with ankle support was a must. It honestly felt like the hike would never end. It was extremely difficult, I probably won’t do it again but I am so glad I did the entire thing. The only thing I would change is the markings on the trails... or lack there of. I used the app to help me stay on track. If I didn’t, I probably would be lost somewhere on that beast of a mountain. However, definitely recommended. Not for beginners.

Ana amazing adventure hike. Not for beginners and prepare to be scared at times when u climb the chains. Fun hike tho did it once don’t know if I’d do it again. Highly recommended!

I did this hike last April, so if I do it again I will update this review. I just felt like I had to mention some stuff about this hike.

I did this hike when I was relatively new to hiking and out of shape, BIG MISTAKE. This hike is not for the faint hearted. It may not be a long distance but it is incredibly steep at some parts and requires physical and technical skill to well, not die. I found myself pretty worried at some parts especially when scrambling. When I went in April, the last quarter of the hike was pure mud and melting snow, and as you got closer to the final ascent, it became ice. Very precarious to navigate the chimney (a narrow rock passage, with a drop straight down the mountain you have to climb over). It should be noted when I did this hike last year, a person had died just recently by falling off the mountain.

That being said, if you are up for it, this hike is an amazing adventure!!! Once we got to the very top, it was one of the most beautiful sights I had ever seen, and the burning muscles and mortal fear subsided from the accomplishment. It really is as great as it can get, and is a physically demanding course but at the end you really have climbed a mountain and it is well worth it. Just be prepared!

Good hike! Took my girlfriend who is fairly new to hiking and she really enjoyed the hike! Wasn’t a huge fan of the construction or power lines but not a huge deal as the majority of the hike your away from all the noise. Very neat to see the cave drawings along the way as well as the valley of inuksuks!

What an incredible yet terrifying hike. Word from the wise, this hike is tough. There are many narrow ledges, steep scrambles, and an abundance of challenging terrain. If you have a fear of heights be prepared and google “the crux.” So why do it?

This is our favourite hike we have ever done, the challenge is worth the investment. Unbelievable panoramic views, and a great variety of scenery. The hype is real, if you are a hiker this is a must, however be prepared!

Bring: Poles, Rain Gear, good hiking shoes, food, lots of water, and be mindful of your pack size. Day packs are more than enough. Large packs can make navigating the terrain challenging. Give yourself a lot of time, we started around 1:30 and finished at 7:30. You don’t want to rush this one, plan for at least 6-7 hours. Start earlier in the day. BRING A CAMERA AND OR PHONE but be safe, it’s one where “doing it for the gram” can be hazardous. Most of all enjoy this beautiful beast.

nature trips
19 days ago

We went for a late afternoon stroll last week. It’s a super easy trail and very pristine. We were absorbed by the quietness, birds chirping around us. Great to reflect and release and be back fresh.
About a 45 minutes walk. There’s no picnic table - so bring your chair.

I just did this hike. My first time doing any kind of hike. You can do the loop to take you to the summit and make sure not to veer off the trail or you might die lol. Follow the blue squares on the scramble area.

Some friends and I did the hike up to the “chimney” a few weeks ago. It was pretty tough going up but the views were breathtaking. Going down was also a little tough as it is pretty steep. There were a lot of people out on the trail when we went so it wasn’t really my cup of tea. Also, I am not an expert hiker so I found this hike very difficult.

This is one of my favourite hikes! Gorgeous views throughout the whole hike and I love that it has a bit of everything! Starts off with a very recognisable trail through the forest and then you reach the rocky area which is a lot of fun to climb up! Make sure to look out for blue squares painted on the rocks to keep you going the right way. The chain section is not very long and the ledge isn't too skinny which I was worried about. Keep following the blue squares after you pass the chain section because they will lead you up the easiest way. Views for days once you get to the top! The way down has some loose scree to start off with which is a little tricky. I would recommend poles or just crouch and slide down. On the way down you wrap around the mountain and walk right below the cliff face which is spectacular to see! You'll even pass by a small waterfall once you reach the treed area on the way down! Loved every minute of this hike! It is quite challenging so I would recommend having some hiking experience before trying this mountain.

hiking
23 days ago

We did this hike on July 23 2018. Getting to the trail head requires driving down a rough dirt road and then on a dried river bed. There are some shallow river crossings that will require a 4x4 vehicle. The trail was easy enough with great views from the top. This trail is much more isolated than others in the region, so I recommend packing for worst case scenario. There was no cell service and we were the only people on the trail.

Also, there is a lot of free camping in the area.

Did this trail again with some friends over the weekend. It was quite windy and we brought a dog so we made it right to the clearing after you get out of the trees but we didn't want to chance going up to the ridge with the dog. There was no snow and the trails were in good condition!

Definitely visit in the winter! Wear shoes with good grip, or some sort of cleat.

on Devil's Gap

24 days ago

July 22nd - closed till Aug 2, 2018 due to bears in the area. Gravel road for a few decent km so I suggest taking an SUV or truck unless you're super adventurous!

What a day! Loved this hike. Keep an eye out for the markings, bring plenty of water, and plan for a full day. A hiking pole was a must for me to help out on the way down, as it gets quite steep and is easy to slip.

Great hike close to Calgary!

Can be tough at times to see the markings for the trail, so you have to keep an eye out. View from the top was cool - prairies to the east, Rockies to the west. Scree skiing on the way down was a lot of fun. Expect to be hiking for 5-6 hours with breaks.

Great little hike. The only reason we aren't giving it 5 stars- the first km or so is below power lines and loud due to construction. Once you get through that section of the trail, you'll enjoy a beautiful stroll. oh, and TAKE THE CANYON ROUTE! Fun and beautiful!

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