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Very nice view around at top and high wind too.

Pretty steep and lots of scree but what an amazing view from the ridge line!! Now that it's more winter recommend bringing spikes, making sure to stay on trail and walking poles for sure!

December 10, 2018.

Rating: I find All Trails is often rating hikes more difficult than they actually are. This is not the case. This is a hard, steep hike, with a lot of elevation gain. There are some switch backs, but a lot is just straight up on bare or loose rock. (Currently dashed in snow)

Route: We took the Grotto Trail Hard Route up, as suggested by research; but then back down that route as well, as it was too windy to feel comfortable on the traverse. However, we got lost on our way up...and our way down. There are so many trails that branch out, you actually need to be constantly checking. And trust me, when I say don’t “bushwhack”, just go back and find the proper trail. I did find the trials hard to follow, probably due to snow coverage and no human tracks. There is flagging tape, which did help tremendously. Thanks to whoever placed those! But overall, hard to follow. And yes. There are times that you are walking alongside the cliffs, but not to the point that I personally find frightful. You can chose to stay further off the cliff side.

Conditions: Being a south facing hike with constant sunshine, there was minimal snow. But, it is still mid December on a mountain...There were sections that there was deep pockets of snow, (like knee height) but for the most part, easy to avoid. Today it was mostly cloudy with no issues in visibility, however it was insanely windy, to the point we just weren’t comfortable doing to loop.

Gear: Poles and spikes were more hindrance than help today. We did initially have our spikes on, but elected to take them off pretty quick. Poles were mostly just being dragged as it was steep and bare rock for the second 2/3 of the hike up.

Time: Reviews are saying 6-7 hours. I mean, yah, I’m sure that’s doable. However, our slow asses too 6 hours up, 5 hours down. Total of approximately 14km and 20,000 steps as per our Fitbit/Apple watch. Keeping in mind we do some adventuring. We did go off the trail and did go down the wrong trails several times. We did also take several breaks to just enjoy where we were. Hiked from before sunrise to after sunset. But the stars were beautiful.

***All and all, beautiful hike. Definitely would recommend. I will absolutely do it again in hopes to find a day with less wind.***

completed yesterday, don't go without micro spikes or crampons, pretty slippery but also very doable.amd rewarding. if you wear proper snow gear then it's not very cold at the top!

hiking
1 day ago

The Begining of the trail is really easy, it gets more difficult when you reach the top of the mountain. Totally worth the effort! The view was incredible !

hiking
3 days ago

My wife and i really enjoy this hike. you can make it more strenuous by going as far as you can. It does get really windy in the open areas but the views are awesome!

It’s steep as you hike up on a used trail along the side of the mountain and then you come to a clearing of large rocks and boulders. The trail seems to disappear. However it is clear which way to go. You get out of breath as the incline increases but at the top where the “Tea House” is the views of Canmore and the Mountains are spectacular! There is no real Tea House that you can dine at. This is a difficult slow climb and recommend for the seasoned hiker.

Some of the parts of the trail were closed so it was up and down the same path to the mini lakes at top.

Very challenging and rewarding hike. We wore micro spikes and used poles for the snow and ice- very glad we did!
Pretty cold and windy at the top for this time of year , we only made it to the helicopter pad and back. Took almost 4.5 hours.
Legs are sore today !
Will definitely do this trail again - hoping to reach the summit in the spring/summer.

I spent a perfect morning hiking this awesome mountain! The weather is stunning for November. It took me around 2.5 hours to get to the teahouse.

hiking
19 days ago

Packed snow for most of it, no snow in places on the ridge. Spikes are good to have. Steady climb but really no exposed areas so is great this time of year. Route to ridge climb is really well marked and signed. Views from ridge line are truly spectacular! Trail closes December 1 for wildlife management.

Wow! Amazing reward at the top!

The trail is in good condition, only covered with thin layer of snow except Wind Ridge Trail has deeper snow
Great hike and definitely go back again in summer time

Great view at the Wind Ridge Trail. Worth extra effort to go up. Crampon is a must going there

Gorgeous view!! Nice easy trail :)

Nice easy walk to town. Lots of wildlife spotting opportunities

Good for quick dog walks

Excellent day with dry conditions! We clocked 11 km and 912 metre gain to helipad! 4 hours 10 minutes with lots of breaks! Amazing hike and views! Can’t wait to come back and go up ridge !

Nov 11 2018
Beautiful winter hike. Easy trail was very easy. Probably good with a stroller.
More difficult was full of tree roots and rocks under the little snow. Closer to the top of more difficult trail you need crampons. It was pure ice due to the overflow.
From the lakes, the hike up the stairs has a nice lookout. At the very top you can cross the road for a nice mountain and lake view.
Outhouse on site.

Fun little walk. Pretty scenery

Excellent day with dry conditions! We clocked 11 km and 912 metre gain to helipad! 4 hours 10 minutes with lots of breaks! Amazing hike and views! Can’t wait to come back and go up ridge !

Went on Nov 12th. Sunny. Temp -5. Trail spilt into more difficult and east. More difficult has lots of frozen icy surface which are extramely spiliry. lots of beautiful forest view and sunny mountain view. Trail beyond water fall is covered in frozen ice. Spikes are recommended for that part of the trail.
Grassi lakes at the end of the trail is very beautiful and not frozen so you still see the beautiful color of the water.
I would go back in summer again.

hiking
29 days ago

Did without spikes today as light snow covering in places and bare for parts of hillside. I would take spikes with you regardless, in case it ices up or gets more snow. Fantastic views all the way along the ridge, and I wouldn't rate this as difficult as the elev gain is certainly there, but there is little to no exposure and good trail all the way to the summit. Powerline ROW for the first (and last) hour eases you into it and is a well defined trail if you want to start or finish in the dark. Reminder that this trail will be closed December 1 - June 15 for wildlife management so if you want to check it out you have the rest of the month.

Enjoyable easy hike :)
Went 3 weeks a go a bit slippery in some spots but other then that a good fun hike.

Enjoyable easy hike :)
Went 3 weeks a go a bit slippery in some spots but other then that a good fun hike.

Enjoyable easy hike :)
Went 3 weeks a go a bit slippery in some spots but other then that a good fun hike.

Not recommended for the harder side in the winter unless you have good shoe spikes. Great views and a pleasant trail when recovering from a hard trail. Lots of traffic even in winter and much better than Quarry Lake all around.

Thigh burner for sure! Some snow and packed ice present, spikes and poles recommended. Got lucky and had a glorious sunshine lunch on the helipad - very little wind.

hiking
30 days ago

went on Nov 11th. Temp -5. Sunny. warms us up fast.
nice little loop around the Quarry lake.
very relaxing walk. nice view of mount lady mcdoanld. also good off leach dog park area. lake was slightly frozen. lots of cute dogs. took us 30 - 45 min with broken legs. not really broken but worn out after mt lady McDonald trail.
peeing in the lake is not at all recommended as it is a very popular community trail.

went on Nov 10th. Temperature 2 degrees. Sunny and chilly when windy around ridge. Slippery in shade and not slippery when sunny. we saw 10 mountain goats eating and sunning tanning. Poles are a must especially when going down. Took us 6 hours to finish the whole thing. Trail is unmarked. Use your own discretion where is the trail. Pack lots of water and food. Peeing off the cliff is not recommended as it is a popular trail unless you have someone guarding for you. Great views of other mountains - it is worth the climb and scrambling. lots of Scrambling. no bears or mountain lions sighted.

Nov 10, 2018: super awesome!

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