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The start and end were great. We followed the riverbed so can't comment on the proper trail. 4 hours there and back, lots of photo stops though.

This is a hard scramble , well it was for me and my friend , it was not impossible but it was definitely difficult. You will definitely need hiking poles and actual hiking boots for this hike ( neither of which we had ) . The hike ended up being a total of 8 hours + plus getting a little lost Better to go in big groups for more motivation. Last scramble was definitely the hardest but we made it to the top.
we did take some lovely pictures along the way though instagram.com/morountodun

Finished the hike May 19, 2018. Great half day hike. Less busy than it’s neighbour Ha Ling. Took us 2.5 hrs on the way up with plenty of photo ops during the incline. Great view of Ha Ling! Easy scramble sections on the lower half. Last 1.5 km has more difficult scrambling sections, but worth the view. Took our time coming down. Round trip time was 4.5 hrs with a good 45 minute lunch at the summit and plenty of stops for photos. Still some snowy and wet spots that can make it a bit slippery but nothing to deter you from making the trip. Plus snow makes for great glissading on the way down! Lots of dogs on the trail but we left ours at home. Would be tough to lift and strap our guy in on some scrambling and scree sections near the top. Only saw one made it to the summit, most stopped at the lower plateau.

Excellent early season hike, not hard like some people say. On the way up door jamb stay just to the right of the ridge and you won’t encounter much steep scrambling. If you go too far left you might find yourself facing a wall. Getting to Loder Peak is nice and easy from there. To complete the loop requires some path finding and bushwacking until you hit the riverbed from which to the end it’s a flat and long hike back to the road.

Love this easy hike! Gorgeous views with very little effort.

I completed this on the 12th May 2018 with two friends, all of us in reasonable shape. It took us about 4 hours in total, and we had a lot of time stopped to enjoy the view. We also didn't use any additional equipment such as poles or crampons. The trail itself is fairly well marked, with little blue squares on the exposed rock elements to point you in the right direction, and its also pretty heavily trafficked. There are several steep sections before you clear the treeline, and some of them you will need to scramble on. This trail offers a great view of Ha Ling Peak, and both the Bow and Spray Valleys. Approaching the summit, it turns into a more difficult scramble, which can be a little dangerous with lots of people dislodging rocks down. Go carefully, watch your footing, and don't be afraid to let people overtake or pass you. At the summit, you can see an interesting view of Mt. Rundle in the distance, but the better view is of Ha Ling, and you can see that pretty much after you clear the treeline. There was snow around, but not that much of it, but it was slippery due to the early season conditions. All in all, a solid little trail.

The scramble was a bit more difficult than I anticipated. The trail is 98% dry as of May 8. The views all the way up are fantastic. As with all steep climbs, the way down is hard on the knees. Loved it!

A very steep trail the whole way up with little to no flat sections and some minimal bolder climbing. I climbed to the helicopter pad in 2 hours. The views were amazing and the trail was the perfect length for a nice afternoon hike. the distance from Canmore made this trial very convenient. I definitely recommend this trail to travellers staying in Canmore.

Three of us and a dog went up today. It was a grunt the entire way to the top- beautiful view and blue skies. Sunscreen and a hat are a must! Trail was clear and little snow at the top! We will be doing this again soon!

Started this hike at 330am this morning. It was beautiful, not too much snow on the trail. lots of hands on climbing. Was a lot easier then I thought from reading all the comments saying it’s a hard trail. finished around 830am we took lots of breaks to watch the sunrise.

Great hike and scramble. Good early season conditions. Not much snow for early May.

Did this hike on May 5 and it was the perfect day. No snow or ice on the trail..it was actually quite dry. This hike is relentless. Straight up until you hit the helipad, which is a great place for a break. Many people stop here and then turn around. We went on the the top. Thus is even more gruelling, but worth it. If you make it this far you might as well walk the ridge. Sketchy in areas but a great accomplishment if you can do it. Bring lots of water.

Trail was nice and peaceful. Only one other group was on the trail when I went in end of April. Any path there was is basically wiped out and I just followed the creek bed the whole way.

Great hike! First section is pretty steep but it levels out a bit. Perfect place to watch the sunset!

very easy, but beautiful trail. there are some repairs on the bridge on the start/end spot. the bridge is closed, so no way to get there from the bow valley trail side.

Really nice after the noise from giant cement plant dissipated.
Great view from beside mt. yamnuska.
There are about 8 spots where you have to step onto snow drifts, but easy if your not a wuss :)
Tough incline, a good 3 1/2 hour all around test for the old legs

Great hike couple ice spots but mostly really great trail will be doing it again day was sunny and beautiful

Trail is closed from dec 31 to June because of wildlife look forward to hike in june

This was a welcome challenge in April 2018; wore ice trekkers on the way down with poles due to snow and slippery descent. Plenty of spectacular views! It was too windy for us beginner to intermediate hikers (no to very little scrambling experience) to attempt reaching the abandoned teahouse, but we were pleased with the distance. We hit the trail marker at Noon and at a slow pace, it took us 7.5 hours return. I asked for a view and I got it!

Great trail! Was very icy and slippery as you got close to the tea house, but otherwise a beauty trip on this mountain.

Very icy and muddy but good views along the way! We had no views at the top and was very windy. Will be doing this hike again in the summer!

Loved this hike. Definitely a work out but nothing too strenuous. We did it with crampons and they were definitely helpful. View at the top is amazing. Took us about 4 hours total.

Very cool hike. There’s a few steep sections where you have to work but in general the incline isn’t anything too tough. Hiking the ridge by the tea house is very fun. Definitely recommend it.

1 month ago

One of my favourite trails, definitely on the easier side. Beautiful views from the top

This is a beautiful and scenic hike but I would definitely not recommend it without snowshoes. I started on the side of Loder peak and I would say for about 80% of the distance there were parts where you would sink into the snow up to your waist. I was following a fresh trail and when I got to the halfway point I met two other hikers that had to turn around as beyond that the snow became deeper and it was impossible to track through.

Brought my 2 year old German Shepherd Husky and she loved it! Beautiful, quiet winter hike!

Same trail as Ha Ling, just veer right at the top. This peak is nice because it is far less busy than Ha Ling

great winter hike

Great hike - can really push yourself and make good time up and down the trail. Good view of the valley and Canmore throughout. Incredible at the top, to peak over the massive cliff.
Tea house is interesting.
Done this hike a couple times.
Prepare for more exposure to the sun and heat than covered hikes


Beautiful winter hike. No one else around.

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