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We went up today June 22. We had to turn back at a snow covered section near the tea house. It was steep and very slippery in the rain even with good hiking boots! Some people did go onto the tea house but they had hiking poles and proper footwear (and even they were having a hard time coming back). Not worth the risk in my opinion!

I have done this hike in the summer with no snow. It’s very manageable, the tea house is lovely and it has beautiful views! If you can..wait till the snow is gone before you go!

This was one of our favorite hikes. It has wooded areas and then open rock fields to walk through. There were still a few areas with snow on the trail. There was a point where many turned around as they were too afraid to walk below the snow field.

The Tea House at the end was delightful. They do take credit card, even though all I ready prior to going stated “cash only”. They charge a $4 surcharge for using the credit card machine. The tea and chocolate cake kept my children motivated to get to the top. While we enjoyed these things, we loved watching and hearing all of the avalanches. Truly beautiful to watch and not be under.

Highly recommend this hike!

horseback riding
2 days ago

This is a fantastic trail. We typically use horses, but would be great on foot as well. There are a couple of creek/river crossings so be prepared for wet feet depending how high the water level is. Not great for young kids with a hill climb right out of the campground, but preteen+ would be fine and you wouldn’t have to carry them. Caution crossing the meadow during weekdays as we have seen people siting in large guns down the powering clearing. Weekends seem to be fine.

Poor signage for trail. Powderface was a long walk in the trees but Prairie creek was really nice.

Great hike! Tea house was wonderful. Also got to see a little avalanche off in the distance. Definitely recommend.

On a muddy day after a morning rain and a wet couple of days before, we hiked this trail starting at the Information Centre and went clockwise. It's a relatively easy trail with only one short steep uphill section and the rest just rolls along. I would rate this as easy instead of the intermediate ranking it currently has. My only complaint of the trail is that there isn't much of a viewpoint on any part of it. Muddy conditions prevented us from exploring any of the other trials in this network but we will be back during drier conditions. There was only one other hiking group on the trail so we pretty much had it all to ourselves!

hiking
5 days ago

Fantastic hike! Fairly steep towards the end but the view is entirely worth it. The trail could be marked better so allow yourself extra time to find it.

The view is spectacular at the top.

Great views you really have to stop occasionally and look around to check out the tiny hikers on the trail above and below. Then you turn the corner up to the tea house and lose sight of blue-tiful lake Louise and the red canoes. There was still some snow on the trail.

hiking
6 days ago

What an amazing trail with rewarding beautiful views after only a short period of hiking! The trail is muddy and snowy and slippery in a few sections still, and the last kilometre is all snow covered, at times knee deep. The lake remains frozen, but it was all still breathtaking!

This is a great easy trail that connects Mesa Butte and Northfork campgrounds. Adding part of 9999 (four nines) trail creates a great loop. This trail has a history that goes back decades. Great wild flowers, views and in late summer awesome raspberries!

hiking
9 days ago

Great hike with wonderful view from the top. Pretty steep trail in some parts.

Moderate trail, and yes, heavily trafficked, but a must do with amazing views

hiking
10 days ago

Great Hike!! My friend and I did not make it to the main waterfall as we got lost down a trail we thought was the main one. Turned out to be a side trail that took us right to the creek. Ended up finding 3 waterfall pools that we swam in! (Very cold) brought my dog as well and turned out to be a great hike!

Loved this trail easy for kids and such great scenery lots of shade and the water break is a nice cool down on a hot day took my 4 year old good trip would do again

The lake is amazing! Part way up the trail you can turn back to see the lake and it's a very gratifying view. Some parts of the trail were covered in snow and were very slippery and steep. It's very challenging to do without the right footwear. About half way up we saw a couple small avalanches in the distance. Unfortunately, we didn't make it to the tea house but many people along the way were saying it was in fact open. Overall it was a great way to spend an afternoon. Challenging and pretty!

hiking
12 days ago

An easy hike that offers a shallow river crossing, lots of water falls, great views and is dog friendly. Make sure you are paying attention to where the junction point is for Junction falls or you may find yourself at Junction Lake instead as it is the more obvious trail.

hiking
14 days ago

This trail is still quite snowy, but the tea house was wonderful. Continue on from there about a half mile or so to the lookout and the views are incredible. Despite being warned by a hiker coming down, we still made the mistake of taking a trail that was essentially the top of a big mud/sand pile. We had to skid down it in order to find the actual trail up to the tea house. If you begin climbing on the tower of sand, you’ve gone the wrong way! The path to the tea house climbs up the side of the mountain and once you find it, easily marked!

Went yesterday and almost got to the lake. Last mile was waist deep snow—we followed someone’s snow steps until they stopped! Might be melted next week! Otherwise gorgeous lookouts on the way up and fairly easy ascents.

This is my favorite. It is challenging, but you dont have to be an expert hiker or in great shape for that matter. The scenery is always changing and it is long enough for you to feel accomplished, but not long enough to take up your whole day

Very easy leisurely walk. A great walk to stop and smell the flowers.

Beautiful view, definitely worth the hike!

walking
20 days ago

River views, lots of horse poop. Cute board walk. More of a walk.

This hike is challenging due to the current amount of snow sections but definitely manageable and totally worth the views at the top!

Awesome trail, nice view all the way up and nice reward !

Trails are nice. Some steep little hills and some good views along the way. I’ve don’t the whole loop on this trail a few times.

Awesome. Climb up the choss at the end for a great view

Hiked Sunday May 27. 1st of the season and brought my 11 year old. Nice variety of scenery with one vista scene. Moderate hike for the beginner to average hiker who has kids. We started on path from powderface parking lot. In the final meadow before gate\fence we saw an adult black bear 100 yards away at tree line. Not aggressive and I reported sighting. Will definitely do this hike again with family (and bear spray:) Photos on site this site are accurate.

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