Explore the most popular birding trails near Improvement District No. 9 with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Going down the trail is much easier than up. The upper portion needs to be taken slower since there are portions where it is steep with gravel and rock slides under your shoes, even with hiking boot grips. I would hike it again in a heartbeat!!!

Going up is a struggle past the first lookout because it becomes quite steep and rocky at points. If it is wet, it is slick. Definitely recommend proper hiking rates shoes or boots for the upper portion. It’s quite the workout getting to the high point. Loved the view, well worth the effort.

hiking
5 days ago

Great hike! I would say it’s pretty easy me and my friend got to the lake in about 2.5 hours. The trail is maintained nicely and the reward at the end is very worth it.

Trail was dry and in good shape mid-June 2018. Trail is quite manicured for the first 2/3s of the hike, but the view at the end is well worth it.

hiking
7 days ago

It's a super easy and relaxing walk. I went with my mom who has chronic pain and she really enjoyed it!

hiking
8 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!

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.

In all fairness, we did not make it all the way to the lake. We hiked this trail in late May after a hard winter. The glacial runoff was extremely swift and wide, and we didn't have hiking poles nor gaiters with us. We only made it 3.2 miles in. We crossed several wide snow patches as we climbed, but the views near our turning point made the hike worthwhile. The moderate rating on this trail was accurate due to the climb and the snowy patches involved.

hiking
26 days ago

Was brought here by our guide Michael from White Mountain Adventures and it was spectacular. Halfway up there is a beautiful lookout point and the top of the hike is truly spectacular. It’s a bit longer than you realize it will be but it’s absolutely worth it. We went May 26th and it was totally clear.

hiking
27 days ago

Looking for some advice....I am planning on doing this hike in two weeks (June 11). Wondering if I will need any equipment near the top or is it just a hike/scramble to the top at this time. I was told in the spring I should have ice axe and crampons. Is this needed in June? Thanks.

hiking
1 month ago

enjoyed this hike and views a year ago with friends.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked up this route yesterday and had to turn back about 1km from the end due to deep crusty snow. Would definitely still need snowshoes. I would definitely go back when the snow has retreated a bit more or with snowshoes. Saw a lovely little black bear on the way back too.

Amazing view on the top!
However lots of switch backs and you dont have views for first couple hours.

Did a 3 day backpack here last year and it was amazing. Probably the best multi day I’ve done thus far. Very tough. Very rewarding.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is AWESOME! It shouldn’t be this easy to bag an 11,000+ ft summit. I mean, it’s not “easy” but aside from the step, there is hardly any scrambling. The 360° views of the Lake Louise valley are simply breathtaking, views that are usually reserved for condors and light aircraft. But I’d strongly advise anyone to read Parks Canada’s brochure on hiking Mt Temple. Follow the route markers, stay on the trail and you’ll have a glorious day.

Trail up is a bit boring, although felt rewarded by the nice colourful reflective lake at the top. Didn’t require snowshoes as some commenters are suggesting- I was there in August, I think. Reading the reviews and seeing photos I think it would have been worth it to press on beyond Bourgeau Lake but we ran out of time.

best hike in the Rockies! I've summited 3 times. the glacier lakes, beautiful meadow, and stunning view from 12000ft is unbeatable. plan for it usually 1st 3 weeks in august, has to be sunny. even if you're unable to summit because of weather you can usually get to sentinel pass, still a worthwhile hike

Easily one of my favourite hikes! Not too difficult. Worth it to go all the way up to Harvey’s pass!

hiking
2 months ago

It's amazing, do it! But go prepare with the description for the scramble. We didn't know about it and met some folk at sentinel pass going up, so we tagged along. They didn't really know where they were going so we had to head back 1/3 of the way. I'll try it again next time, but I'll be the one with the direction!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice little hike with nice view over Lake Minnewanka. I'd suggest doing the cascade mountain scramble instead, but this is much shorter so if time is a factor, go for it!

hiking
6 months ago

I really liked this one, pleasant grind up to the lake. Needed to switch to snowshoes once at the base of Black Brett, the snow gets DEEP. Had to bail on the plan to get to Harvey's Pass as going through the trees with the deep snow was too unstable to walk through.

Will be back in the summer to tackle the pass and the summit

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome trip. Trail up the hill is well packed so microspikes best. Once you hit the upper bowl snow is pretty deep so snowshoes would be better. To go to Bourgeau lake veer left at the meadow. If there are trails heading straight towards the trees then right, they are heading to Harvey pass.

6 months ago

Completed the scramble to the summit at the end of September. We were very lucky that not many were attempting the summit at this time of the year, as this scramble can get very busy. There are rock hazards so after the pass, a helmet is needed, especially when busy. While we did not use them, would recommend bringing crampons (or atleast spikes/cleats) as well as an ice axe as the final approach to the summit can have snow and ice all year round. While you need to have good fitness to reach the summit in a reasonable time, never anything more than easy and some moderate scrambling at the crux.

Full of snow, but fun!

hiking
8 months ago

I have to go back to this one as it kicked my ass so hard. But even though I didn't reach the summit, easily some of the most breath taking views.

hiking
8 months ago

Quick jaunt on our way home from Lake Louise. Well marked and beautiful views of the falls and across the valley.

Trail is getting pretty slippery with the snow on the trail, I'd recommend bringing ski poles.

*NOT DOG FRIENDLY*

This was my absolute favorite hike ever. Honestly I struggle to find the words for how breathtaking the summit truly is.

Get to the parking lot early. I’m talking before 6 AM because it fills up extremely fast. The trailhead had quite a few people on it first thing in the morning but was thinned out by the time I reached The Valley of 10 Peaks. I passed quite a few people on my way to the summit. Many parties turned around after the initial pass for whatever reasons.

This summit is no joke. In the middle of August there was serious snow and ice for most of my ascent. Totally worth every breath.

hiking
8 months ago

A great hike in the snow!

hiking
8 months ago

hard hard hard ... had snow and ice ... but awesome!!

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