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Phenomenal views along the ridge. A bit gusty at the top so make sure to remember your wind-breaker!

1 day ago

Parked at the south end parking lot. Rather boggy for the first couple Kms and then dried up as we came out of the trees. As we approached the ridge, a mother grizzly and three cubs crossed our path and climbed the west valley to saddle. Beautiful views and will do it again.

2 days ago

My wife and I were camping at Elkwood and this was our second day hike. As others have mentioned go through all the camp sites, past site 16 and the trail re-appears. Stay right at the fork (left goes back to the lake trail on the other side of the lake) and just keep going. Anywhere the trail got 'lost' due to flooding has been well marked with red ribbon. We were the first ones up the trail that morning but once we stopped to eat others appeared coming up behind us. Had the dog with us so we weren't able to go up the worst of the scree bit (he's got bad knees) but otherwise it was hike full of amazing views.

Amazing indeed! Lucky to have the hot springs to all for ourselves and soak after the hike!

5 days ago

SO worth it, but long and deceptive! Starts out as an easy forest walk to the grassy saddle, turns into a moderately scrambley hike to the springs and/or up the rocky stream bed, then becomes real hard hell to summit. Start early so you have time to soak in the springs on the way down. Don't take the scree/3rd/furthest/west-most/stream bed path all the way up, it's steeper than Sarrail, looser than Yam and will add an unpleasant hour, instead take first/alternate/outlier/ridge traverse path up.

Beautiful hike today. Weather was perfect. Made it up to the ridge but not before our group was split in 2 by a momma grizzly and her 3 cubs. Walked right in between our groups. Beautiful sight but made us realize we were definitely in bear country. Do not go up the valley closest to the mountain ( snow ) as her den is right at the top of the saddle. Papa grizzly was just on the other side. We had to yell to one group to stop and turn around as it would have been a sure disaster if they would’ve continued on up. Hike up to the highest point instead please.

This is a beautiful hike with panoramic views on the ascent. Unfortunately we were unable to complete our final trek up to the ridge as there is a mama Grizzly with her cubs. Please be very aware she has been in the area for a while and frequents the meadow surrounding (Pocaterra cirque)

11 days ago

Hit up this entire ridge today. Expect a good 1.5h uphill slog when you get closer to the ridge. Bring hiking polls. Also expect superb valleys, views from the top, and some wildlife? We save an entire herd of big horned sheep!

Good hike if you’re short on time. Very scenic and enough of an incline to get a work out in. When you get to Elbow lake, walk through the entire campground and passed the food lockers and the trail will reappear. The glacier itself is pretty underwhelming but the views along the way are great. For the length of drive it takes to get there I would recommend hiking to Tombstone Lake which is accessible from the same starting point.

Amazing views. The walk through the meadow is very unique. Didn't have enough time to do the whole ridge, but the conditions up to the peak and back we good, other than some muddy areas at the beginning.

trail running
14 days ago

I did this as part of a 30k trail run loop yesterday, continuing on Moose Packers and Ridgeback then back across Elbow. it was a nice way to get in a bit of elevation without feeling like you're climbing super hard, nice and windy thru trees etc. Some tougher technical spots near the top where it was so rocky it wasn't runnable for me.
I would give the full loop a 4 or 5 star just for trail run enjoyment and for percent of runnable segments, but the Pneuma segment just a 3 start or so. Having said that, I'll definitely come back to it.

14 days ago

Much more scenic than I expected based on other reviews, however today in early July 2018 it was very windy and cold between the 3rd and 4th kms as we ascended to the glacier. We were not prepared for the drastic temperature change and were quite cold. A learned lesson for future hikes.

Did this hike Canada Day weekend. Absolutely stunning. On the way there we went from sunshine to rain to a little hail but for the most part it was alright, some patches of snow on the ground but didn't need any crampons or snowshoes. Slept at Turbine Sunday night and woke up to see beautiful frosted mountains. We thought it would only snow on the mountaintops but about 5 minutes into breakfast we got hit with heavy hail that quickly turned to flurries. The hike back to Forks felt like a completely different experience with everything above the switchbacks blanketed in a white crystal sheet. In the span of 3 hours we went from sun -> hail -> snow -> rain -> sun when we finally hit Forks.
It's a tiring climb up with a backpack but it's well worth the views.

It is just breathtaking

1 month ago

Hiked to the top on Sunday, had some fresh snow to slide down on!

1 month ago

1 month ago

Went just to see the small hot springs on the side of the mountain. The trailhead was a bit hard to find, we used the directions from guidebook which helped a lot! The hot springs were a great temperature at sunset. Would be an amazing sunrise hike if you are camping in the area!

Love this trail, varied areas, amazing view of a valley.

4 months ago

We did see the mama bear with her 3 cubs just before the Highwood parking area, she stayed on the Ptarmigan Cirque side

Loved this hike! We didn't summit and opted to visit the tiny hot springs instead. Will definitely be returning.

Did about a month ago for first time. Up to the meadow peak was fine and had to find the path from there on as it was covered in snow. Be prepared for wind gusts causing full white out conditions from time to time and pant legs freezing from snow. Crampons were helpful. Still a great adventure!!!

8 months ago

Awesome! Pretty great sights, a decent amount of traffic, the larches in autumn are magnificent.

Great hike! Missed the peak of the golden larches but so beautiful anyway. Almost missed the trail head ( you turn left off the ptarmigan cirque/Highwood meadows trail at the sign which says "Fragile Area, stay on designated trails". Lots of snow on trail at this time of year , mental note to bring trax or crampons next time :).

9 months ago

Trail and area is currently closed as of September 28/2017 due to a Sow and cubs.
Larch's up top looked beautiful but not worth the risk of running into a protective momma bear.

9 months ago

Our group did this hike on Sept 30th, 2017.
Because there was really a lot of people doing the ridge that day, we decided to leave the trail to follow the valley towards the lake west of the ridge. That part was nice and easy once we passed the scree section.
Going back up to the ridge past the lake was easy.

The official trail is something else though. Conditions can change very fast, on that day it became very windy and we also had quite a bit of snow while we were following the trail back towards the highwood pass parking lot.
Going North to South, the trail has some moderate to difficult sections, depending on weather. Hiking poles are highly recommended, and some previous experience scrambling would help when conditions become slippery.

Very rewarding though, and well worth the effort.

9 months ago

Not a strenuous hike, can be done in about 3-4 hours with lots of breaks. The larch trees are in their prime right now! Plenty of beautiful places to stop for lunch and admire the scenery. Elevation is gained and lost throughout the trail, minimal scramble to the top for the view.

Hard on the knees but loved the view!!

9 months ago

Very rewarding hike, but should not be taken lightly. This hike would be more towards difficult then moderate especially if you start at the little highwood pass day use parking lot..

Go see the larches in late September she said. It will be fun she said.

I quite honestly almost died on this hike on at least 5 separate occasions. If not for the skills I learnt watching The Revenant (filmed in K Country - you're welcome for your next trivia fix) and my trusty Nike running shoes, it would have been even worse.

There was snow everywhere. Everything is a false summit. I'm convinced I saw a mountain lion track right beside where we had lunch. A dog tried to steal my friend's sandwich (she was mad). I passed at least 10 crying women and one pregnant woman on the hike. A guy kept telling us we were "young bulls" and then tried to tell us that disturbing "young bull / old bull" hill story. One guy farted at the top of a summit beside us.

Quite honestly, we wouldn't have gotten through it if it hadn't of been for this new video sweeping the internet of a white 8 year old kid trying to dab, but ending up doing karate. We also had to hitch hike back to our car.

Five out of five would recommend! Can't wait to come back!

Absolutely spectacular hike! My new favorite for sure!

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