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hiking
icy
rocky
snow
1 day ago

Carthew- Alderson trail. One of the most challenging and nicest hikes I’ve ever had. Distance: 20.3 Km. Elevation gain: 997 m. From: Waterton town-AB-Canada. Going to the first lake is a moderate hike but going to Carthew lake I will say that is a difficult path. Specially for the narrow trails and snow patches. I’m glad I completed .

Does anyone know if the road is open as of July 7 ? Hard to find info on gov site

hiking
rocky
1 day ago

Easy to moderate hike the majority of the way up. There’s some mud for a section. When you get to the loop up top it’s quite steep and has loose rock. Recommend some hiking footwear. Beautiful views and a friendly marmot near the tree line.

July 3, 2020- the entire trail was relatively snow free and in good shape! There is a steep section up to the col before hiking through the boulders to the top that you should be prepared for on the way down, it can be slick! Wouldn't want to go down when its wet. Overall amazing views for relatively little effort. Took 2hrs up, then connected to plain of 6 glaciers on the way down.

July 4, 2020- short but steep trail which includes two nice lakes. Was quite muddy on the lower section of the trail. The last section up to Arnica was a lil grind, and the climb out past Vista is enough to get ya sweating again. Took 3:20 round trip with breaks and lunch at the lake.

1 day ago

July 5,2020- trail is in great shape, took 7 hrs round trip with breaks including lunch at the top. Pretty windy at the top so bring some layers so you can enjoy the view! Only reason it doesnt get 5 stars is the distance, which can scare off some people. If you're fit you'll have no problem with it!

July 4, 2020- nice, short easy trail to the lakes, although there was quite a bit of mud closer to the lakes. Take your time on the boulder section and watch your ankles! Water is like glass in the early morning, very beautiful spot! We couldnt find a real trail to the second lake so we boulder hopped the entire way along the right side.

scramble
1 day ago

July 6, 2020- We stuck to the right side of the gully and had no issues with footing or handholds, and a short section with more hands on scrambling at the top. Make no mistake, this is not a hike, it's a scramble! Plan accordingly and stay within your limits. Advanced hikers should have no issue making the leap. Gorgeous views at the top with a huge summit to spread out on! 1:15 up, 45 mins down.

hiking
bridge out
muddy
1 day ago

This trail is a beautiful trail and definitely worth the effort. Due to all the rains the trail was muddy in some spots and the mosquitoes were noticeable but not overwhelming. The bridge is washed out and the water is flowing quite fast right now. We ended up crossing on and fallen tree, but I would suggest major caution doing this and only attempt it if you are confident in your balance. We saw some evidence of a bear in the area (paw prints in the mud as well as scat on the trail) but did not encounter a bear. Lots of shallow streams to cross so definitely wear water proof shoes.

belle vue sur Banff

I did this last summer in early-mid June. Was scrolling through my favorites and thought I’d write a review. This was one of my favorite hikes in canada. The lake was beautiful, still partially frozen when I went. We went around 8 or 9pm and were the last on the trail, as we were warned by a hiker on their way back. They also said there were recent bear tracks so to be careful. We had bear spray but never had to use it luckily. The best part of this hike for me was that we saw not one but 2 avalanches! They were so beautiful, and powerful. This is probably not a common occurrence but it was so awesome I had to leave a review. It was still a beautiful hike that was well worth it regardless.

A very short hike/walk for such a gorgeous view!

NOICE!

Did this trail at 5pm in the evening and was not busy at all. It was a perfect little hike, took us about an hour and a half to finish with lots of stops to take pictures along the way. I would say this trail is more on easy/moderate side. There was also a fork in the trail and make sure to stay left- if you find yourself going down before you reach the lookout you’ve turned the wrong way!

hiking
2 days ago

Nice trail to first few bridges. I only went to ?bridge 4 I think. I just wasn’t as impressed given I had just been to Mistaya Canyon and Johnston Canyon. But still a great trail, but a LOT of people on the weekend when I went. Especially considering pandemic. Hate to see how busy when there’s international travellers too.

Great trail. All 5 lakes are the beautiful blue shades I’ve come to expect in Canada! So pretty. I did short cut and went lakes 5 to 2 and saw 1 and went down the 9b path cutting off the circuit of lake 1. It was enough blue lakes for me... made it about 5.5km as per my tracker. Great hike for families and there were lots of them on the trail. Kids should cope fine with it. Not too strenuous.

Amazing hike - it was raining the entire time but was well worth the grind.

on Lake Agnes Trail

hiking
2 days ago

Did this on Canada day, constant incline but very doable, got up in 50 mins or so. The tea house made getting to the top so much more enjoyable! Not an experienced hiker here

hiking
2 days ago

Did this a week ago on a rainy morning, kind of nice to have misty clouds at the top. Only 650m to the top, another 100m to the view point. Not an experienced hiker, not steep, just constant incline

backpacking
flooded
muddy
snow
2 days ago

Great hike, and lots of folks on this trail. Spent a couple nights out here in early July. Lots of snow once you get into skoki valley but passable because the snow is hard. Lots of the scrambles in the area are not recommended because of waste deep and melting snow on the routes to the summits.

hiking
bridge out
no shade
2 days ago

Great, well-marked trail. As others have mentioned, path up to the falls is relatively easy. It gets pretty steep after that. Bridge is still out but there is a horse trail that’s recommended/accessible if you want to go up to the lake. We went on a sunny day and there’s very little shade going up to the falls, but it gets better once you get past that.

The main trail is in great condition!

muddy
snow
2 days ago

Decent amount of mud in the pass, and hiking up the ridge there are a number of snowfields, a couple of which are pretty steep but traversable. Weather was pretty changeable on the day and actually turned on top, despite a fairly clear morning - ended up in a hail/rainstorm half way down! Bring layers and waterproofs on cloudy days.. Absolutely worth it though!

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