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10 hours ago

I've been on this trail at least once a year

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11 hours ago

A little crowded.

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11 hours ago

The tea house is a must!!! Sometimes you'll hear the rumble of the avalanche.

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11 hours ago

Great view of Jasper and Athabaskan River

Challenging but oh so rewarding with amazing views , a waterfall and a quaint tea house at the high point!

Beautiful waters beautiful rocks beautiful mountain views on this easy hike off the Icefields Parkway. Love this!

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1 day ago

Get out there early, and you'll miss most of the crowds, especially if you keep heading up to Little Beehive.

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1 day ago

We were a little in over our heads when we did this hike. We didn't know what to expect, and definitely felt like we bit off more than we could chew. But the views at the top made it all worth it.

This was Day one of a backpacking trip to Burstall Campground (US18)

The trail starts at mount shark day use area. to ultimately finish at the Burstall Parking area while staying one night at Burstall Campground (US18).

We made the connection between the two parking lots with a mountain bike. It is a ten km ride doable in less than an hour (took me 45 mins with the drive).

THe hike towards Burstall pass is a very serene one. We did not encounter a single person/group on the trail. For the biggest part of the trail you will be in a dense forest of hight trees and will get to look at a creek for a decent part of it. As you get into the valley things open and could possibly be very wet in early season. For us in late august, it was bone dry.

Overall a great hike if you're looking for a campground that is not too busy. Might be great on a mountain bike!

This was day 2 of our loop.

We started at Mount shark, stayed overnight at Burstall Campground (US18) then climbed over the pass the next day to reach the Burstall Pass parking area.

Burstall is a nice campground and easy to find, It is well signed when coming via Palisser Pass.
At this time of the year (late august) it is quite dry and very cold at night (possibly around 0° C)

I downloaded a GPX of the trail from All trails and BEWARE it was not accurate.
This must have been an old trail on the map. At some point we thought for sure we were going in the wrong direction as we were gaining elevation. But we kept following the trail and reached the top as we were supposed to.

The climb from Burstall is a strenuous one but quite rewarding with great views of the valley below.
I highly recommend.

Great views at top

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2 days ago

Fairly easy hike, get there early to avoid crowds.
Lots of wildlife (squirrels, chipmunks, big horn sheep) with nice small waterfalls and great scenery.

We took Ribbon Creek Trail to Ribbon Falls and onward to Ribbon Lake. This was a fantastic day. The hike to Ribbon Falls is long, but not too challenging. The trail climbs gradually, though the path is rocky and uneven much of the way. I'm glad I didn't bring my dog as the very rocky terrain would have been hard on her paws. The Falls are beautiful and make for a full-sensory stop along the trail for photos or lunch. The trail was affected by the 2013 floods, but has been repaired.

Beyond the falls, the trail to Ribbon Lake is steeper and more challenging, but the views are amazing. (See the trail description for Ribbon Lake for my review on that.)

It took us about 3 hours to get to the Falls. The trail to the Falls is closer to 10k one way.

Other trails in the area (including trails connecting with Ribbon Creek Trail to complete the loop) were closed for bear activity. Be sure to check with Alberta Parks before you depart.