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Great shoulder season hike. Gets steeper as you get close to the lake. Managed to do Harvey Pass as well but it is challenging with the snow. Make sure you are prepared if you go past Bourgeau Lake.

Excellent hike. One of my favorites

hiking
26 days ago

Hiked up clockwise to the steep downhill rock band at kilometer 4. However the trail was amazingly dry all the way to this point, we decided to turn back due to the steep icy rocks and higher risk of slip and fall. It would have been nice if there was a chain installed at this point to increase safety of this beautiful trail.

hiking
28 days ago

4 out of 5 because of the very long time spent in the forest, which by all means is nice, but is also the majority of the hike. Totally worth it, though. Great views at the pass and very pretty. Definitely wouldn’t rate this as hard by any means, so long as you have the endurance to do the length of the trail. The elevation gain is very gradual. No steep sections or ridges to negotiate.

hiking
28 days ago

Hiked this trail on October 20th. Conditions were very icy in the morning (micro spikes / cleats highly recommended) but as the day warmed up things began to thaw (pretty muddy and slushy). Beautiful views and still a good time to see some larches. We saw some bear tracks while still in the forest but did not see any bears.

hiking
28 days ago

It was a beautiful and not super challenging hike. I’d like to go again on a day where it wasn’t too cold and pouring rain, but what can you do! The weather is the only reason I’m giving it a 3/5. I’m sure there’s a beautiful vista we could have looked out over had it not been grey-out from the rain. Also a squirrel tried to drink my beer. Minus one star for the thief squirrel.

Completed on the 16th of October. The initial 5-6kms of forrest is nothing special. However, once you break out into the meadows you get some spectacular views! They make it worthwhile.
The trail is covered in snow/ice at this time of year. Cleats were a big help.

1 month ago

Amazing trail, as everyone has said it's not easy. I took the clockwise route up to cory pass but the snow was so thick at edith pass I couldn't tell where the trail was. if you're going to attempt this hike in this season I would strongly recommend crampons and poles. the elevation gain is intense and coupled with snow and ice it makes for quite a treacherous climb. the scrambles in the snow were interesting but definitely manageable. again. crampons, wouldn't have been able to complete this hike without them. No bears but saw lots of tracks!!

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice trail despite the snow. Colors are still amazing! I’d rate this trail as moderate as the ascension was kinda smooth.

This is just as amazing as one can find anywhere worth going will not be disappointed

Very easy to access and clearly marked. A well-trodden path that could easily accommodate groups, kids, or dogs. We hiked this in the fall, so the upper 1/3 was icy with snow across the path, would recommend boots with good grip and potentially hiking poles for the slippery descent with the fall ice and light snow. Great views and fantastic fall colours

Beautiful snowy hike mid September 2018. Definitely happy I had good waterproof boots and hiking poles. The snow drifts at some points was 2 ft deep. Took several hours, but was worth it!

1 month ago

Great hike. Started in clockwise direction stunning view of Banff and mountains. Pretty cool once you get to the saddle and hike through the snow for 2k. I'd recommend keeping on the left on the trails between km 1 and 4 as this is the most direct route but steeper. I measured the loop as 12.5 km in total for 5 hours of hiking. You'd want to be fairly fit taking this one on, as the elevation gain between km 1 and 4 is cruel but definitely worth it.

We took the Standish chairlift to the top and then the Twin Cairns and Monarch viewpoint trail back to the Sunshine Village. This is a fantastic hike. The scenery is spectacular and we had the trail to ourselves. Everybody else took the lakes trail.

hiking
1 month ago

I wouldn’t grade this hike as difficult. It’s a gradual up and down through forests and meadows. It’s beautiful. We started at the Sunshine parking lot and hiked to Healy Pass - Egypt Lake - back up to Healy Pass - Simpson Pass - Sunshine Village. For this hike we planned to hike to Healy Pass, and see how we felt and decide where to go from there. We just kept exploring and wandering and in the end hiked 24km in total. It was endless views and a fun day. We hitched a ride from half way down the service road by three friendly gentlemen. That made our day! The Sunshine shuttle wasn’t dog friendly. Quite disappointing. It was a very long day. I wouldn’t recommend what we did. It was too long of a day. Doing it once was enough for me. Another fun adventure tho!

1 month ago

Great trail. Worth doing for those who like adventure. Like everyone said went went clockwise. Try and stay left if there are any forks during the trail for the couple kms. Challenging hike but well worth the grind up. Do not do if your scared of heights. 6hrs flat with some picture time. Worked out to 16kms. The 13kms must be a short cut we didn’t see

on Cory Pass

hiking
2 months ago

Got lost several times between mile 2 and 4; as has been said, it is difficult to differentiate between the trail and runoff paths. Around mile 3.9, after a scramble up some rocks, the trail appears to end at a 15’ rockface. You must go up this rockface (not as scary as it first seems). Then once on top, walk slightly right and you will see a hiker sign post. It appears to point right off the cliff. You must then scramble down the other side of the rocks. This is scary and I crabwalked partly down; there are small trees along the way to help you get down - treacherous. A large amount of the next part of the trail is traveling over scree on a path along the edge of the mountain. After a while you are used to it and just a couple of tense parts. You reach a high overlook (Corey Pass) and then must go down the backside of the mountain on a soft scree path which can be somewhat slippery; we found it best to lean backwards and dig in with your heals. Then the views ARE OUTSTANDING. You continue on thru larger scree with no issues and then thru bolders with the path marked by cairns. The last treacherous part is up a muddy, rocky, root filled runoff path with bushes to stabilize you. Then a long, boring walk back thru the forest with a couple of good views. Even tho I was freaked out at certain points, this was by far our best hike as it had the most outstanding views. Took us 7.5 hours with breaks and getting lost in the beginning.

on Cory Pass

2 months ago

Incredible hike well worth the effort! Be prepared for rapid weather changes, as it was clear at the base, raining/sleeting on the way to Cory Pass, snowing as we made the turn, and raining again on the way down. The trail was muddy in sections, but manageable. Also, there’s a small bit of climbing down rocks required on your way up to Cory Pass, but it’s doable if done slowly (would also have been helpful if it was dry). We measured about 20km total. The landscapes are absolutely amazing!

2 months ago

Cool hike. Tough in the beginning, but rewards you near the top. Liked the fact it was not heavily traveled.

hiking
2 months ago

This hike is incredible! It is also no joke - lots of elevation gain. As said in previous reviews, go clockwise to Cory Pass first so the second half of the loop is easier. Views are amazing!

2 months ago

What an incredible hike, the views once you round the corner into the pass are absolutely stunning and otherworldly. We measured that it was in fact 17 km total, not 13. When starting out, go clockwise around the loop to have the easier part of the hike for the end of your journey :) Would 100% recommend this amazing hike and I would love to do it again!

Very nice hike. Forest hike, pretty lakes, and good climb to the pass.

We did this hike today with the most amazing weather. Once you get to Borgeau lake take a snack break and keep going to Harvey pass, we loved the views from up there. It took us 2 hours in a nice steady pace to Borgeau lake and from there a bit over one hour to Harvey pass. We saw 10 other hikers. Hiking boots and walking poles highly recommended.

Very pleasant and easy walk. Would definitely visit again. Oh, there was snow on the top the day I visit. (Sep 3rd) just so you know.

hiking
2 months ago

If you’re afraid of heights, don’t do this trail.
At several points you have drops both sides.

I wish I knew it sooner...

Si vous avez le vertige, ne faites pas cette rando!
À plusieurs endroits il y a le vide des deux côtés !

J’aurai aimé le savoir avant...

I did this hike combining it with Simpson Pass to make the hike a lollipop. Parking was plentiful and the trail was easy to find. With some side walking to take pictures my GPS said that we hiked 13.6 miles. Healy Pass and the meadows above the tree lines offer some incredible views. The trail was moderately busy with trail runners, backpackers, and day hikers like ourselves. Overall I would suggest skipping Simpson Pass as it was mostly uneventful and led steeply downhill in some places, adding more miles to an already long hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Best hike my wife and I have ever done and also the hardest!!! Like everyone has said, the uphill is intense!! At one point we were leaning so far forward we were almost parallel to the mountain! Not only was the grade of the uphill intense but also the distance that you continually went upwards. There were points that leveled out but they were far inbetween and didn't last long. Not for the faint of heart!! Also we took the clockwise direction of the loop which most people suggested and found it much easier! Although easy is not a word to describe this hike. However, once you finally make it to the mountain pass you realize all of the pain getting there was well worth it. It is breath taking!!! After you walk through the pass you then continue the down hill in the forest which is shaded and not to steep. Overall the hike took us 7 hours to complete but we figure we could have done it in 6 had my foot not been injured during the hike.

hiking
2 months ago

We tried to get to Healy Pass but we didn't make it. :( We left too late in the morning. Due to hail and the time (we did have the gear), we decided to turn around. We had lots of bug spray on and weren't bothered by bugs. It is so beautiful. We will return to start earlier. Lots of parking and it is just gorgeous.

hiking
2 months ago

Spanish girl from Madrid, apologize my spelling. I consider myself an average medium hiker. I loved the trail. After 1km from the parking we arrived to the fork and we took left lane towards Cory pass, we read that going down it was better through the forest going clock wise and totally agree with it. The way up is one of toughest "ways up" I have ever done, but when you reach Cory pass, it is worth the effort! Stunning, the trail itself it is a bit technical, you need good hiking shoes as there are stones and until you get to Cory Pass there is a stoney exposed slope where you need to be careful.
A bit windy on the top, and watch out your way down to Edith pass as it is a bit slippery.
The way back is nice, after you cross Cory pass follow the path and some cairns till you get to a small muddy path towards a yellow sign to get into the forest that will lead you down all the way. Overall, it took us 6 hours including 30 mins lunch brake. Amazing views, diversity of sights, forest, mountains, stones... worth the effort and sweat of the way up. No bears on the way!!!

hiking
2 months ago

As seems to be the consensus, I would recommend going clockwise. There is some really great exposure on most of the northern half of the route. The first mile after the initial split is pretty ruthless if you go left, but definitely worth it. Did the Mount Edith addition and, aside from the final push being a little sketchy, its absolutely perfect. Unfortunately, attempted the route during the fires which made visibility pretty awful, but still had a great time and got some great views. Finished in just over 5 hours.

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