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Fairly easy hike. Went in mid April so still snow and slush all over the trails, which made the hike up a lot harder than it would've been in the summer probably. Gorgeous little lakes at the top, but kind of busy even though we went on a week day.

Extremely fun and challenging trail. In the summer you can run down the scree slope on the backside for an added bonus

Trail is closed from dec 31 to June because of wildlife look forward to hike in june

Loved this hike. This was my second mountain to summit EVER. We did this hike in early March. Traction devices are suggested as well as poles, not necessarily for the way up but instead the way down. The climb up to treeline is nice with lots ot switchbacks, but once you are above treeline its a bit of a grunt. The wind is cold and started blasting us as soon as we were out of the trees. The views are incredible from the top though! Please note that this trail is going through upgrades Spring and Summer 2018 during the week and will be temporarily closed, so please check trail closures before going.

hiking
2 days ago

Trail had some gorgeous views but was very narrow so passing people was a bit of a pain as the snow to the sides of the trail was VERY deep. Once we arrived at the end of the trail the wind picked up and snow rolled in so we did not stay long.

We hiked this in January or February 2018. Be prepared, the trail goes uphill almost the entire time with hardly any switchbacks, and is steep in quite a few spots. Poles and Spikes are highly recommended due to the snow and ice. The views at the top make up for it though, if you look west you may see the Calgary skyline, just be prepared to be blasted by wind.

It was a great hike but got a little turned around as the trail was still partially snow covered. Great for the kids and dogs. Beautiful scenery.

Amazing hike, well worth the panoramic views at the top. Definitely not for the faint of heart or beginner hiker.. Very steep straight up hill through dense forrest for about 4km before opening up to the views. My boyfriend completed it this time of year (mid-April) without crampons or poles, but I probably wouldn’t have made it down without them. Snow was well packed but lots of slippery spots. Completed in about 4 hours up & back with a lunch break. ***To find trailhead: make sure to head down the TransAlta road across from the little parking lot, follow road for 1km, turn right at snowshoe sign, and hard left after the creek by the pink/ orange ribbon to head straight up hill onto the trail***.

Great trail! Was very icy and slippery as you got close to the tea house, but otherwise a beauty trip on this mountain.

It’s okay. Pretty much all uphill until you get to the top. Beautiful scenery even if you don’t make it all the way (my dog is hyper active and kept jumping and trying to play with other dogs right before the top; which is the steepest area)

Super litty views, and all you need is a good pair of grippy hiking shoes! Cleats are a bonus if you have them during the winter season, but not really needed if you’re a balance master. I definitely recommend this hike to anyone looking for an adventure, you don’t have to be a super advanced hiker either. Don’t forget to bring plenty of layers, face protection, gloves, sunglasses, and a toque for the crazy wind up top!

Cheers!

Crazy weather today, lots of snow falling. Managed to catch some amazing views of the mountains towards the end of our snowshoe. Love to do this again

A nice quick loop that can be done in 2 hours or less and close to Calgary. There is a view point and the trail is doable in the winter and shoulder season if you have micro spikes or snow shoes. Very popular area

Great views at the top for such an easy hike! However, it is quite a long trip to take the Jewell pass on the way down. The map on the trail is a bit deceiving. If you’re looking for a shorter hike, I would go back down the same way. Really pretty walking along the lake though!

Amazing views! Crampons and poles are a must as it was pretty icy still.

A good shoulder season hike. Icers were helpful for the descent. Mud will be an issue if and when the weather warms up.

hiking
7 days ago

Great winter or shoulder season hike! Did it last weekend- I would recommend spikes, although possible without. We literally slid all the way down the mountain on our bums!

Nice little trail. Good for beginner hikers. Did this in apr/18 snow was pretty slushy and packed spikes and poles are your best friend. Just be mindful at the loop I found some rather fresh and big grizzly tracks. Mom and cub it looked like.

Some icy spots, some muddy spots, some dry spots. Overall enjoyable hike with intervals between steep and level trail. Took 2 hours to casually stroll and stop to enjoy views.

Loved this hike. Definitely a work out but nothing too strenuous. We did it with crampons and they were definitely helpful. View at the top is amazing. Took us about 4 hours total.

hiking
10 days ago

Enjoyable and Beautiful hike!!

Icy and muddy. Be careful

Worth the trip. Amazing views once it opens up after the switch backs. Brilliant!!!

Very cool hike. There’s a few steep sections where you have to work but in general the incline isn’t anything too tough. Hiking the ridge by the tea house is very fun. Definitely recommend it.

walking
10 days ago

Short walk. Falls are ok.

Just finished this trail for the first time (April 14, 2018). It took me a total of 2.5 hours, however I ran down most of the way. Nicely packed snow all the way up and a very easy to follow trail. Highly recommend crampons or some sort of traction on your feet.. trail was completed covered in packed snow and ice beneath. I saw some hikers without any traction on their feet and I was surprised.. not sure if they made it to the top or not. Blizzard 80% of the way up, however once I got past the tree line the sun started to peak through!! Stunning 360 degree views at the top and well worth the steep incline! Very windy past the tree line, so make sure to bring lots of layers. One of my favourite hikes to date! Amazing.

This trail start is a good 3 K walk from the parking lot. The start is inside a campground and it starts going uphill and feels like it never stops. Some real scrambling and very stretchy on one mountainside. Yes the views are amazing from the top but it’s a lot of work and a bit dangerous for my liking to get to the top. Much nicer hikes around this area to do. This is my least favourite.

hiking
13 days ago

Excellent winter trail heading up wearing spikes. Very easy to follow route..

hiking
13 days ago

We just went there today. I know its snowy today yet it wasn’t that cold. It was icy, going down was hard. We had spike shoes on and poles but ice and mud and falling snow wasn’t helping. We are going back again on summer!

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