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Awsome, really easy!

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1 day ago

It’s my first hike in Alberta, I just moved here, and I found it enjoyable. I went on Friday evening and I was the only one on the path.

This may be obvious to some but when I parked the car at the lot along hwy 40 I saw a little trail opening so I hiked there for about 30 minutes, followed some blue flags but eventually I was lost in a forest. This was NOT the hiking path, in case someone makes the same mistake...you have to cross the hwy and there’s a sign that marks the start of the trail.

I made it to the pass, there was a nice view. It wasn’t too hard (I am someone who hasn’t really hiked this long but I am active). It was a great workout and definitely doable for beginners. It took me 1h30 min to get to the pass.

At the pass there was a trail to the left that started descending after a while, I wasn’t sure where that led but I wasted a bit of time there.

I am assuming this hike ends at that pass. There was an option to continue up following orange flags and you start scrambling. I tried that for a bit but then I couldn’t find any flags and it got a bit steep, so considering it was my first time doing it and I was alone I stopped there. Curious to try going higher maybe w someone who’s done it before.

I think coming back down took 1-1:15 hours.

Great hike, I’m a beginner and it was just the right amount of incline and duration, up and down in 4 hrs with a relaxed pace and lots of photos at the top. Steep in places but overall was very moderate. We went to the fire lookout, great views.

amazing view at the top, kinda hard to scrambling after the teahouse area but it worth it when you reach the summit. the best time to go when is sunny day for safety reason.

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1 day ago

My second time doing this hike and again I'm glad I took the "hard" route up and then the easy path down to take it easy on my knees.

The hard path starts off with a good incline and eventually you'll need toake your way up some steps made of stone that may require a good leg up to get to the next step. There were also some watery and muddy points so I'm glad I had my hiking boots on. Very fun ascent!

I saw a few children, maybe 9 years old or so, a couple who seemed challenged by the hard path. There are a couple of great viewpoints of the water below and the waterfalls. Also there are benches scattered among the way to sit if you need a break. And informative placards too! Very thoughtful!

Amazing views at the top overlooking Canmore on one side and a mountain range on the other. Wide and easy to follow trail. It gets busy (especially on weekends) after 10 a.m. We started this hike at 7:50 a.m. and saw only one other person in the parking lot and on the trail. We were alone at the top at 9:15 a.m. On the way down there were many groups of people on their way up. The hike took a total of 3 hours not including stopping at the top.

took the more difficult route up which was amazing as no one on the trail and got amazing views along the way up. Did it couple years back

Wonderful hike, good for our 2 dogs as there are streams along the way.
Nice payoff to see all 4 lakes. They are very close together, even the 4th -so make sure you see them all.

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

My friend and I hiked this with our 3 kids (ages 9, 10 and 11) we did the round trip loop. Took about 5 hours and registered 16.8kms. Views are stunning! Minus the hail storm... will definitely be doing this hike again

Great but the lakes at the end are closed for reclamation

Nice and super easy trek. The view is breathtaking and the hike is fun with kids.

Good challenging hike with rewarding views. My husband and I did this today. We are both 61. 5 hours up and back plus lunch at the helipad. Well worth it!

Easy hike with 4 lakes as the rewards. A good hike for family.

Easy and great for kids

i hiked this solo in about 3.5 hours. amazing views. a varied trail that challenged me physically on the ascent, and offered beautiful terrain and vistas. got caught in a thunderstorm at Prairie View trail after i summitted & descended a ways, but it passed over with only a bit of rain, but still a wonderful hike. recommend!

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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.

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1 day ago

We hiked this trail yesterday. As I rate myself a decent hiker and in “ok” shape, this trail was not too challenging at all. Some steep slopes but the grade is relatively gradual.

My girlfriend came with me. She is very new to hiking and she found the hike challenging at the 3.5 km mark until we reached the lookout to the pass. The total way up is Approximately 4.3 Km. She needed breaks but was able to complete the task. Needless to say I was proud of her

The hike is very manageable and offers great views. It offers rocks/scramble, tree cover, slopes, and great vies from way up high. A very good trail to challenge new hikers and the view is worth the effort

It began to rain and hail on the way down which made the slopes very slick and you had to watch your footing.

I definitely want to do this again but maybe try and summit some of the peaks at the top.

Great way to kill 3 hrs. Have lunch at the top and introduce new hikers to the backcountry.

Did this hike in the morning to catch the sunrise, it was incredible. No one was there and it had great views!

It is not rewarding enough. Most of the trail is only big rocks. Good workout though

This was our first difficult hike and our first scramble. We went east from the parking lot - the same way most hikers do (though some guides suggest the other way; east is definitely better). The lead up to Yam is a bit long but once you get to the mountain itself it's fantastic. If you're new to the hike it helps to watch where other people go, especially since there are several ways along the north side. Big thanks to the folks who taught us how to get down the loose rock - made a great day much better!

hiking
2 days ago

June 30/18 - took the summer trail up, winter trail down. There was still avalanche debris on the summer trail when we were there. Otherwise Trail is clear and dry. Busy trail on the weekends! Great view at the lake. Nice place to stop for lunch.

2 days ago

Beautiful trail, we had perfect weather on July 14/18. Trail is pretty popular, definitely easy as it’s got very little elevation gain, has wonderful views from most of the trail and lots of shade. It’s only moderate because it is so long, my GPS came in at about 17km. This trail took us 6 hours including lots of stops for lunch and quick breaks. It was our second hike of the year and we generally only hike a few times a year so we are not the most experienced/in shape hikers. We even saw a mama grizzly and cubs as we left the parking lot around 8pm.

For a beginner hiker this trail was a little challenging. The incline gets steep at the end and there are quite a few switch backs. But once you get to the top it’s all worth it. The view is amazing. I hope to do this one again before the year is over and I am more seasoned.

Gorgeous hike! A bit moderate at the beginning then pretty easy. So many shades of green and interesting mountain ranges. Saw a huge marmot and many ground squirrels

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2 days ago

Amazing views of the Opal Range

Way to up is better than way down. Views are amazing!

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2 days ago

Many better options in the area IMO, however it is good choice if you are looking for a shorter hike. The trail leads you through dense forest with no views until you are pretty much at the top.

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2 days ago

Beautiful hike with great views. Easy going through trees, and then becomes steep on the loose scree section to the summit.

NOTE: The posted route and description for this hike say that it is a loop trail however it is actually and out and back unless you want to bushwhack! We hiked the posted route in June 2018 and the GPS route did not follow a trail on the way down the mountain.

Instead, I recommend following the black dotted trail called Arethusa Cirque Route, then once out of the woods head to the summit of Little Arethusa using Little Arethusa Route trail. Descend using the same trail (not following the “loop” route unless your up for the bushwhacking!).

2 days ago

Great hike ever

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