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this is a difficult, but not impossible trail. it starts off steep and over gnarly tree roots. the trees clear off about 2/3 up. no longer any snow on the trail, but still some were sections above the tree line. It was an absolutely beautiful day, sunny, very little wind. The views were incredulous. Just do it!

There is snow on this trail ! Made hiking it more difficult. Will definitely try it again in the summer.

Did this hike today in late may and it was good. Very popular and busy. Quite easy. Views from the top were good and you could see all of Banff. The gondola and restaurants up top took away from the experience of hiking it and make it feel like a very touristy spot. But it’s a good quick heart racing hike if you want to ease yourself into harder trails.

Nice trail, well maintained. Better signage system or more maps along the trial would be nice. How ever I will definitely do this one again.

10 hours ago

awesome Trail beautiful mountain,,
but I wish people respect nature not leave garbage on the trail ,,

hiking
11 hours ago

Awesome hike to enjoy with the whole family. We did however see a black bear by the parking lot in the bush. So be sure to check online for bear sittings before you go out, and don't forget bear spray!

Nice hike, dry and well-marked. Too busy at the summit but it's worth it. 3 hours return.

Go earlier if you can, this trail seems to get busy around early afternoon. We started our hike around 9:45am, and there was maybe 30 people at summit when we got there. Took us 1.5hrs to get up, and we hung around for 30mins. Enjoyed the view and had lunch! It’s beautiful up there, definitely worth the hike. By the time we started our descent, overheard a conservation officer on her phone say there were over 100 people (and more were coming up). It’s beautiful and not too difficult! I had poles but didn’t bring them out until the last bit of tree line and scree. They did help on the descent, but my friend did it without so it’s up to you and your fitness level.

Great hike. Good cardio workout. Pretty much uphill all the way. Good idea to bring poles. Excellent views at the top. Wouldn’t considerate it hard but maybe moderate.

hiking
14 hours ago

Awesome hike, pups had a great time being able to run and explore off leash.
We went at 1PM on Monday during the long weekend and it was actually nice and only a few bikers passed by. Definitely will go again! We took Ranger Summit up and Strange Brew down.
Strange Brew was a little soggy / muddy through the grassy areas

It was alright. A lot of wood parts and mossy trail. Biked the trail and didn’t see any bisons :(

Biked this trail. Not to challenging but it wasn’t all smooth and had great trail maintenance Really enjoyed it!

trail running
15 hours ago

Starts off paved then leads to hard muddy uneven trail. Not much fun for Trail running. Mosquitos everywhere!!

I do this hike once a year. The views at the summit are phenomenal.
It’s fairly easy until you reach the tree line to the top of the summit, it gets pretty steep. But the most challenging part is the fairly large incline right before you finish the trail back to the parking lot. It always gets me :/

Great hike! Very rewarding!

We took the alternate route up (turned left rather than right at the first major view point) and found that the top third of the hike was pretty challenging on steep scree. That being said, the route up to the scree was beautiful and the views at the top are absolutely stunning. We added the 2kms over to the true summit to the east and felt it was definitely worthwhile as the views continue to be impressive. We did cross some deep snow in that section but following others footsteps we didn’t need spikes. Found four ticks on us after the hike!

I just did this hike this past May long weekend. After attempting lake of the falls and turning back, we hiked this fork of the trail up to the lake, it took about 3 hours up from the fork and about half that going down. There is snow but not too deep and the lake is still mostly frozen but beautiful. I would recommend this trail, it's a steady accend but not too long.

Free of snow May 20, 2018. Beautiful views.

Excellent hike with amazing views at the top. May 20/18 Trail is muddy throughout until you get past the treeline. A couple sections of snow still left up near the top but easy to navigate through. Beautiful 360 views at the lookout up top. The last km back to the trailhead is steep and really makes you work for the finish line! Love this hike and it is dog friendly as long as you leash them at the sign as you approach the last push to the summit.

nice views and a little bit of incline at some spots. some benches to sit on and a picnic table halfway. not too many muddy spots. overall good day!

I quite enjoyed this hike!! The views from the top are amazing. I found the hike pretty easy except for a bit of a scramble to the top. I plan to do this one again!

Decent hike but the payoff wasn't really great. Was quite busy and windy at the top but ok overall. Bring sunscreen, quite a bit of sun exposed stretches. My little dog enjoyed it!

1 day ago

Perfect for a young family! Our two year old walked a good part of the way.
Very pretty and lots of bridges which the kiddos loved

Lovely views! A “harder” easy trail.

trail in good spring shape, a little water and mud, snow in a few patches but nothing that a little soap and water can’t take care of. The views at the top are second to none BUT it’s very steep to get there and the lower half of the hike is all in the trees with little view. Well worth doing once, not sure I would return quickly.

This was a great hike! My first "hard" rated hike so I can't comment on if it really deems itself as hard but compared to other hikes I have done, it was the hardest because of the steepness in some sections. It was uphill the entire way then downhill after reaching the top! Beautiful views at the top, good path as far as shade and sun goes! I would definitely do again! All ages on the trail and many dogs!

I don't know that I would rate this trail as hard but it would be much easier getting down with poles in some sections. Manageable either way though. Saw all kinds of people on the trail from babies to toddler to pregnant moms to a 70 year old man. Plenty of dogs as well. Nice and close to Elbow Falls as well which was an added bonus for me as I had never been before.

Great views of Minnewanka for majority of the hike - it's at lot of kms but not technically hard. We did it in about 7 hours with a long break.. trail was in good condition, had to "move" the big horn sheep off the trail with loud noises.. no berrys or signs of bears yet....

hiking
1 day ago

Trail mostly clear and was a good climb!

hiking
1 day ago

An enjoyable walk I've done 3 times!

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