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steady climb, tons of traffic

walking
1 day ago

walking
1 day ago

We hiked from the Barrier Lake parking lot up to the lookout and back down without doing the loop in 3.5hrs. The trail is extremely icy for the last 1km so I highly recommend cleats and hiking poles. There is a second lookout you can climb to but due to wind and the amount of ice was not accessible for us. Overall this is a great hike and I highly recommend for a quick short day trip. It gives you incredible views at the top that do not disappoint! I would rate it on the easy side of moderate and would say it's one of my favourites for sure!

Half of it was closed, but a good winter hike! Plus, gorgeous rocks.. glacial till and large limestone peaks.

hiking
2 days ago

wait for the snow to melt.... we blazed a trail through 4ft deep snow. added a good two hours

Nice and close to the city, lots of ups and downs. A pretty decent view from the top. We went on a Saturday in April and we only saw 3 other groups of people on the whole trail, that part was nice as our dog likes to be off leash.

We did this yesterday after snowy night. A fantastic hike. The snow was thigh deep at certain places. Continue scrambling after the last cairn to walk on the narrow ridge to Wasootch Tower. It took us almost 10 hours return trip.

This is listed in my trail book as moderate. I feel it was hard. I wanted to die on this hill (haha), it's STEEP! Poles help make me not hate life so much.
The view is unbeatable; And of course, it gives you that feeling of accomplishment... and you feel no guilt about the Canmore pizza that you go for afterwards. Bonus!

hiking
3 days ago

I love this hike. LOVE. It's my favourite hike to take friends with kids or new/rookie hikers. Huge view pay offs with only a bit of effort... but still enough effort to feel like something was accomplished. I wish it were a couple kms longer... but apparently you can go in deeper, gunna try that this season!

Lots of mud/snow right now (April) but I really enjoyed the trail! Really accessible for newbies, the woods felt lovely, and the occasional view. All that, and it's just an added bonus it's a 5 minutes drive from my home!

We did struggle to find the trail head, because the sign was broken and knocked down. So here are the coordinates if it helps anyone. I was on an iPhone, so I am hoping this is correct.

Longitude -115.1646
Latitude 51.3055