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There seems to be a rating difference between east coast and west coast trails similar to ski slopes. This was unfortunately above my hiking skill level. I attempted it with my family and tried clockwise but encountered a very rocky ridge with not great foot holds and some sketchy spots. The views are spectacular but would consider above moderate for East Coasters.

hiking
4 hours ago

If you are not an avid hiker then this is a moderate/hard hike. It's got a few steep parts and a lot of gravel to go through - but it's so worth it! It was easier for people that hike a lot. Either way the views are amazing at the top! You get views all the way to the top:)

Falls were awesome. Pretty rocky most of the way. More lakes and a glacier nearby.

This review and trail description is about the Black Prince Lakes trail, which extends 2.9 km (1.8 mi) beyond the Black Prince Cirque trail.

For reference, the Black Prince Cirque trail is the 4.2 km (round trip) trail which starts at the parking lot. This trail is well marked and is suitable for casual walkers.

To pick up the Black Prince Lakes trail, take the Black Prince Cirque trail to Warspite Lake. At the lake, find marker 8 (these markers are at various scenic points along the trail). Just before marker 8, you will see a path leading to the right (the north). Follow this path, which will take you along the north side of Warspite Lake. Be watchful so you don't loose the trail, and look for little pink streamers tied to branches at random points, which mark the trail.

Once you emerge from the forest at the west end of the lake, the trail goes through waist-high scrub. Eventually you will come to a rock field. There are stone piles on the field to show you the way across.

It takes about 8-10 minutes to cross the rock field. If you miss the stone piles, or they have been knocked down, no worries. Look up the valley and aim for the right side of the opening, where the forest ends.

The path continues through the forest. You emerge into the valley, which has scrub-sized plants and lots of wild flowers (we did the trail in July). The trail is mostly dirt with some rocks.

The trail makes its way up the valley and towards the Warspite cascade which you can see and hear up the valley on the left. There seems to be a few parallel paths but they all end up at the cascade.

The cascade is the highlight of the trip. It took us about 70 minutes to get to this point.

You can turn around here or continue the trail up the right of the cascade. The trail gets pretty steep and is kind of tough going.

After an open section (tough climb) the trail goes into a forested area and eventually parallels the creek which forms the cascade. Look for a short path on the left which you can take to view the cascade from the top.

The path continues up the valley. It's hard to follow in places but the area is open so no worries. Looking up the valley you can see Mt Warspite and on the right is Mt Black Prince. You want to stay to the right of the valley and follow the edge of the forested area. At the end of the forested area the path goes up the slope to a plateau where you can see the Black Prince Lakes. This is the end of the trail.

Hiking time from the parking lot to this point was 1hr50min, including stops for pictures. Distance to this point is 5.1 km (3 mi), elevation gain around 1500 ft (estimated - reading from a topographic map, I'm a map-and-compass type). So plan for around 4 hours total time for the entire hike (10.2 km, 6.1 mi).

My sister and I did this hike and it took us 4.5 hours. This is with two breaks at the top. Very beautiful and well worth it.

Great trail! We were there on November 8 and the weather was perfect. Quite a bit of snow up the trail and the footing was kind of difficult but the view of the cirque at the end was great. We took our old dog Moby and she was fine. Not a lot of other users.

hiking
6 hours ago

Pretty decent hike! We got seriously messed up at the start and wandered around on cowpaths for a while. We should have stayed low instead of going up to the lookout bench. After that is fine. Bit of a grind up a cut line but the top was very nice. Walking through pines down to edge of Sibbald Flats. Took our old dog.

Tough but great. No snow lower down but by the time we got to the top the ice fog moved in and we couldn't see a thing! Lots of people were on the way up and down anyway. Tougher going down with the slippy snow and such.

hiking
6 hours ago

walking
6 hours ago

Nice hike up to a really decent glacial bowl. Maybe a bit too much in the trees at the start but it's worth it.

hiking
6 hours ago

Great hike. Above tree line pretty quick. Lots of water melting from the snowpack for the old dog. Highly recommended.