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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!
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!
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!