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hiking
17 hours ago

Steady grade all the way, took the short route up from the lake and the long route back down, recommend this. Views from the ridge are spectacular!

hiking
17 hours ago

Steady grade all the way, surrounded by beautiful scenery and rewarded with fantastic views. Didn't see any bears...

hiking
18 hours ago

Decent hike up, scrambled up to the peak, views were below ave due to wildfire smoke, otherwise would have given 4 stars. Getting to the lookout is simple enough. This was the first scramble I've ever attempted, went up off path via larger rocks to the right which provided decent footholds, came down on the path which is mostly loose rock and dirt, took a few falls, would not recommend coming down this way, stick to the larger rock segments.

To nice,

hiking
1 day ago

Amazing hike with several waterfalls and panoramic views. We crossed the falls and looped back down to Laughing Falls. My Strava app said it was 14.2 miles total. Very steep going up and down from Twin Falls but tons of switchbacks make it a little easier. Definitely was long and took all day but well worth it!

Best highway rest stop ever. used it to get the kid to stretch their legs and saw some pretty rocks at the same time.

Perfect for kids of any age.

Gorgeous valley hike with roaring creek, snow capped mountains and multiple waterfalls. My wife called it Shangri-La.

Beautiful well worth the hike easy hike too

hiking
7 days ago

If you only go to the old fire tower you really do not get the incredible views. Keep going up the well defined trail to get incredible views of Sherbrooke Lake, the Waputik Icefield, the President and Vice President Mountains and more.

For the last 100 m of elevation there are numerous trials to take to the first summit (the true summit is further along the ridge). This trail is worth it for sure!

The trail was so fun and amazing! Pretty steep in some parts but loved the challenge! Make sure you go on a clear day; the clouds tend to move in quickly and blocked our view once we reached the top making it hard to see 5 feet in front of us!

Amazing views, especially in the fall with yellow larch trees. My favourite hike so far!

Good little stop to stretch your legs. Easy access and walking on the platforms. No runners needed.

hiking
15 days ago

Awesome hike with a climb all the way up, never too steep. 100% worth for the views and big rocks at the top, perfect for sitting to enjoy lunch. Took about 2 hours to go up (decent pace). We loved it!

hiking
18 days ago

Disapointed by this trail. Nothing special in the wooded portion. Nice view from the lookout, but nothing better than other mountains in this area and here you have a view over the highway... not for me. Going to the top was very tough because no clear path, no markers and cairns were not helpfull (they are anywhere). At mid distance we came back. Fifth hike in five days, maybe we were just tired or have seen so nicest trails in Banff Park?

hiking
19 days ago

Wonderful hike. We only climbed to the lookout because we wanted to go to Sherbrooke Lake, which we were really glad we did. The hike up to the lookout was a steady uphill climb with only a few switchbacks. Not too bad and the views were terrific. The hike down to the lake was very easy, but I highly recommend it. The lake is stunning beautiful and incredibly tranquil. Moraine Lake without all the people! The trail beside the lake was filled with wildflowers and spectacular vistas across the lake to the jagged peaks beyond. We spent a couple hours just meandering along the trail and sitting beside the lake enjoying the view and the quiet beauty away from the craziness of the Lake Louise area. I would highly recommend combing the two hikes we did for anyone who is looking for a nice climb, panoramic views and ending your day on a gorgeous turquoise Canadian Rockies lake.

19 days ago

Not technically difficult but very physically demanding hike. It’s basically a constant steep climb all the way to the top. Above the lake you reach a meadow that gives a bit of a break. Very hard but very beautiful hike and the views at the top are well worth the effort. For a fit person plan on at least two hours up and an hour and a half down. There’s only one snow patch left to cross and it didn’t give us any trouble. Great hike.

on Asulkan Valley Trail

hiking
20 days ago

First couple of miles in the forest with minor gains in elevation. Then the party begins once you get out into the open. Significant elevation gains and some of the best scenery imaginable. Glaciers, snow capped peaks, waterfalls and plenty of white water. Hardly any bugs and the temps were comfortable. Highly recommended. Don’t miss this one.

Fantastic gem! 11 km hike in if you don’t get a bus pass, 3 months in advance.

hiking
23 days ago

Nice flowers at the trail (22.07.2018) . I was hiking on my own and it took me only 50min to get to the Lookout. The way down is a little bit faster! Nice trail which is especially at the end kind of a exercise when you‘re hiking straight. Nice views to Lake Louise Ski Resort & Cathedral Crags. Worth it if you have 2-3 hours left!

Enjoyable 3 hour walk (hike). Allow more time in the future and keep climbing up to the glacier. Alpine/sub-alpine flowers along the path; saxifrage, false hellebore, willow herb and the stunning purple/pink monkey-flower. Beautiful and relaxing views all around with the roaring water background sound.

Honestly if you are a regular hiker, this will be okay but not that memorable. But I always love nature so no complaints

27 days ago

Talk to the information center wardens before hiking, and take the time to watch their bear video. Be ready to cancel your hike to avoid escalating a bear encounter. The video is maybe 45 min. of great education about bear behavior and how to respond to different encounters) Groups of 4 are currently required due to grizzly activity, including a protective Mom with cubs, who charges. Our group of 5 saw a grizzly from a good distance, took pictures with high zoom lenses, and took her hints that she wanted the trail for her feeding and family. Bears have limited habitat, so I'm glad to give her the space. She looks a little scrawny, so she may be more protective of her berry patches due to hunger. We slowly backed away, and returned to the trailhead, glad she blocked the trail on the way up instead of on the way down. We decided to hike at Illecillewaet instead.

This is a difficult, but wonderful hike, worth the high elevation gain, and recommended 6.5 hours (or more if you have time) to to enjoy it. The trail starts steeply in the trees, but if you're in good shape, keep going, the elevation gain becomes less intense after the lake. The lake is not much to look at; snap a mountain reflection picture, and keep going to get away from the bugs. Just after taking a right for the "short way," you'll come to a rocky area with a little view. The trail climbs up to a beautiful meadow with a great view of the mountains behind, and the back of the mountain you're about to go around. You'll see weather station equipment, and maybe a little pond. Go up, and to the right at a little fork that goes down the long way if you go left. Traverse a small snow field as views of the other side of the mountain open up. Hike up the ridge, and you'll see the true meaning of a "panoramic" view - amazing mountains, snow fields, and glaciers, something to delight the eyes everywhere you look!

trail running
27 days ago

Absolutely fabulous mountain & glacier vistas with seasonal alpine flowers make this a must do hike for outdoor enthusiasts.

hiking
28 days ago

One of my favourite hikes! 1100m of up but the 360° views are amazing, as well as Mt Sir Donald and Illecillewaet glacier.

Really cool trail. They did amazing trail building through the talus field down low and the waterfall was amazing! We did this in July. Unfortunately the snow pack was too thin to cross (punched through easily to deep holes in talus field) and we could not go around safely so had to turn back 0.2 miles from the top. Trail is very strenuous. Consider bringing a long static line and micro spikes in summer. Ice axes and crampons are probably required earlier in the season.

hiking
1 month ago

In 3 hours one can hike halfway to pretty Laughing Falls on this trail and back to the Takakkaw Falls parking lot. The majority of the 124 meter elevation gain is acquired on one hill after the spurs for Angels Staircase and Point Lace Falls. Higher, the trail is in generally good condition to the Laughing Falls bridge and campground. Good views of Takakkaw Falls, the Yoho River, and the Daly Glacier along the way.

The climb up to Sherbrooke lake is easy going but not much to see. Once you get to the lake though it just opens right up to some gorgeous views. The trail along the lake is really cool, it's right at the waters edge and even dips into the water a bit at points. It is full of roots and not too runnable (if you are trying to run like us) but easily passable if you just hike. It looked like it had been freshly cleared as well.

Past the lake is some climbing past a couple of waterfalls. Had to stop plenty of times for pictures.

At the top you get to a nice open meadow and you can see in all directions. Made us a bit cautious looking for bears here but none were encountered.

Past the meadow you enter the forest again. We got a little past 8km mark where there was some stream crossings. The water was moving really fast and obviously freezing cold. Was about knee to thigh deep. We turned around at this point as one of the bridges (aka timber over the stream) was knocked down and some in our group weren't comfortable with the speed and depth of the stream to cross. I'm 6'1" and went across ok for some pictures.

We did this trail July 6, 2018. No snow or snowfields were encountered at all (I would expect some though if we had continued to the peak). So much to look at pretty much entire route made it well worth doing.

hiking
1 month ago

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