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Excellent hike on October 7th. Drive in with my Outback was fine, though some icy spots in the road made me wish my tires had goat hooves. Well packed trail post-October 2 storm. No access to tarn or the loop. Views up top to die for! About 3 hours up and down with snow.

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20 days ago

The hardest part of today’s adventure was driving up the road to the trailhead. As others have said, you DO need a high clearance vehicle. I managed in my SUV with all wheel drive, but would have felt better in a truck. Take your time on the rough road. You’ll know you’ve arrived; there’s a sizeable parking area and a sign marking the trail where the main road comes to an end (note this is NOT the parking lot at the mine site). As for the hike itself, it’s a bit of a slog up to where the trail splits, but you get a few peekaboo views along the way. The ground was already frosty on September 25th, so bring your layers. The hike to the ridge is so worth it! 360° views await you. I was glad I had a wind breaker once I got above the trees. The hike to the tarn was beautiful too. Late September meant all the larch trees were golden yellow! On the way down, mud made the trail a bit slippery, so I was glad I had hiking poles. Good hiking boots strongly recommended for this one.

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1 month ago

Nice hike once you get there. Last 8 Kms you need a SUV. Hike is wonderful with lots of steep climbs, flat area and small climbs. Worth the trek up there if you like adventure.

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2 months ago

From hwy 95 it takes around 45 minutes to an hour to get to the car park/ trail head. Half way there, the road turns into a goat trail after the Gypsum plant. It could use a grader man!
Would not recommend a small vehicle to get there.
Once there, the hike is worth it all. Beautiful panoramic views, we felt like we were on top of the world.
The ridge is great because that is is the highest part of the hike. Head to the Tarn after too, beautiful pothole pool... very cold of course!
I would come back and hike around the area again because there are other trails around.

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2 months ago

re: road in. keep going and have faith!! took 30-40 minutes from the mine. there was a boulder on the road, but we got past, even with a large truck.

took us 3:40 to finish both the tarn and the ridge. beautiful views and a challenging hike. the view from the top was amazing!! if you are only going to do one leg, do the ridge.

Had a great hike in , through the pass and down to the tarn. Lunch there then back to junction to ridge trail. Got part way along ridge, but weather started to turn so headed back. Lots of fun.

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3 months ago

Very good reward but challenging hike.

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3 months ago

June 30 2018: very rough road in, thought we missed it but kept going and eventually found the parking lot. I would rate this hike as easy-moderate, not difficult. It was short with beautiful views and a nice ridge walk!

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3 months ago

{June 23 2018} • CAR: Drove in with a Tucson SUV. Definitely quite bumpy. A low car wouldn’t likely make it up without some good scratches to the belly of it. Just go slow and strategically dodge the bumps and holes. • WEATHER: Don’t be discouraged by cloud cover the day you go, we hiked right out of them and the wind up top keeps them moving out. • DIFFICULTY: Don’t be discouraged by the *hard* rating on this one. Ratings are subjective, but I get why they’ve rated this way. Certainly some moments are decently steep and get your heart rate up. However, these parts don’t last long and are very well balanced out with very moderate and easy spots. • DIRECTIONS: It seems like you’ve driven way too long, and you doubt whether or not you’ve missed it. So if you follow the directions, you’ll be good! (We did at one point come to a fork with arguably 3 options. The left was a thinner path that we debated about but it went up the cliffside to our left. So we stayed with the center option - which was correct! • PARKING: There is a parking lot near a quarry - this is NOT the parking lot you stop at. You’d be hiking for hours just to get to the actual parking lot if you stopped there. Well marked signage and a dead end at the correct parking lot. • DOGS ALLOWED: Brought our dog and she loved it. • FOOTWEAR: Boots or shoes with good traction highly recommended. • LOOKOUT + LAKE VIEW: Once to a directional split (I believe it says left lookout and right a trail) left is the lookout area and it isn’t far to get back to this sign. Come back to the sign and keep following the path right at the split to continue along to the lake. About 30 mins from that sign to the lake. Note: the lake isn’t going to jump out at you visually, until it does! I’ve uploaded some photos - which just don’t do it justice!

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3 months ago

Went June 21st 2018 still areas with snow, our dog loved it. First 10mins of the hike was pretty muddy. Make sure your shoes have good grip. We made it to the lake. It was beautiful and cold. Over was a great hike. Took us 3 hours with stops and a lunch break!

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4 months ago

This is just a heads up for anyone trying to do this hike early this spring (2018), the heavy snowfall this winter has resulted in deep snowpack at and before the trailhead right now in late May. It's probably accessible in a month's time or so!

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Monday, September 18, 2017

This hike should be rated as easy. Not sure what the red line is showing on the map as that's not what the hike is.
Relatively close to town, just need a truck. Continue on to the lake and up to mt aneas for killer views

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

See trail and directions info at http://cvtrails.ca/trails/46

We drove our AWD VW Touareg SUV and had no problems for ascending and descending to/from the trailhead. The drive is quite slow and bumpy; make sure you have lots of clearance, good tires, and AWD wouldn't hurt either! Follow the directions in the link above and you should have no problems finding the trailhead (it might seem like forever thou!).

The start of the trail is well marked in a large parking area (that has an outhouse) and a wooden signpost. The path from the trailhead to the trail markers indicating the way to the tarn and the ridge is well marked (with ribbons), well traveled, with a path that is compacted gravel/soil with some loose rocky areas; a very good trial. The accent is steep and strenuous in areas; hiking poles are an asset.

At the top where the trail spilts, the path to the tarn is also well marked and well traveled. Views of the mountain ranges and ridges are plenty, and the tarn offers a nice and quite spot for a break! Maybe a quick dip too!

Back to where the trail splits, the path to the ridges is steep and strenuous; hiking poles recommended (and lots of water and sunscreen as there is no shade from the sun up here! ). You can stop at the top of the first ridge for some great views (and return to the parking lot the way you came) or continue along the set of mountain ridges up up up for better and better views! The trek continues to be steep and strenuous, but soon enough the decent begins! The end might seem to never come, but follow the ribbons as the path up here is not as traveled and might seem like your losing your way. Eventually ribbons (and an inukshuk!) will indicate the end of the rocky ridge path and guide you back into the forest down a well traveled path back to the parking lot (eureka!!!!).

Travel time for us for the path to the tarn and all the way around the ridges was about 3.5 hours (included plenty of water, food, and picture breaks! ).

Enjoy!

PS - take plenty of water and snacks to keep your energy up. Also, there is no cell service anywhere during the hike. We encountered no dangerous wildlife, but a bird scared the $h|t out of my wife :D

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Awesome hike, great views, different options. Highly recommended! Definitely also recommend a truck to get to the trailhead, doable in a SUV but the road is very rough

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Short and sweet hike! Amazingly rewarding views. Recommend 4 wheel drive vehicle to get to trail entrance.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Rough road in, great hike and awesome views!

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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Fun hike. Not hard, but moderately intense as it's just hiking up up up. The lake (referred to as tarn on signage at a trail junction) is a gem of a spot.

The road in is pretty well bang on 21km from the highway & Windermere Loop Rd junction. The first 13km are fine but start deteriorating from 13 to the end. Trucks and SUV's required for the drive up.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Great hike with fantastic views and a Great Lake for the dog to swim in. I would rate this moderate not hard unless you scramble straight up instead of taking the well marked path.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Magnificent and fun trek with breathtaking views. Pretty intense drive in though, final few km is on a poorly maintained road that is very rough. Recommend 4x4 with good clearance. My Yukon with all terrain tires had a work out getting in and out and I barely had enough clearance to avoid bottoming out several times.

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