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I’ve hiked this trail multiple times, but this was my first time in -20 degrees with snow. We went January 12th, so after all the warm weather I’m not sure what the trail looks like now. About twenty minutes in there was the aftermath of an avalanche that had blocked the trail. A short hike around the avalanche brought us back to the main trail. We only made it to the look out and turned around due to the cold and depth of snow :) we hadn’t brought snowshoes or spikes with us. But a fun short little walk either way !

skilanglauf
4 days ago

BACKCOUNTRY cross country ski trail. Past the meadow you will be in Class 2, Avalanche Terrain. People have been injured and died skiing in this area. In WINTER conditions (that includes late fall / early spring) this trail is considered BACKCOUNTRY and AVALANCHE HAZARD exists. Read about terrain classification here: https://www.albertaparks.ca/media/2939773/atr_ates.pdf 1. Get the Gear 2. Get the Training 3. Get the Practice 4. Get the Forecast: Avalanche forecast for Kananaskis here: https://www.avalanche.ca/forecasts/kananaskis

schneeschuhwandern
schnee
5 days ago

Pretty warm day at the start (noon), but weather changed quickly and by 4pm it was snowing pretty good. Just a short jaunt out to the island and from the upper parking lot. Lake was solid, but lots of hard drifts and a good 1" crust on most parts of the lake.

Did this trail in July for my brother’s bachelor trip and it was really fun. We hiked to Ribbon Lake and back in a day, with a 2 km backtrack as we took a wrong turn at one of the bridges. All in all it was about 26 km for us (the trail itself is about 24km out and back, and not 20km like the map above says). The trail is not technical (except for the chains, which are not for the faint of heart) but it is a very long hike if you plan on doing it all in a day. It took us about 9 or 10 hours to do the whole thing, but at the top, the views were well worth the trek. I would definitely recommend you have boots with good ankle support as much the of trail consists of larger rocks that are uncomfortable to walk on on the way back down.

epic hike long to do in one day. good variety of terrain.

skilanglauf
schnee
14 days ago

wandern
18 days ago

Snowshoe in early January from the parking lot at Lake Minnewanka to Stewart Canyon bridge and back

good snow shoeing today

wandern
schnee
19 days ago

I attempted to go to the point campground before finishing the loop. but heavy snow and made the route impassible.

wandern
schnee
19 days ago

Fairly unused trail. Buffalo were along the trail path. Pretty cool to see the herd run across the trail.

schneeschuhwandern
22 days ago

Coming back from point campsite

First time out to the Falls in the winter yesterday, Dec 30. Nice easy hike from 1st viewpoint to the falls thru the trees with great views of the canyon. Not much snow, trail packed-did not need snowshoes or even snow cleats. A few ice climbers and people at the falls but we were the only ones who hiked the trail. Be watchful of dogs or small kids on the trail as there was a cougar in the area yesterday. A bit tricky finding the ropes down to the base of the falls. Follow the fence line and take the trail where the signs tell you not to go due to risk of cliffs and falls (it was totally fine), you will see the rope. We slid down holding on to the rope and was so much fun. There is another rope near the falls we used to climb back up and that was a bit of a cumbersome workout in our snow gear, but also fun.

schlammig
26 days ago

We didn't finish it this time, but it's a beautiful walk and we'll be back. If you're facing the lookout balcony, the trail is to your right - start by stepping over the pair of large rocks and keep the abyss on your left. :) If anyone in your group is anxious about heights you might have to tweak your route, especially if it's slippery. There are a few spots where, with incredibly bad luck, a slip could be the end of you.

schneeschuhwandern
27 days ago

Really great conditions. This does seem to be more of a cross country ski trail (the trail was so smooth and beautifully packed down, I felt bad walking over it on my snowshoes!!) but we saw other snowshoers, so that’s why we kept going. We also stopped at the meadow because we didn’t have the right gear and we ran out of time. It was just under 9km for us!

schneeschuhwandern
schnee
27 days ago

Nice easy hike; toughest part was the descent down/ascent up from the bottom of the falls; but there is a rope past the viewing area to assist. You can get right down to the base of the ice wall; see & hear the gurgling of thee water. Was there at sunrise but still pretty dark and cool until the sun rises above the mountain tops a half hour after that. Lots of parking above the upper falls.

schneeschuhwandern
schnee
28 days ago

Excellent conditions for snowshoeing. The trail was well packed down with other snowshoers and skiiers. We only went to the meadows below the pass because any higher is avalanche territory and we aren’t adequately trained or equipped for that. We took about 75 minutes up and 90 down (stopping at the lakes to admire the view on a perfect blue bird day!)

Interesting hike with fun features. Our friend ran ahead so he could be the first of all the people on the full boat to get there. Though he did, he also got lost for 20 minutes and almost fell at the cave ledge due to anxiety. As hilarious of a story it is, maybe don't do that.

schneeschuhwandern
29 days ago

Hiked December 28th in -2’C so it was quite a nice day in the sun. Only fatbike tracks and old xcski tracks on the far end of the loop. I was a bit worried that starting after noon would have me back to the parking lot after dark with the sign saying it would take 4-5 hrs and was rated a difficult trail. Was able to complete in 3.5 hrs without stopping and it was not hard, only long.

schneeschuhwandern
schnee
30 days ago

Very beautiful in the winter. Some steep drops to get to the bottom of the falls, but there are ropes available to help.

awesome. must go all the way to lake and take a swim. all part of the experience.

Overcast day which limited the views but the walk along the river was very nice. Recent fresh snow that was partially packed. Saw some snowshoers, I just had good boots on and was fine.

I loved this hike! We only went as far as larch valley but it was beautiful. Try to go in the fall to see the color change.

wandern
1 month ago

Dec 16/19. A good pre-Costco walk! City has done an excellent job keeping the pathways basically snow and ice free. Just a few spots where melted ice crossing the pathway has refrozen - so proceed with caution. Sun was shining so it was good to get out and stretch the legs before a Costco run! Didn’t actually complete the loop as per the trail map. On the return, we crossed the river at the foot bridge and back tracked on the north side of the river back to the parking lot.

Beautiful hike today at Galatea. Amazing conditions. Going up to the second lake carries some very deep snow with it, but super fun.

wandern
schnee
sturmholz
1 month ago

Gaiters, spikes but no snowshoes! We did the loop in the clockwise direction. Up until the 4.5 km mark, trail was lightly covered (5-10cm) on top of compact snow. Beyond this point the next 2.7 kms to the Point Campground we were breaking trail with the snow being knee deep most of the way - this is when the forgotten snowshoes would have been beneficial! Consequently our pace was rather slow, but the views and the sunshine were spectacular particularly when we hit the north shore. Beyond the Point Campground, the snow cover was half of what we experienced on the south shore. As well, somebody had dragged a sled in with their camping gear so the snow on the trail was slightly compacted or groomed which made for an easier return. The Great Divide trail section had also been well trafficked (perhaps on the weekend), so the snow was fairly compacted as well. Surrounding views particularly across to Sarrail Ridge were fabulous particularly with the slight misty clouds covering the neighbouring peaks. The temperatures were in the -3 to -5 C range so this was ideal especially when we were fording the knee deep snow. Also of note, there was quite a bit of deadfall on the south shore section of the trail. Although it seemed a long day with 5 hrs and change on the trail, it was a great day to be outdoors with nobody else on the trail and while enjoying the magnificent views and surroundings.

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