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Breathtaking views from the top! Today was a beautiful day with no wind. Definitely would do again!

Good hike, sun was here, no need of spikes. The view at the top worst it ! Just be aware that the main of the trail is on gravely road just the last kilometers are on a mountain trail.

Enjoyed the hike but could not find the upper east trail at either end. We will be back to conquer.

Dec 30th leisurely walk to an epic couple of caves, definitely recommend checking them out!

awesome cave, bring bike/xc skis or do the road march

Wear good hiking shoes and bring poles if you're planning on going up on the ridge. I hiked this back in September when it was raining/snowing. I tried to make it up on the ridge, but it was way too slippery and dangerous without poles. Rawson Lake is beautiful though so it was still worth the hike.

It was a nice hike a easy first but but then it’s switch backs all the way up the side of a mountain.

This hike was actually 17 km with the access road closed. Took 4 hours with exploring

Bring your bear spray. Proper hiking boots and attire make the hike nice. It could be done in regular runners. (I saw a lady hiking in flat shoes - she was not pleased with her shoe choice. The view at Rawson Lake was worth it from what she said!) Lot's of snow.

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1 month ago

Good fall/early winter hike if you have micro spikes. Some deep snow up top (don’t forget the gaiters) near the lakes, but lakes are frozen and you can easily traverse across them. Will be back in the spring/summer.

Nov.25th - steep for the first 20-25 minutes but easy once you hit the lake! Waterfalls are beautiful.

Just wanted to do an update on the cave. If you go to the end of the cave there is a secret passageway that’s low to the ground. And this is where the adventure begins! Super cool if your not claustrophobic! Lots of crawling around finding more tunnels to go in. It eventually ends because the space gets too small to crawl through. Love this cave!:)
Dec15 we went back a year later. And the cave has collapsed at the end where all the passage ways are. I have before pics and pics a year later of where the large ice wall
Is and there is so much debris! Be careful! You don’t want to be in there if it collapses

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2 months ago

this was my first hike postpartum and it was perfect for starting out again. Lots to look at and cute little fall!

The water/ice sculpture created by the freezing waterfall makes this moderately easy hike a 5/5. Wearing micro spikes proved helpful as the start of the hike as well as the short path down to the waterfall were steep.

04/11 Would recommend as an easy winter hike with a very special waterfalls treat at the end. Required spikes for majority of the hike thanks to an icy trail. The climb down to the falls is very sketchy so recommend spikes and poles.

2 months ago

Really nice and easy but don’t go there when it’s cloudy , the end of the trail was completely fog :( but still nice hike for beginner !! I enjoyed it with my dog and women ! It took us 3 h back and forth

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2 months ago

Although this trail looks great, it was incredibly hard to navigate. The trail isn't clearly marked, tried both in the summer again in late fall, and even with GPS was far too much bush wacking to actually enjoy. Sandy Mcnabb trail is the small route at the trail head and the remainder is pretty much made up. If you are looking for trails in the area, look up Blue Rock Provincial Park or Sheep River Provincial Park to get the trails in the area. The trails are also highly used by equestrian so really chewed up. Can't complain with the views of the mountains throughout the trail though.

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2 months ago

Did this hike Nov 3, 2018. High of 10 degrees, slight wind, mainly overcast. First 60% of the trail was greasy and we had to put on crampons to stop from slipping everywhere. Middle portion ice and some snow. Top portion by lake has deep snow. Crampons necessary and likely snowshoes for upper area. Mud should not be a problem since freezing temps incoming.

This hike isn't what I would call "super easy". More moderate to difficult since it is essentially straight up. Very few flat areas. Use my GPX data since All Trails map is out of date.

The Good:
Nature, outdoors, some okay scenery on the way up, vigorous hike
Scenery around the lakes is beautiful

The Bad:
Aggressive climb from trailhead to lakes
Mostly within treeline
Few views along the way

Short and nice. Windy but not as bad as windtower! Will go back in the summer for a change of season!

This trail is nice all throughout all the seasons, it’s a bit strenuous once you start going up but the switchbacks offer some relief. I hiked this trail last week and it had quite a bit of snow so make sure you bring some clamp-ons if you have them.

Counterclockwise loop. Caution crossing stream, logs were frosted over and slippery. Elevation gain in a short amount of time but amazing views and simply a beautiful hike, even with the huffing and puffing. Would not want to do ascent with fresh snow fall. Descent clear of snow, nice and sunny. Ignore last 2km. Forgot to stop my app.

Beautiful Hike. The scramble up to Sarrail Ridge can be a bit of a grind but not too difficult. Be sure to wear the proper footwear. The views from the ridge are incredibly stunning, you won't be dissapointed.

Great hike up to the top very windy glad I had my poles to come down.

Very windy at the top !!

on Pickle Jar Lakes

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2 months ago

Super easy hike - great little hike if you just want something quick.

Oct 19/18 - microspikes needed especially for the first part of the trail up to Elbow Lake. A beautiful easy hike from the lake to Edworthy Falls. The trail is well worn down along the way.

This hike is incredible. My boyfriend and I did it yesterday with perfect weather. We started around 1pm and got back just as it was getting too dark to be hiking (7pm). We are inexperienced in the ice and snow (we are an Australian-Croatian pair) but persistent. We had no gear to speak of but we went steadily and were totally ok. I wouldn't recommend doing it with out tractioned footwear if you're not prepared to feel a bit uncomfortable. His shoes were pretty grippy but I felt like I was on ice skates for the lower part of the hike. I would have had to go on my bottom for parts of it if not for him. Once we got half way up to Rawson Lake it was snowy rather than icy and then heading up the ridge the snow turned to mud. Its a tough slog to get up the ridge but well well worth it!

Hiked Oct 21, 2018. Trail a mix of hardened snow, ice, dirt and mud. Crampons very useful for beginning ascent and absolutely required for going down to falls. Some areas challenging due to broken trail of hard snow and deep tracks. Elbow Lake is totally frozen. Folks walking on. Nice leisurely hike after initial ascent.

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2 months ago

You don’t even have to hike lots to see gorgeous views. The trail is not clearly marked and it does intersect with other bike friendly trails. This isn’t bike friendly. I wish there were more signs along the trail because it is easy to deviate off it. It’s also not very popular which means moments of undisturbed quiet.
There were snow packed areas towards the top where there wasn’t much sunshine but nothing scary. Just have good non slip footwear. I didn’t need poles and crampons.
Just like its name, the top was windy. But spectacular views.

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2 months ago

Great trail. Pretty easy if you hike a lot. It was incredibly windy one the hill walks and nice and calm in the forest sections. There was a few inches of snow along the whole trail. We got to the crest before you go down to the lakes. We stopped there because the wind had moved the snow to the point that you couldn't see a clear path so we'll be sure to be back when the snow is gone. 1h up. 45min down.

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