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Great view on top, easy to walk, not a lot of snow! I would recommand :)

Did the low Jewell Pass track to Barrier and then back up the jeep track over Yates. Great little hike - good distance. Moderate rather than hard. Keen to MTB it in the summer

Did this hike on November 12th

hiking
5 days ago

Did without spikes today as light snow covering in places and bare for parts of hillside. I would take spikes with you regardless, in case it ices up or gets more snow. Fantastic views all the way along the ridge, and I wouldn't rate this as difficult as the elev gain is certainly there, but there is little to no exposure and good trail all the way to the summit. Powerline ROW for the first (and last) hour eases you into it and is a well defined trail if you want to start or finish in the dark. Reminder that this trail will be closed December 1 - June 15 for wildlife management so if you want to check it out you have the rest of the month.

Easy trail to a decent view point. If you go just a couple hundred meters up towards midnight peak the views are excellent.

me and my friends did this hike today ....very nice easy hike ...no slippery sections ....there was snow but easy to manage...beautiful views of Barrier lake and Mount Baldy .

hiking
7 days ago

I did this hike for the first time this morning with our Dog Club, it was easy and enjoyable. Non-hikers commented that it was approachable and the most experienced felt that the scenery to Karst Spring was well worth the first few boring kilometres. Bonus, it was nice and quiet at this time of the year with a few inches of snow on the ground plus the sun was out for most of our trip.

hiking
8 days ago

Amazing views of mountains! We went in Mid Oct before the larch trees lost their needles. Beautiful fall colours! Trail was slippery with fair bit of snow at the top. Traction aids and hiking poles were definitely a benefit for this hike especially for the descent. This hike is a gradual climb up with some steep areas in the trees, flattens out near the top, then gradual climb to reach the top. It’s a nice moderate hike. Would recommend it and will definitely hike it again.

I was very disappointed with the zoo. We did not see any animals but many bunny tracks. The snow gave it a nice touch but was confused why there was so much more snow the higher up we went when we were getting closer to the sun. It makes zero sense. It should be warmer.

Enjoyed Heart Mountain, Horseshoe Trail hike. We did this back in May 2018. We did the couple harder scrambles, we did go counter-clockwise (west to east) and found the ♦️ painted on the side of a cliff, climbed up there... I’m sure we got off the trail a few times. Scramble up and down the other side. This hike is in FULL Sun, and can be very windy. Bring lots of water, and some food. It turned into a full day hike for us by time we found our way back to parking. Breathtaking views the whole time, took lots of pictures. Loved it! It was a challenge for us.

hiking
13 days ago

Nov 4, 2018
This was a great hike! Mostly uphill with a flat spot in the middle, pretty difficult I would say for inexperienced folks like us. My wife and I did Lake Agnes on Friday and Ink Pots via Johnston Canyon on Saturday, then ended with this on Sunday. Even with all the hiking we had already done, we went out and back in about 4.5 hours, but we didn’t make it all the way to the second lake (it was pretty snowy and that last push up the hill was a bit much for our inexperienced and tired legs). Wonderful views of the backside of Castle Mountain, and lots of snow-covered valley.

Thanks for the recommendation, G&J!

hiking
13 days ago

Really great views once you get past the treeline. We did this hike end of July and it took us 6 hrs with a 30-40 min lunch stop at the top. Beware of the false summit. The first half hour is flat and the trail is well marked. It’s pretty steep all the way up with little breaks to recover. Would rate this hike on the harder side because it is long!

Great view at top not so much to the west aslougheed and surrounding mountains arein 3000m category. Can see lil part of canmore. Like most summits youll have to prepare for the elements

Fun hike always have mountain beavers (marmots) screaming at me

We loved this hike! Did today, brought our pup and it was perfect. Windy walking around the lake to get to the trail but besides that awesome! Gets steep by the look out point. Beautiful views would do again :)

Did this trail on October 28th. Was very clear, showed a bit in the peak but warmed up. Packed snow on jewel pass section but manageable with spikes. Great view and a decent work out. Finished in just under 4 hours with a few breaks.

15 days ago

Great place to see the sunset, so pretty!! Went Sat Oct 27, If anyone find a pair of gloves and a hiking pole, please text me 4034835255.

snowshoeing
16 days ago

Lots of snow, snowshoes are a must. Had to break trail most of the way, would strongly suggest having a good GPS app, saved us past the first valley in order to find the best route to the ridge. Larches were beautiful, the views made this 6.5 hour hike worth it, full 360 view of mountains.

We went last summer, underestimated this hike Haha! Took us 7 hours round trip, I’m pretty sure we hiked 2 trails or were just that slow! amazing views at the top but we were very ill prepared! Haha next time we will bring more then one water bottle! Enjoy!

Love this hike. Did it in the summer and hit a rain storm on the way down which wasn’t too great. Other than that super fun, forest, loose rock and boulders lead up to amazing views.

Did it Oct23. From the top of Paradise Valley entrance, the path for the top is not hard to miss (missed it so I made another hour in the wood on wrong side od the mountain...). The view is magnificent, the at the time I did it, the last 200m of hike was in 100% snow/ice. Cleats were a must have. I met people without and they didn't make it to the top, too dangerous. I found it technical.

hiking
18 days ago

Hike was ok.. highly recommend crampons this time of year as half way up became quite icy. Extremely windy at the top

Great reward for the effort required. The final stretch is challenging for beginners, but doable. Hiking poles are a must, and microspikes are beneficial. Beautiful views!
(There is Y junction in the road about a km past the bridge and the correct trail is to the right up the mountain- it is marked by a cairn).

hiking
20 days ago

More time spent in the trees than Chester Lake hike, but pretty nonetheless. Far fewer people too. The trail was hard packed and we didn’t need snowshoes or cleats.

hiking
20 days ago

A really easy hike, lots of snow (winter wonderland)

Oct 27, 2018 - A marvelous hike!

Snowing when we got to the trailhead but cleared up by the time we got to the lake. Spectacular views but didn’t stay long due to the cold. Trail was snowy but well packed. Won’t be long before we’ll need snowshoes though. Will definitely do this again. If you’ve done Chester Lake- this is longer but a bit flatter. Worth the effort!

Amazing view at the top, definitely gets steep towards the top though but it goes by fast! Took us 2.5 hours total with a stop at the top. Not marked that well tough. Lots of people, no snow yet

snowed all the way and close to a white out at lake so didnt get that full "wowee" feeling at the lake - will definately do it again in spring/summer. loved walking through the snowy forest.. no ice on trail (all snow). had spikes on. dogs loved it - winter wonderland! started at 9am - first tracks.

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