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4 days ago

Great trail. Good time.

After completing the route to Fish lakes in the summer we thought we’d return in the winter for a snowshoe to the first campground. It did not disappoint. Very scenic and the day couldn’t have been more perfect with fresh ( deep) powdery snow, a blue sky and mild temps. Half our group stayed overnight at the campground while the rest of us wished them luck and made our way back. We will return in the summer to complete the full 60k route.

IG @ml.explores The part of the hike through Sentinel Pass was phenomenal! It was a long hike with much elevation change but it's one of my favourite hikes of all time--so much to see at all points.

Loved every minute of our 6 days here. Can't wait to do it again.

Bucket list hike! 6 days of roots, mud, killer ladders, narrow trails that snake along massive seaside cliffs. Saw bears, sea lions, eagles, deer, cougar tracks... majestic trees in lush rain forest. Challenging and breathtakingly beautiful.

Some beautiful vistas and well worth the hike in the fall time. Colours at the peak are brilliant, but pushing on to the lake is worth the extra effort. Trail is really well marked and maintained. The second section to Egypt is a bigger elevation gain/loss, but with time and good company this is a fantastic fall hike

We did this as part of a Loop : parked midway up Moraine lake road at the Paradise Valley parking lot (first we dropped off bicycles at Moraine Lake). We hiked paradise valley to Sentinel Pass, then over the pass and Larch valley to Moraine lake road. Then we biked back to the car. It was about 21km of hiking and 950m elevation but it was just gorgeous! Paradise Valley in particular was breathtaking. We had our dog with us and she made it, but the climb over the pass was very strenuous and I wouldn’t have taken her had I realized how much snow/rocks we’d have to climb over - it was ALMOST too much for those 4 little legs.

A very beautiful trail but weather dependant on the experience you have. My experience was a damp , rushed one. Did a 6 night trek thinking it would be a nice relaxing experience but ended up missing a tide and having a bear encounter.
Only had 7 hours of sun the whole trip. From day 1 where it was a downpour my boots and hiking gear was soaked. Was never able to get my boots or hiking gear dry even when making a fire.
Although a popular trail it is sill very wild. Had one scary bear encounter and then saw 5 other bears at a safe distance.
Tips - know your tides!!
- bring bear spray
- waterproof everything
- bring tarp
- wear gaitors

Fantastic trail but can be very challenging if the weather is not on your side.

Weather dependent hike. Beautiful in all conditions but rain takes away from the overall experience.
Loved the trail despite having some rain every day. Poor weather meant we did not pause to enjoy the stunning scenery as much as we would have liked.
Wet/damp conditions provided for slippery conditions at times. Hiking pole/poles advised.
Not a difficult trail, actually a very beautiful walk.
We did the trail in 3 1/2 days but only as we did not take our time to properly enjoy.

4 months ago

Ma randonnée préférée jusqu'à maintenant. Nous avons fait le grand loop et j'ai adoré cela. Un peu plus de y heures mais nous avons prit notre temps. Le camping au Twin falls été un coup de coeur très beau!

We completed in 5 nights and 6 days with relatively dry conditions. Careful attention to tides tables when planning your itinerary will maximize beach time and some unique sights. Hiked late August. Very chilly and damp in the evenings. Often foggy during the day. Crab shack at Nitinat a place to linger for the company and the freshest crab you'll ever eat! Bring $.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike with a few steep sections. Scenery was great - many waterfalls and places to stop along the way. Made the trip to Marpole Lake Whig was worth it - it was so peaceful and still. Took me almost 7 hours but that included a lot of breaks for snacks and pictures.

Awesome hike but very difficult once u start to climb sentinel pass... Have complete gear and stay safe on sliding rocks.

I had hiking this trail two times.
Its amazing.!!
Beautiful view eventhough difficult.

This trail did not disappoint! Completed the North to South route in 6 days/5nights.The terrain was challenging, and I often had to remind myself to look up and around at what the forest or beach was showing. Our group was lucky with no rain. There were rumours that this was one of the driest years. I can't wait to go back and hike South to North to compare the difference.

backpacking
5 months ago

Fantastic trail! Just came off the trail (August 15). The most physically challenging trip ever. Beautiful scenery, great campsites a couple of great spots to grab non freeze dried meals and lots of great people hiking the trail. Did the trip from North to South in 7 days. Right call as your pack gets lighter before you hit the last tough 5 km stretch. Also didn’t feel rushed and you can take your time to enjoy your environment.

hiking
5 months ago

We made it as part of our Skoki loop hike from Fish creek parking lot, out and back in 13 hours and total of 43km, all in one day! For Merlin lake we exit the Skoki trail just before the lodge to the left at the Merlin lake sign. There is about a couple of km uphill initially where trail opens up it's view to Castilleja lake that receives all it's water from the underground current coming from Merlin lake that emerges just before the lake tip.
Trail then makes a traverse through skirt of wall of Jericho until approaching a few rocky switchbacks that leads to a lookout above Merlin lake. We returned via Merlin meadows trail all the way back to Skoki lodge. Very quite and peaceful lake with crystal clear water.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy hike to the chalet at the base of twin falls. Lots of switchback to the top of twin falls. We did a loop out along whaleback/ isolated peak route to the ACC hut. Lots of steep climbing to hit the ridge but some beautiful views.

Look out for the blue marks! Windy and nice weather.

hiking
5 months 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!

We started from Lake Louise to Saddleback then through Paradise Valley up to Sentinel pass, finishing in Moraine lake. The junction between Saddleback and Paradise Valley is not the same than on the map in this app, but it is pretty easy to find your way. The climb to Sentinel pass is very difficult, but totally worth it and the view at the top was amazing! The remaining of the trek to Moraine lake is pretty easy. We went back to Lake Louise with the Moraine Lake shuttle, it was pretty easy without reservation. Enjoy this awesome trek !

Parking is insane but the trail was minimally trafficked (most just drive up to take photos of the lake). Lake Annette is a great place to stop for lunch before continuing up and over the rock scramble of Sentinel Pass. You are rewarded with views of the snow capped glacier and as you start the descent the bright blue of lake morraine becomes visible through the trees. Excellent route with incredible views all the way.

hiking
5 months ago

We did this as an extension to Healy Pass. Totally worth it, but definitely a long day hike. Excellent hike.

Have done this trail twice, North to South both times. 2012 with 7 days of sunshine and 2016 with the first 5 of 7 days of rain. Makes no difference to the trail, always lots of mud. This trail is everything they say it is and much worse and at the same time, everything they say it is and much better. One of the most wonderful hikes I've been on. Planning to do it again in 2020.

We also did the circuit from paradise creek to giant steps to the pass. Quite the hike but worth every step.

Everything I hoped it would be; and more!!

5 months ago

Absolutely beautiful. We did this as a day hike from Merlin meadow campground.

An amazing adventure! We lucked out with great weather - no rain! I can only imagine how much more difficult it would be in cool wet weather as I will not be going back to find out! Off the bucket list now. Proud to have done it!

hiking
6 months 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.

A 75km temple.

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