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23 hours ago

October 11th 2018:

Such a good hike. Snow covered trails, kind of slippery at the beginning, cramps and poles recommended. starts off pretty steep, a bit of a slog, last 30 mins of the hike to the summit is slow and arduous, but at least the snow is packed and easily followed. moderate to difficult.

1 day ago

Amazing trail, as everyone has said it's not easy. I took the clockwise route up to cory pass but the snow was so thick at edith pass I couldn't tell where the trail was. if you're going to attempt this hike in this season I would strongly recommend crampons and poles. the elevation gain is intense and coupled with snow and ice it makes for quite a treacherous climb. the scrambles in the snow were interesting but definitely manageable. again. crampons, wouldn't have been able to complete this hike without them. No bears but saw lots of tracks!!

Fairly new to hiking and found this to be a perfect adventure for my skill level. Amazing views of Spray Lake and the surrounding mountains. The pass was snow covered as was most of the trail up. There are a few steep and wet spots where the trail really thins out. We had a beautiful sunny day but would have liked cleats in parts. Nice to see the Wind Tower peak so close but would not want to attempt summiting that this time of year.

hiking
1 day ago

Went on Saturday Oct 13 (the year winter came early). Snow covered the trail the whole way with some bare spots on the bottom 3rd.
The trail was well packed and easy to see and navigate till the top. At the top, it appeared to be less traveled and then the trail disappeared on the last little bit. Here we had to trudge through some deeper snow (would sink to your knees roughly) to get to the other side and see the valley.
I'd recommend cleats and gators. Weather was cold and windy at the top.
As mentioned before, park right at the trail head as opposed to driftwood parking lot.
Did the whole trip in 3.5hrs, that included walking around exploring at the top and having a lunch/beer! Great hike for beginners that want to step it up a notch.

Ran this trail yesterday as an alternative to ha ling as it is still closed.

Trails are pretty good, some icy spots on the way up. I used crampons in these areas just to be safe, but doable with good quality hiking boots/trail runners. I Definitely needed to bring wind stopper pants though, my insulated tights were not enough near the summit. Amazingly clear views.

I was here yesterday before sunrise. Unfortunately the bridge was blocked off with closure signs. I thought it was opened up again for winter, I guess they have more work to do? the trail head was closed at the time I went.

hiking
2 days ago

Went up today at 12:30. Beautiful snow covered trail. Good switch backs all the way up. Yaktraks were very helpful!

Snowy but the view at the end is amazing. If you climb up, you can take the gondola down for free after 5pm during winter.

Snowy and icy! Bring your spikes for the hike and you’re good to go!

hiking
4 days ago

Great trail, minor scramble at the top. But windy and chilly. Amazing views.

Trail closure extended for the winter season 2018/19. The early snowfall and smoke this year delayed the new trail alignment so it will be completed in spring 2019 then reopened!

Hiked on Oct 9. The trail was snowy for the most part. Great hike overall! The clouds were overcast, but I still saw the beautiful views at the top. Prepare for more intense path inclines as you approach the summit.

Did this at sunrise. Lost the trail on the way up. Got the what we thought was a fork and went left, should have stayed right. It was so dark when we started i only saw 1 blue square the way up. Saw them all the way down.

Beautiful views (until the clouds came in and our heads were literally in the clouds :) ) lovely hike - very cold at the weather station when we went up. The hike is a steady climb with great reward. So much snow up there already.

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7 days ago

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10 days ago

Family friendly up until the canyon, there is a bike rack right before you go through the canyon. FYI, Discovery Pass gives you free access to the Cave and Basin

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful trail, steep the last 2/3rds to the top. Snow covered last quarter, definitely need hiking boots or trail running shoes.

Great snow day peak while it's still just foot deep

Easy hike, canyon was nice but all the way to the canyon is paved.

Did this on Wednesday, still doable. Exhausting and dangerous but well worth it. Definitely a scramble hike. The last push to the peak is the most difficult and dangerous part. Take the left path going to the summit, it may look more challenging, but it is the safer way to get up and down from the peak. We also paid our respect to the women who lost her life on this hike by leaving our made shift hiking sticks on a pile of rocks beside the Ammo box at the summit.

Wow! Challenging for sure with the altitude! Gorgeous reward with that view! Not for the weak of heart

Was still closed yesterday. Sign at trail head said closed until early October for trail maintenance. A local said next week for scheduled reopening... not 100% sure if they are planning to reopen on schedule? Anybody know?

My second time on this hike. Did it early in the morning again, and was able to ride the gondola back down for free. I’m pretty sure the one way down is free before 10AM. It snowed late September when I did this hike, and so the views were very limited. Overall a challenging hike with a nice reward at the top - food, views, facts about Banff National Park, etc.

21 days ago

Great hike. Started in clockwise direction stunning view of Banff and mountains. Pretty cool once you get to the saddle and hike through the snow for 2k. I'd recommend keeping on the left on the trails between km 1 and 4 as this is the most direct route but steeper. I measured the loop as 12.5 km in total for 5 hours of hiking. You'd want to be fairly fit taking this one on, as the elevation gain between km 1 and 4 is cruel but definitely worth it.

Is this trail still closed? We are planning to go October 10. Would it be open by then?

hiking
21 days ago

Fun for the sure-footed hiker. I would do this hike again.
Was able to do this hike pretty quickly, 1.25 hours up and 35 min down. Really nice views but tough terrain

Can be hard to keep track of the trail on the rocky parts, but it’s very hard to actually get lost. Be careful choosing a path up/down from the summit in the scree areas.

Have done this hike about four times due to easy access and a well marked trail. Always bustling with tourists, so if you want a good seat at the summit either go very early or pop over to miners peak instead.

A nice trail... worth the views on a clear day. Slippery today as we hiked it in September but still easy to navigate. Got the the top and decided to do the loop instead of heading back down same way we came in. Completeing the loop only adds 0.8 km to the hike and provided some different views on the way back. Only slightly more difficult terrain on the far side of the loop so personally I think it's worth looping rather than retracing your steps back down again.

Sept 20- still closed :(

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