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Asolutely stunning hike. We left early with headlamps on and watched the sunrise at the first false summit. You definitely need ice trekkers or yaktracks as it is super iced up and snowy up top. Poles and gloves were also helpful as some areas are deep and unstable underfoot. This was my favourite hike so far in the area! Be safe and enjoy

Hiked this on Sunday October 14th. 5 hours round trip. Very challenging, poles and crampons recommended. Lots of false summits and moments where footing was pretty minimal. a lot more challenging than in the summer. take care :) Hi Bogdan, passed you on the second peak, glad you made it.

3 days 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!!

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.

Oct 14, 2018:
- 8h in total with lots of photo breaks
- amazing and hard, lots of snow so followed the ridge
- leave your dog at home !!!

hiking
7 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 this with my wife on October 6, 2018 path is easy to follow lots of ice and snow crampons definitely recommended great views. Great way to spend the day would highly recommend this hike
I want to thank Jason Lee’s whom I met on this hike and turned me onto this app nice talking to you in the parking lot Jayson I hope you enjoy the rest of your hiking send me a friend request if you’re on Facebook maybe we can compare hikes thanks again.

6 Oct, 2018
Easy path to follow now with the packed snow trail to the first ridgeline. Once reaching the ridgeline up to Yamnuska Summit, you may want crampons, gators, and an ice axe as the snow is deep now and no official trail is obvious. The hike up to the first ridge for a nice lookout is easily done and only microspikes recommended.

Very easy to access and clearly marked. A well-trodden path that could easily accommodate groups, kids, or dogs. We hiked this in the fall, so the upper 1/3 was icy with snow across the path, would recommend boots with good grip and potentially hiking poles for the slippery descent with the fall ice and light snow. Great views and fantastic fall colours

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

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?

It was a fantastic day to get out and enjoy the hike to Lake Annette and then on to the Giant steps. There’s been a fair bit of snow so things were muddy and icy in areas but it definitely eliminated any tourist traffic. I only ran into 7 people on my way out. The majority of the trail along paradise creek is fairly low angle and in good condition. I took some video of the falls but can’t seem to get the uploaded. Loved the hike.

23 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?

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.

Did this yesterday. Visibility was touch and go and with fresh snow with no tracks to follow made finding the markers (blue squares) a bit tough. I went with an experienced hiker who's done the trail many times and we still found ourselves lost. Took us 6 hours to complete. You have phone reception throughout the trail so I suggest using the alltrails map to track your hike. Would definitely come again next year when there isn't any snow.

Sept 20- still closed :(

27 days ago

Loved it, a bit cold (it started snowing) but absolutely worth it :)

29 days ago

Great trail. Worth doing for those who like adventure. Like everyone said went went clockwise. Try and stay left if there are any forks during the trail for the couple kms. Challenging hike but well worth the grind up. Do not do if your scared of heights. 6hrs flat with some picture time. Worked out to 16kms. The 13kms must be a short cut we didn’t see

on Cory Pass

hiking
1 month ago

Got lost several times between mile 2 and 4; as has been said, it is difficult to differentiate between the trail and runoff paths. Around mile 3.9, after a scramble up some rocks, the trail appears to end at a 15’ rockface. You must go up this rockface (not as scary as it first seems). Then once on top, walk slightly right and you will see a hiker sign post. It appears to point right off the cliff. You must then scramble down the other side of the rocks. This is scary and I crabwalked partly down; there are small trees along the way to help you get down - treacherous. A large amount of the next part of the trail is traveling over scree on a path along the edge of the mountain. After a while you are used to it and just a couple of tense parts. You reach a high overlook (Corey Pass) and then must go down the backside of the mountain on a soft scree path which can be somewhat slippery; we found it best to lean backwards and dig in with your heals. Then the views ARE OUTSTANDING. You continue on thru larger scree with no issues and then thru bolders with the path marked by cairns. The last treacherous part is up a muddy, rocky, root filled runoff path with bushes to stabilize you. Then a long, boring walk back thru the forest with a couple of good views. Even tho I was freaked out at certain points, this was by far our best hike as it had the most outstanding views. Took us 7.5 hours with breaks and getting lost in the beginning.

on Cory Pass

1 month ago

Incredible hike well worth the effort! Be prepared for rapid weather changes, as it was clear at the base, raining/sleeting on the way to Cory Pass, snowing as we made the turn, and raining again on the way down. The trail was muddy in sections, but manageable. Also, there’s a small bit of climbing down rocks required on your way up to Cory Pass, but it’s doable if done slowly (would also have been helpful if it was dry). We measured about 20km total. The landscapes are absolutely amazing!

One of my all time annual favorites; any weather or any season. Always best counterclockwise.

1 month ago

Cool hike. Tough in the beginning, but rewards you near the top. Liked the fact it was not heavily traveled.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is incredible! It is also no joke - lots of elevation gain. As said in previous reviews, go clockwise to Cory Pass first so the second half of the loop is easier. Views are amazing!

Closed for another month :(

1 month ago

What an incredible hike, the views once you round the corner into the pass are absolutely stunning and otherworldly. We measured that it was in fact 17 km total, not 13. When starting out, go clockwise around the loop to have the easier part of the hike for the end of your journey :) Would 100% recommend this amazing hike and I would love to do it again!

This ones on my top five under six. Beautiful quick incline all the way up, trails are quite clear; lots of foot traffic. If you make it to the flag at the peak the views are spectacular.
On a side note if you head right at the top you can also do Miners Peak so you can check off two amazing hikes in one day trip. Happy hiking.

The first hour is tough, up switchbacks. Once you top out most of the trail going West is very flat. A few small lakes along this trail (Eiffel lake) are great places to rest and take in the majesty of this . Special experience. Only need to roam 2-4 klicks. With Eiffel Peak as your backdrop. Now turn back
Wonderful day . There are grizzly warnings in area as they live here, but they are not back for winter just yet. The mobs and noise keep them away.

Very nice hike. Forest hike, pretty lakes, and good climb to the pass.

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