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Great trail. Definitely need shoe spikes, can rent in town for $9.00.

Did the hike a week ago. It was fairly hard in my opinion. Lots of shale and deep snow in places. There are ribbons marking the path but we lost the ones going into the trees at the end. It turned out to be a yellow faded ribbon we found it on the way down. View up top was incredible but definitely not a winter hike.

Excellent hike. One of my favorites

hiking
1 day ago

Hiked up clockwise to the steep downhill rock band at kilometer 4. However the trail was amazingly dry all the way to this point, we decided to turn back due to the steep icy rocks and higher risk of slip and fall. It would have been nice if there was a chain installed at this point to increase safety of this beautiful trail.

hiking
1 day ago

Should have listen to the guy who commented (only for the sure footed) the entire hike is tippy creek rocks and scree! Slippery in the shadows. But the view was incredible. Took ~2.5 hours to make it the the pass. No obvious trail but there are ribbon markers. Wouldn’t recommend as a winter hike. Saw remains of an avalanche already. Wouldn’t be a safe place to be if an avalanche went down the creek! Hike starts at the end of a flooded out creek, hard to find!

Amazing hike. Worthwhile having someone with you who has completed this before. It is not always obvious where to go (I got lost once!).
Also, note that the last few hundred metres are now covered in snow (21st of October). This adds extra difficulty. I’d strongly recommend cleats and poles. I didn’t have the latter, which meant I was scrambling more often than needed.
Also note that if you’re scared of heights, this one is not for you. There are some very steep places.

Did a recon Oct 20 on this trail for a group hike on Oct 23. Still quite a bit of snow on upper Trail & on the ridge. Ice grippers helped on the way up but snow was soft on the way down so grippers not needed.

hiking
2 days ago

made up to to the edge of the treeline before the storm caught up to us. had to stop just short of the pass. still, awesome trail, had lots of fun doing it. there were people there, but it was mostly empty

hiking
2 days 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.

hiking
2 days ago

Ahahaha, the map says it all. That’s not a child scribbling or your lie detector test! This hike is a griiiind of relentless switchbacks. Can’t beat the views at the end though (for the most part there are not a lot of views on the way up due to the forest), and also the option for the free ride back down in the gondola (in certain parts of the winter season). Nice to have a restaurant option and little museum/shop also.

hiking
2 days ago

3 stars just might be me being picky...if I lived in Banff and just needed a quick up/down hike I would do this. Being from a bigger city, though, I like the views of a hike to be without civilization in them... that said, if you want a view of Banff town & surrounding area, this will suit you just fine.

Great hike and amazing views !

hiking
3 days ago

Very easy hike up to the lookout before the loop - if you do the loop, start up the right side as you reach the waterfall sooner and it’s less steep/shorter than the alternative side where it’s a very strenuous hike up, especially with the loose terrain.

Cannot stress enough how amazing this hike was. Coming down from the thumb was a little scary, because it’s very steep and all loose rock on a little goat trail, so we slid down on our butts (which left us very dirty and embarrassed going into the beautiful post hotel after haha). But you start from Lake Louise, go up past lake Agnes + teahouse, and the beehives, and get a beautiful view of the both lakes (Agnes, Louise) and the beehives. 100% recommend.

This was one of the first trails I did, and it was a wonderful introduction into hiking. Go early in the morning as it gets very busy (there’s a teahouse up there - not Agnes teahouse, although that’s close by) and make the extra 1km trek to go have lunch in front of lefroy and upper Victoria glacier. You’ll see a few avalanches for sure.

hiking
3 days ago

It was a beautiful and not super challenging hike. I’d like to go again on a day where it wasn’t too cold and pouring rain, but what can you do! The weather is the only reason I’m giving it a 3/5. I’m sure there’s a beautiful vista we could have looked out over had it not been grey-out from the rain. Also a squirrel tried to drink my beer. Minus one star for the thief squirrel.

This is a great trail to get some fantastic views of the waterfalls Johnston Canyon has to offer. The trail is improved/paved until you reach the upper falls and then it is a well marked dirt trail that is easy to follow. After the upper falls we needed hiking spikes as the trail was rather icy in spots and for the final descent into the valley that holds the ink pots. Overall a moderate hike if you go all the way to the pots. The views at the Ink Pots are worth the hike themselves but the waterfalls are spectacular and really offer some great views along the way.

Great little hike close to town.

Currently the trails around both lakes are still closed at the top due to road construction above, but it's still a worthy short climb for a great view.

'Easy' and 'More Difficult' routes are clearly marked. Choose more difficult for a hiking trail that comes to a beautiful waterfall. Trail is currently clear of ice/snow.

Easy is a wider, all-gravel path. Ice for the top 1/3 of the trail, but nothing too worrisome if you're careful.

Nice hike, pretty easy going on the maintained trail. Once you get past that for the loop at the end it gets kinda sketchy, lots of snow on steep shale. There are a lot of big icicles that were starting to break off so would recommend moving as quickly as possible through the section that takes you directly beneath them.

A classic "hard" hike in Kananaskis. Gorgeous views from top. Very steep. We did it in 4 hours up and down. There was recent snow near the top and I was a bit sketchy...

trail running
5 days ago

Even though it was a cloudy day there were beautiful views. There was hard packed icy snow for the last 50-100 m, other than that it was completely dry. The ridge also has the same icy snow so I didn't go for it. It doesn't look like anyone else is doing the ridge either as there aren't any tracks on it. Crampons or spikes not needed, but I would definitely recommend poles for the hike/run down.

Took the dogs up this morning. It was extremely icy in the shade so micro spikes were a definite must have. Where the sun hit the trail the snow had softened by the time I made the trek down but some form of traction device was still the way to go. Great cardio work out. Nice view of Lake Minnewanka near the top.

Great little hike...slippery at the top with hard packed snow...beautiful scenery...recommend taking more difficult way up and road down... would go again.

This is a very difficult climb due to the steepness the whole way, but stunning views make it a pleasurable challenge. The trail was slippery and muddy on the top half which made descending difficult, so I'd recommend going when the weather has been dry. (I went on a warm day when melting snow made things slick).
It took me 2 hours to hike from the parking lot to the platform, stopping along the way only long enough to swig water and keep going. The way back down wasn't much faster (1 hr 45 min) due to the steep descent, mud/ice, and tricky footing. If I go again, I'd bring a lunch and take my time more. Today I just brought water. Altogether : beautiful views and a killer workout, just pick a dry day!

Did this hike Oct 14, 2018: this was a great hike, but I do recommend microspikes for this time of year! The snow started to melt on the way down, so the main trail became a tobogganing hill. Many people slid down rather than walked. The views are amazing for how close you are to Calgary! It was very very busy and I never got a moment alone on the trail.

7 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!!

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
8 days ago

October 15 hike

**review below : found half of an ice climbing spikes pair, black diamond, on the way back from the final loop. Left them under the wastebin at the trail head.

30M/32F/8 months old toddler in harness.
Quite the great hike. Starts off with a slight incline in a regrowth area with short pine-like trees. This part was muddy on the way back after the sunny day. After that you reach a forested plateau and cross a stream of ice-cold water. A little while later a last climb brings you to the openvalley with the glacier ocerhead, and you can see a plateau overlooking the valley in the distance. That’s where you can (its the best part really) head if you choose to do the last little loop after the marker saying this is no longer a maintained trail. It starts with a steep open climb/scramble after a little boulder area, culminating in (iced over at this point in the year and with some falling icicles the size of a person’s head at some point) some falls and caverns behind them. It gets easier then and you soon reach the plateau, with some little streams behind, quite gorgeous. You then climb back down in a scrambly way.
At this time of year after 2 cold weeks, the snow covers the trail and makes the scrambles a little strenuous and a bit dangerous, so walking poles are recommended. For the way up crampons also efficient (on the way down it hinders you in open snow). The wife was actually scared during the loop with the baby in the harness, but i repeat that it it the best part!
Took us all in all without breaks a good 3 1/2 hours, and we are usually a bit faster than average.

Crampons + a good hiking boot are a must! Snowy and icy but the views are worth it.

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