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1 day ago

I wouldn’t grade this hike as difficult. It’s a gradual up and down through forests and meadows. It’s beautiful. We started at the Sunshine parking lot and hiked to Healy Pass - Egypt Lake - back up to Healy Pass - Simpson Pass - Sunshine Village. For this hike we planned to hike to Healy Pass, and see how we felt and decide where to go from there. We just kept exploring and wandering and in the end hiked 24km in total. It was endless views and a fun day. We hitched a ride from half way down the service road by three friendly gentlemen. That made our day! The Sunshine shuttle wasn’t dog friendly. Quite disappointing. It was a very long day. I wouldn’t recommend what we did. It was too long of a day. Doing it once was enough for me. Another fun adventure tho!

This trail starts off easy but definitely becomes more difficult as the elevation increases. It’s a steady climb up to the tea house. Make sure to go past the tea house to the look out, it’s worth the extra effort! We stopped at the tea house after hiking to the lookout and had a bite to eat. Expensive but you are eating halfway up a mountain. I recommend trekking poles and possibly crampons as it was slippery after the recent snowfall.

I went September 15th and there was already snow and would recommend wearing boots and if going to the view point then bring cramp ons.Was totally worth it to go the extra to the view point

Fun hike, although I wouldn't say it was a favorite, except for the extra part after the teahouse, which was really fun! I tend to enjoy hikes that are a little more difficult though, so if you're looking for something pretty steady and with great views, this is definitely a must! We started with the first bus at 7am and it was cold and rainy. On the way up, the sky cleared a bit and we had good views of the glaciers at the top. Coming back down, it started raining and we were frozen by the end. Worth it!

6 days ago

Hiked on 9/15 to the overlook. About 6-8 inches of snow from the prior storms. Sun came out for a little while at the top and it was a winter wonderland! Snow on trails was packed and easily passable. However, the trail could become icy overnight if temperatures stay low, and then would be treacherous. Overall, it’s a fantastic hike!

A great hike with wonderful views every part of the way, def a moderate hike; hard to some that don't hike often! I did the loop starting by going up to the tea house at Lake Agnes and continuing around Big Beehive and connecting to the 6 Glacier trail. The trail is moderate and should be attempted by folks in decent shape as it is a longer hike (lots of visitors not knowing the scale of this hike and I found lots of ill-equipped people on the trail, such as no water, wearing jeans, no day-packs). Plan on spending 4-5 hours on the trail if doing the loop, more if you plan to have tea at both houses. Side note, horses use the trails so beware of poop ;) If you like, you can continue for another 30-40 mins on from the 6 glaciers tea house to a closer view of the glaciers. This trail is narrow and steep in sections but wonderful, you get to hear the glaciers/snow cracking! Also, 90% of the hike is exposed to the sun and you will get hot.

Short hike, with a few larches and fireweed :) nice lakes.

Excellent hike with excellent company. The little tea house at the top is quiet rewarding. I saw my first avalanche standing at the overlook past the tea house. The hike is long, but is quite nice.

The extra hike past the tea house is difficult, but one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen! It took me an extra hour including the time I spent at the end seated, listening to the glaciers crack! Definitely worth the extra sweat!!

hiking
12 days ago

Easy family hike, we had kids with us ages from 5-10 and they had no problem finishing the hike. The hike was very pretty with all the fall colours showing in the bushes surrounding the trail. Although there is no great view until you reach the lake. It was muddy at some points but the kids enjoyed it trying to go through the water/mud on rocks and logs.

A decently easy hike without a steep incline to it. The trail was nice and Boom Lake at the end was most definitely worth the hike at the end.

Surrounded with some huge rocks it makes for a great spot to sit down and eat lunch while taking in the scenery. There was a loon calling, fish jumping and an eagle enjoying a fish dinner while I was there, making it even more enjoyable. I would do this trail again. I even lucked out and was able to chat with some Parks volunteers who were on the trail that day.

The views are gorgeous. We saw some goats on the trail as well.

backpacking
14 days ago

Trail was well maintained and easy to navigate. It was a steady incline all the way up but there were lots of switchbacks and places to rest. With backpacks full of camping gear the hike took us 2.5 hours. Would definitely do the hike again.

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

We did this hike today with the most amazing weather. Once you get to Borgeau lake take a snack break and keep going to Harvey pass, we loved the views from up there. It took us 2 hours in a nice steady pace to Borgeau lake and from there a bit over one hour to Harvey pass. We saw 10 other hikers. Hiking boots and walking poles highly recommended.

This trail was wonderful (though a bit muddy in spots) - scenic all the way through, and led to an adorable Teahouse where we had a small lunch. Bring cash - they accept USD but there’s a small surcharge.

The hike is manageable in a few hours and the incline isn’t too bad. Go early to avoid the crowds.

14 days ago

Probably a 3.5. The trail is pretty mellow and would be good for lots of different fitness levels (although it’s not appropriate for strollers, wheelchairs, etc.).

The lake at the end is very pretty and the trail wasn’t too busy on a weekday mid-morning, however the scenery was pretty unremarkable until we got to the lake (which took a little while).

Hiked to dolomite pass above Helen Lake.

Nice hike. 2 mile uphill to start, then easy fast long terrain to Lake Helen. Easy up to the pass and Cirque Peak above. Went up a little way but didn’t attempt to summit because of snow and the fact we really didn’t know the route

hiking
16 days ago

Went up September 5th...gorgeous spot. Moderate but steady grade up to the lake, trail is in good condition and well maintained. We had planned to head up Panorama Ridge after lunch at the lake but came across a grizzly in the meadow 15-20 minutes above the lake so we turned around. Will definitely be back!

Very pleasant and easy walk. Would definitely visit again. Oh, there was snow on the top the day I visit. (Sep 3rd) just so you know.

Did this hike yesterday morning, beginning in a downpour that trickled off after entering the trees. As we climbed the views opened up with morning mist intermingling with cloud breaks. I’d rate this as a fairly easy hike overall, with a very tolerable grade most of the way up. The view from the Tea House is great, but expend the extra effort to get to the end of the lookout trail, as the vistas are amazing. The trail to the lookout point follows a lateral moraine that is a bit exposed, and on this morning there was a dusting of fresh snow, but going slow rewards those who persevere. We even saw a few avalanches calving off of the hanging glacier on Mt. Victoria.

Easy hike with lots of wildflowers. The trail is quite busy. Definitely do the Grizzly /Laryx Lake loop.

I did this hike combining it with Simpson Pass to make the hike a lollipop. Parking was plentiful and the trail was easy to find. With some side walking to take pictures my GPS said that we hiked 13.6 miles. Healy Pass and the meadows above the tree lines offer some incredible views. The trail was moderately busy with trail runners, backpackers, and day hikers like ourselves. Overall I would suggest skipping Simpson Pass as it was mostly uneventful and led steeply downhill in some places, adding more miles to an already long hike.

I did this hike with my husband in the end of June on a really sunny and beautiful day. Especially due to the weather the trail was heavily trafficked, but most of the hikers don’t go further the tea house, however, that’s where the fun started. We had to cross several avalanche areas and did not only stop where basically most people stop, instead, we climbed up the final very steep rocky section, so that we could sit on the massive rock protruding from the mountain. You will have spectacular views to the Lake the further you go up. On the way back we decided to go back via the Lake Agnes Trail, which is also nice. Please be advised to use proper footwear and carry enough nutrition and water with you. Highly recommended!

I found it very easy! Around 6k one way, but that’s includes the stroll around the Lake, so the not so easy hike is only 3kms.

Honestly, it is a beautiful hike. Definitely you have to get there vey early (at least 7-8 am) in order to get a parking spot, especially on the weekend. Bring good hiking shoes, because if you want to go all the way up it could be slippery, gravely. Hiking sticks can help at the very top. The teahouse is very cute, tiny and busy as well. If I know correctly, they do not take credit, debit so bring cash if you want to buy something.
We were so lucky when we got there, because the air was really clear so I could take some beautiful pictures of the beautiful views, but later it got a little bit smoky. It was not bad, you couldn't really smell it, but the views got a tiny bit hazy. Anyways, it was a very good experience. :)

hiking
20 days ago

Easy to follow trail, not too steep. Great wildflowers and lots of marmots. Can be a lot if people on the trail. First half of the hike is in the forest (with a number of good view points across the valley), second half of the trail is wide open.

Great hike with friends.

Great hike! Trail is well maintained and the food at the Tea House was fantastic!

Nous sommes allés vers 0700 le matin et il y avait déjà beaucoup de monde pour un mardi. Très belle randonnée mais beaucoup d'excréments de cheval qui dérangent. Les tamias avant les murs d'escalades naturels sur la piste sont très curieux et sont venus me touche la main ce qui a donné de très belles vidéos. Le teahouse à la fin incroyable.

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