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Easy and beautiful

backpacking
1 day ago

Great scenery, well maintained trail. The climb from Whitehorn campsite to Emperor Falls can be tiring with a heavy pack. For light pack carriers or day trippers it is considerably easier.
My 12 year old managed easily with a 27 lb pack.
The falls are worth the effort though they are magnificent!
After that all the trails to Marmot, Berg, Rearguard, or Robson are pretty flat so it is an easy hike from there on.
Great hike, beautiful country!

Probably our favorite hike because of the pretty lake views. We had 3 kids ages 6, 7, and 11. It was busy even late in the day. The couple ahead of us encountered a black bear on Trail 9a and turned back. We proceeded forward and never spotted the bear (probably because our youngest was crying so loud because she was tired). We did carry bear spray. The lakes are serene. Loved the little dock at 5th Lake.

Amazing view of the 5 lakes!

backpacking
5 days ago

Holy smokes this hike is incredible! This was our first backcountry camping trip. I wouldn’t consider this a difficult hike however there is one section of 4km uphill which is tough when you’ve got a heavy bag on your back. Even though it was a little smokey Kinney Lake was breath taking, emperor falls was insane and Berg lake was unbelievable. We couldn’t hike Mumm Basin or toboggan falls due to a rock slide so went out to Snowbird Pass which actually left us speechless. A long old hike but the Icefield was like being on another planet. I’m so keen to go back next summer before wildfires hit.

Some people were hiking out to berg lake and back just a one day. With an early start and reasonably fast pace I feel that it is do able.

backpacking
5 days ago

Absolutely loved this hike. Beautiful views. Great campsites. There are about 5km on your way up that are challenging to say the least but all worth it once you see the glacier and the lake!

hiking
8 days ago

Amazing!!! I booked myself in for 6nights. Don’t need that many I left after 4 nights . Pack what you need !! I packed way to much but used it all. Traps and hoodies. I went July 27-August 1 beautiful weather. The black flys bite hard worse than the mosquitos. Trail all the way to robin pass. Amazing. Did snow bird pass amazing again !!
Fill up after white horn on your way to emperor falls there’s no water for 4km. Pack up early leave early to get a camping spot especially at emperor falls there’s only 7 pads. The trail isn’t overall hard. Hardest part was hiking up to emperor falls. Only cause my pack was too heavy. After emperor falls it’s smooth sailing. The views are to die for. Loved every turn and moment.

Trail isn’t very scenic as you are hiking up a fire road most of the way up. Views at the top are definitely spectacular though! Took us about 5.5 hours with minimal breaks on the way up and only about 30 min at the top for lunch.

This is a pleasant trail that winds through a valley with many lakes. The 5 main lakes are that famous glacier blue color. Lakes 1, 4, & 5 are great for swimming in the summer (although perhaps a bit chilly). Aside from the lakes, you get lots of trees, valley views, and flowers. Not a ton of wildlife aside from squirrels and a few ptarmigans. Not a ton of elevation change, just a few mellow hills. The outer loop is a bit over 5 miles and there is a shorter inner loop that’s a little under 3 miles. I personally would opt for the longer loop as you get great views of Lake 1.

Top 3 trail in Rockies

backpacking
12 days ago

Love all of the bridges! Decided to tackle on backpacking back to the trailhead from Robson Pass - was great until the last 3km then my feet were killer! But I loved it!

hiking
14 days ago

Amazing but long and hard

Amazing views, great mix of rock hopping, wooded trails, and scramble! We took our dog and he absolutely loved it. Rock formations are great trail markers and it wasn’t hard to stay on track. Road in is a little sketchy and mosquitos/horseflies were plentiful

hiking
16 days ago

The All Trails write-up calls it a "moderately trafficked" trail. I would say it is a heavily traffic trail in the summer. Lots of people but beautiful lakes. If I am ever in the area again and it's a clear day, I'd hike it again!

Even in the thunderstorm, tons of mosquitoes and packing in a 21lb baby this trail is a beauty. Very few people. Well worth it! We only went to the first falls at the head of the first lake because of time of day but would go back for sure!

The first part of the hike was beautiful. The second part, extending the route along lake #1 was not as picturesque but was good exercise

Beautiful, fairly easy hike! All five lakes are very close together, only the hike to and from the hikes is a little longer. About 2-2.5 hours if you’re taking stops and pictures, so could be done quicker for sure! I did it twice in 6 weeks because I loved it so much!

Highly recommended! I usually do the long hikes away from other humans but this ones lovely. The second lake is the best. I’ve never come across natural lakes fleuro hello/green it was great. I didn’t find too many people on the train. Maybe people every 5 minutes but the other reviews made it sound like there were crowds. Also the bears have been sighted here because their favourite berries are all over the place!

The other lake is almost 6km away from the 5 lakes so it’s doable if you want to double your trail.

The scenery and in particular the waterfalls are awesome. We hiked to the second lake and back on a beautiful July day. Saw very few people. The trail is tougher than you might think with much rock hopping. The climb up to the second lake is quite something as is the decent. Not the trail to choose for breaking in your new boots. No issues for 2WD access today.

The lakes are beautiful and people are actually jumping in for a swim! Perfect on a hot and sunny day! Come prepared if you want to go swimming. There is a presence 2 red Adirondack chairs to offer you the best spot to sit down and relax. Great hike for a family with young kids.

Kinney Lake is beautiful and the 4.5k trek to the bottom is worth it and not hard at all with a nice wide path. It’s nice that they have markers at each 1k. We ventured beyond the campground at 7k to the valley between 8k and 9k and saw some gorgeous falls in the distance. If we had started earlier could have made it past 11k to the valley of 1000 falls.

hiking
1 month ago

great easy hike for beginners. Part of the trail follows the river and we loved the views and the sounds of powerful rushing waters. Kinney Lake is serenely breathtaking

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great hike on a lovely day. Grateful that we took the first left after the bridge to go clockwise, avoiding much of the steep uphills. Turn right at the intersection with 2 "9" blazes and be prepared for a steep downhill and some muck close to the outflow creek. First Lake is stunning approached from the north end with views of the snow capped mountains. Found a pretty lakeside spot for lunch. The other lakes are pretty, too, especially Fifth Lake. The return from Fifth is rated difficult, but it's not terribly so. Bears reported close to the trail by other hikers, consequently being vigilant is recommended.

Great bang for your buck. Beautiful views, easy to do with kiddos, well maintained!

This was a fantastic hike. There are 4-5 km of very challenging uphill backpacking and the rest is manageable. The 23 km if you get to Berg in one day is a challenge- make sure you take care of your feet and wear good hiking boots that fit. Most of the trails were closed up at Berg Lake due to a rock slide but we were able to do the Snowbird pass. It was simply incredible. If you make it to Berg Lake, Snowbird Pass is a must do (though it’s very challenging in its own right). Campgrounds are in good shape and the trail is well marked. Must do on any backpackers list. Bravo!

It only gets better once you're up at Berg Lake. The exploration opportunities are out of this world.

Beautiful views... BUT the effort is not worth it. There are many other hikes with just as beautiful of views, if not better to do that require a lot less effort. I’m all up for a challenge but the majority of the trail is boulders and large rocks. It was difficult to cross the boulders and slippery when wet. I would not recommend this hike and will not be returning to this hike unfortunately.

Trail is well maintained and rolls through the valley around the lakes. It was the Saturday of a Canada Day long weekend when we went so trail was quite busy. The lakes are small but still beautiful with typical wildlife. The hike is easy and accessible for all skill levels and ages.

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