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Love this hike! Views are spectacular!

20 days ago

Some of the best views you can get so close to the city! If you have the time and patience, scramble all the way to the summit for unreal 360 degree views. The ups and downs are tiring on the way back since its about 16km round trip.

beautiful beginning to a relentless climb! understatement, I plan on making this my first hike of the next season.
you climb and climb and climb stop take a break.... Those last few hours of going up and you still have few more hours of going up! wonderful hike

27 days ago

Very challenging hike, but worth it! The trail isn't well marked in the initial scramble area (taking the loop counterclockwise) making it difficult to choose the best path. I'd definitely do this hike again though.

1 month ago

Physically challenging pretty much right out of the parking lot. A lot of undulating hills along the ridge will have you cursing on the way back. Stunning views in every direction from up top.

pardon my language but this mountain was an absolute b**** to climb. really steep and challenging, but the view at the top is worth while.

Awesome views! Trail was nicely packed down. We had spikes on, but could have easily done it just in hiking boots. We hiked up Prairie View Trail, then once at the top we took the Barrier Lookout Trail to the summit of Yates Mountain to the fire lookout station & heli pad. Well worth it!! Came back down and descended on Jewell Pass.

Did this hike late in January! Managed to complete the entire loop and it wasn't too bad. The ascent up to Mt Loder isn't that bad but there is some steep parts. There wasn't much snow on that side of the mountain which made scrambling fairly easy. However once I started down the other side towards the valley you could tell that's where the snow collected. Was mostly me sliding/falling/cursing my way down.

Once I was into the valley it looked like I was the first person to attempt it in the winter months as there was no tracks. This was probably the worst part as you had to walk on the snow covered river and had no way to tell if the snow was 6 inches deep or 6 feet. Many times I fell through and sunk in up to my waist.

Once I got to a beaten trail by the canyon walk it's fairly easy from there, I jogged the rest of the way back.

Completed this hike in 4:45 with a lunch break, however I did shave some time off sliding down half the mountain.

I also lost my poles somewhere on the descent into the valley, if you find them please reach out and return!

Thank you!

Although this hike is listed as hard (and certainly has challenging parts) the first time I went to the heart mountain peak (2006?) I was wearing chacos sandals and didn't die. My husband and I did the horseshoe in 2017 on the family day long weekend with our 5 year old son and dog. We had no problems and spent two nights on the ridge.

Love this hike. Stunning views from the top with a picnic table to have your lunch. You can also sign a visitors book. Has some steep parts but overall a great hike.

Windy around the lake and at summit, but warm in the trees. Brought snowshoes in case but didn’t end up needing them, the trail was pretty packed down. Amazing hike, will definitely do again!!

2 months ago

Wasootch Day Use Area is 17 KM south on Kananaskis Trail (Hwy 40). The trail head is fairly easy to locate but you are presented with a myriad of trails right at the onset. I found the best route is to immediately bear right towards the picnic bench and then follow the trail up from there. Note: The green trail map sign at the trailhead will tell you nothing of the trail to the ridge. It’s a fairly strenuous climb at first; edgy sections with small exposure, loose rock over slab, ~160m gain in 0.5km. Once on the ridge, it’s a series of up and down to several peaks. . I hit 5 minor peaks and only hiked just over half the trail! This day I just didn’t have the energy. The views all around are what makes this trip worthwhile. Right from the start, just turn around and take in the scenery, it’s breathtaking. I covered around 8.5km total trip, with ~765m elevation gain. The return trip would have been fairly treacherous if it was wet, lucky for me it stayed

2 months ago

Nihahi was my third hike and it was a tough one but boy was the view worth It! I recall it taking us 2.5 hrs give or take. mind you it was a really hot day. I definitely want to do it again only this time go more prepared as we ran out of water going up

Alrighty then....went up a roughly compacted prairie view trail. We were on snowshoes but others had beaten up the trail with just walking on it. Great hiking through the trees. Was super windy so it was nice to be protected in the trees. Had to kick off the old snowshoes to climb up the trail as it went up behind some steep rock. Came out on top and needed snowshoes as it got deep. There were some signs with arrows at that point, that helped showed us the way as the winds had blown the snow over the trail. Once we went passed the amazing 360 view, there were two arrow signs and that was it. Unfortunately it took us off the trail and was very confusing as to where to go. There needs to be better marking at the top and on the whole prairie view trail until it meets Jewell Pass trail. Thankfully we had AllTrails app that helped us find the loop out. There were no other tracks or markings to find the trail. Another gal was lost and found our tracks in the snow. Was so beautiful coming down through the trees on Jewell Pass trail as the trees were still covered with snow. Definitely needed snowshoes to do this Loop as it got really deep after the top. You should be able to find the trail from our tracks, as long as it doesn’t get blown over again. Awesome hike. Harder to snowshoe in all the foot holes from boots. Was like walking on a fluffy cloud after the top.

Very little ice and snow. Amazing conditions for mid December!

This hike had my favorite ridge walk to date! I regret having my ankle boots on so am excited to tackle this again in 2018 with my salomans!!

Completed the entire ridge yesterday, was in excellent condition. If you walk the entire ridgeline to the true summit (which is much more fun than side stepping the ridge to scramble up some scree to the summit), be prepared for some exposure, narrow parts of the ridge, some downclimbs and climbing up some fun slabs. Always double check foot and hand holds as it is Kananaskis and the rock is not very stable. The true summit is marked with a stick in the rock and a small carin. For decent you can bypass the ridge and go along the south scree, but returning along the ridge is much more fun. If you choose to do the entire ridge, you should be a confident scrambler or climber.

Great winter trail! - if you don't mind walking through lots of trees: only a few areas open up for a view but it is definitely worth the wait!
Completed December 8 in 3 hours, definitely doable with ice cleats - pretty much solid ice up the switchbacks on the east edge!
Excited to come back in the summer!

3 months ago

Beautiful hike.

A great winter hike. The trail up Prairie View was icy and would’ve been virtually impossible to navigate without ice cleats. The views were stunning and well worth the effort up. The trail down Jewell Pass was more sheltered and covered with packed snow. All said and done we we finished the loop in 4 hours.

3 months ago

About the final chance to get up here before the winter gates shut. Higher you get, the deeper the snow, just up to the high point and flag. Looking forward to developing this one in the summer to make a big loop. Completely on our own all day, so feels pretty wild.

4 months ago

One of my favorite trails near Calgary. Beautiful views, nice stops to have breaks. I would rate it as a moderate. Almost all trail it's easy, once you past the forest and enter to the praire, the uphill starts. After that gets kind of steep, but nothing crazy. It gets really windy on top.

Well groomed trail most of the way up. Pretty easy to get up to the first lookout. Gets pretty steep to get up to the cabin at the top of Yates. A lot of snow up there two. Totally worth the grind to get the full panoramic view. One of the best views in the area for sure. Tried to loop around to Razors Edge for a larger loop, but there was too much snow on Razors Edge to get it done in time.

There was no TP in the outhouse at the cabin up top. If anyone is going up there in the near future, please bring a couple rolls. I'm sure everyone would be quite appreciative.

I really enjoyed this hike! Went on October 30 just before this snow hit. Easy trail, I did need microspikes near the top and unfortunately I didn't find a route to the peak where I felt it was safe to have my boisterous retriever bouncing around me. It was still a great hike and picnic stop just in front of the scramble section and didn't feel ripped off because we didn't make it to the very top. Great views once your out of the forest

Was a challenging hike views were amazing at the top where we enjoyed a nice beverage. The descent is where this hike loses stars - almost like going down a rock slide at times. Doesn’t really allow you to enjoy the hike and more just worried about not rolling an ankle / staying upright. All in all a good day hike to get a sweat on !

4 months ago

decent hike. from the highway it's around a 7km drive to the trailhead up a gravel road. Go all the way up until you hit the end where the gate is. the trailhead is on the right side right before the parking lot. looks like a gravel service road. starts off easy with a 1km downhill walk which will destroy you on the way back. Rocky trail to mud to everything in between. at 3.3km you'll hit a big valley clearing where you can look to the right and see the peak. Roughly another 3km and you're at the top of the first summit. The base of that starts off decently steep and has around 6 switchbacks. Or you can go straight up and save time but make things harder. If feeling up for it you can go to the main/second peak where the fire/weather station is. Roughly about an hour extra. really windy and no shelter anywhere when you're up there. overall I'd say it's a moderate hike and could be done with dogs or even kids. 13km to the first peak from the parking lot.

mountain biking
4 months ago

One of my favorite trails. Various different sceneries. Then you reach the helipad and you have an amazing place to sit and relax as you have some snacks and rejuvenate before your descent.

on Wind Ridge Trail

4 months ago

Some route finding at beginning; a bit boring until you come to clearing and beautiful views over Valley and towards Mount Lougheed. VERY windy, did not complete full trail.

Very tough trail but beautiful, little bit of snow at the top yesterday. Recommend to take the left path to go up and down. The path to go down using the loop is too sketchy. Also, try to go down fast (baby steps type of running) it is easier that way, and use the rocky areas instead of the trail at the summit, since at the top,it is snowy and very slippery.

Perfect weather for this Hike today. Awesome rock scrambling. Not for a rookie scrambler.

Definitely do it Counter clockwise. I don't think I'd want to attempt scrambling down the steep section and have to see how far down it is, if you did it clockwise.

Great views, and after you get to the summit of Heart Mountain, it gets easier. Quite a long loop around through dense forest on the return.

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