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Went in the spring and there was still snow and lots of mud! Beautiful views from the top.

Extremely fun and challenging trail. In the summer you can run down the scree slope on the backside for an added bonus

Loved this hike. This was my second mountain to summit EVER. We did this hike in early March. Traction devices are suggested as well as poles, not necessarily for the way up but instead the way down. The climb up to treeline is nice with lots ot switchbacks, but once you are above treeline its a bit of a grunt. The wind is cold and started blasting us as soon as we were out of the trees. The views are incredible from the top though! Please note that this trail is going through upgrades Spring and Summer 2018 during the week and will be temporarily closed, so please check trail closures before going.

Fantastic hike! Crampons are a must. Steep incline at the onset but views right away. Quite windy along the ridge but some of the best views I’ve got in Kananaskis. Worth every bit of effort, can’t wait to hike it in the summer.

Super litty views, and all you need is a good pair of grippy hiking shoes! Cleats are a bonus if you have them during the winter season, but not really needed if you’re a balance master. I definitely recommend this hike to anyone looking for an adventure, you don’t have to be a super advanced hiker either. Don’t forget to bring plenty of layers, face protection, gloves, sunglasses, and a toque for the crazy wind up top!

Cheers!

Nice views quickly after putting in some work! Be sure to wear spikes if there is snow still. Went today and it felt like we were rebreaking trail in some spots! Will be going again in the summer!

Great spikes trail. Easy to follow trail for the first part, snow had filled in the packed trail in the middle sections of the ups and downs but still could follow. Fantastic views at all times except for the steep part after leaving the parking lot. Great winter trail!

Loved this hike. Little hard to find the trail head but it’s just behind the green map sign. Goes straight into a hectic ascent but eventually ends up in a nice undulating climb. Wore crampons and gators and they were both necessary. Beautiful views

Worth the trip. Amazing views once it opens up after the switch backs. Brilliant!!!

Just finished this trail for the first time (April 14, 2018). It took me a total of 2.5 hours, however I ran down most of the way. Nicely packed snow all the way up and a very easy to follow trail. Highly recommend crampons or some sort of traction on your feet.. trail was completed covered in packed snow and ice beneath. I saw some hikers without any traction on their feet and I was surprised.. not sure if they made it to the top or not. Blizzard 80% of the way up, however once I got past the tree line the sun started to peak through!! Stunning 360 degree views at the top and well worth the steep incline! Very windy past the tree line, so make sure to bring lots of layers. One of my favourite hikes to date! Amazing.

The girlfriend and I snowshoed this trail and found it to be very enjoyable. The trail up until Rawson Lake was heavily packed and easy to follow. However at the lake the trail disappeared completely and it looked like everyone hit the lake and turned back. We tried to continue on but, with so much snow fall, breaking fresh trail became tiring after another kilometer so we settled for reaching the far side of the lake, had lunch, and trekked back out. Good trail, only saw one other couple. We plan on going in the summer.

Steep hike but really worth it. It took us a bit less than 2 hours up and about the same down again. We wore small cleats (not proper crampons) and found it a little slippery in places but easily doable. Gets great sunshine most of the day but pack a windproof layer for the summit as the wind is fierce!

We did this trail Saturday March 31/18.
Trail is pretty steep going up but doable.
We had our ice cleats but we would have preferred to have something a little more extreme as it was pretty slick on the way down.
The views up top were breathtaking.
Definitely worth the effort.

My first ever summit! So much fun in the snow. Slid down on our butts for half of the way down

Beautiful!!! But quite hard considering I’m out of shape & it’s up up up the whole way to the lake!!!! Worth it though!!!!

One of my favorite trails thus far. It requires a good push as most of the trail is on an incline. The view from the top is incredibly spectacular and beyond worth the struggle towards the peak.

We are not avid hikers and we still managed to complete the trail close to an hour and a half. It is so worth it!!!

We wore crampons and wished we had brought poles as well. However, we were hiking on a fresh batch of snow so poles are probably not needed when the path is beat down.

The weather at the top is quite chilly. We encountered a swift wind as we left the tree line to reach the peak. Prepare accordingly!

Absolutely amazing 360degree views from the peak! Great hike!!

Amazing hike, weather is getting warmer. Just be a little careful now , ensure proper gear is on hand.

Always love this hike in the fall but this was the first winter attempt and it was stunning. Lots of elevation over a short distance but the trail is well kept and easy to follow due to its popularity.

We had a south western wind so it got a bit unpleasant out of the treeline but it’s not far from the treeline to the peak. The winds made it so cold up there my iphone wouldn’t work, sapped the battery in about 2 minutes of photos. I’d recommend tech gloves, face masks and a charger pack to anyone else looking for some great shots at the top.

We wore spikes (small ones) and used poles and that was plenty of grip and stability. Otherwise it was a fantastic sunny day and a beauty of a mountain.

Love this hike! Views are spectacular!

Trail is in good shape. Some people in boots have made the first bit rough but clears up soon. Beautiful views & no one else on the trail!

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

We did see the mama bear with her 3 cubs just before the Highwood parking area, she stayed on the Ptarmigan Cirque side

Such a rewarding hike.

Sunny but a bit cold at the top with the wind.
Challenging hike because of the snow, the last 200 meters are tricky.
Clits not essential but recommended.
Awesome views as soon as you leave the forest.

hiking
2 months 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.

very challenging but once you get up there it is all worth the climb!

Great climb even with snow

Good, steep hike. 3 hours to summit and around 2.5 to decent. the views were decent.

Awsome Hike! - Complete January 21, 2018
Very cold at the top but worth it for the veiws! Easily do-able with crampons! To windy to walk along the ridge but will be back in the summer!

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