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hiking
3 months ago

Great hike with 360 views at the top. Trail was in excellent shape and well-signed with all trees/debris previously mentioned cleared.

Its a long hike but gives you a great view of the town

hiking
4 months ago

This trail is more like 8.4km, so a little further than expected!! I won’t lie, I found this really hard. It was all uphill to the peak, with a scramble at the top. The views at the top were awesome though. For the first decent hike I’ve done in a while, it was a toughie!!

Lovely. Lazy switchbacks past the teeline. Great views all the way up.

One note about the trailhead: We had A LOT of trouble figuring out where to start. We came in a car. We ended up trekking in to the trailhead about one hour as a low car CANNOT drive to the trailhead

Once we did find the trailhead it was a very interesting hike. One of the most diverse hikes I have done. Firstly you come across STUNNING waterfalls at Jumping Waters, then some exploring in Bisaro Cave, and then the steepness is gone and you are rewarded with wide open meadows of wildflowers with towering mountain peaks on all sides. After the meadows its another moderate hike to the trail junction where you can either continue on Mountain Lakes Trail or summit the spine of the Three Sisters. I can't recommend it enough. It is a TOUGH, STEEP, scramble to the top, with a bit of technicality close to the summit, but so worth it. 360' views of the Elk Valley. We then came back the way we had come.
We did this in one long, 9 hour day. Having to trek into the trailhead made it longer than it should have been. But this seems like a PERFECT 2 day-er. Set up your camp at the base of the summit, summit in the evening, and then trek back the next day. It is doable in one long day, but you are pooped out by the end. We also had a bit of a time crunch as we had to be back by 11pm for my night shift, so that was added pressure.
Awesome hike. I will be doing it again!

4 months ago

Steady climb but the views were beautiful! Thick trees and bushes in some spots but the trail was easy to find.

5 months ago

Great hike! Very well marked and maintained. Steep but the views make it worthwhile!

This trail was like being in another world. From small log bridges, lush waterfalls, climbing caves, and fields of wildflowers!

Be aware of a wasp nest at the beginning of the first waterfall. We passed many others who also got stung!!

We started on the Hartley road and used a off roading suspended Jeep to travel to the second parking lot. There were other trucks that went to the second parking lot as well.

5 months ago

Fantastic!!

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing hike. Wonderful View. Gave us a good workout.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike, and beautiful 360 views. Pack a lunch and eat at the top. Hiking poles would be handy to take the strain off the legs on the way down.

Great trail and excellent work by the volunteers who maintain it. It is relatively strenuous but the there’s definitely a reward for effort. The sunrise from the top of the three sisters is one of the best I’ve ever seen. The only downside is the last few kilometres of the trail (literally and figuratively). It is a long decent with not much of a view. All in all though, this trail is definitely worth a sniff.

hiking
5 months ago

very pleasant trail, lots of great forest areas but also some rocky ones so make sure to wear hiking boots with ankle protection

Took me to my limit! Scrambling at the top was challenging and fun. Bench at the top provided views of just reward for all that effort!!

Steep trail. Views were gorgeous. Some ankle twisting rocky terrain towards the bottom but if your walking it’s fine. Just watch the footing if your running the trail.

Spectacular trail. Great climb!

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike, plenty of view points. my legs definitely felt that one!!

hiking
6 months ago

It was a nice, fairly easy hike but the trail gets to a point where it’s too overgrown to find so we had to take the maintenance trail back

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful views. We went counter clockwise from the lodge and climbed to the summit they have cleared the blow down and the trail is entirely passable. Coming down along the fire road was not as much fun as walking through the Bush. Some bear scat around but didn’t see any of the furry varmints.

hiking
7 months ago

Lots of switchbacks, great view

hiking
7 months ago

My dog and I hiked up to the ridge :)
Towards the ridge there is a steep incline that could be difficult for some.
I wouldn't recommend this trail for kids!
There was no snow and a fair amount of people on the trail :)
I loved the hiked, it was a great work out and had awesome views.

7 months ago

Tons of winterfall that has yet to be cleared. After the first bench at the top of the first set of switchbacks it is impassable. Trail crews were starting clean up on the lower trails when I was leaving. Great scenery. Make sure to have bear gear as there was several piles of fresh scat.

Still allot of snow starting as soon as you pass the bench. Is going to be a few more weeks before full assent is possible without gear

hiking
10 months ago

It was difficult to find the road to the trail head, but once we found it we had a great difficult hike in the deep snow! snowshoes helped a ton!!

hiking
Monday, October 23, 2017

Steady, strenuous climb to the top of Baldy, but well worth it.

This was such a great adventure. My brother and I started later in the day and decided to skip the summit due to time restrictions. We camped overnight by bisaro canyon and finished the second part all the way to Island lake lodge. At the start of our journey we were charged by a bull moose about 10 minutes of walking after the trailhead sign. The climb is steep but I would rate this as moderate, the thing that made it hard was packing a heavy bag. Trekking poles are helpful to relieve fatigue but the trail itself is easy to navigate and not technically challenging. If you take your time climbing then you can stop and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. There's a waterfall, cave and the larch trees in fairy meadow are exploding with colour (October 1st). We saw a grizzly mom and 2 cubs on a scree slope about 250 feet from the trai between west fernie pass and cedar valley. There was a lot of scat and bear tracks on the trail, so just be prepared. There is an abundance of huckleberry bushes(aka bear food and most delicious berry on planet earth!) on the last 3/4 of the trail, but obviously they were all gone. We are doing this hike again in July so we will add in the 3 sisters summit making it just the right amount of challenging! Definitely a great adventure!

hiking
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Would definitely recommend a 4x4 to get to the trailhead off Coal Creek Road. Great views of all the surrounding mountains from the ridge line

hiking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

It's a grind all the way up, but totally worth it. It's so lush and green the whole way up with stunning views. The scramble at the end is a little scary!

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

Steep trail but the stunning views are worth the effort !

hiking
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

A great hike; steep up, steep down, awesome views of the Elk Valley

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