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Great trail! Was very icy and slippery as you got close to the tea house, but otherwise a beauty trip on this mountain.

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 ebbs and flows. Took about an hour 45 to get up. Gondola is free down until May. Unfortunately pure fog when I went so no views but great hike.

Loved this hike. Definitely a work out but nothing too strenuous. We did it with crampons and they were definitely helpful. View at the top is amazing. Took us about 4 hours total.

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

Very cool hike. There’s a few steep sections where you have to work but in general the incline isn’t anything too tough. Hiking the ridge by the tea house is very fun. Definitely recommend it.

Switchback style trail with a few views of the Vally as you go up. Brilliant views once you summit. It’s a treat that you can grab coffee and a snack at the gondola facility.

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.

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.

it’s a good winter hike, we started 1335 today and we reached the false summit 1609 and add another 15 mins to 20 mins hike to the true summit. this is our first winter hike for 2018 with my close friend and my partner. And it’s challenging but were on full gear lol we have our spikes for our shoes and hiking sticks. it is indeed a moderate hiking trail. once you reach the top, you’ll see amazing views of the mountains during winter and you’ll see the famous banff fairmont hotel.

Great hike - can really push yourself and make good time up and down the trail. Good view of the valley and Canmore throughout. Incredible at the top, to peak over the massive cliff.
Tea house is interesting.
Done this hike a couple times.
Prepare for more exposure to the sun and heat than covered hikes

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

1 month ago

First hike ever! Did this back in 2014 and it was amazing!

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!!

A very rewarding hike with a stunning view of Ha Ling and Canmore. difficult but worth it. Ice cleats recommend as the scramble is still quite slippery

Great winter hike. Snow was pretty packed down and not much ice.

for a newbie hiker it was a bit daunting, we started at 4:30pm and thought we'd have enough time but it started getting dark before we got to the loop at the end. the views were worth it but the amount of snow made it a bit dangerous, the path had been completely snowed over in some parts so it walked alongside some of the bridges instead of on them. beautiful scenery but take care and allow for a lot more time than we did if you're doing this in the winter. like most have said the first 5km was very easy though, basically just a stroll.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

We snowshoed along this trail yesterday - the snow is not too deep but they helped on a couple of steeper parts on the back loop. The river walk has a nice view and the view at the top is great. The canyon itself is definitely worth doing - we went counterclockwise up the hill and would recommend going that way.

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.

My favourite hike of all time.

Trust the ratings when it says this trail is hard. There was a lot of scramble to get to the summit, and although we brought our dog, he could not make it to the summit, with fear he would cut the pads of his paws. I recommend bringing back up socks for the decent once you pass the snow.

This trail has no markers or set paths, so be very cautious you don't get turned around on the way down.

Goat Pond is a short drive past the start point for some easy sight seeing.

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

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

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.

Nice view at the top. Good winter hike.

Intense workout with a great reward at the end!

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.

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