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5 hours ago

Sep 17, 2017 - awesome hike !

3 days ago

Amazing trail, as everyone has said it's not easy. I took the clockwise route up to cory pass but the snow was so thick at edith pass I couldn't tell where the trail was. if you're going to attempt this hike in this season I would strongly recommend crampons and poles. the elevation gain is intense and coupled with snow and ice it makes for quite a treacherous climb. the scrambles in the snow were interesting but definitely manageable. again. crampons, wouldn't have been able to complete this hike without them. No bears but saw lots of tracks!!

hi folks is it possible to hike all of these rookies summit in winter too?

hiking
18 days ago

Loved this hike from start to finish ! One of my new favourites. Amazing views and fun features like the tunnel and cable section. I’m not sure why it’s rated as difficult. I’m a middle age moderately fit lady and I found it very doable. If you’re afraid of heights the cable section may be challenging but the ledge is definitely wide enough so you don’t have to look down. It’s easy to finish it in the window provided between ferry drop off and pick up as long as you don’t nap too long at Crypt Lake during your lunch break :). There were all ages on the trail that made it there and back. Definitely a must do hike !

hiking
22 days ago

Hiked to the Nihahi summit (23/09/18)
Very well marked, follow the map, little bow trail until you see the Nihahi ridge sign. Follow the beaten path to the summit - expect it to take ~2hrs 30mins with limited stops for photos/breaks. The scramble and ridge walk are easily the best part of this hike, there was no snow on the trails/mountain when we did the hike but it did have a few slippery muddy sections (poles or cleats not necessary).
Super awesome views!
Started around noon and was driving to Bragg Creek for a post hike drink around 4:30pm (only did a couple peaks and round trip of 12km).

Saw no wildlife and passed 16-20 hikers and three dogs (2 of the hikers were <10 y/o kids!).

23 days ago

Great hike. Started in clockwise direction stunning view of Banff and mountains. Pretty cool once you get to the saddle and hike through the snow for 2k. I'd recommend keeping on the left on the trails between km 1 and 4 as this is the most direct route but steeper. I measured the loop as 12.5 km in total for 5 hours of hiking. You'd want to be fairly fit taking this one on, as the elevation gain between km 1 and 4 is cruel but definitely worth it.

hiking
24 days ago

Did this hike on Sept 23. Only boat in was 10am, only boat back was 530. 15 min ride over/back. There were around 40-50 ppl on the boat and everyone made the 530 pickup. We did the Hell Roaring Falls side trip on the way back and were back to the dock by 450. 6 and 1/2 hrs round trip. I really enjoyed this hike, it has a bit of everything- boat ride, waterfalls (4), forrest, valley, ladder, tunnel, chain section and, of course, Crypt Lake. So glad to have had the chance to do this hike!!

hiking
25 days ago

Awesome hike with great weather today. Some slick sections at the top near the first summit, but manageable for most.

This hike was gorgeous. Definitely worth the difficult rating, but absolutely worth it. We went with a group of 5 moderately fit 29 year olds at the end of September when only 1 ferry runs (10am and 530pm) and we didn’t miss the ferry back but there were a few others who were close to missing it. We spent around 30 minutes at Crypt Lake for lunch and took the extra Hell Roaring Falls trail back. Hiking poles were helpful on the way down, although not necessary. Definitely worth checking out but be ready for a solid workout and some sore glutes the next day!

Also: we had a dog with us and they did great. The trails and ridges weren’t too narrow but we did need to carry them up the ladder and through the tunnel so it would depend on the size of the dog (ours is ~30lbs).

28 days ago

Great trail. Worth doing for those who like adventure. Like everyone said went went clockwise. Try and stay left if there are any forks during the trail for the couple kms. Challenging hike but well worth the grind up. Do not do if your scared of heights. 6hrs flat with some picture time. Worked out to 16kms. The 13kms must be a short cut we didn’t see

29 days ago

Lost the sun at the lake in the mid-afternoon, so earlier the better if you want to hang out there for a while. Bring cleats cause of the recent snow near the top (which also made for muddy swampy conditions towards the end in some sections).

on Cory Pass

hiking
1 month ago

Got lost several times between mile 2 and 4; as has been said, it is difficult to differentiate between the trail and runoff paths. Around mile 3.9, after a scramble up some rocks, the trail appears to end at a 15’ rockface. You must go up this rockface (not as scary as it first seems). Then once on top, walk slightly right and you will see a hiker sign post. It appears to point right off the cliff. You must then scramble down the other side of the rocks. This is scary and I crabwalked partly down; there are small trees along the way to help you get down - treacherous. A large amount of the next part of the trail is traveling over scree on a path along the edge of the mountain. After a while you are used to it and just a couple of tense parts. You reach a high overlook (Corey Pass) and then must go down the backside of the mountain on a soft scree path which can be somewhat slippery; we found it best to lean backwards and dig in with your heals. Then the views ARE OUTSTANDING. You continue on thru larger scree with no issues and then thru bolders with the path marked by cairns. The last treacherous part is up a muddy, rocky, root filled runoff path with bushes to stabilize you. Then a long, boring walk back thru the forest with a couple of good views. Even tho I was freaked out at certain points, this was by far our best hike as it had the most outstanding views. Took us 7.5 hours with breaks and getting lost in the beginning.

hiking
1 month ago

Gradual elevation gain pretty much the whole way but not too steep or strenuous - good cardio training. A lot of the forest floor is changing colour which was beautiful to see. Definitely worth the final push up to the second lake. It was a little chilly and started to snow so we didn’t hang around long. Whilst have a snack though we did hear a wolf / coyote howl that echoed around the bowl, that was incredible. Well trodden trail that was a little slippy when wet. On a hot sunny day it would be easy to spend an hour or two at the lakes

3h 46min return which was a fast pace. 18.23km

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on Cory Pass

1 month ago

Incredible hike well worth the effort! Be prepared for rapid weather changes, as it was clear at the base, raining/sleeting on the way to Cory Pass, snowing as we made the turn, and raining again on the way down. The trail was muddy in sections, but manageable. Also, there’s a small bit of climbing down rocks required on your way up to Cory Pass, but it’s doable if done slowly (would also have been helpful if it was dry). We measured about 20km total. The landscapes are absolutely amazing!

1 month ago

Cool hike. Tough in the beginning, but rewards you near the top. Liked the fact it was not heavily traveled.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is incredible! It is also no joke - lots of elevation gain. As said in previous reviews, go clockwise to Cory Pass first so the second half of the loop is easier. Views are amazing!

1 month ago

What an incredible hike, the views once you round the corner into the pass are absolutely stunning and otherworldly. We measured that it was in fact 17 km total, not 13. When starting out, go clockwise around the loop to have the easier part of the hike for the end of your journey :) Would 100% recommend this amazing hike and I would love to do it again!

hiking
1 month ago

Great day out. A bit of a challenge but worth the hike when you get to the top

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike but long. Get early start, no later than 10am imho.

hiking
1 month ago

The view!!!

A really fun hike, with beautiful waterfalls, streams, a canyon and a very rewarding lake. Recommend jumping into the cold glacier water because after all, you've earned it! This hike does have a cool feature which is a cave you climb through. This hike is definitely worth doing with some friends.

Terrible terrible mountain to hike. I wouldn't have gone there if I had known that hiking would turned into climbing. I'm so glad that I am still alive.

hiking
1 month ago

If you’re afraid of heights, don’t do this trail.
At several points you have drops both sides.

I wish I knew it sooner...

Si vous avez le vertige, ne faites pas cette rando!
À plusieurs endroits il y a le vide des deux côtés !

J’aurai aimé le savoir avant...

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike! Took the 830 ferry and the 4pm return.
Lots of time for breaks and lunch once we got to Crypt lake. I was nervous about the chains and I think that was my favourites part ;)
We saw a grizzly on the trail on the way up and again on the way down. Quite a few people on the trails but not overly busy for a holiday - didn’t have to wait anything or worry about passing.
Can’t wait to do this one again!!

great hike with nice diversity in elevation and terrain. good scrambling near the top. lost track of the trail in the middle that made it harder for us but met up back with the trail. when i googled the trail it said its 3 hr hike with only 400 some meter elevation gain so i brought my friends not used to hikes and they didnt have so much fun coming down.

hiking
1 month ago

Came down for the September long weekend. Decided to hike the trail, Saturday morning. For those that don't know you take the ferry across, $23 I believe it is. Once on the otherside of the lake, it's an 8-9km hike up to Crypt Lake. Weather wise it was perfect, approx 19C with a slight breeze. This makes the climb manageable from not being excessively warm - and you will be very warm as you climb. I don't know if I'd like to be doing this climb in the peak of summer. A sturdy pair of hiking boots are definitely required as there is loose, sharp rocks and material across the entire trail. I also packed a rain jacket and fleece just in case. Once you're up at Crypt Lake it will be cool so a fleece or thin jacket will come in handy especially if you decide to relax for a while taking in the views. Its beautiful up here so totally worth the climb. There are a handful of waterfalls along the route anyway so there's plenty to see. The journey up and down took 6.5 hrs total. I will definately be back again.

hiking
1 month ago

it is a challenging trail and hike. The initial walk in is along the fire road so biking is an option. I walked from the trail head parking lot to the river crossing in just over an hour. once you cross the river into the forest it is not too bad to find your way. just keep looking forward and you will know where to go.

I did not get to the summit as my legs decided they were done about 200m from it. if you do want to summit you do need to climb up a shaft so climbing experience and a helmet may be a good thing to have.

The scree up absolutely sucks and took me almost 3 hours alone..however coming back down took about 40mins.

Check my recording for details.

the journey is what makes this hike. crypt lake is not as great as I had expected... it's just another mtn lake, nothing too special about the destination, the rocks were more interesting than the actual lake. the journey however was a bit challenging but not scary. basically it was a long hike that didnt meet my expectations. the sketchy scrambly section was short and doable. ladder is very short. best part was the boat was blasting "eye of the tiger" after we were dropped off.. was a fun way to start a hike. no wildlife sighting at all thank gawd.

Loved this trail...the first 6 km is a pretty steep trail, then the last 2km the trail flatens out and the views are amazing.

hiking
1 month ago

Best hike my wife and I have ever done and also the hardest!!! Like everyone has said, the uphill is intense!! At one point we were leaning so far forward we were almost parallel to the mountain! Not only was the grade of the uphill intense but also the distance that you continually went upwards. There were points that leveled out but they were far inbetween and didn't last long. Not for the faint of heart!! Also we took the clockwise direction of the loop which most people suggested and found it much easier! Although easy is not a word to describe this hike. However, once you finally make it to the mountain pass you realize all of the pain getting there was well worth it. It is breath taking!!! After you walk through the pass you then continue the down hill in the forest which is shaded and not to steep. Overall the hike took us 7 hours to complete but we figure we could have done it in 6 had my foot not been injured during the hike.

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