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8 days ago

It's amazing, do it! But go prepare with the description for the scramble. We didn't know about it and met some folk at sentinel pass going up, so we tagged along. They didn't really know where they were going so we had to head back 1/3 of the way. I'll try it again next time, but I'll be the one with the direction!

hiking
1 month ago

Very pretty scenery through woods ending at mountains and a glacier. Had lunch at end and took in the views.

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

all kinds of snow for skiing big cornices right now I would be careful

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.

Attempted in Jan. Made it to the top of the Ridge. Extremely windy, do not attempt without crampons and an ice axe. Turned around due to the wind and because it was dark. Will attempt again in a couple of weeks and start earlier in the day. It was great though, amazing views.

4 months ago

Completed the scramble to the summit at the end of September. We were very lucky that not many were attempting the summit at this time of the year, as this scramble can get very busy. There are rock hazards so after the pass, a helmet is needed, especially when busy. While we did not use them, would recommend bringing crampons (or atleast spikes/cleats) as well as an ice axe as the final approach to the summit can have snow and ice all year round. While you need to have good fitness to reach the summit in a reasonable time, never anything more than easy and some moderate scrambling at the crux.

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.

Hiked in August 2017. Was snow free up to weather station. Fantastic views from early on.

hiking
6 months ago

I have to go back to this one as it kicked my ass so hard. But even though I didn't reach the summit, easily some of the most breath taking views.

*NOT DOG FRIENDLY*

This was my absolute favorite hike ever. Honestly I struggle to find the words for how breathtaking the summit truly is.

Get to the parking lot early. I’m talking before 6 AM because it fills up extremely fast. The trailhead had quite a few people on it first thing in the morning but was thinned out by the time I reached The Valley of 10 Peaks. I passed quite a few people on my way to the summit. Many parties turned around after the initial pass for whatever reasons.

This summit is no joke. In the middle of August there was serious snow and ice for most of my ascent. Totally worth every breath.

hiking
6 months ago

hard hard hard ... had snow and ice ... but awesome!!

hiking
6 months ago

I've gone on a lot of hikes and this was probably the best hike I've done. It's an easy trek until you start having to climb to get to the end of the trail. However, we decided to challenge ourselves and hike all the way to the glacier creek and it was a challenge. The views at the top was worth it and getting a taste of the fresh glacier water. The climb back down is very rocky and steep so I recommend trekking poles and boots that have good soles.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail, the first section is pretty open and follows a path through young forest. It's great on a sunny day. Once you get into the rocky area near the glacier you're completely surrounded on all sides by mountains. When we went the sun was melting some of the ice on the rock walls making them crash down. It made for a neat show.

This was a great hike for everyone in the family. The hike starts with any easy climb thanks to long switchbacks through the trees. After reaching the little bridge the water runs parallel to the trail for most of the hike. Once we got to the rocky part of the hike we explored a cave and two waterfalls.

hiking
7 months ago

A beautiful hike through young (post-fire regrowth) forest with lovely views of the mountains and the Stanley Glacier. Photos really don't do this trail justice since all sense of scale is lost. Even though it is off the official trail, if you are up for an easy scramble I recommend continuing on to the bench (elevated tree-covered area) just below the glacier. It takes some time and it's all uphill over scree but the view of the glacier is much better from there and it is also a lovely place to rest and enjoy the river in relative solitude.

Steep and steady climb. Amazing views. Very short 5-10 min hands on scramble at peak. Ankle deep snow above the tree line. The hut in the pass is open and is a great spot to break. Must do!!!

Absolutely freezing. Took the course clockwise, quite a bit of snow on the ridge to the summit. Had to do a bit of dangerous climbing (everything covered in snow). Couldn't complete the loop (once we got to the summit, the downhill was completely covered in snow). We returned down the way we came!

The climb was awesome (one of the steepest ascents I've done). Be careful with the snow... Wind gusts in the negative temps...

Steady hike to the ridge - tough incline and scramble to the top but so worth it. Beautiful view. Climbing down was tough, scree was hard to get through.

This hike has everything - if you are up for a full day of walking on rocks (mostly scramble and scree). It's not that hard though, there is a direct path that circles the trail that passes the first water fall you reach. Then you scramble to the glacier.
There are a few waters falls to see, caves to your right after the first waterfall, a mossy stream with trees at another waterfall, and you can walk up to the glacier itself. The glacier is breathtaking.

This hike had everything you could want to see in the mountains. Well worth it.

Very, very windy but the views were worth it

hiking sticks and decent hiking shoes are a must. This trail starts pretty easy and gives you a good warm up period for the first 10-15 minutes. But it quickly gets steep and challenging after that. You get a little break from the dificulty halfway up the trail but it gets pretty tough again going up to the top. Theres a little shelter at the top, and the view is pretty sweet and very rewarding once you get there. The trail is challenging as a whole, and I recommend having sticks as it will save your quads from a lot of pain going up, and will help you a lot on the way down.

hiking
7 months ago

Absolutely beautiful views the whole hike through! The trail up was a comfortable climb and a pretty quick descent.

hiking
7 months ago

I always considered myself as a season hiker for the past several years. I typically hiked about 2 to 3 times a year. By far, this is the most difficult hike I've had to deal with. It's very much a scramble every step of the way 15, 20 mins from the trail head.and the direction is very difficult to follow. I think this had to be with scrambles path people had to deal with. So, it appear hikers made their own trails to avoid scrambles. I would have to say this hike is more for extreme hiker. I would not recommend average hiker for this mountain. If you are. Be prepare to bring a lot of water, proper hiking boot. Preferable with ankle support. A hiking sticks is also a very good option.

Steep. Windy! 360 degrees of amazing views. Bring poles to manage the steep scree skiing.

7 months ago

Definitely the most difficult hike I've ever done, but well worth it! Near the top it gets pretty tiring, especially for someone like me who was at sea level a few days before my hike. I would highly recommend walking sticks, as the hike back down is pretty difficult without them (I learned the hard way). Don't miss this hike if you're in Banff! Also, one thing to note: the description for this trail says that it is dog friendly, which is true up until you get to sentinel pass. After that, there's no way you're getting a dog up the mountain. There isn't a we'll defined trail and you have to do a bit of rock climbing at certain points.

hiking
7 months ago

A great trail for my two siblings and my parents in their late 50s. Be advised on a sunny day you're very exposed. Parking wasn't an issue on a late August Wednesday around 10 am. Be sure to scramble to the base of the towering waterfalls. You won't regret it!

Grotto Mountain was definitely one of the most difficult hikes we have done this summer. We descended the same way we went up which seemed to be the way everyone was doing it. Difficult steep descent. Stunning views from the top, lots of exposure so bring warm clothing!

trail running
7 months ago

Truly incredible views at the top.. one of the hardest trails I've ever done! First 4km are pretty easy.. then it's a scramble and super steep to reach the summit.. a bit hard to follow the yellow ribbons and the cairns , some sections of climbing up boulders

Completely worth it at the top!

great hike with lots of elevation gain. A strong hikers can do this in about 5 hours. there is no water at all on this hike I would recommend bringing more than you think you need

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