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Amazing hike, well worth the panoramic views at the top. Definitely not for the faint of heart or beginner hiker.. Very steep straight up hill through dense forrest for about 4km before opening up to the views. My boyfriend completed it this time of year (mid-April) without crampons or poles, but I probably wouldn’t have made it down without them. Snow was well packed but lots of slippery spots. Completed in about 4 hours up & back with a lunch break. ***To find trailhead: make sure to head down the TransAlta road across from the little parking lot, follow road for 1km, turn right at snowshoe sign, and hard left after the creek by the pink/ orange ribbon to head straight up hill onto the trail***.

21 days ago

Easy to follow winter trail, good pack for micro-spikes. Stunning views once you get above tree line.

Absolutely beautiful!! Definitely well worth checking out, fantastic workout with breathtaking view as the award

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

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.

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

This hike definitely lives up to it's name, it is going to be windy no matter what. However, the summit gives you some of the best views of the rockies. It was incredible! The day we completed the hike it was SO windy and cold, easily felt like -10 to -15 with the wind chill. I've done many "hard" hikes and given that this was rated "moderate" I wasn't expecting it to be so challenging. However I think the elements and my lagging fatigue from the previous days hike led it to feel more difficult. This trail closes December 1 for wildlife preservation so if you are looking for a challenging fall/winter hike I would recommend this one before then. I will definitely be back in the summer.

Great night hike we completed.. finally without getting pushed off a trail by wildlife. Wouldn't rate it as hard like it says but moderate for sure. The last leg up the "mother B" is a bit of work for sure! Would be a great challenging hike for those who are just getting into exploring! Made it up in just under 3hrs with the top leg being slow moving but nice quick steady pace down. Had a growl from behind in the distance then possibly a bear up at the top that made our resting break really short! Great adventure tho! Unsure of the daytime view tho.

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!!!

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.

7 months ago

Be prepared to hike up the elevation in the first 4km. This is steep! Hands in your pocket hiking, however be sure to bring lots of water and snacks. A solid half day hike (4 hours) which included several breaks. Not a great hike for new hikers, as the steepness may be off-putting. Gorgeous views from the summit (beyond the first false summit) of Kananaskis lakes and the beautiful ranges around the area. Gorgeous trail.

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.

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

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

We did this yesterday August 28, 2017. Fantastic views.

Good hike with a 9 year old and 13 year old. After seeing Troll Fails the hike to the lookout is almost all uphill. My 9 year old wanted to stop but once he made the lookout he was all smiles. The view is of the whole Kananaski Valley and was awesome.

Easy hike, sooo worth it!

8 months ago

great hike , made it to the summit in 2h50min with my dog , it was amazing specially the whole ridge walk from the weather station to the rock garden then the last push to the summit !!! we stayed on the summit for about 20 min then went back down !!! we did the whole trip just under 5 hrs , really good workout that was !!!

8 months ago

Very rewarding to be 10,000ft+ above sea level. My hiking buddy and I were completely mesmerised by the huge fossil deposit this area has. If you want to see fossilized creatures that used to live in this area millions of years ago, stop and take a look at your feet while your scrambling! You won't be disappointed.

At the age of 37 doing hike for the first time in my life. This has been by far the best thing I have ever done in my life.
I could only reach up to Olympic summit as I ran out of water. only carried 1.5 litre water. Next time I will take more water and finish the full hike.

Amazing panorama at the top, and views throughout.

Awesome view at the top, some funny comments in the summit container. Love the fact that we were in the shade for the majority of the ascent (started at 7am, got to the top around 9am). Trail for the most part is well marked, a few paths split but joined back up.

Not an easy climb for the first one this season. Huge amount of elevation packed into some very small pitches. Legs were not thanking me the next day. One you get past the first ridge, it opens into a more moderate accent in the alpine. Very cool rock gardens with some easy scrambling before the final assent to the summit. Scree under foot and the high winds can make this part a bit rough. View looking down at Nakiska and over to Mt Lougheed make it well worth it.

9 months ago

We did this hike Sunday July 2nd, which was a long weekend. The day was beautiful, little to no cloud cover, a high of 27 and very little wind. Finding the parking lot and trail head is very simple as long as your follow the instructions. Early on in the hike (first 30 mins) there are two Y intersections but just stick left (Going up) they are marked with a small sign or post.

I would rate this hike a moderate to difficult hike. There is really no challenging aspects until you reach the mountain peak which light scrambling but it is a long hike so bring lots of water. There were small springs and waterfalls the day we were out as the snow was still melting so if you have some tablets you can refill from there if necessary.

In all i really enjoyed the hike, would recommend to anyone looking for something new and exciting.

O would say it's Hard.. Great paths But Uphill A lot!

Great scenery! Good moderate scramble. Still snow in the gully so recommend an ice axe for stability.

Amazing views, albeit long.

Lost the trail for a little on the way back

11 months ago

Got in our first hike of the season this May long and tackled South Lawson Peak. It took approximately 3 hours of very steady up, up and more up with some powering through knee to thigh deep snow for us to reach our destination. By the time you reach the top your legs will definitely have a bit of a burn. Our lunch spot was absolutely breathtaking and I could have sat there all afternoon! Unfortunately it was cut short as the ticks decided they too were looking for some lunch! By the time we got off the mountain we had removed about 15+ ticks from our clothing and packs. Despite the ticks; definitely would recommend this hike.

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