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Great snowshoeing trip on a very snowy day. Only saw one person on the trail. About 4 hours to do the round trip to Big Bend, which is around 6.5km one way.

Long low intensity easy hike. Be cautious of bear activity! We did run it to a mama bear with her almost fully grown cub right on the trail as we pass them with probably 5 meters distance which was heart pumping to say the least ,however they both shown no interest in us ( thank god lol) .

Good hiking course for all ages. Occasional hills but nothing significant. Highly recommend for family hike!!

We began this trail on 10/7/18 at noon and returned on 10/8/18 at 6:30pm. We are two fit firefighters, and we covered about 22 miles round-trip. We were not able to make it all of the way to Lake of the Falls with our time constraints, but we got within a couple miles of it. We believe the trail is much closer to about 13 miles ONE WAY, as someone else mentioned below. There are some steep climbs, but they are short.

We were the first to hike the trail since the first snowfall of this year (24"), and we would rate the trail as difficult to follow and difficult to hike at this time. It was thigh-deep snow in some places. We camped at the fork to Landslide Lake/Lake of the Falls. There is some pink/orange/yellow flagging in the timber to mark most of the trail, but be careful not to miss the stream crossing to the south after the fork to Landslide Lake. (Anyone hiking this soon, do NOT follow our tracks in the snow past the final fork! We got lost, and you will too!) There are also some tracks of trappers checking their trap lines out there---not hiking the trail! We saw fresh signs of one black bear and possibly one grizzly at the higher elevation, closer to the lake.

It was tough in the snow, but still scenic! We loved it, but hope to go back and make it to the lake next time, planning for 26 miles rather than the 21 miles this site says.

I’ve hiked this trail and bikes it, did the full loop from old fort point on the bike, beautiful whichever way, not overly challenging on the bike, but some pretty steep climbs if you don’t drive to the trail head, and go right from jasper.

backpacking
4 months ago

Had a great bike ride to snake Indian falls, Ive been wanting to do this hike for a while. brought the dog and spent the night. Met a few people on the trail, didn’t see much wildlife. Took about 3 hours to bike there. The falls are worth the trip. I sat and ate lunch at the falls and soaked it all in. Glad I did it.

4 months ago

Beautiful hike, great place to see a moose. Lots of lakes and creeks to fill up on water. The last 8 km it’s through thicker bush, the trail get smaller and lot of tree roots stick out nothing to intense. The tent spots are layer out oddly, I would say number 6 is the best spot to pitch the tent.

So intense! So good! Beautiful scenery all the way and great fishing at Landslide lake (caught on fly rod, spin rod, and a STICK). Not a very technical hike but I would rate it moderate due to endurance if going all the way in on one day, and diverse terrain (rocks, tree roots etc). A few steep hills that will make you gassed and are a bit toe smushing on the way back down. Definitely recommend a hiking pole or two even though I don’t usually use one. Special mention of the backcountry loos for my fellow ladies (one half-way and one at the lake).

5 firefighters 3 days - hiked straight in, spent a day and second night at the lake, and hiked out. 7.5hrs in, 6hrs out.

Only done this hike once but it was a nice one. a few steep climbs but it's worth it. A soccer ball was left at the top a few years ago, I hope to go back and use it again if it's still there haha.

Enjoyed the bird watching on the lake!

Very nice / great hike. Trail was well marked and glad we took the time to do this trip. The lake was very nice we had a break from heavy smoke in the area.

4 months ago

Beautiful hike, with very rewarding views at the top of the head wall. We loved it. Leave a day to explore at the end!:)

hiking
5 months ago

This is a world class hike and on many top 10 best in the world, enough said. Stay for at least 3 days. no dogs no fires, lots of bears. buggy in early summer. The day hikes are all worth doing!

Great hike with a wonderful reward at the end.

It’s worth noting that with about 3km left the trail goes south along the river; however, the map has the trail going north along the river. This shouldn’t lead to any confusion since the trail itself is well marked but if you’re not fully paying attention and following the all trails map you can get into some trouble. Hopefully this gets fixed!

hiking
5 months ago

This is an advanced trail!

Did this trail at the end of July 2018. All the descriptions of the trail are wrong from the official sites. The first 11km to the lower camp site is now only a one track trail that goes through 4 small creaks and lots of small rocks sticking out on the trail in certain sections. My group of 4 used mountain bikes for this part. I would recommend a light dual suspension mountain bike! At the lower campsite, you will have to lock up the bike. Hang it in a tree because apparently there is a porcupine that likes chewing on bikes. Enjoy the lower campsite as there is a major river with a beautiful view (I wish we could have stayed for a night. fill your water bottles or batters before the next part.

The next part you will cross the lower campsite bridge and will be going through a mountain pass. Its not too bad and the entire section from the first to second bridge you will go up 400m in elevation. Get a walking stick in this part as you will need it for the final leg. Just a warning this is the "bear alley" of the trip. There is berry bushes on both sides of this trail section trail. it will be about 4.5km to the second bridge.
The third stage is after you go across the second bridge.

This section is 1.5km to the fryatt valley to the Brussels camp site (stay at this one if you’re not going to the acc hut). This next section is all small loose rock and will be hard with a 40+ pound pack on your feet. You will cross the river 2 to three times and there will be yellow markers on the right side of the valley for the Brussels camp site. Stop at this one and enjoy the view! If you see the Fryatt lake, you have passed the site!

Took our group 8 hours to get to the Brussels camp due to me having gut issues/overloaded packs due to beer and being from ontario I was not used to the elevation changes.

The next day we walked to the head wall camp site. the walk around the Fryatt lake was spectacular! Also a refreshing swim but be warned its cold (7 degrees) and you can loose footwear in the lake! After the lake the trail gets pretty wet and over grown even in the mid summer. Bug spray would be recommended. We did get to the headwall camp site and was unimpressed compared to the Brussels one. It was over grown and very buggy.

We did not do the last 1km to the ACC hut as it was late in the day and it is straight up (1000m I think) of switch backs. Maybe next time!
The way back down only took us 5 hours to get back to the parking lot.

Did it in 3 Days. Wish we had another day or two to explore!

Great trail. Well marked with orange and pink tape. well warn in. Lots of places to camp if you want to break up the hike but can be done in one day. On arrival there are a few group sites and single sites. At the far end of the lake there are more sites and bear food hangers. i would recommend this hike for sure. Well fit hiking boots or shoes and poles are a must. Have fun hiking.

5 months ago

closer to 21km each way then 17km. A group of three of us did it in 7hours going in then 6hours on the way out over 2 days. Would not rate this as hard, if anything it's an easy hike. After the second bridge crossing there is a fairly steep hill and then after the stream crossing there is another slightly larger and steeper hill however neither are extremely challenging. There arent many campsites at the lake so if you're planning on going during a long weekend make sure you go out very early. fishing is decent but dont expect any trophy fish.

hiking
5 months ago

We did this in 2 days 1 night. It was an amazing hike with great views! Really easy first half of the hike with only one pretty steep part a little after the half way mark.

I did this hike in 2016, and 2017. I plan to hopefully do the hike again in 2018. It was brutal on my first time, which also happened to be my first time ever doing a back country hiking and camping trip. I had started to wonder if it was a mistake to do this hike and was regretting it. It has since become my favourite place to camp and I try to make the trip at least once a year. The trail can be a little confusing at certain points. It takes me about 7 hours to hike in, and less to hike out. I recommend hiking to sentinel creek to camp out before heading out early the next day to get a good head start on the trail.

backpacking
5 months ago

Good trail with nice camping spots. Fairly easy hike in and out.

backpacking
5 months ago

This hike is very challenging. We made it in 2 days and it definitely felt longer than what this app says. Lot’s of up and down, creek crossings and uneven ground. We took our 6 year old and 10 year and they both did awesome but I would not recommend it!! Camping was amazing, views were amazing, and fishing was awesome! Loved it there. My only recommendation is good footwear and pack light! Definitely worth the reward of reaching the Lake!! Oh, and crossing the creek in bare feet was a breeze, even our 6 year old had no issues.

backpacking
5 months ago

Tough hike but worth the trip! We mountain biked the first 11k and then hiked to Brussels campground the first night. We hiked up to the Headwall and the ACC hut the next day which was worth the gruelling uphill climb. 2 nights and 3 days was perfect...Don’t stay at Headwall campground if you can avoid it. Work needs to be done there. Brussels was great even in the relentless rain.

hiking
6 months ago

We did 2 nights, 3 days (June 2017). The hike to Lower Fryatt has a few views, but is the least interesting part of the hike. Beyond Lower Fryatt was a steady climb in the trees until just before Brussels, after which you hike in the open Fryatt Valley. You'll have to pass two landslides (or remains of avalanches?), the second of which is on top of Headwall campground. The next day we went all the way to the alpine hut above Hellwall - err, Headwall. There are truly breathtaking views from up there, seeing all the way down Fryatt Valley and beyond, plus the snow caps all around the hut.

on Jacques Lake

hiking
6 months ago

This is a good trail if you want to escape the crowds. The trail begins with a temporary bridge that makes the first creek crossing easy (the permanent bridge has collapsed). After a short distance, however, the rushing cold creek overflows the rocky roadbed; high boots or water proof footwear is recommended as the water covered area can be larger than it is currently. Beyond this creek crossing the trail improves considerably past Beaver Lake and to the second lake with periodic gravel sections that are currently dry. The forest opens just before the second lake which is stunning. The nonofficial trail along it through a meadow of wildflowers continues at the far end around the logs and on to a third lake (First Summit Lake?) where more wildflowers and a vista of mountains makes for a beautiful lunch spot. We did not go further to Jacques Lake. Wildflowers were blooming everywhere. Elk and bear scat along the trail, birds and a bugling elk near Beaver Lake.

backpacking
6 months ago

This was my first back country camping trip of the year and the views along the way are gorgeous! steep and difficult, I found the river crossing challenging it's in the last 3-5 km before you reach lake of the falls. Bring Keens

To say this hike was hard is an understatement! This was our first over night hike and it was challenging!! The first 13ish km in is a nice little warm up but the going gets tough on the back stretch!! There is also a little river crossing so I would recommend having an extra pair of water shoes of some sort. (We weren't prepared so it made the rest of the hike and the whole next day a nightmare with wet shoes.. lesson learned!)
We did the hike back over two days which I highly reccomend if you have the time because 1. it made the hike a lot more enjoyable for ourselves and 2. there are so many great spots to camp along the way!
absolutely beautiful and humbling experience, I would do it again in a heart beat over a few extra days to enjoy everything a little more!

Good hike for short day. Most hike doesn’t break tree line but lots of wildlife around. Beautiful lakes at end of it. Won’t find to many people around even in busy summer days

Went there on Christmas Day, recommend poles and good insulation for head and ears.

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