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this is a difficult hike for beginners, but beautiful view on top

Completed hike on 2018-12-02. Crampons/Ice Cleats highly recommended. Not really enough snow on this date for snow shoes. Great hike, great views especially the summit with it's 360 degree panorama.

Completed this hike a couple weeks ago, crampons not needed. It’s pretty fantastic at the top with the pearlier feels but most certainly a steep incline that can make you question for a second what you got yourself into. I was sore for a week after this hike! But the experience is worth it, a solid hike!

hiking
12 days ago

Great views, easy trail to follow. Ran into deeper snow at the final approach to the summit lookout. No problem with spikes. Good hike if you want a mix of terrain and a hike in the 4 to 5 hour range.

really great trail. set out by myself and didn't see anyone else the whole day. lots of sharp rocks and lots of ice. views from the top were worth the trip. yaktracs and trekking poles definitely recommend. even though mine broke on the way up. I imagine that it only gets harder from here on out and soon a 4x4 will be need to get to the trail head safely. Great day.

Well that was a hell of a hike. Beautiful day. My dog and I set out, microspikes and Ruffwear boots. Took a few breaks for food and water for my dog. So windy at the false summit and didn’t think I would even try to make it to the lookout tower but some awesome ladies with dogs who were experienced hikers ventured up there so we followed. Worth the views. Would have stayed up there longer but the windy was terribly cold so we trekked back down. Road up was very slippery so keep that in mind at this time of year. A lot harder than I expected. If you bring a dog make sure they have boots if you go to the top. Very sharp rocks.

Stunning day. False summit today. Too slippery to progress to the peak without cleats. Lots of slippery stuff under fresh snow.

This is so far my Favourite hike! Done it twice now and both times were just as amazing. Tiring trail for the young Lab but she conquered it with us carrying all her own food and water. So many different terrains, quiet trail and fantastic views throughout the entire hike! Will do it again and again.

Great hike close to the city. We were out there yesterday, November 3rd. There was no snow.
We had brought our yaks thinking we would need them but nope! Windy at the flag so pack a jacket. Quite steep all the way except right at the beginning about .5km into the hike you get about 1km that is flat. The rest in a straight up incline but views are so worth it. I’m a relatively beginner hiker it was challenging but do able and it’s short so that makes it manageable.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Lots of snow, snowshoes are a must. Had to break trail most of the way, would strongly suggest having a good GPS app, saved us past the first valley in order to find the best route to the ridge. Larches were beautiful, the views made this 6.5 hour hike worth it, full 360 view of mountains.

Great hike! Did this about a week ago. Needed cleats! We lost the trail on our way up... at one point it goes way up on the right, we missed that and followed steps we found in the snow on the left instead. That path kinda followed the same curve around but way lower so we ended up scrambling in loose rocks in the avalanche path which was very steep... ouf that was challenging! Finally found the trail again close to the top. What a VIEW! You can see Lake Louise, Lake Agnes, Little Beehive Big Beehive and much much more!

hiking
1 month ago

A relatively short hike to get a peak view. It was a bit confusing finding the trailhead, which is at the roadside opposite the Elbow Falls Parking lots. Steep from the beginning to the top, so be prepared to work your calves! Very windy at the top.

I went today with a group of kids (9-11 y/o) so didn’t do the whole trail with the wind, but it was good! Pretty slippery in some areas and a bit wet/muddy in others.

Really nice trail! Amazing views. No snow except near the summit. A little bit slipery but definitely worth it!

She was a leg burner today with the snow and wind but I finally made it to the real summit! Amazing views, great exercise and so much fun! would definately do again in the summer!

Did this hike on 10/21. Spectacular weather (and views). Trail is nice and wide/visible. We only made it to the false summit as the snow was quite deep in spots or icy and my 6 y/o only had trail runners on so we played it safe and didn’t go to lookout tower. Definitely will do again early summer!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked the trail today. Amazing weather for late October. Very little snow or mud. We brought our Scottie and he easily made it right to the top Ridge.

We did the full hike in under 6 hours with no gear. Just hiking shoes and lots of water. If you haven’t been here before these are some of the best views in Kananaskis.

Amazing hike. Worthwhile having someone with you who has completed this before. It is not always obvious where to go (I got lost once!).
Also, note that the last few hundred metres are now covered in snow (21st of October). This adds extra difficulty. I’d strongly recommend cleats and poles. I didn’t have the latter, which meant I was scrambling more often than needed.
Also note that if you’re scared of heights, this one is not for you. There are some very steep places.

1 month ago

Great hike! Snow is packed down for most of it. And you start the ascent up to the ridge line the snow is minimal and it is muddy conditions. Yak tracks or spikes recommended for the lower portions in the trees as it is quite slippery. We proceeded as far as we felt comfortable on the ridge. Not much for tracks after the first summit. Wouldn’t recommend the full traverse right now, better as an out and back. The larches are still holding on! May be able to enjoy them for one more weekend.

Cannot stress enough how amazing this hike was. Coming down from the thumb was a little scary, because it’s very steep and all loose rock on a little goat trail, so we slid down on our butts (which left us very dirty and embarrassed going into the beautiful post hotel after haha). But you start from Lake Louise, go up past lake Agnes + teahouse, and the beehives, and get a beautiful view of the both lakes (Agnes, Louise) and the beehives. 100% recommend.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful view of moraine lake from a different perspective. It was only relatively difficult at the beginning (first ~2 km) due to switchbacks but it was pretty flat the rest of the time. If I do this again, I’d want to continue to Wenkchemna pass into Larch valley.

Did this hike Oct 14, 2018: this was a great hike, but I do recommend microspikes for this time of year! The snow started to melt on the way down, so the main trail became a tobogganing hill. Many people slid down rather than walked. The views are amazing for how close you are to Calgary! It was very very busy and I never got a moment alone on the trail.

2 months ago

Rewarding hike. Hard to keep on the correct trail at the start so I recommend a map.

Ohh Devils Thumb, what can I say. The most challenging thing physically and mentally I’ve ever done! Also the most rewarding! My husband and I set out on this adventure for our 4th year wedding anniversary. We were definitely a little naive, this hike is no stroll in the park. Watch your footing and keep to the right. Unbelievable view from the top! This was the first mountain we’ve ever climbed. From start to finish approx 9 hours (with lots of breaks) and we have no experience. Definitely the highlight of our trip!

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great hike if you don’t have much time and you want a fun training workout! You don’t get much views until you get to the top and it’s pretty wicked! If your hiking in the winter I would def make sure you wear crampons or you will be sliding on your butt a lot :)

Did this hike Oct 7, 2018. Well packed no snowshoes needed just microspikes. Slushy in some spots making it slick. Great views from the top. Definitely at least 30 to 40cm of snow off the trail. Muddy in some spots with exposed roots and rocks in some places. Definitely bring poles.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail with spectacular views
October 8, 2018 - snowy in the AM but slushy and muddy early PM on the way down

Did this on September 15th, was almost 10 cms of snow so couldn’t finish it unfortunately! But was breathtaking, also did the big beehive! Will definitely go back on a summers day!

Did part of this trail today. The switch back up the slope past Lake Agnes was icy. We did not bring spikes so we back tracked and hiked to the end of the box canyon. Very nice hike. Fairly easy.

hiking
2 months ago

A wonderful day to hike today September 26, clear beautiful views, a light sprinkle when we started so we were a bit worried, but ended up being a beautiful day.
So close to Calgary and a nice cardio. About a dozen people on the trail.

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