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snow
5 days ago

I would definitely rate the hike as difficult for inexperienced hikers. The trail is steep until you reach the ridge, I feel like with ice cleats and poles it’s much easier to summit with the snow to grip onto as opposed to dirt in the summer. One of my top seven under seven (ish) for sure, great hike worth the views. Today’s weather was ideal beautiful and sunny.

I did on Jan 11th. Trail was covered with packed snow. Very steep , but end of trail was heaven. The weather was sunny, so perfect. I would like to recommend this trail with heavy icepickers. We thankful for having amazing view.

We did Kings Creek Ridge yesterday on a bluebird day. Packed trail but required microspikes, top portions was a little wind blown and snowshoes would have been nice on the ridge but we made the summit with no issues.

My favourite hike in Waterton lakes national park. The hike up had variety and nice views. The peak was beautiful. The wind was blowing hard at the peak and made a few people in our party nervous. Hiked it with 4 kids (7,9,11 and 11 yrs). We hiked this before the fires and are very glad we did. This hike is on our top 10 favourite hikes.

hiking
21 days ago

This was definitely a unique hiking trip. We did this trip at the end of December 2018 on a Chinook day. The wind forecast was 135km/h for Opal Ridge for that day. The time we climbed it, Environment Canada reported 165km/h max gusts on Nakiska Ridgetop. It was definitely a windy climb, many times brutal wind lasted for about 1-2 minutes, then lightened again. You just brace yourself for that time, and once it's gone, keep going. Reaching the top in this weather made it even more satisfying. We loved it! The climb itself was steep but was manageable with crampons. It's definitely a "must do" trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Tonnes of snow half way up.. white out conditions with more heavy snow started and we lost trail about 200 metres from top so turned back .. got up about ~500 metre gain though to 7000 feet. Will be back on a clear day. Icy under the recent heavy snow. Microspikes and poles were needed today!

on Opal Ridge

1 month ago

Good hike for winter and summer. We did on early December 2018 and had no issue reaching the top point (ridge). Better to have spikes. It is windy and wind jacket is recommended.

Awesome walk along the creek.We ended up walking the creek instead of the ridge but still worth it ..Beautiful views!! Spectacular frozen waterfalls.....love it ..will go back for the ridge in summer for sure

hiking
1 month ago

It was a gorgeous hike. We did it on December 8th 2018
Breathtaking views of creek and frozen waterfalls were everywhere. Saw few people doing ice climbing. Little tricky to cross creek few times.
Must do in summer.

1 month ago

Completed December 4th. Spectacular views well worth the effort! Good Micro spikes are needed for the way down. Can’t wait to try it again in summer.

hiking
1 month ago

Completed on December 2nd. Definitely need micro-spikes! Beautiful hike with 360 degree views.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is absolutely stunning. A must do if you can pop over to Yoho.

Tough climb but beautiful views of the peaks and valleys. We did this on Nov 17, trail was easy to follow - microspikes and poles a must.

hiking
2 months ago

beautiful hike! parked at the closed parking area and walked across the creek, theres a clearly marked trail. its pretty steep the first few kms as you get up to the ridge, a few areas of exposure but mostly in the trees. we went up novemeber 11th and there was snow but some areas were still free of snow, alot more snow on the ridge, spikes are a must!!

hiking
2 months ago

Parked at closed day use area. Walked north across the river and the trail is very visible. Steep trail be prepared for some leg burn. Completed Nov 5,18 and I didn’t use spikes or poles. Was a little slippery so spikes would be beneficial. Took me 3 hours, very Little climbing rock. Just near the summit you have a tiny scramble. Only got the view for 10 minutes or so because the clouds and snow blew in. Good workout. I will have to do it again on a clear day because I did not get the full view at the summit.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked it NOV. 3rd.. we parked at the day park area which was closed. Followed the trail north along hwy40, that lead into the bushes. trail was steep and Icey going up. Spikes and poles were key, once you get to the ridge you can explore right and left, left will take u up to the summit, pretty easy going from there. 1 foot of snow, but well tracked down. Awesome 360 views of the valley and all peaks around. Absolutely gorgeous.
Decent was icey and muddy, bush waked the whole way down to stay off the muddy trail . Was an awesome hike. We took our time with lots of breaks to take nature in. Up and down in 4 hours.

hiking
2 months ago

We went on October 27th, 2018 and it was snowing and windy the whole way up. Crampons or microspikes required! It cleared up a bit by the time we got to the ridge, but conditions were bad enough we didn’t risk going all the way to the summit. Would love to do again in the summer!

hiking
2 months ago

Only made it to around the 2.2km mark (top of the brownish coloured hill before heading up to the shute to see the other side). It was too windy to complete on Saturday. My friends made it up to the start of the ridge. Some people were crossing the ridge towards the peak. Bring microspikes and poles and gaiters and you'll be fine. Watch out for snow in the bowl up top crossing to the ridge. This warm weather might make things interesting (av path?). Too windy for pictures. Tracked trail, foot prints to walk in. Warm weather makes snow too slushy though. I will try this again on a non-windy day. Otherwise, great trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Did this hike October 17th. Beautiful and not too difficult. Crampons would be helpful towards the top. Lost my prescription ray bans on the way down however! If anyone decides to go and finds them please contact me and I will be so thankful! 403 975 3514

A very busy hike up to the summit or hot spring. Well worth the incline to get there with the views from the natural spring. Will defs be going again with the husband ! Highly recommend

Some beautiful vistas and well worth the hike in the fall time. Colours at the peak are brilliant, but pushing on to the lake is worth the extra effort. Trail is really well marked and maintained. The second section to Egypt is a bigger elevation gain/loss, but with time and good company this is a fantastic fall hike

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked to the hotsprings today, very snowy traverse across to the path. make sure you have appropriate footwear or it could be a sketchy trip.
Didn't make it to the summit as the weather was turning and I wasn't feeling super confident in the snow. Hot springs fit 2 people in the top spring and the same in the bottom which is much shallower.
A good workout and diverse scenery.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! Not hard until you start the scramble to summit (it's a lot further up than you think lol!).

Fairly well trafficked the day we went, easily saw 20-30 people throughout the day. The hot springs, while a nice feature, are not worth hiking in for alone... The water wasn't very warm and there is maybe enough room for 4-6 adults max (expect legs to touch under water with those numbers).
Summit scramble is amazing! Lactic acid build up is real after this one :) you will be rolling out those quads/glutes/shins the day after ;)

Saw no wildlife, kids, or pets on this one.

hiking
4 months ago

Steep and beautiful hike. The views were amazing especially with the leaves changing colours.

hiking
4 months ago

Led Zeppelin wrote a song about this hike i think? The majority of the hike is in the trees with a steady incline. We hit the summit in under 3 hours and roundtrip was under 5; including a beer break and some goofing around at the summit. Great echo from the top to practice your goat calls. We paired this hike with a pint of Goat Locker Fainting Block beer...Bon Mot!

Short hike up to the pass, then scramble to the summit, which was a long and exhausting, two step forward one step back climb. The warm spring was a nice detour.

Awesome hike!

hiking
4 months ago

Loved this hike! Steep right away till you hit the ridge with a few short level(ish) spots on the way up. Amazing views from the ridge, gorgeous all the way along. Go all the way to the end for a tiny scramble to the highest point and more amazing views beyond. Will be back for sure! One thing to note, I read in a blog post that there was the "new trail" which you follow to the left, and the "old trail" to the right. I think we wound up on the old one on the way down because it was a bit steeper and had some small rock ledges to climb down which we definitely didn't encounter on our way up. Nothing crazy though, and made for a more interesting descent in the end. 4 Stars only because I would have liked it more if it was longer and a bit more challenging. I would rate it more moderate than hard.

hiking
4 months ago

Sick hike. Start of trail doesn't look like much from the road but if you see a short survey marker sticking out of the ground 6-10 inches you've got the right trail. You go through a thick forest which opens into a grassy alpine valley where you stay low until you crest the ridge. Can see why this valley would be prime grizzly territory but didn't see any (bear spray recommended). At the ridge, hang a sharp left over a grassy hill where you will drop back into a different, scree-filled valley and see the trail again. We got about 2h in when we were hit with thunder, lightning and about 5cm of snow which seemingly came out of nowhere. Had to turn around but will definitely be back.

walking
4 months ago

Great switchback trail. longer than we expected, though the terrain was mild. Rocky scramble to the peak, similar to EEOR or Ha ling. The views at the top are absolutely stunning. Definitely would recommend this hike to anyone looking to spend about 3 1/2 - 4 hours round trip.

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