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best hike in the Rockies! I've summited 3 times. the glacier lakes, beautiful meadow, and stunning view from 12000ft is unbeatable. plan for it usually 1st 3 weeks in august, has to be sunny. even if you're unable to summit because of weather you can usually get to sentinel pass, still a worthwhile hike

// June 2017
Rundle is an absolute bear. I’ve hiked all over Yosemite, but nothing prepares you for scrambling up that last mile of scree at a near 45 degree angle. Always check the weather before you start out, and carry a jacket and raincoat even if the forecast looks clear. The weather can change up there in a matter of minutes, and I wouldn’t want to be caught up in a storm on the summit. Also be sure not to follow the gullies up the mountain, as people have died when they wander off the trail. Make no mistake, this hike will test you. But if you do make it to the top you will be greeted by one of the best views in the world. It’s absolutely worth it, and definitely the best hike I’ve ever done.

hiking
10 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!

Nice and easy to follow, the hike isn't that hard because the trail is in very good condition. If you are into scrambling, I'd suggest you look into the mount temple scramble. But go there prepared... We tried to follow folks that were going up but had no clue of the way, so we had to head back 1/3 of the way. Still gorgeous - we ended up going to eiffel lake and the Wenkchemna Pass following west crossing to BC. Big day but amazing. If you skip Mount Temple, and if doing both is too much, I'd suggest doing only Wenkchemna Pass

hiking
10 days ago

I like the forest going up, and also the trail itself is nice and relax. The first lake is really nice, but the second is a bit disappointing. Considering the distance of the hike, and how many great other options around, I think another one would be best.

Hiked these trails in September 2015 and it is still one of my all time favorite hikes! So much to see: redwoods, fern canyon, the beach, and wildlife. We took James Irvine out from the visitor center to fern canyon. Such a beautiful and peaceful walk through the woods and fern canyon is a great place to explore. When we emerged from fern canyon through the woods and out toward the beach, we actually ran into a large bull elk taking a rest right next to the trail (we almost didn’t see him, be careful!), so we bypassed the beach trail and walked along the road to get to Miners Ridge. We were out most of the day, from around 10 AM to just about sun set, with lots of stops for photos and to enjoy the beauty around us. Highly recommend, well worth it! I would rate it moderate, rather than hard.

hard going. But beautiful in late summer.

I’ll repeat, not for the faint of heart, but persevere and you’ll be rewarded with some of the best views of Banff anyone can witness! The trail starts out as a steady climb and once you get past the canyon it all goes up (literally) from there. Now that you’re warmed up the scenic winding trek through the tree line takes you up to the base of the dragons back where the views become more and more spectacular (don’t wonder too far left or right...) If you can make it this far buckle down and finish it, the feet pass away quickly and before you know it you’ll be at the summit.

1 month ago

First hike ever! Did this back in 2014 and it was amazing!

View was way better than Big Beehive. Well worth the extra 45 minute scramble to the top.

This is one of the best trails in the park. We did not have time to go all the way to the beach and back so we looped around. Be aware that the posted distances are much less than the actual distance covered. Our rule of thumb is to add at least a quarter mile distance to each mile hiked.

Hiked from Lake Moraine over Sentinel Pass all the way to Lake Louise. Beautiful but long. Saw wolverines and heard glaciers calving. Highly recommended.

knee high snow but worth it

Strenuous but worth it, once you get through the switchbacks there’s a nice level plain with stunning views of the 10 peaks

hiking
3 months ago

Long, boring slog through the trees for 90% of the hike with nothing to see. Starts getting interesting at the base of Eisenhower. The last climb that takes you from Tower Lake to Rockbound is pretty tough but worth the trouble. The cliffs surrounding Rockbound Lake are extraordinary.

Hiked a portion of this trail on our last day in the Redwoods. Due to time constraints we were unable to complete the full trail. Whether you do a portion or the whole trail, the forest is mesmerizing! Wonderful adventure.

Absolute favorite hike in Humboldt so far.

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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.

Sep 2nd // Was surprised to see as many people as I did, most difficult hike I've done. Very long and strenuous up and down, we spent 10 hours. The hike itself is mostly just a gruesome grind, not for the faint of heart. However the heights and views once reaching the summit were incredible! Also incredibly windy.

hiking
4 months ago

Oct 12th // quite lengthy and the hike itself isn't super interesting until close to the lake. However not terribly steep so if one is in good company it's lovely. Boulder wonderland near the lake! Was a very snowy day but will definitely return to finish the Helena Ridge/Stuart Knob/Castle amphitheater.

hiking
5 months ago

We did this hike on July 7, 2017 Cory pass, 7,777 elevation with a gain of 3,100 feet in 2.8 miles, one of the most strenuous hikes in Banff was our overwhelming over-ambitious focus for the day. Quite the way to break in a new pair of hiking boots as this was one of our first hiking experiences.
We ascended on difficult slopes with little or no traction to get a footing and with miles of sheer slate, rocky ridges along open slopes. Due to extreme uphill grades, excessive heat and high altitudes, we struggled to get to the top, but made it nonetheless! Granted, there was literally No turning back. Now we knew why we were told to take Edith Trail back.
What a spectacular view from the get go!
We knew we reached the top when we arrived at Gargoyle Valley!
We took about a half hour break for lunch then we began our descent on the Cory Loop, Edith Trail.
In total our elevation change was about 3000 feet, our distance was about 10 miles, and it took us 8 hours. At the bottom of Edith Trail we came upon a black bear about 20 yards from the trail. Back at the parking lot, we convinced a group getting ready to make the climb, not to bring their dad who was in no way ready or in shape to attempt this pass. Great experience overall and would recommend.

trail running
5 months ago

We went up in mid September, a few flakes of snow. Was this fun! Climbed for an hour, hit the pass and Gargoyles, wow! Came down in the valley over the screw, then onto the big boulders. Finished the descent with a beauty run to the parking lot.

You hike through untouched forests. It is remarkable. Go and visit this beautiful place Mother Earth created

hiking
5 months ago

Was a great hike did it in September, but long and steep but a great nature hike and spectacular views at the top inbetween mountains with emerald blue lakes!

One of my favourite trails in all of Banff. Definitely worth the lengthyness hike; completed it in approximately 5 hours in snow so plan it for most of the day.

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.

hiking
6 months ago

While an extremely beautiful hike, with the weather this time of year it is extremely dangerous. If you’re going up now make sure you have snow shoes, the snow is 3+ feet deep once you hit about 3.25 miles in (probably more now). The trail is not visible anymore. The weather was so bad when we hit 3.5 miles we had to turn around right before the Mt. Edith/Cory Pass crossing.

*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

Very nice hike. Not too difficult physically but the snow makes it quite technical.
Keep in mind that you need 3/4 of the time to go to Cory pass and only 1/4 to come back to the parking.. so if it starts snowing when you are behind the mountain, keep calm, the way back is much faster and easier.

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