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4 days ago

Beautiful the whole way up. Not too hard. Took me an hour and a half to get to the top.

Amazing!!! Great place to train! Took us approximately 1-1:10hr fairly easy pace. Amazing in winter!

This is an amazing hike in Banff , just by the Gondola and Hot Springs facilities.
It is a easy-moderate hike (a bit long and steep for beginners, but still easily doable).
1,5 - 2 hours hike with beautiful sightseeing and amazing views from the top.
In the winter, they have free Gondola trip (only the coming down trip) if you get there before it closes.
I think it is also free in summer after 7.00 pm
Parking facilities are good either in the Gondola parking lot or Hot Springs one. Very rewarding if you end up your experience in a relaxing bath at the Hot Springs next door.

Amazing in the winter, especially when the gondola is under maintenance. I did it last year my team and I were the ONLY ONES on top. Amazing!

Little slippery at the beginning of winter. well trafficked. Free gondola down in winter

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great, yet hard hike. The inclines are very steep in some points (at the very end of the climb I actually had to use both hands and feet to get to the top). The views are so worth it though!

Loved this hike. I am out of shape so had to stop quite a few times but I plan to do it again. The view at the end was beyond worth it! We did have snow and ice after the first 30 mins so used our crampons for the rest!

My first hike and I love it. Easier than we thought :) It took us 1,5 hours to get to the top.

This is great trail! But the mileage is way off, especially if you include Eagle Peak. I clocked it as closer 20 miles round trip from the valley floor. Don’t skip Eagle Peak!

hiking
1 month ago

Great walk with stunning views! Icy a bit but it was fine! Weather was foggy a bit but we all enjoyed it!

Easier than we expected. Beautiful view!

Huge fan. The hike to the upper falls is difficult, with 2 sets of significant switchbacks. However, it flattens out after this.
Getting to the top of El Cap, you gain further appreciation for the size of this mammoth. Saw a couple of bobcats and met some climbers on the top (who had just finished climbing El Cap). Great experience!

Great walk, icy from the about half way up, would recommend using cleats from there on up even if you have good hiking boots, great views from the top.

Did this along with El Capitan. Is absolutely a worthwhile detour on the way. Provides some very special views.

hiking
1 month ago

Not the most interesting hike but the view at the end is incredible. Moderate hike, steeper near the end. Cleats and poles recommended in late fall/winter/spring. Not worth it if the cloud are low in the sky! you can ride back the gondola for free in winter (or half price in summer).

hiking
1 month ago

Great day hike! Amazing views at the top at Aylmer Lookout! 6 hr round trip, trail was in good condition (October 27th).

25 October. Good summit. Plenty of snow but with cleats/poles it’s all good. The trail gets a little lost above the tree line, but some switchbacking and imagination it’s all good.

Great trail. A bit of ice right now but did not use spikes. Lots of switch backs. Some areas are quite steep but overall would rate as moderate. The view at the top is one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. We hike s California frequently, and mammoth. The services in Canada by far exceed California. Very nice restaurants at the mountain top and the weather station view also.

whilst thirds walk is moderately trafficked in early Oct it may bee worth not getting there too early and follow someone else up the trail. We started the trail alone and saw fresh bear prints not far in. The trail was reasonably tiring but well worth the effort. The panoramic views from the top were amazing.

hiking
1 month ago

Ahahaha, the map says it all. That’s not a child scribbling or your lie detector test! This hike is a griiiind of relentless switchbacks. Can’t beat the views at the end though (for the most part there are not a lot of views on the way up due to the forest), and also the option for the free ride back down in the gondola (in certain parts of the winter season). Nice to have a restaurant option and little museum/shop also.

hiking
1 month ago

This was next level! See Chris Zs’ review below for location on the trailhead, what to expect etc. It took me an hour to reach the top. And the view was spectacular!

Don’t need poles, but they might help. And be sure to write in the log book when you reach the summit.

Took the dogs up this morning. It was extremely icy in the shade so micro spikes were a definite must have. Where the sun hit the trail the snow had softened by the time I made the trek down but some form of traction device was still the way to go. Great cardio work out. Nice view of Lake Minnewanka near the top.

it is closed now!

hiking
1 month ago

Went up today at 12:30. Beautiful snow covered trail. Good switch backs all the way up. Yaktraks were very helpful!

Snowy but the view at the end is amazing. If you climb up, you can take the gondola down for free after 5pm during winter.

Snowy and icy! Bring your spikes for the hike and you’re good to go!

hi folks is it possible to hike all of these rookies summit in winter too?

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked on Oct 9. The trail was snowy for the most part. Great hike overall! The clouds were overcast, but I still saw the beautiful views at the top. Prepare for more intense path inclines as you approach the summit.

Beautiful views (until the clouds came in and our heads were literally in the clouds :) ) lovely hike - very cold at the weather station when we went up. The hike is a steady climb with great reward. So much snow up there already.

hiking
2 months ago

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