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Great view on top, easy to walk, not a lot of snow! I would recommand :)

The water/ice sculpture created by the freezing waterfall makes this moderately easy hike a 5/5. Wearing micro spikes proved helpful as the start of the hike as well as the short path down to the waterfall were steep.

Did this hike on November 12th

Nice hike. It was the only blue sky day of the week. We got to the parking area about 10:00 am and did find a parking spot. There is a bath room at the trail head. It was fairly busy to the falls. Easy to moderate. The falls is beautiful and it’s cool that the Trillium trail passes behind it. We had a snack there and continued up the trail another mile or so towards LeConte. Here, we were wonderfully alone. This trail is much less traveled. Only saw a group of 6 people coming down from the Lodge. The snow line started around 4000 ft. I found some neat ice needles forming in the mud at the base of some of the fallen tree roots. We turned around at a river crossing around 4500 ft. There are several turn of the century log homesteads on the motor trail that are interesting history to spend time at on your return to Gatlinburg.

04/11 Would recommend as an easy winter hike with a very special waterfalls treat at the end. Required spikes for majority of the hike thanks to an icy trail. The climb down to the falls is very sketchy so recommend spikes and poles.

me and my friends did this hike today ....very nice easy hike ...no slippery sections ....there was snow but easy to manage...beautiful views of Barrier lake and Mount Baldy .

I climbed the rocks but there is a path behind it as well. Beyond belief beautiful.

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7 days ago

Amazing views of mountains! We went in Mid Oct before the larch trees lost their needles. Beautiful fall colours! Trail was slippery with fair bit of snow at the top. Traction aids and hiking poles were definitely a benefit for this hike especially for the descent. This hike is a gradual climb up with some steep areas in the trees, flattens out near the top, then gradual climb to reach the top. It’s a nice moderate hike. Would recommend it and will definitely hike it again.

What a wonderful trail A+++++

The hike isn't that long and is very easy and the views are absolutely breathtaking!! Definitely the most beautiful and crystal clear lake close to Banff!! My oldest son even drank water from the lake.

Beautiful hike, 10 mile round trip from Rainbow falls parking lot.

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11 days ago

Nov 2, 2018
Great hike, short (relatively) but uphill all the way. There had been some fresh snow when we were there, so it wasn’t too slick, but I imagine you would want crampons on a typical winter day, especially if you’re making the push past Mirror Lake to the tea house. Lake Agnes was covered and it was super windy up there, so we didn’t stay long before heading back down. Awesome views of the beehives, the valley, and Lake Louise from spots on the trail!

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11 days ago

Beautiful hike this time of year! The GOLDEN canopy of fall foliage was.breathtaking.
The Gift at the end of the climb is walking behind the Falls. I captured some mesmerizing photos on the way back down at sunset looking over the mountains.
Great hike for ALL.

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12 days ago

Easy hike, but really touristy. Perfect for kids and new hikers though! The falls are beautiful and you can go under them. I recommend continuing to Brushy Mtn (2mi further).

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12 days ago

Steady incline to the tea house (closed). Lots of packed down snow so made it slippery in spots due to the incline. Some beautiful scenery along the way looking down on Lake Louise from the trail.

Great view at top not so much to the west aslougheed and surrounding mountains arein 3000m category. Can see lil part of canmore. Like most summits youll have to prepare for the elements

We loved this hike! Did today, brought our pup and it was perfect. Windy walking around the lake to get to the trail but besides that awesome! Gets steep by the look out point. Beautiful views would do again :)

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13 days ago

Lots of snow up there yesterday. Micro-spikes/crampons were absolutely needed. Few people on the trail because of the snow.
Snow makes this more difficult to get up to the top. Both Mirror Lake and Lake Angus covered with snow.
I would like to do this again in the spring/summer.

Lake Agnes views are SPECTACULAR. Easy and heavily trafficked gravel trail with some wooden stairs. Bring cash for the tea house.

Did this trail on October 28th. Was very clear, showed a bit in the peak but warmed up. Packed snow on jewel pass section but manageable with spikes. Great view and a decent work out. Finished in just under 4 hours with a few breaks.

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18 days ago

This is a moderate difficulty hike. Trail is well kept and beautiful at the top.

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18 days 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!

Amazing view at the top, definitely gets steep towards the top though but it goes by fast! Took us 2.5 hours total with a stop at the top. Not marked that well tough. Lots of people, no snow yet

We had planned on doing another trail, but ended up here in late October. The trail was pretty icy and I was glad we brought poles. Traction wear would have been good too. Good view of a couple mountain peaks along the way. We set out walking along the creek. There were many good quality bridges crossing the creek, which I thought added nicely to the hike.

This was my first ever serious hike loved it amazing views at the top. Busy in the summer

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22 days ago

Definitely do on a weekday, no super crowded. Trekking poles are a good idea, slippery when wet. Waterfall was worth the trip. Parking limited

Oct 19/18 - microspikes needed especially for the first part of the trail up to Elbow Lake. A beautiful easy hike from the lake to Edworthy Falls. The trail is well worn down along the way.

What a hike! Did this hike on October 22nd, and the trail had a ton to offer! We did the hike from Ribbon Creek as an out and back. Olympic Summit provided great views of Kanaskis Valley and Mount Lougheed, but the Rock Garden and views from Mt. Allan made the additional trek well worth it. We found the steepness of the hike to be really challenging, but not insurmountable.

Up to Olympic Summit, the ascent was steep with a ton of switchbacks, but the trail had almost no ice or snow to deal with. There were 3 or 4 plateaus up to this point that offered great photo ops. of Kananaskis Valley. Past Olympic Summit, the trail offers otherworldly views of the Rock Garden, we found ourselves stopping frequently just to take it in.

We did use Microspikes twice, once on the final ascent of Olympic Ridge, and again on the final push to the summit of Mt. Allan. The snow got much deeper on the final push from the Rock Garden to Mt. Allan, but the footprints from those before us were helpful to follow. The views at the top of Mt. Allan are panoramic.

In total we were on trail for about 8 hours, with over 4.5 hours of that spent on the ascent, including two decent food breaks. We didn't pass any other hikers on the trail, but it was a Monday.

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25 days 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.

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