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As Bryan said, it's do able on a weekday. I got there at 4 PM, got a bit lost by walking around on the wrong side of the road and then made it to the correct trailhead. I was all done by 7:15 and that included a break at the top and a few small breaks coming up

hiking
3 days ago

Lovely hike that I was able to do on a weekday. Only person on the path for the entire duration. This is an excellent hike for a first-time solo trip. Not overly challenging but still gets the heart rate up while providing some nice views. 1.5 hours in, 1 hour out.

hiking
4 days 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 views from the top. We could not find the hot springs. Would do it again to find them. Great echo from the top to practice your goat calls. Baaaahhh.

hiking
6 days ago

Amazing. Hard. Long. We did go counter clockwise, thank goodness, the other way around would have been madness. We are mid 30s, fit and used to strenuous hikes. Still took us 8 hours (with lots of photos). The scramble on loose rocks felt iffy, we heard an avalanche while standing on the top in an adjacent valley. Bring plenty of water. We had rain, snow, mud, loose rocks, sunshine,... everything, so bring your layers! Breaking through the clouds to the sunshine above was glorious. Stunning 360 degrees views. The ridge hike was delightful. Overall, strenuous and no joke, be prepared and know your way.

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.

hiking
11 days ago

Great hike! We did it in the middle of winter and it was fairly slippery. We slid down on our bums the whole way back and it made for some amazing memories ;)

hiking
12 days ago

This is an awesome hike with beautiful views. It's a hell of a leg burning workout. The trails are not hard to follow, you just need to be careful as it is very steep.....have fun hikers.....

Awesome hike!

hiking
13 days ago

Decent hike , not the best view until you’re at the very top. Took around 3 and a half hours with a long break at the top for lunch

Closed for another month :(

hiking
13 days ago

Alder Trail Loop and Banded Peak Trail: This hike surprised me as it is so close to a Bragg Creek and a local school. I was expecting an overrun trail with little or no real substance. Instead, this easy hike had lots to offer a family with young children including: educational trail signs, wildlife, a small pond with a dock, and lots of sitting areas. The entire hike, that included both portions took a couple of hours. That was taking our time to enjoy all that the trails had to offer.

This ones on my top five under six. Beautiful quick incline all the way up, trails are quite clear; lots of foot traffic. If you make it to the flag at the peak the views are spectacular.
On a side note if you head right at the top you can also do Miners Peak so you can check off two amazing hikes in one day trip. Happy hiking.

hiking
13 days ago

Amazing views, definitely hard, prior some climbing experience comes handy. Definitely NOT A DOG FRIENDLY trail!!!

hiking
14 days ago

Great hike
I think it’s easier if you start to the left at the trail head, steeper climb but easier than walking down it!

My go-to for a quick but rewarding trip if you have limited time.

Expérience incroyable! Quel ascension! Un vrai bonheur! La vue est incroyable!!

good one to do this afternoon with my dog (hot day) as the path is the shade (treed) most of the way. we missed the trail head so had to back track a little. parked on the left near the powderface sign, hence missed the start as no signage of when to take the path to the left... its open and straight up! will do again, but when it's less smoky so can enjoy the view at top.

I love this hike and was hoping to squeeze it in on sept 8th. Can anyone confirm if it’s open? I was there two weeks ago and the sign said it would be open by aug 28th.

Still closed on Sept. 6.

That was wonderful!!!!!! This is the best hike that I’ve done in Canmore.

Thinking about hiking it Sept 8th, 2018. Can someone confirm the trail is still closed?

hiking
17 days 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.

hiking
18 days ago

Did this hike today 3 September 2018. Conveniently only an hour from Calgary. As others have said, you will drive past the trail head and park on your left in the little parking lot. Then you cross Highway 66 and walk towards your right, passing at least one other trail before you get to this one.

Arrived just after a heavy morning rain so there were not many people on the trail. A lot of the hike is through forest, emerging from time to time in the open air and then to a kind of open field at the top. No scrambling or scree towards the top just a pretty easy walk up to a beautiful view and a rock cairn with a flag planted in it. There was light snow on the ground in the trees starting at about halfway up the hill.There are some steep sections on the way up to test your cardio, but not too strenuous. I enjoyed walking through the forest parts but from the comments below I gather that is not for everyone. All in all I thought it was a great hike. Would do it again

hiking
19 days ago

Fairly steep initial incline, but it does level out near the top. I did the north to south loop yesterday. Very windy. I'm not sure if that can be classified as scrambling. The ridge over to the south summit is definitely SKETCHY. Definitely not for rookies. The groups that I saw in front and behind me did not do this as a loop.

When I was on the south summit there was a helicopter overhead every 2 minutes it seemed.

Good, low commitment, easy to access hike. You certainly gain a lot of elevation in a hort amount of time so it's a glute burner.

Few viewpoints on the way up but it's mostly covered. The top ridgewalk is neat and definitely provides excellent views.

Relatively busy at this time of year. Quite a few people out there.

Great work out hike, the flag at the summit is the best part of the hike for me.

I got literally hooked into hiking right after I did Ha Ling last June. It was an amazing experience and spectacular view from the summit. Can't wait to do it again as soon as the new trail open

hiking
20 days ago

My buddy and I did this hike for sunrise today. Left the parking lot at about 5:30 and hit the peak just before 7. A nice gradual climb the whole way up, not much of a view going up but well worth it once you get the sweet panorama view at the top.

Directions to get you started;
Once parked at elbow river falls parking lot, cross the highway.
You will see a white post just to the right side of the trail. Head up there about 50 meters.
You will then hit a T in the trail, turn right, After walking the trail for another few minutes you will hit another T, turn left and you're on your way!

Great hike. Steep right off the bat which I prefer, start heading up quickly, it’s fairly steep. Don’t go without proper footwear as I’ve seen other people wearing, your feet will thank you. Stay to the right not the main path, all paths braid off together but the main path will lead you astray and you’ll end up having to climb a sheer rock face. You’ll still have to do some climbing but it’s much more doable. Bring a jacket as well, and probably a toque, it’s always windy. Have fun!

Tough for beginners straight up bring walking poles . Fun .and the 360 degree view on the top is spectacular

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