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hiking
13 hours ago

Great hike!

nice trail to hike for winter

Great hike but only saw 3 of the 10 views

hiking
7 days ago

Great hike - tough at the get go but gets easier as you trooper on

hiking
8 days ago

Great hike

hiking
12 days ago

Did this hike in October! Definitely think everyone should do it. Views are beautiful especially the last 1km to the viewpoint. Not a busy trail as we only saw one other person hiking it. As we were coming down we hit golden hour and that was something else. 10/10 hike, a good workout as it was a steep climb but worth it!

good hike not too busy. easier than stats suggest. forest hike no grand views but good.

Took the kids. Loved this trail! Very beautiful with the gorge and falls below.

Before my review, I think I left my avalanche shovel by the first lookout of elk mountain (if not there, it's in the parking lot). If anyone has seen/moved/taken it, could you contact me at 7783189930. Thanks!

Did this hike in Dec 31. Hike up to Elk was very icy, and microspikes were useful if not necessary. Great views of the surrounding mountains and Baker as well.

Before my review, I think I left my avalanche shovel by the first lookout of elk mountain (if not there, it's in the parking lot). If anyone has seen/moved/taken it, could you contact me at 7783189930. Thanks!

Did this hike in Dec 31. Hike up to Elk was very icy, and microspikes were useful if not necessary. Beyond Elk, snowshoes were handy, but I think we could have done it without. Great views of the surrounding mountains and baker as well. We only went to the false summit of Thurston.

1 month ago

Hiked this last week ! Lots of snow the whole way up .Made it difficult to come down so we ended up sliding down ! After the first quarter of the hike , there was lots of ice, even with our micro spikes it was difficult ! But great if your looking for an adventure !

Did this hike with my bestie today and I gotta say, waist deep snow is not a whole lot of fun to hike in, especially when you don’t have the proper gear! But it was an amazing experience, and an even more amazing view ☺️

We were hiking for a total of about 7 hours today. after you reach elk (which is straight ice on the way up be careful), it turns into knee high snow and then thigh high, and then waist high the closer you get to Thurston!! We made it within 1 km of Thurston and had to turn around due to the snow and not having proper gear and day light.

Definitely recommend this trail though! I will have to retry after winter is over ❄️

on Needle Peak Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Went yesterday, easy to drive to and a great challenging hike in the snow. We didn't need snow shoes (we did see other snow shoe prints) but we're so glad we had microspikes with us. A little slippery going down, watch for frosted or ice covered rocks. Poles would've been a nice extra.

walking
1 month ago

nice little walk hike for a waterfall

snowshoeing
1 month ago

access road was slippery. one car got stuck.i put snowshoes on at the top of forested part of the hike. we were rewarded by an awesome view of surrounding mountains.

hiking
1 month ago

4X4 with a decent clearance to the trailhead. From thereon, a good hike to the peak and if the weather is clear and sunny, you'll be rewarded with a good view otherwise, a good hike!

Be prepared for long hike.

Great trail for the family. Everyone from my 3 year old up to my 9 year old loved it! Beautiful falls

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail. Last time we did it on November 17. Great views, lots of snow, but still doable.

I'd say it's our toughest one-day hike so far. 30km, 1600m elevation. ~40% covered with snow. Took us around 12hr with all the stops. I guess we could've go faster, but there were so many spots, where we wanted to stop and just enjoy the views.

Many people couldn't make it to the top, cause of snow.

Gators, crampones and warm waterproof boots are required.

hiked 18th Novenmber, the sun has melted the ice so no need for crampons, just a little muddy in some spots. spectacular views all round. No water available on the trail and quite strenuous so bring lots!

Hiked to the lake today (mid-November) and lucked out with blue skies and milder temps just below zero. The snow starts lower down in patches with some accumulation after the half way mark. Micro spikes and poles very useful this time of year and bring layers for any weather.

hiking
2 months ago

The area between the first set of stairs and the summit is in poor condition creating difficulties on the descent. Avoid in icy conditions unless you have good micro spikes.

Did it last weekend with about 35% of the trail covered in snow. Nothing much to bother with until you get to about 1-2km before the peak where the steep incline beings. It was tough breaking through 2-3 feet of snow and required scrambling on all fours at some points just before the peak. But other than that, it was fine and the effort was worth the incredible views at the top. Took us about 7.5 hours round trip plus an hour at the top. Note that we are regular hikers. Carry layers, gloves, gators, waterproof shoes if you plan on spending an hour on the peak, if you don’t want your fingers and toes going numb with cold, and are hiking during the winter season.

2 months ago

Wow... probably one of the most beautiful hike that I have ever done in my life... without my friend’s truck I would never be able to get there. Want to buy a 4x4 just so I can come back to here one day.

hiking
2 months ago

Today (holiday Monday following Remembrance Day), I did this hike for the first time, hiking the loop clockwise with my adult daughter. I'm a pretty seasoned hiker but was really grunting the first hour: I found the first leg of the trail difficult--not moderate (it reminded me a lot of the trail to Wedgemount Lake: steep up, then more steep up, then more....). There are also some quite steep sections on the descent east towards Buntzen Lake. I forgot to bring my hiking pole--and regretted it.

I would definitely agree with the previous comments that suggest that the trail marking leaves something to be desired. There were several times where we had to stop and really look around to find the next orange tag. I could see how less experienced hikers could easily wander off the trail. As far as trail maintenance, early on in the hike we crossed two little bridges that were completely falling apart, and in my view, a potential hazard.

Overall, I would rate the trail as moderate-to-difficult. Including the times stopped to take pictures, it took us 4.5 hours. The views were great! I'd like to do this hike again in the summer.

hiking
2 months ago

Today (holiday Monday following Remembrance Day), I did this hike for the first time, hiking the loop clockwise with my adult daughter. I'm a pretty seasoned hiker but was really grunting the first hour: I found the first leg of the trail difficult--not moderate (it reminded me a lot of the trail to Wedgemount Lake: steep up, then more steep up, then more....). There are also some quite steep sections on the descent east towards Buntzen Lake. I forgot to bring my hiking pole--and regretted it.

I would definitely agree with the previous comments that suggest that the trail marking leaves something to be desired. There were several times where we had to stop and really look around to find the next orange tag. I could see how less experienced hikers could easily wander off the trail. As far as trail maintenance, early on in the hike we crossed two little bridges that were completely falling apart, and in my view, a potential hazard.

Overall, I would rate the trail as moderate-to-difficult. Including the times stopped to take pictures, it took us 4.5 hours. The views were great! I'd like to do this hike again in the summer.

2 months ago

I went yesterday (18/Nov/11). I ran into snow about 3k before the main parking area so had to park and begin our hike there. This was my second time hiking Cheam and first time in the snow. I didn't expect as much snow as we encountered. Snow was very soft and the trails of course were self made. I summited without poles, crampons or snow shoes - so it's possible, but not recommended!

Great hike. 2 hours 40 minutes round trip. Fairly easy except near the top when there’s snow on the ground. Gets a little slippery and would recommend something to put on your boots for grip.

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