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2 days ago

Did without spikes today as light snow covering in places and bare for parts of hillside. I would take spikes with you regardless, in case it ices up or gets more snow. Fantastic views all the way along the ridge, and I wouldn't rate this as difficult as the elev gain is certainly there, but there is little to no exposure and good trail all the way to the summit. Powerline ROW for the first (and last) hour eases you into it and is a well defined trail if you want to start or finish in the dark. Reminder that this trail will be closed December 1 - June 15 for wildlife management so if you want to check it out you have the rest of the month.

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3 days ago

beautiful hike! parked at the closed parking area and walked across the creek, theres a clearly marked trail. its pretty steep the first few kms as you get up to the ridge, a few areas of exposure but mostly in the trees. we went up novemeber 11th and there was snow but some areas were still free of snow, alot more snow on the ridge, spikes are a must!!

This is a great short hike with amazing views. Really enjoyed it

hiking
9 days ago

Parked at closed day use area. Walked north across the river and the trail is very visible. Steep trail be prepared for some leg burn. Completed Nov 5,18 and I didn’t use spikes or poles. Was a little slippery so spikes would be beneficial. Took me 3 hours, very Little climbing rock. Just near the summit you have a tiny scramble. Only got the view for 10 minutes or so because the clouds and snow blew in. Good workout. I will have to do it again on a clear day because I did not get the full view at the summit.

hiking
10 days ago

First time doing little Lawson and it was amazing!! The trail was dry and great until the false summit. Then we encountered snow that was packed down and easy to travel. For the narrow spots yaktracks or spikes are helpful as it’s a bit slippery. The hike is steep but extremely rewarding!! When starting out on the TransAlta road, if you reach the aquaduct you have gone to far. You need to turn right just before it. Definitely recommend this hike to anyone who wants something quick and challenging!

hiking
11 days ago

Really great views once you get past the treeline. We did this hike end of July and it took us 6 hrs with a 30-40 min lunch stop at the top. Beware of the false summit. The first half hour is flat and the trail is well marked. It’s pretty steep all the way up with little breaks to recover. Would rate this hike on the harder side because it is long!

hiking
11 days ago

Hiked it NOV. 3rd.. we parked at the day park area which was closed. Followed the trail north along hwy40, that lead into the bushes. trail was steep and Icey going up. Spikes and poles were key, once you get to the ridge you can explore right and left, left will take u up to the summit, pretty easy going from there. 1 foot of snow, but well tracked down. Awesome 360 views of the valley and all peaks around. Absolutely gorgeous.
Decent was icey and muddy, bush waked the whole way down to stay off the muddy trail . Was an awesome hike. We took our time with lots of breaks to take nature in. Up and down in 4 hours.

This is so far my Favourite hike! Done it twice now and both times were just as amazing. Tiring trail for the young Lab but she conquered it with us carrying all her own food and water. So many different terrains, quiet trail and fantastic views throughout the entire hike! Will do it again and again.

hiking
17 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!

Really tough hike for someone looking to put a beating on the legs. There are a few different routes up the mountain. We took the shortest, steepest route to the summit. It took 3 hours up and a little over an hour down. Poles are a must unless you take the longer, less steep trail.

This trail was just what we needed. Great views. The trail is in great condition, some cool more technical parts at the top. Bring your cleats and good energy for an amazing hike.

hiking
23 days ago

Hiked up clockwise to the steep downhill rock band at kilometer 4. However the trail was amazingly dry all the way to this point, we decided to turn back due to the steep icy rocks and higher risk of slip and fall. It would have been nice if there was a chain installed at this point to increase safety of this beautiful trail.

hiking
24 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.

awesome trail, steady incline the entire way. views were well worth the effort

hiking
26 days ago

Amazing Hike! the first 3 km is a little icy so if you have spikes bring them, otherwise you can still make it through it's just a little slippery. After that, the trail is pretty dry with some mud spots. The views were stunning and our dogs had no problem doing the hike. We stopped at the bottom of the bouldering rocks because the trail to go around and up was a little too slippy and steep for us to be comfortable getting back down from. We will be back when the snow disappears! 2h up, 1h15min down.

hiking
27 days ago

Did this hike October 17th. Beautiful and not too difficult. Crampons would be helpful towards the top. Lost my prescription ray bans on the way down however! If anyone decides to go and finds them please contact me and I will be so thankful! 403 975 3514

Absolutely stunning.
Clockwise-route, as previously stated.

I cannot express how much I loved this hike; stunning winter views made for an incredible day in the mountains. However, I cannot say that I would do it again until spring (or a melt!).
There is currently 2ft of snow throughout almost the entirety of the route, and there are many exposed areas and sketchy scrambles because of a mix of snow, rock, and ice. Don’t attempt without proper equipment (spikes, poles, snowshoes).

We went on a beautiful, sunny, 2-degree day, and by the time we reached the ridge the wind picked up significantly, which required a much more thoughtful continuation of the route. The exposed areas do make turning back very risky, so once you're in, you're in!

We were lucky to be following one other very experienced pair, which made trail finding on the way down the ridge easier. Without them, it would have been very difficult to find our way down with quickly changing conditions and lack of trail markers ( which may be covered by snow).

All in all, an incredible hike! Just be warned you should be fully competent with ridge hiking in snow/ice, have proper equipment, and be knowledgeable of the area.

1 month ago

Amazing trail, as everyone has said it's not easy. I took the clockwise route up to cory pass but the snow was so thick at edith pass I couldn't tell where the trail was. if you're going to attempt this hike in this season I would strongly recommend crampons and poles. the elevation gain is intense and coupled with snow and ice it makes for quite a treacherous climb. the scrambles in the snow were interesting but definitely manageable. again. crampons, wouldn't have been able to complete this hike without them. No bears but saw lots of tracks!!

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike up to the top, definitely some muddy spots with the temps being what they’ve been. There was deep snow the last 1/3 of the way which made things tricky especially with some slippery spots under the snow. Once you make it to the ridge I went right through the trees and tackled the tricky ascent to the next clearing to the top. Worth the views for sure!

What a great trail! My favourite hike so far.

hiking
1 month ago

Did the loop (clockwise) on September 25, 2018. The views were absolutely breathtaking along the ridge, it was windy so wear layers, bring snacks, and stay hydrated! I’d highly recommend this Hike. You get it all, forest, meadow, scramble, and a ridge walk — A must do in KCountry!!!

(Start clockwise as others have said).

***Please Note Late Season / Novice Hikers (May/June - Sept/Oct): During transitional months, the snow accumulation could put one at risk of a fatal accident and/or fall if you are not experienced, or prepared. During these months I’d strongly recommend not completing this hike, if you have minimal experience with scramble / ridge walking. Once you begin the scramble It would be dangerous to go back, if you did not want to carry on. There were definitely some sketchy and exposed areas with the snow. I’m sure this Hike would be a lot easier in the summer months, a brief class 3 scramble, and majority is steep hiking or class 2.

I’m no pro hiker, but definitely comfortable with a challenge and love hiking. I wanted to note the difference with changing conditions. It was dodgy in some of the snow covered sections. I also saw several people having a difficult time (some in running shoes w/ minimal gear). Please bring spikes, gloves, and have a pole handy. Stay safe and enjoy the stunning views along the ridge. Cheers!

PS: If you loose the trail after going down the tight switchbacks at the end of the ridge, turn right — follow the tree line along the ridge and you’ll find the trail again.

I have the largest fear of heights. We did it on Wednesday the 26th and did the clockwise like everyone says. I don’t think you could get down if you didn’t go clockwise as there is too much snow and it’s getting super icy.

Due to my fear of heights, I had a bit of a moment. Or five moments on the ridge. I freaked out when I realised I had to finish the hole thing.

It’s not hard physically, there is only a few parts that are steep. It’s hard mentally.

It took us 5 and a half hours with loads of breaks (since I cried once or twice) we took loads of pictures. Saw some moose on the way home!

The views were one of the best I’ve seen in my life. I’m in love! This hike would be perfect on a summers day (although the autumn colours were Devine!)

An amazing hike with constant views for only medium effort. We finished in 3.5 hours (but didn’t take much of a break at any point). It was starting to get snowy (about a foot) but still easy enough to find your way without sliding around everywhere. I’m scared of heights and never felt very exposed. I would highly recommend!

1 month ago

Great hike. Started in clockwise direction stunning view of Banff and mountains. Pretty cool once you get to the saddle and hike through the snow for 2k. I'd recommend keeping on the left on the trails between km 1 and 4 as this is the most direct route but steeper. I measured the loop as 12.5 km in total for 5 hours of hiking. You'd want to be fairly fit taking this one on, as the elevation gain between km 1 and 4 is cruel but definitely worth it.

A classic hike. Exceptional views. Bit of scrambling here and there. The ridge walk looks easy but takes much longer than you think. Bring lots of snacks and water - took us 7 hours.

Very calm and easy through the forested section. Quite steep and it was a little slippery in the mud near the top. We made it to the rock face which is where the trail seemed to stop.

1 month ago

Loved it, a bit cold (it started snowing) but absolutely worth it :)

hiking
1 month ago

Steep and beautiful hike. The views were amazing especially with the leaves changing colours.

1 month ago

Great trail. Worth doing for those who like adventure. Like everyone said went went clockwise. Try and stay left if there are any forks during the trail for the couple kms. Challenging hike but well worth the grind up. Do not do if your scared of heights. 6hrs flat with some picture time. Worked out to 16kms. The 13kms must be a short cut we didn’t see

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful ridge hike! Would recommend going clockwise so you don't have to scramble down.

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