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Great winter hike. Snow was pretty packed down and not much ice.

one of the best trails ever hiked in my 68 years of life!

Definitely make sure to bring headlamps for each member of your group.

Stunning views the whole way!

1 month ago

It was a awesome hike and the view was awesome!!!

1 month ago

Best views ever. Great trail if you can find it

A great winter hike route if you are short on time. I did this in 21/2hrs while stopping to take photos and appreciate the views. Right up to the fire lookout/helipad. Could be a good sunrise/sunset hike. Will do it again perhaps in the Fall and follow Jewell Pass this time to make it alittle longer.

No wonder why everyone loves this hike. Fantastic views the whole way. Good physical challenge and a well worn path. A bit too busy for my liking especially on the weekend. Lots of fun.

good little scramble to the ridge

Awesome hike with great reward at the end. I believe this is also called inges mine??? Very hot to do in summer. No shade on trail.

This is a great warm up hike to shake things out for the season. I’ve done it a few times and have enjoyed it every time.

Once you get to the trail, it's great. The long boring walk along the service road to get there was unbearable. The cave is a sight to behold. The light scramble to get up there was fun, not very technical, very accessible.

Steep hike, great views up top but extremely windy!

Full of snow, but fun!

3 months ago

was a great day and the trail condition was ok, hiking poles are recommended at this time (because icy).

Definitely would recommend taking your bike tor the service road. We did this hike on Saturday and the hike was nice. Would also recommend poles when getting to the top close to the caves. Nice hike !

This trail was very nice. Taking our bikes made the trip a lot more enjoyable. The hike to the caves was not as perilous as some have suggested. It was a enjoyable and unique hike that does not take up your whole day.

A friend and I completed this trail yesterday and it was great. As many people have previously stated, the walk along the service road is long but with good conversation it went by quickly - or bring bikes for the road. As you approach the end of the road where a large shell site is located, look for the orange diamond trail marker on the right side of the road. By this point you can definitely see the cave in front of you, as well as the neighboring caves. We kept to a trail/direction that diagonally worked up the slope, with a brief straight up climb towards the cave opening. It begins to get steeper as the trail comes out of the trees but it is manageable, just take your time and look a head of you to plan your route towards the cave. We were the only people on this section of trail but be cautious of rocks rolling down from people above you or you releasing rocks towards people below you.

After exploring the cave and having lunch, we headed down towards the creek bed and met up with the trail that parallels along the creek to the shell site, and from there followed the road back to the car park. Definitely remember to bring head lamps/flashlights so you can explore the cave and the multiple caverns within the main cave. You may also want to bring trekking poles to assist with the portion of the hike from the end of the service road to the caves, and back down through the loose scree. Definitely worth the short but steep hike towards the cave from the service road, the views within and along the outside of the cave are awesome!

Gorgeous views but one of the hardest hikes I have done so far.

Trail is getting pretty slippery with the snow on the trail, I'd recommend bringing ski poles.

5 months ago

Top of the line views! I couldn't quite reach the summit do to ice on the scrambling sections & I was hiking in knee deep snow by about 3 quarters of the way up. I could have easily reached the summit if I had better gloves and crampons. Amazing hike tho!

Was challenging near the top, the walk down was a little slippery with all the loose rock. Probably wouldn't do it again for that reason.

I’d almost say this trail is difficult because once you get up into the scramble it’s slippery and there are lots of false trails. But getting to the top is worth it to see the cave - bring good shoes and extra layers and a flashlight so you can explore deeper into the cave (jackets recommended as the cave is quite chilly)!

Nice views from the tea house platform. The route was fun, challenging, and various different terrains. Pretty busy with hikers by early afternoon.

5 months ago

A nice and easy nature walk.. Going during the fall is lovely because you can really appreciate the contrast colours between the lake and trees.

5 months ago

Top notch! Best 360 view you'll ever find! Stop what you're doing and go!

5 months ago

from the parking lot the trailhead starts immediately. it's roughly 1 km to the actual trailhead that branches off the main trail head on the right hand side. once you get into it it's fairly steep the whole way with quite a few switchbacks. definitely a fair amount of elevation gain in a short time and Steep and some sections as well. once you get towards the top, there is some huge Rock overhangs which provide a bit of shade. this hike is definitely not awe inspiring but more of a test of your legs. the views are nice a lot of trees for sure but there's really no big payoff at the end. it's worth checking out if you live in Calgary cause it's so close. in total from the parking lot to the top and back took roughly three hours. And I would rate this hike as moderate in difficulty.

5 months ago

from the parking lot it's 6 km to get to the trailhead. it's on a flat long hot boring gravel Service Road that takes forever to walk down. I would highly recommend bringing a bike to do this. By the time we got to the trailhead it was so hot and it also takes a lot out of you coming back down that road after the hike to the lot. once you start the trail though it's a pretty good hike. some Woody sections, Rocky sections and rooty sections. The first 3/4 of the hike I'd rate as easy. The last 1/4 I'd rate as hard. once you come out of the trees you're faced with roughly a thousand foot climb up a fairly steep grade. loose Rock and big rock everywhere so you have to keep your eyes open for people above you knocking them down and coming at you. there's multiple ways up to the opening of The Cave. Some are easier than others with one section being scramble and bouldering. the cave is super cool and I found it to be quite a challenge to get up that main slope to the entrance. I would highly recommend bringing poles just for some extra security on the way down. overall I'd rate the hike as moderate in difficulty. walking from the parking lot to the cave and back took roughly 5 hours. would definitely do again but not without a bike for that Gravel Road. so brutal

One word, spectacular!!!

Wish I had brought a bike for the first 6kms down the gravel road. Lost the trail a couple times, definitely wear good shoes for this one.

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