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Amazing views the whole way! We went clockwise and I would recommend this - most people were going in this direction. No shade for 90% of the hike so wear sunscreen and drink lots. If you are scared of heights, the climb to the first peak (going clockwise) can be frightening. For example, climbing on the side of the mountain with a narrow trail and climbing using all 4's to get to the old weather tower.
This was such an amazing hike with different terrain and scree - I can't wait to do it again!

Wonderful hike, good for our 2 dogs as there are streams along the way.
Nice payoff to see all 4 lakes. They are very close together, even the 4th -so make sure you see them all.

Easy hike with 4 lakes as the rewards. A good hike for family.

Probably my favourite hike so far! So many different and great views throughout the day. We hiked Smutwood, not Mount Smuts and I did not find the hike challenging or technical. Our trip total was approx 22k in about 7 hours with tons of down time at the lakes and on smutwood.

hiking
2 days ago

Amazing views of the Opal Range

hiking
3 days ago

Pretty muddy in the lower sections and very buggy, but the elevation gain is so gradual for most of the trail that you hardly notice it. Amazing 360° views once you’re out of the trees!

Hiked to all 4 lakes this morning, great views. 3rd lake is definitely the best but all four are worth the effort- they’re all fairly close, we were reading reviews before about how some people weren’t making it to the last lake(s), but compared to the rest of the hike they’re just around the corner from each other - the fourth is deceiving but it’s very close to the third.

BUT the bugs were disgusting and aggressive. We got bit by horseflies multiple times, there were thick clouds of flies and mosquitos and it seemed like they were EVERYWHERE. We couldn’t stop for very long on the way up even though it’s much needed on the steep climb in the heat. Constantly swatting away bugs for the whole hike, less at lake #3.

Many great little campsites around the third lake with make-shift fire pits, would consider going back to camp with more bug spray.

So beautiful!! Would recommend the clockwise direction and bringing lots of sunscreen because most of the hike is quite exposed

Amazing views... go clockwise... you won’t regret it!

Amazing hike! Such stunning views and a gorgeous ridge walk. Would recommend doing it in the clockwise direction (starting from the trail before the parking lot) just because the scramble up, in my opinion, would be harder to go down! 360 views, would definitely recommend! This took my friend and I 5 hours in total including breaks for photos, lunch at the weather station and general breaks to enjoy the view!

hiking
4 days ago

Beautiful views once at the top & the glacier is stunning. The hike itself not so much. An easy path through the forest brings you into the uphill challenging section of the trail. Scree, rock and more of the same. Ore than moderate, this is especially challenging on the downhill. Poles are a must.

An amazing hike. Definitely recommend doing the loop in a clockwise direction. The scramble up is challenging but coming down that section would scare me! Both my gps and my partners gps came up with this being a 12.5!km hike.

backpacking
6 days ago

One of my favourite places to go! Brought up a group of people on Friday night and stayed until Sunday. Lots of fish caught and released as there is now a 0 limit harvest, whereas it used to be a limit of 2 cutthroat trout.

The hike up is pretty steep, lots of up hill but as long as you take your time it is a decent hike. Lots of people on the trail early morning and midday.

We camped between two of the lakes, and despite it raining lightly one of the nights we stayed, the weather was warm and sunny with a little bit of cloud later in the day.

Highly recommend spending a night or two and adventuring around or fishing to spend time in the great outdoors!

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful hike. Some steep sections. Some later sections through loose boulders. A nice mix of open and covered areas.

Busy therefore not ideal for me. Pretty views but not very interesting to hike. All flat. All hill. All rocks. Then repeat in reverse order.

Hiked May 2018

Loved this hike! The views just kept getting better and better as we came around the side of the mountain. The hike is moderate, there was just the one ‘cliff face’ and it wasn’t very gnarly. It can get pretty windy on the saddle but it was very calm at the summit.
Make sure you tick check - two of us discovered ticks during and after the hike.

The trail was not easy to follow. We used the app maps.me and could find it really quick. Beautiful view when you arrive near the glacier. The first part to the waterfall is easy, the second part to the glacier is a good moderate one.

hiking
11 days ago

This hike was ok, you will start off on a mountain biking trail for the first half of the hike then turn left onto the hiking trail. Be prepared to scramble ... pretty fun! :)
The view from the top (should be flat) is amazing! You’ll love it. Hike is short, took us about 1.5hrs to get up. Oh.. ps we saw a marmot, fox and an elk.

hiking
11 days ago

Defiantly a lung buster, hiking poles helped on the way down indeed, great views at top

hiking
12 days ago

One of my favourite hikes. Use leather gloves when climbing around boulders. Lots of fossils.

hiking
12 days ago

This trail is challenging at times but the views are incredible. It is quite windy at the top of the ridge. I felt like Dumbledore when he was in the cave in search of horcruxes while I waited for the wind to calm down. It was 31 degrees when I started the hike however it rained and hailed at the top of the ridge so layer up. Everyone suggests starting this trail at the left of the parking area but I couldn’t find it so I did it the other way around and it wasn’t too bad. Lots of climbing at the top and some areas are a little steep but very manageable. I would highly recommend bringing hiking poles.

hiking
12 days ago

I'm sure if you stay on trail this is a relatively tame hike. Personally, I had no problem following the animal trails to some scrambling of cliff bands, but without prior experience this would be nerve racking.
Went with a solid group and we got lost both coming up and going down, even when we thought we were being extremely careful, so I would recommend consulting a GPS trail for this hike!
We were on trail for the last ascent to the col, which was quite steep though the rock was soft. Once at the beautiful meadow of a col, it was an 11 minute push to the summit - which is amazing! Beautiful views of Evan-Thomas and the meadow, as well as Mount Lawson across the highway. The summit ridge is relatively thick, so it is not overwhelmingly scary, yet still impressive.
Overall, a wonderful hike with tons of grass and wildlife - we spotted a coyote on the way down! The only difficulty was staying on trail during the middle section of the hike, and getting lost can take away from the experience if you aren't prepared!

hiking
13 days ago

Amazing view all the way to the summit especially at the weather station. Perfect place to rest and enjoy the view. We took the clockwise route which I would recommend, the scrambling part is not as difficult as it may seem.

this has been a fav of mine since I was a kid. and yesterday I took my 10 year old daughter on the first back packing trip there. trail was great. straight up the whole way. but totally worth it. We camped between the 3rd and 4th lakes. extremely windy last night. hiked out today. there was a ton of people hiking up today. She did fantastic.

Delightful from start to finish.

hiking
17 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes near Calgary. Parking is fairly limited at Lantern Creek recreation area so I'd recommend getting an earlier start. The trailhead is across the highway and on the other side of the creek.

Most of the elevation is gained in the first few kilometers as you ascend up a the valley. There are plenty of views in all directions as you make your way up. As you reach the saddle and approach the first lake, the path gets a touch more difficult as you must navigate the rock debris. There are four lakes to see, and we didn't attempt to make it beyond the fourth. The group favorite was the third lake, and we had lunch at the far end of it. I'd like to try coming back here later in the summer and attempt a swim, but it would have to be a warm day. There are lots of trails braiding around both sides of the lake, and I don't think there are any bad choices with the route you take. I'd rate this hike medium-difficult because of the ascent/descent, but at 10km long it's a pretty approachable distance.

Apparently fishing is an option (with a license), and we spotted a few random camp sites around the lake.

Fantastic hike. Scrambles were mildly difficult. Views are amazing throughout. Highly recommend doing this hike with good weather - we got hit with high winds and precipitation which made things challenging. I’d rate this hike as hard as opposed moderate although there’s nothing too sketchy about this hike.

One of the best hikes I've ever done. I'm midly afraid of heights and this trail gave me anxiety most of the time on the ridge. The trail on a few of the rock scrambles were difficult to find and often frustrating because the ridge is steep in places (not a ton of room for error). Views are incredible but certainly not for the faint of heart.

My favourite trail so far. Loved it. Definitely worth the work. Strava tracked it as 13.5km hike with about 600m elevation gain.

hiking
20 days ago

Completed this hike on Canada Day - Gorgeous views but definitely not nearly as difficult as some of the reviews below would suggest. I would say this one is easy for anyone in decent shape and with some hiking experience. Practically impossible to lose the trail on the way up. During the descent wildlife paths may throw you off, added a little excitement whilst making our way back to the trail. 4 hour trip with plenty of breaks and lunch part way down.

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