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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.

A total grind on the way up, with little change in landscape; but stunning views from the summit make it absolutely worth it!
Current conditions are 80% clear, but considerably slippery/wet/steep sections make crampons a good idea. The 'first summit,' makes a great stopping point for those who don't want to make the final push to the top.

Note on the Start:
I read very conflicting information on the start of this hike. If you park directly at the end of the reservoir, the start is about 200m walking back towards Canmore. It begins between the two scree fields, underneath two power poles with signage for keeping dogs on leashes. The trail goes quickly up into the trees and appears to split. To the left is a large sign warning of unexploded bombs, to the right, a small land surveying post. (You can go either way - we did both).

Left goes on a trail up into the trees, and eventually up and to the right, overtop the first cliff-section, on a decently well-traveled trail (currently pretty icy). Right goes directly up (and may save you 15 minutes) but is a scramble. Like everyone has stated, it's pretty hard to get lost on this hike, and once you get over the first cliff it's easier to find your way.

The view of the rest of the Rundles from the summit serves as a great reward at the end. Leave your notes from the day in the Memorial Box at the top.

hiking
5 days ago

October 11th 2018:

Such a good hike. Snow covered trails, kind of slippery at the beginning, cramps and poles recommended. starts off pretty steep, a bit of a slog, last 30 mins of the hike to the summit is slow and arduous, but at least the snow is packed and easily followed. moderate to difficult.

Fairly new to hiking and found this to be a perfect adventure for my skill level. Amazing views of Spray Lake and the surrounding mountains. The pass was snow covered as was most of the trail up. There are a few steep and wet spots where the trail really thins out. We had a beautiful sunny day but would have liked cleats in parts. Nice to see the Wind Tower peak so close but would not want to attempt summiting that this time of year.

hiking
5 days ago

Went on Saturday Oct 13 (the year winter came early). Snow covered the trail the whole way with some bare spots on the bottom 3rd.
The trail was well packed and easy to see and navigate till the top. At the top, it appeared to be less traveled and then the trail disappeared on the last little bit. Here we had to trudge through some deeper snow (would sink to your knees roughly) to get to the other side and see the valley.
I'd recommend cleats and gators. Weather was cold and windy at the top.
As mentioned before, park right at the trail head as opposed to driftwood parking lot.
Did the whole trip in 3.5hrs, that included walking around exploring at the top and having a lunch/beer! Great hike for beginners that want to step it up a notch.

trail running
5 days ago

Ran this trail yesterday as an alternative to ha ling as it is still closed.

Trails are pretty good, some icy spots on the way up. I used crampons in these areas just to be safe, but doable with good quality hiking boots/trail runners. I Definitely needed to bring wind stopper pants though, my insulated tights were not enough near the summit. Amazingly clear views.

hiking
6 days 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!

Did this at sunrise. Lost the trail on the way up. Got the what we thought was a fork and went left, should have stayed right. It was so dark when we started i only saw 1 blue square the way up. Saw them all the way down.

Love ❤️ Mountain! Challenging up but the views make it worth every step. There was a marker (red square on a cliff) that could be easily missed and then you could end up going the wrong way and getting cliffed out.
Really enjoyed the “multiple summits” ;)
The trail is a loop that offers great views the entire time.

did it last weekend of Sept. totally covered in snow and a bit slippery whem scramble starts. highly would recommend spikes.

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful trail, steep the last 2/3rds to the top. Snow covered last quarter, definitely need hiking boots or trail running shoes.

Great snow day peak while it's still just foot deep

Amazing views. Not an easy one. Carry a lot water as it can take a few hours to do the entire loop

Did this on Wednesday, still doable. Exhausting and dangerous but well worth it. Definitely a scramble hike. The last push to the peak is the most difficult and dangerous part. Take the left path going to the summit, it may look more challenging, but it is the safer way to get up and down from the peak. We also paid our respect to the women who lost her life on this hike by leaving our made shift hiking sticks on a pile of rocks beside the Ammo box at the summit.

hiking
25 days ago

Fun for the sure-footed hiker. I would do this hike again.
Was able to do this hike pretty quickly, 1.25 hours up and 35 min down. Really nice views but tough terrain

Can be hard to keep track of the trail on the rocky parts, but it’s very hard to actually get lost. Be careful choosing a path up/down from the summit in the scree areas.

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.

UNREAL views the whole way up. no warmup as it starts steep and stays steep but really enjoyed this hike. even got hit with a short 45min snowstorm at the top! solid leg burner but certainly worth the effort!

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty steep hike and you have to really make sure where you're going because the trail is poorly marked. But once you get to the top, the view of the water on one side and the valley on the other side are incredible. Highly recommend. TAKE YOUR TIME. Breathtaking hike for breathtaking views.

Wish this trail was closer to my home. It wasn’t easy to find and stay on the correct trail so we ended up blazing our own. Turned out to be more difficult than it could have been but we still loved it! When starting out, definitely go to the right and you’ll be on the correct trail. Seems like a common mistake.

on West Wind Pass

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is so beautiful. The comments on here helped a lot. I would recommend parking closer to the trail head and not at the Driftwood parking lot (it adds about a good chunk of time to the hike).

hiking
1 month ago

Sep 8, 2018 - Amazing views, definitely hard, prior some climbing experience comes handy. Definitely NOT A DOG FRIENDLY trail!!!

1 month ago

Amazing hike! But you really do need to keep staying to the right, we ended up on a cliff and had to turn around haha till we found the right trail! Amazing once you get to the top!

on Three Sisters Pass

1 month ago

awesome hike. definitely a little challenging at points for inexperienced hikers. but once you make the top its 100% worth it. would do it again for sure.

hiking
1 month ago

The view!!!

The trail is not well marked we got lost and ended climbing up and going down several times trying to find the right trail, lots of steep incline and loose gravel.

I loved this scramble. We did the loop - up Heart Mountain first, across the ridge then up Grant McEwan, and down. I’d definitely recommend doing it in that order! Glad I left the dog behind, I think the terrain would have been a little too difficult. Almost no “traditional” scree to scramble over - mostly big slabs requiring some scrambling up, and some scree parts but they were pretty packed down so I wasn’t sliding around too much.

Terrible terrible mountain to hike. I wouldn't have gone there if I had known that hiking would turned into climbing. I'm so glad that I am still alive.

hiking
1 month ago

As mentioned in other reviews the trail has been rerouted for a portion starting not far after the powerlines. It includes 4 new bridges which are built very well and eventually meets back up with the old trail which is still used for horseback riding. The new trail is signed well and you shouldn't worry about getting lost.

Until you make it to the meadows it is a very nice forest hike which I would rate as easy. Once you hit the meadows it a whole different story. To the top is very steep and challenging but well worth the effort. The views are amazing from the top. I stopped at the rock face where is seems most people stop. To go around the rock face and go higher it looks like you need to scale around the rock face, which is something I didn't want to do by myself.

Would recommend this hike to anybody. Round trip should take 4-5 hours depending on how long you rest at the top.

Beautiful.

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