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

hiking
14 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
20 days ago

There was snow on the trail from the trailhead up. It was slippery on parts, but not so much that we had to use our icers. Hiking poles are highly recommended and probably necessary at this time of year! The final scramble up was tough with thigh-high snow, but well worth the trek. Gorgeous panoramic view from the top. This is really a beautiful hike. Took us two hours up and just under two hours down.

hiking
20 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!

whilst thirds walk is moderately trafficked in early Oct it may bee worth not getting there too early and follow someone else up the trail. We started the trail alone and saw fresh bear prints not far in. The trail was reasonably tiring but well worth the effort. The panoramic views from the top were amazing.

Spectacular views once you get up towards the peak .. the snow caps looked amazing .. lots of ice on the trail now and cleats or poles are almost a must have to get up high enough .. was challenging without being too difficult but was well worth it .. make the trek if you’re in Jasper, it’s worth it!

hiking
27 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
1 month ago

Great hike, majestic view. The last part of the hike was gorgeous, so steep you might have to use your hands to climb but definitely manageable with enough patience and courage. It was chilly at the top so definitely made sure you bring enough clothes. The slide down from the top was fun. Highly recommend if you want to see an overview of the lake.

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What a brilliant hike. Even in the snow it was peaceful, beautiful, and calm. We took the shortcut that was harder (turn left about 2.5km in, don't worry there's a sign!) and we survived without spikes on our boots or using our poles. That part was harder, but I wouldn't call it difficult. Stunning surroundings, awesome views, and light traffic. Bliss! We ended up bailing and turning back from the ridge as there wasn't an actual trail in the snow. Folks trudged up the mountain in all different directions in turn ripping up the vegetation, so we decided to go back. We took the fire route down which was longer but oh so pleasant. I'd love to come back and do the full route (we did 11 of the 13.5km in about 3.5 hours with tons of breaks) and it was breathtaking. Absolutely worth stopping to catch your breath on the way up only to lose it again with the views!

hiking
1 month ago

I honestly really enjoyed this hike. It was my first time doing this hike, but my boyfriends 2nd. I was stubborn and thought my runners were fine (as its what I climb most moutains in) but boy was I wrong. We started earlier in the morning, and the trail was fairly snowcovered, over a foot near the top of fresh powder. I couldnt scramble to the summit, because of how icy it was in combination to my footwear but made it to the turn around point. The view was awesome, but fairly clouded over while it started to snow!

Amazing views and moderate intensity trail. Rewarding trip to the summit.

backpacking
1 month ago

I have completed this trail twice now in full with multiple one-day trips on segments. On each full trail adventure I did it once in each direction. My personal preference being the start via Signal. Have stayed/spent time at every campground with Signal, Curator and Little Shovel my favourites. Tekarra and Snowbowl are beautiful though the layout of the actual camp is less desirable (particularly if you need to seek the facilities in the middle of the night).

Prefer the Signal start as a relentless uphill when one is fresh is much more favourable to me than a relentless downhill that never... ever... EVER... ends ; )

Trail review: Week of Sept. 10, exactly a year from the last go-round. Weather was insane in ways we could not have anticipated with Mother Nature under promising and over-delivering, but once again - wow. Trail is incredible and we are blessed to experience. Pack smart. Pack for the weather (4 seasons). And ENJOY.

Also... download this app. Ran it off my phone’s GPS which kept us pointed in the right direction for two days during white - out conditions. AllTrails did not pay me to say this, promise.

Wow. This hike is amazing, challenging, and gorgeous. We went in the beginning of October, so we expected snow up at the top, but didn’t expect it at the start. When we checked the trail report that morning it said the trail condition was good, but with snow at the top, so when we arrived we were surprised to see snow at the head of the trail. We decided to keep going anyways, trusting the trail report and seeing other hikers come out okay. This will forever be a special hike to me, since this was my first time ever hiking to the top of the mountain. There was snow all along the trail, but it got especially slippery and thick up at the top. A LOT of ice along the switchbacks near the top. Several times I slipped and, quite frankly, almost slipped off the side of the mountain. I was scared, but also determined to finish, since I knew the views from the top looked fabulous. Don’t do that! I was stupid for keeping going. I had no crampons or hiking sticks and I could have died. If you feel uncomfortable, turn back and get what you need to feel comfortable. The higher you go up, the harder it is. There is a part after the tree line that seems like it’s the top, but its not, there is a little bit more to go. That part is definitely a scramble. Take it slow and focus on your balance because doing it when it was icy had me terrified I was going to roll off the side of the mountain. (Again, I was stupid and no one should follow what I did!) But this hike was great. I’d say it took 3 hours to get up and an hour to get down. The ice helped in getting down, since we could pretty much slide down the top half of the mountain. The views were stunning on the way up to the top and at the actual top. Its exactly what I would picture the view from a top of a mountain would look like! Some people made snowmen along the way, which made us smile. Enjoy this hike, just be smart about it! Lots of people on the trail and they were all helping each other out. One guy had on nikes and he was slipping very very badly. A stranger he didn’t know lent him one of her walking sticks and held onto him the entire way down. If you need help, ask! No one will leave you! Worth every second of it.

so beautiful and grand when we are in the midst of the mountains and lakes, the golden larch reflections on the lake is picture perfect !

Did this hike in Sept 2018 during a snow storm. It was challenging hike with lots of ice covering the entire trail. Hiking poles would have been a great help. Views from the top are absolutely amazing and worth every bit of it.

Amazing! Day hike

Great trail with very rewarding views! Took us 3.5 hours with lots of stops for pictures and a short break at the top.

Nice hike! The wide gravel path up was nice, great view looking back. You have the option to cut up and take the trail in the trees, would definitely make it a bit harder(I would definitely take the fire road on the way up). We took the trail route on the way down for a change of scenery. Took my partner and I about an hour and a bit up. Pretty fast coming down. If your going at a steady pace wouldn’t take longer than 2.5 hrs, with a fair break at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

This is the most difficult hike I have done to date. Would I do it again? Heck yes! Slow and steady will reward you with stunning views. It took me (I would consider myself in good shape but not a hiking pro) two hours to reach the top, where I sat and ate my lunch that I had brought up with me. In totally I spent about 4 hours conquering the sulphur skyline and rewarded myself with a soak in the hot springs afterwards.

2 months ago

Best view in Jasper. Not recommended for young children due to challenging weather conditions.

hiking
2 months ago

Got there 2p.m. in the afternoon. 10KM out and back. Only 2 other people on the top. Super gorgeous. Be sure to check out the hot springs source after your hike.

hiking
2 months ago

We are 3 middle aged mommas who persevered and completed this hike in late August. We're all in decent shape and we felt equipped although we learned plenty more along the way of what to bring and forget the next time. Thankfully we had great weather. No snow or rain. In booking we were only able to secure Little Shovel and Curator. Decided the day before when space opened to cancel Curator and book Tekarra. Not sure if that worked out in our favor?! Our second day was a 25 km hike and it was a little difficult finishing. We were EXHAUSTED. The views and diversity were truly beautiful and soul-shaking. Next time however we'd opt for 3 nights or even 4. Why rush such an amazing trip? I'd recommend that folk try for 3 nights and if can only get two go for Little Shovel and Curator or Snowbowl and Tekarra.

September 7th-2018 - Group size 8 - Trip time: 8hrs. Conditions were wonderful. Only a few spots of snow. No impact on travel. Very easy route finding. Head right of the summit block. By Read’s Tower, you can see the antenna on the summit. On the upper trails, travel was straightforward on scree, some slab, some talus. Near the summit, some might find it a bit challenging to step if you get off trail. The lower trail is dirt, gravel on dirt, and some slab. It gets steep at places. There were a few falls coming down, but only the pride was injured. Smoke was still a problem. Views were not as good as expected but likely would be very good on a clear day. Still, the views, photos, and workout were well worth the effort. Be sure you are ready for this one, it can be a hard day if you are not.

Beauty everywhere you look. So nice to hike in the prime hiking season and only come across a few groups throughout the day! We did the alpine circuit but I would like to come back to spend more time on the Opabin Plateau. So many lakes, streams and wild flowers! I would like to take more tome to enjoy that special place. We hiked the fire road in and out. It put our day over 30kms and everyone’s feet were not happy for the last 5kms. Other then that, the day was amazing!

hiking
2 months ago

It get crowded fast, get boots on the ground by 7am to summit by 9am and have the views to yourself. We got there was still a light dusting of snow that had us laying down first tracks... but hordes of people soon followed. Amazing 360 views.
*get up fast and take pics on the way down, same view point

Best hike in Jasper. Nice views all along the way to the top. Be sure to go to the far back of the trail and climb to that top. Far best view of all!

hiking
2 months ago

Tackled this hike in the afternoon after doing a boat trip to Spirit Island. There’s a parking lot close to the trailhead (it’s on the left, past the big lot for the boat tours). The trail starts off in a forested area with a steady incline - it’s not super interesting until you get high enough for some views. As you climb higher, look behind you every once in a while.

The views get better as you get further up the trail. It was pretty busy, but everyone was polite and it didn’t feel as crowded as the hikes around Banff. The last portion was very steep and a bit slick/muddy, but we opted to go straight up. There was a mellower trail off to the left.

The views from the top are phenomenal - I’d recommend packing a lunch to eat up there.

The best part was that we saw a grizzly bear and three cubs off the trail! While it was very exciting, people traveling in smaller groups should exercise caution in this area.

Great hike...uphill all the way...good cardio workout. View from the summit is awesome...360 panoramic view of distant mountains. Trail on the way up has several spots for scenic photos. My wife and I made it to the summit in 2 hrs and back down in about 1 hr with a steady pace each way. It was windy (about 40Km/hr) at the top.

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