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Great trail with beautiful views. Spikes strongly recommended this time of year. Snowshoes are helpful near the end of the trail as it becomes less packed.

Was a great time, took our dog out on leash and she met a few other dogs along the way. If you have dog boots, take them with, although it wasn't muddy theres definitely some wet spots. We loved the trail, especially if you take it counter clockwise, some great view/easier to hike near the last quarter of the hike. Enjoy.

Great view at top not so much to the west aslougheed and surrounding mountains arein 3000m category. Can see lil part of canmore. Like most summits youll have to prepare for the elements

13 days ago

Cute little hike with the puppers! Just looking to get out definitely recommend!

We went last summer, underestimated this hike Haha! Took us 7 hours round trip, I’m pretty sure we hiked 2 trails or were just that slow! amazing views at the top but we were very ill prepared! Haha next time we will bring more then one water bottle! Enjoy!

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16 days ago

Waist deep snow and very challenging last 150 meters before the summit. The views from the top are amazing.

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16 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!

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17 days ago

More time spent in the trees than Chester Lake hike, but pretty nonetheless. Far fewer people too. The trail was hard packed and we didn’t need snowshoes or cleats.

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17 days ago

A really easy hike, lots of snow (winter wonderland)

New hiker here! This was close to Calgary, and a quick hike, didn't feel long at all. There are some steep uphill sections that can leave ya a bit breathless, but still totally manageable. Lots of muddy sections and a bit of hard-packed ice. A few nice views, but mostly forested. Lots of friendly people and dogs on the trail!

Snowing when we got to the trailhead but cleared up by the time we got to the lake. Spectacular views but didn’t stay long due to the cold. Trail was snowy but well packed. Won’t be long before we’ll need snowshoes though. Will definitely do this again. If you’ve done Chester Lake- this is longer but a bit flatter. Worth the effort!

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17 days ago

A quick and easy hike, definitely family and pet friendly. Do not go to Nakiska as they’ll advise you to turn around. From Mount Allan Drive, turn right on Stoney Trail which descends into the parking lot. Can start at the trailhead in the trees or take the clearing and then left to get to the falls. I recommend going to the upper falls after. Trail is well used and marked. Very scenic with several mini water falls.

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17 days ago

We were ambitious. Set some pretty lofty goals. But it wasn’t meant to be. Should have known this time of year can bring in some pretty crazy weather, even though the forecast was promising. We came within 50-100 metres of the peak, but found ourselves in waist deep snow and in a thick cloud where we could only see 10 feet in front of us. For safety sake I know we made the right call. We will be back in the summer and finish what we started. Great hike. I’d label it intermediate, but then again we didn’t make it the whole way so that might change.

Easier to climb upwards on the right side

snowed all the way and close to a white out at lake so didnt get that full "wowee" feeling at the lake - will definately do it again in spring/summer. loved walking through the snowy forest.. no ice on trail (all snow). had spikes on. dogs loved it - winter wonderland! started at 9am - first tracks.

21 days ago

Did this hike 3 days ago. There was a lot of traffic, be careful of some icy and some muddy parts. There was a girl that fell on the hike a little while ago and it paralyzed now. The hike isn’t hard at all.

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.

What a hike! Did this hike on October 22nd, and the trail had a ton to offer! We did the hike from Ribbon Creek as an out and back. Olympic Summit provided great views of Kanaskis Valley and Mount Lougheed, but the Rock Garden and views from Mt. Allan made the additional trek well worth it. We found the steepness of the hike to be really challenging, but not insurmountable.

Up to Olympic Summit, the ascent was steep with a ton of switchbacks, but the trail had almost no ice or snow to deal with. There were 3 or 4 plateaus up to this point that offered great photo ops. of Kananaskis Valley. Past Olympic Summit, the trail offers otherworldly views of the Rock Garden, we found ourselves stopping frequently just to take it in.

We did use Microspikes twice, once on the final ascent of Olympic Ridge, and again on the final push to the summit of Mt. Allan. The snow got much deeper on the final push from the Rock Garden to Mt. Allan, but the footprints from those before us were helpful to follow. The views at the top of Mt. Allan are panoramic.

In total we were on trail for about 8 hours, with over 4.5 hours of that spent on the ascent, including two decent food breaks. We didn't pass any other hikers on the trail, but it was a Monday.

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23 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.

Did a recon Oct 20 on this trail for a group hike on Oct 23. Still quite a bit of snow on upper Trail & on the ridge. Ice grippers helped on the way up but snow was soft on the way down so grippers not needed.

Did this trail with a friend yesterday. What a hike!! And the views... A-MAZING! We are not experienced hikers; took us about 11h round trip. Very hard hike (for us) but SO worth it! I am so proud that we made it to the top.
Big thanks to the two guys who we met at Olympic Summit and told us that we should keep going to at least see the rock gardens. We hiked in their footsteps among the snowy side of one mountain, and I was offered one of their poles to borrow to the summit. What kindness!

Amazing hike, beautiful scenery. Lots of wildlife footprints which made it even more lovely.

26 days ago

be careful of the snikey park wardens watching for off leash dogs.

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27 days ago

Absolutely amazing for a family friendly hike. Definitely go to the upper falls to see the many levels of the waterfall. Spectacular! We had gone first week of Sep and it was great weather. Had a bunch of boys and 3 toddlers within the group and they all managed to walk to the lower and upper falls although it can be challenging for little legs for sure.

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29 days ago

Did this hike on Sunday Oct 14, 2018. Definitely bring microspikes, poles and gaiters. Well packed trail for the first few kilometers. Eventually on the way up the big hill to the first (smaller) and 2nd bigger cairn the trail is slightly packed but there's some knee deep snow in some spots. Slog up make it to the cairn. Worth the views.

Possible to go past the 2nd true cairn but conditions may be considerably sketchier in winter. Better saved for the summer. 10hikes has summer pics. Good luck.

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.

beautiful trail, easy enough to complete it with young children

Great two hour hike. Snowy and muddy for most of the trail.

What a great trail! My favourite hike so far.

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1 month ago

Well packed snowy trail with great scenery... gets you up into the Alpine quickly and the views at the end are phenomenal! I will definitely be back in the summer

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