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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarFebruary 20, 2021
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Tried on Feb 20, was very/super windy, completed 3.9 km only then gave up. (we planed to Olympic peak) Snowshoes are not 'must'. After tree line, wind blowing snow covers all footprints. Snow is not deep but can't see trail.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 16, 2021
SnowshoeingGreat!

Trail is now fully snow covered and snow shoes are required unless you get lucky and go after someone has broke a trail in, I only went to Olympic summit but did put a decent snowshoe trail in up to the Ridge, could just use spikes once on the Ridge, the trail to Mt Allan still looked pretty good, wasn't too much snow but maybe sections where it's deeper so take the snowshoes!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarFebruary 8, 2021
HikingBugsGreat!No shadeRockyScramble

Summited Mt Alan via the Kananaskis route on Aug 4 - 2019. This is an excellent hike that offers spectacular views from the summit. You will run into a few false summits before reaching the real thing so being persistent is the key here. Don't give up and you will make it to the top. This was both mine and my brother's first hike. We went spartan mode and came with as little supplies as possible so we can test ourselves (wong plan). We had no breakfast, runners rather than hiking shoes, no poles, one cliff bar each, and a liter of water to share between us in temperature hovering around ~ 30C. The struggle was real as hunger and thirst gnawed at us for hours in the unbearing heat. Time and time again we would reach a summit and would celebrate as we trudged towards it only to realize it was the false summit. Mid hike our supplies ran out. We could either turn back or keep pushing forward. It was a tough decision but we decided to head to the summit. Finally, through sweat, cramps, and fatigue, we summited Mt Alan in the middle of summer. By this time we were at our wit's end as we were both hungry and thirsty beyond imagination. As stated before, our supplies ran out halfway, i.e halfway to the summit, i.e 1/4th of the entire hike's distance. Since there was no one around, we couldn't ask for water and in a state of delirium headed back down. After a few hours of having our toes hitting the front of our shoes, blisters the size of grapes had formed on our feet. Every step was agonizing until we reached the car. Once in the car, agony turned to bliss, and as they say, the rest is history. For the next 2-3 days, our legs cramped like never before. Looking at it in hindsight, no matter how bad the suffering was, it was an excellent outing. Alas, such was the day my love for mountains and the outdoors sprung forth to life. This hike IMO is easily doable if you are well prepared - I would bring poles, ample amount of water (3L) and food, good hiking shoes, and a windbreaker. Instagram - Follow / DM me @realasifzeb. We can do a collab on a hike/scramble in the near future.

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HikingGreat!IcyMuddyRockyScrambleSnow

The majority of the trail was hard packed snow or rocks. There was one gnarly part on deep snow that was a little nerve racking but overall a tough but enjoyable hike. My legs are Jello.

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HikingGreat!

Great winter hiking conditions yesterday. Wear your spikes and use poles to make it as safe as it can be.

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Kieran Van Decker reviewed Mount Allan via Centennial Ridge
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Very fun trail. Take your time near the top as it's steep with lots of powder(December 30th). My friends and I were thinking of bringing snowshoes but decided against it. You can do this hike without snowshoes but poles are definitely necessary near the top. Took us 3:30 hours to complete with a 30 minute lunch break. The view is astonishin

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Matt Hutchinson reviewed Mount Allan via Centennial Ridge
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 5, 2020
HikingGreat!Rocky

Hiking trail: Mount Allan via Centennial Ridge - Fall Edition Hiking date: December 4, 2020 Distance: 16.8km Total elevation gain: 1,424m Time: 06:40 (05:48 moving time) Dog-friendliness: 4/5 Hiking trail: Mount Allan via Centennial Ridge - Fall Edition Hiking date: December 4, 2020 Distance: 16.8km Total elevation gain: 1,424m Time: 06:40 (05:48 moving time) Dog-friendliness: 4/5 YAH BABY!!! Fourth time’s a charm, haha. After all my previous failed attempts (including two with Cailee - one via Fisera Ridge, the other Centennial Ridge), who knew that I’d finally be able to summit this elusive mountain in December?! Oh, you bet I was prepared this time. The tree of knowledge is watered with sweat and tears after all. This time, I had done my research by looking at satellite imagery from the day before of the area, noting very little snow except for where the winds from the past week had created windslabs and cornices off the ridge. In any case, avalanche risk was minimal, judging from what little of the white stuff I saw on the screen. And I was correct. The most difficult part of the hike is 2.5km in up to Olympic Summit. But damn, those views are fantastic (Photos 2 and 3). I don’t know what I ate this past week but I felt 50 lbs heavier, sucking wind as I climbed up the relentless incline past the treeline. And I also brought snowshoes, which didn’t help with the weight and which I didn’t end up using anyway. But the trail was dry for the most part, and my feet were happy to be on solid ground again. There was one sketchy, steep snowy area in a shady area but I navigated this carefully. Would’ve been good to don my microspikes but I felt confident while exercising an appropriate level of caution. The trail flattened to a more reasonable slope after Olympic Summit. I had often heard from other hikers that the Rock Garden was a sight to behold. They weren’t wrong. Reaching over 10m high, this massive conglomerate of stone slabs stand proudly like soldiers at attention (Photo 4). The giant statues ushered me past them as I began the final ascent to the summit (Photos 5, 6). Not gonna lie, I hollered wildly upon summiting. Summiting mountains brings me so much joy. To boot, it is a remarkable 360° scene at the top. I could see Canmore and Calgary. The ostentatious Lougheed Range (Photo 1) and Wind Mountain (Photo 7) enclose the west side. And of course, a hop away and to the east is Mount Collembola (Photo 8). Heading back, Centennial Ridge looked as impressive as ever and I happily sat down for a lunch break to enjoy the incredible views (Photos 9, 10). Instagram for pics/DM: rootyhiker

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 24, 2020
SnowshoeingGreat!Snow

Hiking trail: Centennial Ridge - Winter Edition Hiking date: October 23, 2020 Distance: 7.0 km Total elevation gain: 700m Time: 03:00 Dog-friendliness: 5/5 Who needs a stairmaster when you can get the perfect uphill workout on this trail? Besides gaiters and microspikes, you’re gonna need snowshoes, especially for the steep section past the tree line. I ran into a flock of bighorn sheep and followed some of their trail upwards. After breaking the trail for 3.5km from the trailhead, the wind became more of a challenge. I’m a grumpy wuss when it comes to a bitter cold wind, so I headed back down. Besides, hot chocolate was waiting for me in the car. Instagram for pics/DM: rootyhiker

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Serena Wiber reviewed Mount Allan via Centennial Ridge
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Have done this a few times via Ribbon Creek. The rock gardens are awesome! Lots of opportunity to see wildlife, there was an opportunistic marmot at the summit this year. Bring bear spray on this one, especially during berry season - I was bluff charged by a mother grizzly and two cubs right after starting the climb out of the treeline in August 2017.

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Erin Rissling reviewed Mount Allan via Centennial Ridge
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Snowed today with high winds too! Made it to the top of ridge by weather stations and then decide to turn back due to conditions. No visibility for views at this time. Storm seemed to have blown over. Will have to return earlier next year!

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Dalwinder Aujla reviewed Mount Collembola
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This mountain is a monster. Very long and exhausting.It looks very intimidating but it is do-able.Last 500 meters are little tricky and dangerous.One has to climb through a gullie and it is very very steep.Once you get to the top, all efforts made are very worthwhile..

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Dalwinder Aujla reviewed Mount Collembola
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HikingGreat!

Very good only last ridge to go through climbing that part is dangerous otherwise very good hike

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Patricia Castillo reviewed Mount Allan via Centennial Ridge
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Kurt de Freitas reviewed Mount Allan via Centennial Ridge
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great hike, mostly in the alpine and not for the faint of heart. very little exposure. left straight from our room at the kananaskis lodge

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Matt N reviewed Mount Collembola
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firozeh habibi reviewed Mount Allan via Centennial Ridge
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RunningGreat!

very windy at the top

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Alex Sagatov reviewed Mount Allan via Centennial Ridge
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Great hike. The stone garden is a unique feature. The view from the top was obstructed somewhat with the haze. I think on a better day it would be good. The distance in the description is misleading. My Garmin clocked over 18 km. It's a hard steep hike. It took is 8.5 hours at leisure pace. Also, in a very beginning follow the signs, not Alltrails map. At the end, almost at the parking lot a small black bear was waiting for us on the trail. It ran away immediately.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 27, 2020
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Hiking trail: Mount Collembola (aborted due to weather) & Centennial Ridge to Mount Allan (aborted due to weather) Hiking date: September 26, 2020 Distance: 15.5km (MC) + 10.5km (CR) = 26km total Total elevation gain: 1,110m (MC) + 750m (CR) = 1,860m total Time: 4 hrs (MC) + 3 hrs (CR) = 7 hrs total Today’s hiking adventures are brought to you by the letters “W” for windstorm, “S” for snowstorm, and “WTF LMAO”. My hiking twin soul sister - @msvanmeow - and I had visions of summiting Mount Collembola from Dead Man’s Flats and subsequently crushing 2,300m of elevation gain over the course of the loop. We were feeling great, setting a killer pace despite some bushwhacking on an overgrown, steep trail that gave our quads a fantastic, endorphin-filled workout. But Mother Nature had other ideas. Climbing past the tree line, we scrambled up and over a couple fun ridges, whereupon we were rudely met with an unrelenting windstorm that bitchslapped us and blew away our plan of summiting. Hunkering down to the ground and barely hanging on to the mountain with our frozen fingers despite wearing gloves, we made the call to abort the hike. We were oh-so-close - only 150m of elevation from the summit! If there’s one thing I absolutely love in a hiking partner, it’s that there’s no such thing as the word “quit” in their vocabulary. We decided to hop back onto the Trans-Canada, hang a right at Highway 40, fuel ourselves up with a Timmie’s mocha and donuts, and do Centennial Ridge with the intention of summiting Mount Allan. Because what’s another 16km and 1,500m of elevation? We figured since the wind came from the southwest that doing this hike from the opposite side of where we were earlier, we’d be somewhat sheltered. Besides, those massive, dark clouds were close but they weren’t over the ridge. Everything was once again peachy going up. The trees were still, dappled sunlight filtering through the golden aspen leaves. We were loving every upward step on the fantastic climb, letting our legs’ muscle memory take over and carry us up. It was just perfect. All was well again. Of course, what are hopes for if not for dashing? About two hundred metres of elevation above the tree line, we stopped for a much-needed lunch break. It was 2:45pm and we had been pushing our bodies non-stop since 7:15am. But as we sat there, a cold as duck snowstorm with horizontal snow projectiles blew in. Our fingers were frozen yet again. Hikers coming down from the mountain passed by us trying to escape nature’s wrath. So we called it a day. @msvanmeow and @rootyhiker: 0, Mother Nature: 2. What the duck even was this day? Lmao. We have unfinished business, Collembola and Allan. And we WILL be back. Photos 1 - 3: from Centennial Ridge Photos 4 - 7: from Mount Collembola Instagram for pics/DM: rootyhiker

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