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Loved this trail! Great view and away from the large crowds.

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.

hiked this circuit today, Nov 10. Snow covered trail and the scramble to the summit is intense. definetly wish I packed extra socks and gloves, didn't expect knee deep snow. AMAZING views. not for the faint hearted. took us newbies 5 hrs to complete. didn't give this 5 stars only because lack of direction during decent from summit. golden eagles are big.

6 days ago

Some challenging scrambling near the top, but the view is amazing!

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13 days ago

Nov 4, 2018
This was a great hike! Mostly uphill with a flat spot in the middle, pretty difficult I would say for inexperienced folks like us. My wife and I did Lake Agnes on Friday and Ink Pots via Johnston Canyon on Saturday, then ended with this on Sunday. Even with all the hiking we had already done, we went out and back in about 4.5 hours, but we didn’t make it all the way to the second lake (it was pretty snowy and that last push up the hill was a bit much for our inexperienced and tired legs). Wonderful views of the backside of Castle Mountain, and lots of snow-covered valley.

Thanks for the recommendation, G&J!

Actually been on the ridge above the'high point' and viewed on to the other side. Its lil steep but no dramatic cliffs until the ridge.

Beauuutiful hike! Did this one 2 days ago with a friend. Steep at the end but SO worth it for the view!!! Crampons were a must.. poles could be a good idea too. When you get to the rock boulders (about 3/4 of the hike) the trail is very difficult to find. There is a path on the far left but also some other scattered all over the place. Don't stop there even if it's hard to find... you have to reach the end of it!! You will have a spectacular view of Minnewanka lake, Canmore and all the mountains (180° view)
Really enjoyed that one, would do it again in a heart beat ❤

Awesome trail. Just did it yesterday, I recommend spikes as it is pretty snowy and icy going up. The views are amazing and going down through the scree makes for a quick and fun decent.

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17 days ago

Amazing view at the end! Crampons and poles recommended if you want to go all the way up (the last km is really steep). Snow and ice covering the last third of the hike.

Great hike with amazing views
Last part is pretty steep but totally worth it!
The trail is icy and there’s snow at the end but completely possible and safe. Better with poles and crampons.

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20 days ago

Awesome hike great view from the top

I’m planning on hiking in a few days for the first time. Is it difficult to find the trail head? This is what I’ve heard. Thanks and sorry I had to rate it to post on here.

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.

Amazing view!!! Made it to the top this afternoon. We only had regular hiking shoes on, but would highly recommend using crampons....we underestimated how steep and icy it was. Totally worth it though!

Nice hike did yesterday October 20,2018

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

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30 days ago

Sep 17, 2017 - awesome hike !

Asolutely stunning hike. We left early with headlamps on and watched the sunrise at the first false summit. You definitely need ice trekkers or yaktracks as it is super iced up and snowy up top. Poles and gloves were also helpful as some areas are deep and unstable underfoot. This was my favourite hike so far in the area! Be safe and enjoy

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.

Hiked this on Sunday October 14th. 5 hours round trip. Very challenging, poles and crampons recommended. Lots of false summits and moments where footing was pretty minimal. a lot more challenging than in the summer. take care :) Hi Bogdan, passed you on the second peak, glad you made it.

Oct 14, 2018:
- 8h in total with lots of photo breaks
- amazing and hard, lots of snow so followed the ridge
- leave your dog at home !!!

What a great trail! My favourite hike so far.

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1 month ago

Snow was pretty set in when reached the cirque . Had to cut our own path towards the top (snow was above knee deep in places) hard work and a little sketchy but worth the views.

Hiked this with my wife on October 6, 2018 path is easy to follow lots of ice and snow crampons definitely recommended great views. Great way to spend the day would highly recommend this hike
I want to thank Jason Lee’s whom I met on this hike and turned me onto this app nice talking to you in the parking lot Jayson I hope you enjoy the rest of your hiking send me a friend request if you’re on Facebook maybe we can compare hikes thanks again.

6 Oct, 2018
Easy path to follow now with the packed snow trail to the first ridgeline. Once reaching the ridgeline up to Yamnuska Summit, you may want crampons, gators, and an ice axe as the snow is deep now and no official trail is obvious. The hike up to the first ridge for a nice lookout is easily done and only microspikes recommended.

Easy hike. Great views for the effort put in.

Great hike. Accessible for all levels. Follow trail signs from Burstall Pass parking lot. I would highly recommend you do it in the fall (I did it September 30). The larches are so beautiful. Explore the area at the end of the trail a bit, if you can. The views change quickly depending on where you’re at. If you’re into trail running this hike would work well. There are rocks which makes hiking boots nice, but runners would suffice.

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1 month ago

Did the loop (clockwise) on September 25, 2018. The views were absolutely breathtaking along the ridge, it was windy so wear layers, bring snacks, and stay hydrated! I’d highly recommend this Hike. You get it all, forest, meadow, scramble, and a ridge walk — A must do in KCountry!!!

(Start clockwise as others have said).

***Please Note Late Season / Novice Hikers (May/June - Sept/Oct): During transitional months, the snow accumulation could put one at risk of a fatal accident and/or fall if you are not experienced, or prepared. During these months I’d strongly recommend not completing this hike, if you have minimal experience with scramble / ridge walking. Once you begin the scramble It would be dangerous to go back, if you did not want to carry on. There were definitely some sketchy and exposed areas with the snow. I’m sure this Hike would be a lot easier in the summer months, a brief class 3 scramble, and majority is steep hiking or class 2.

I’m no pro hiker, but definitely comfortable with a challenge and love hiking. I wanted to note the difference with changing conditions. It was dodgy in some of the snow covered sections. I also saw several people having a difficult time (some in running shoes w/ minimal gear). Please bring spikes, gloves, and have a pole handy. Stay safe and enjoy the stunning views along the ridge. Cheers!

PS: If you loose the trail after going down the tight switchbacks at the end of the ridge, turn right — follow the tree line along the ridge and you’ll find the trail again.

I have the largest fear of heights. We did it on Wednesday the 26th and did the clockwise like everyone says. I don’t think you could get down if you didn’t go clockwise as there is too much snow and it’s getting super icy.

Due to my fear of heights, I had a bit of a moment. Or five moments on the ridge. I freaked out when I realised I had to finish the hole thing.

It’s not hard physically, there is only a few parts that are steep. It’s hard mentally.

It took us 5 and a half hours with loads of breaks (since I cried once or twice) we took loads of pictures. Saw some moose on the way home!

The views were one of the best I’ve seen in my life. I’m in love! This hike would be perfect on a summers day (although the autumn colours were Devine!)

An amazing hike with constant views for only medium effort. We finished in 3.5 hours (but didn’t take much of a break at any point). It was starting to get snowy (about a foot) but still easy enough to find your way without sliding around everywhere. I’m scared of heights and never felt very exposed. I would highly recommend!

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