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this is a difficult hike for beginners, but beautiful view on top

Completed hike on 2018-12-02. Crampons/Ice Cleats highly recommended. Not really enough snow on this date for snow shoes. Great hike, great views especially the summit with it's 360 degree panorama.

Completed this hike a couple weeks ago, crampons not needed. It’s pretty fantastic at the top with the pearlier feels but most certainly a steep incline that can make you question for a second what you got yourself into. I was sore for a week after this hike! But the experience is worth it, a solid hike!

No Widlings or Whitewalkers to report. A small contingency of the Knights Watch ventured out along the beautiful river and rustic bridges. Not too much traffic and made it half way between Lillian and Lower Galatea Lakes. The views are probably much more rewarding in the summer. Brace yourself....winter is coming.

amazing hike! Unbelievable how beautiful the hike is and I definitely recommend it. Make sure to pack a good lunch because you're going to need it. A lot of incline thigh but Adobe waterfalls on the way and just beautiful in the summer!

snowshoeing
23 days ago

Lots of snow. We were the first ones on the trail in the woods after the snowfall a couple of days ago. We have found the trail head only due to the map in this app (if you come to the creek you have passed the trail head). Luckily,we met 2 backcountry skiers who were skiing down approximately half way up. We used their tracks to snowshoe up. That help a lot otherwise there were spots where we were waist deep in snow. Took us 3 hours overall (we got to the lake and did not walk around it). Definitely doable in a shorter time on a packed snow and marked trail. I would definitely do it again.

Stunning hike, easy terrain. Beautiful after first snowfalls

Great hike close to the city. We were out there yesterday, November 3rd. There was no snow.
We had brought our yaks thinking we would need them but nope! Windy at the flag so pack a jacket. Quite steep all the way except right at the beginning about .5km into the hike you get about 1km that is flat. The rest in a straight up incline but views are so worth it. I’m a relatively beginner hiker it was challenging but do able and it’s short so that makes it manageable.

Not a hard hike, easy trail starting with trees and ending in a freezing cold lake. Be prepared for a wait at the ridge as you are essentially hiking w a huge group of people. Fun, but won’t do it again.

hiking
1 month 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!

Great little day hike. Took my dog with me and had no issues. Recommend traction cleats for sure. A few slippery spots had us sliding down on our butts. Will have to go back in the summer and check it out again when it’s not frozen over.

Hiked up yesterday and microspikes were the ticket to an easy climb. I also used poles but others didn’t and had no issues. It is more spectacular in the summer but still a stunning backdrop.

hiking
1 month ago

A relatively short hike to get a peak view. It was a bit confusing finding the trailhead, which is at the roadside opposite the Elbow Falls Parking lots. Steep from the beginning to the top, so be prepared to work your calves! Very windy at the top.

As I tell everyone I meet, this is by far my favourite hike in the world. It is an absolute thrilling adventure.

great views and moderate difficulty

Oct 27.

Snow covered but packed. Bring spikes.

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.

hiking
1 month 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.

The beginning of the hike near the lake is flat, and enough to warm you up. Shortly after it is a steep incline up, and is slick after it rains. Once you make it up to the lake, the hike is well worth it. I brought my dog with me, and she struggled on the small-medium sized rocks around Rawson lake.

Did this hike Oct 14, 2018: this was a great hike, but I do recommend microspikes for this time of year! The snow started to melt on the way down, so the main trail became a tobogganing hill. Many people slid down rather than walked. The views are amazing for how close you are to Calgary! It was very very busy and I never got a moment alone on the trail.

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.

short and with amazing view

What a great trail! My favourite hike so far.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great hike if you don’t have much time and you want a fun training workout! You don’t get much views until you get to the top and it’s pretty wicked! If your hiking in the winter I would def make sure you wear crampons or you will be sliding on your butt a lot :)

Did this hike Oct 7, 2018. Well packed no snowshoes needed just microspikes. Slushy in some spots making it slick. Great views from the top. Definitely at least 30 to 40cm of snow off the trail. Muddy in some spots with exposed roots and rocks in some places. Definitely bring poles.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail with spectacular views
October 8, 2018 - snowy in the AM but slushy and muddy early PM on the way down

Steep climb that seems never ending! Amazing trail while following Kananaskis Lake then the trail turns off into the forest for a steep incline that doesn’t quit. Getting to the lake was a bit anti-climactic but perhaps this is because the lake was gray and frozen. I’m not sure it’s worth the hike just for Rawson but I would definitely do again to get to Sarrail for the reward of breathtaking views.

hiking
2 months ago

Stunning views and very rewarding for the effort put in. Only the first summit is really accessible with the snow. Starts at Ptarmigan Cirque trailhead and almost immediately opens into a snow covered valley filled with larches. Last ascent to the main summit was very steep and slippery - I highly recommend hiking poles. Trail is completely snow covered but quite doable as the trek through the valley of larches is fairly easy and with little to no elevation gain. Overall took us about four hours round trip.

Take the extra time and make it allllll the way to Upper Galatea lake. The solitude and views are worth it. Hell of a spot to eat lunch.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this hike from start to finish ! One of my new favourites. Amazing views and fun features like the tunnel and cable section. I’m not sure why it’s rated as difficult. I’m a middle age moderately fit lady and I found it very doable. If you’re afraid of heights the cable section may be challenging but the ledge is definitely wide enough so you don’t have to look down. It’s easy to finish it in the window provided between ferry drop off and pick up as long as you don’t nap too long at Crypt Lake during your lunch break :). There were all ages on the trail that made it there and back. Definitely a must do hike !

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