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    Adam Drew completed Heart Mountain Trail

    4 months ago

    Adam Drew reviewed Heart Mountain Trail

    4 months ago

    I cannot recommend this hike at all.

    Pros: LOTS of wildflowers. Scenery all the way up the west side. Not a lot of people on the trail.

    Cons: A very hard hike, when compared to other highway-accessible trails. Highway noise half the way up (and halfway down). Very easy to lose the trail and end up in very dangerous spots: I somehow got off trail and had to stow my poles and free climb a crag to get back where I was supposed to be. Scenery at the top isn't that good: it's a slightly worse view of Barrier Lake than you get from Prairie View Fire Lookout, for much much more effort; the view of Yamnuska and Grotto is nice, but spoiled somewhat by the Exshaw plant.

    Honestly, if you hike for the challenge, or if you are a completionist and you've bagged all the other highway-accessible peaks, then do it. If you're in it for any other reason, hike EEOR, or Prairie View, or Prairie Mountain.

    Adam Drew reviewed Rummel Lake Trail

    6 months ago

    Went up on a day off. Nice trail, very minimal elevation gain, very gentle. I probably could have done out and back in 3 hours (plus a little extra time for food and photos), though my team were a bit slower, so it took us around 5 RT. The view of Mt. Galatea at the end is STUNNING. Not a ton of wildlife, though we did see a few grouse and some toads.

    Still lots of snow for the last few kms. Not worth bringing spikes, but I would suggest poles for stability, and wool socks.

    Adam Drew completed Rummel Lake Trail

    6 months ago

    Adam Drew reviewed Castle Mountain Lookout Trail

    6 months ago

    Steep, but rewarding. Snow free all the way to the top, and almost no mud. Took us about 1.5 hours up, a little less down (my hiking partner was a bit uncomfortable on the downhills; realistically it's 40-60 minutes down). Come early! The parking lot was almost empty when we hit the trail at 10, and PACKED when we left at 1:30.

    Adam Drew reviewed Sulphur Moutain via Cosmic Ray Road

    6 months ago

    Went up yesterday (mid May) and the last kilometre or so, right when you reach the switchbacks at the top is covered in heavy snow (waist deep in some places). Slippery, dense snow, too, despite the heavy sun. Bring spikes and poles and be prepared. I did OK with just Yaktrax, but I'm glad I wasn't just in boots.

    Keep an eye out for fossilized worms and strange sea life on the rock faces as you ascend! I also saw a beaver (in the river before the ascent starts) hoary marmots, and mule deer.

    Adam Drew reviewed Johnston Canyon to Ink Pots

    8 months ago

    Did this trail today, when it's still snow from the parking lot all the way to the ink pots. It was just above freezing. Really lovely. Sheltered from the wind, and the sun was warm enough that I was able to get down to just basic insulators. Spikes are a must, though, and poles recommended!

    Adam Drew completed Johnston Canyon to Ink Pots

    8 months ago

    Adam Drew reviewed Tunnel Mountain Trail

    about 1 year ago

    A nice easy one, either to start the season or to take kids or older tourists. Summit super early sunrise for an amazing view of sunrise over Rundle.

    Adam Drew completed Tunnel Mountain Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Adam Drew saved Tunnel Mountain Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Adam Drew reviewed Headwall Lakes Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Great trail! The initial approach along the Sawmill snowshoe trail is a bit boring, but once you start the ascent through the forest, and then out into the "whale back" limestone, it never stops being stunning.

    It gets steep in a few places, which is the only reason I'd call it moderate. Otherwise it's pretty easy.

    Adam Drew completed Headwall Lakes Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Adam Drew reviewed Mount Ware

    about 1 year ago

    Great hike. Harder than it looks! The approach through the woods has a lot of ups and downs, which can add a lot of time.

    Lovely views and a tough, but not impossible summit.

    Adam Drew completed Mount Ware

    about 1 year ago

    Adam Drew saved Wasootch Ridge Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Adam Drew reviewed Karst Spring Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Very nice! Pretty level, on a road for most​ of the trip. Good view of the surrounding mountains. Then a cold lake, a pretty wetland, and a really impressive cascade coming from the spring. Good for any experience level. I'd rate this easy, not moderate.

    Adam Drew completed Karst Spring Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Adam Drew reviewed Prairie View Trail to Jewell Pass

    over 1 year ago

    Really nice! The ascent up the east side is challenging without being a slog. The south view from the lookout is incredible. The north view from the firewatch is absolutely worth the extra 45-60 minutes RT.

    The western descent, down Jewell Pass is a nice, gradual winding trail across a creek. There's a waterfall, but it was frozen when I went in mid-May.

    The toughest bit is the walk back along the lakeshore. It's attractive enough, but cold and windy.

    Adam Drew reviewed East End Of Rundle (Eeor)

    over 1 year ago

    The good: the panorama is astounding at the top.

    The bad: most of the ascent is rough, through loose scree, on a south facing slope. You exit the treeline very early on, and after that, there's not much to look at but the gravel in front of your feet until you summit. Trail is not clearly marked, and it's easy to end up somewhere you don't want to be. No wildlife, save a few songbirds at the bottom.

    Also: I don't know who they are kidding with the "moderate" rating. Prairie Mountain is listed as "hard" and it's MUCH easier than this summit.

    Adam Drew completed East End Of Rundle (EEOR)

    over 1 year ago

    Adam Drew reviewed Prairie Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    This was my first proper summit. Did it last year in June. Found a listing online suggesting it could be summited with kids, but unless your kids are VERY fit, I wouldn't recommend it. Our 7 and 10 year olds had to turn back well before the top.

    The ascent is pretty steep most of the way up through the woods, but the first and last 30-45 minutes are both relatively easy, and the panorama from the top is completely worth the effort. Snow free in June.

    Didn't see a lot of wildlife, but did get teased by a Grey jay.

    Oh! And we saw a single tick, so make sure you bug spray up May-July.

    Adam Drew completed Prairie Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago