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    Corrina Fowlow reviewed Yamnuska Ridge & CMC Valley Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Very intriguing trail! Lots of variety. I only wish I did this on a clear day because I'm sure the views would be spectacular.
    From the beginning there is a beautiful birch tree forest, a rarity to start off hikes. The hike goes up to a grass crest and then begins its way up behind the block of rock. It goes through sections where light scrambling is required, all the way through to the chained section, which I found to be quite manageable though if you are afraid of heights - take caution!
    From there it's a half hour or so to the summit with what I am sure would be impressive views without the smoke.
    Finally the descent is quick through brown scree, I personally stayed on trail since I didnt have poles but found it manageable. Once we got to the trail beneath the summit block the colours were fantastic, with all sorts of different types of rocks.
    From this horizontal trail there is a good trail that switchbacks down after less than a half hour along, though we continued and joined up with the hiking trail at the grass crest. This definitely adds time but is a less steep option.
    Overall there are lots of options for the traverse depending on what is comfortable for you. It is a classic hike, so close to Calgary & worth all the efforts.

    Corrina Fowlow reviewed Rawson Lake Trail via Upper Kananaskis Lake Trail [CLOSED]

    2 months ago

    As of August 3 the trail has reopened.
    This is a family friendly hike that is steady through trees but not technical.
    If you go at a decent pace you can make it in around an hour to Rawson lake.
    There is an option to continue on to Sarrail ridge, which I would recommend if you have poles/a walking stick and are prepared for a STEEP dirt trail. From the ridge you get a fantastic view of Rawson lake as well as the upper Kananaskis lake on the other side. Quite spectacular.
    Otherwise, Rawson lake is the perfect spot for lunch, there is an outhouse a little ways a way and I did see people swimming and fishing in it (though you should check if fishing is allowed).
    Overall a well kept trail to a beautiful lake. There are planks put on the ground for a section near the top to traverse muddy sections.

    Corrina Fowlow reviewed Rawson Lake Trail to Sarrail Ridge

    2 months ago

    Busy but fun. Rawson lake to the ridge is VERY steep. I never bring poles but I was glad to have found a walking stick along the way because especially going down, without it you will be slipping and putting great stress on your knees. Once you get up its a fantastic view of a few glaciers and both Kananaskis and Rawson lakes, one on either side. A must do but be mindful it is an incredibly steep, dirt trail.

    The trail from the Kananaskis lake to Rawson lake is steady but quick, and quite easy in comparison to the ridge trail.

    Corrina Fowlow reviewed Doorjamb Mountain

    2 months ago

    Route finding is the hardest thing about this hike, since its not an official trial. While there are a few scrambling sections, the rocks are really easy to grab onto and climb up, almost like bouldering rocks. Very unique and no exposure if you stick to the trail.
    It took us an hour and a half ascent and almost the same for going down. Did it after work (starting at 5:30 ish).
    You could definitely continue on to Loder Peak from here but we were turned around by thunderstorms. Either way, you will get great views of Yamnuksa, as well as the Bow Valley mountain ranges behind.
    Definitely recommend as a more adventurous, but very manageable, hike!

    Corrina Fowlow completed Doorjamb Mountain

    2 months ago

    Corrina Fowlow reviewed Ha Ling Trail to Ha Ling Peak

    2 months ago

    Honestly an amazing trail for the short ascent time (1.5-2 hrs). It gets really busy, ideally you should start off around 7-8 am to beat off the crowds at the top. Nothing technical just very steep.

    Corrina Fowlow reviewed Tent Ridge Horseshoe

    3 months ago

    Tent ridge is a wonderful hike. The clockwise loop is really worthwhile (starting at the trail below the parking lot) - the scrambles are fun if you have experienced scrambling before and a good place to learn if you are just beginning. They are nothing too crazy. Views from the summit are spectacular and the final ridge walk towards Spray Lakes is gentle in elevation and offers the best views of the hike. When you go down, make sure to go down and to the left trail as opposed to straight through, which will loop you back to the starting trail.

    Corrina Fowlow completed Tent Ridge Horseshoe

    3 months ago

    Corrina Fowlow reviewed Stanley Glacier

    3 months ago

    A bit of an incline to warm up for about an hour and then a relatively flat approach into the valley. Would strongly recommend hiking past the decommissioned trail sign - to the right - so you can appreciate the numerous waterfalls and glacier from closer up.
    It is a busy trail, and the parking lot fills up very quickly on weekends.
    Overall lots of water and cool air along a family friendly trail.

    Corrina Fowlow completed Stanley Glacier

    3 months ago

    Corrina Fowlow reviewed Mesa Butte

    3 months ago

    This hike is easy and short. It took us one hour to reach the top of this hill from the Mesa Butte Equestrian centre, but the views were surprisingly nice. It is a calm area and you are treated to rolling foothills for miles in all directions. There is a picnic table and fire pit in a forested area at the top, perfect for the whole family to spend an evening together.

    Corrina Fowlow completed Mesa Butte

    3 months ago

    Corrina Fowlow reviewed Grizzly Peak Trail

    3 months ago

    I'm sure if you stay on trail this is a relatively tame hike. Personally, I had no problem following the animal trails to some scrambling of cliff bands, but without prior experience this would be nerve racking.
    Went with a solid group and we got lost both coming up and going down, even when we thought we were being extremely careful, so I would recommend consulting a GPS trail for this hike!
    We were on trail for the last ascent to the col, which was quite steep though the rock was soft. Once at the beautiful meadow of a col, it was an 11 minute push to the summit - which is amazing! Beautiful views of Evan-Thomas and the meadow, as well as Mount Lawson across the highway. The summit ridge is relatively thick, so it is not overwhelmingly scary, yet still impressive.
    Overall, a wonderful hike with tons of grass and wildlife - we spotted a coyote on the way down! The only difficulty was staying on trail during the middle section of the hike, and getting lost can take away from the experience if you aren't prepared!

    Corrina Fowlow completed Grizzly Peak Trail

    3 months ago

    Corrina Fowlow reviewed Lake Agnes Trail

    3 months ago

    Did this in the winter and recommend it then for sure! It was way less busy! And super fun to slide down the snow covered stairs. Lake Agnes is frozen then too, so you can run all over it. The tea house does not open in the winter, however you can just slide back down to the hotel for warm drinks. It is not a hard hike, and it is beautiful, so do your best to see it with less people blocking the view. In the summer I feel like climbing up the beehive would be a worthwhile add on.

    Corrina Fowlow completed Lake Agnes Trail

    3 months ago

    Corrina Fowlow reviewed Grotto Canyon Trail

    3 months ago

    Did this hike in the winter and I think that is the best season to see it! The frozen waterfalls are spectacular. Not a hard hike, little elevation gain if you go along the river, but it does get windy.

    Corrina Fowlow completed Grotto Canyon Trail

    3 months ago

    Corrina Fowlow reviewed Mount Wilcox

    3 months ago

    The first section to Wilcox pass is very family friendly, passing by the iconic red chairs and through to the lookout. However, to actually go from the pass to the summit is much harder as the official trail starts at the bottom of a grassy slope that is hidden from the pass. When we hiked it we just went straight up a rocky section and missed the trail completely. Once we gained the ridge, some snow deterred us from continuing along and we traversed a few gullies to reach the summit for some difficult scrambling up. This was a mistake - go along the ridge to reach the summit! We did this on our way back, even through some snow, and it was much easier.
    Overall I think this hike would be best when all the snow is melted so that the ridge trail can be located. Other than that it is a challenging, long hike, taking us 6 hours though we did go off trail.
    As always, the views were amazing, and even more so with the snowy peaks surrounding us. The Athabasca and Columbia glaciers are always in view, making this hike incredibly beautiful.

    Corrina Fowlow completed Mount Wilcox

    3 months ago

    Corrina Fowlow reviewed Black Prince Cirque Interpretive Trail to Warspite Lake

    4 months ago

    Went up to Black Prince Lakes (a ways past Warspite lake and cascade) last year in August. It was a great, varied trail. The first part, to the Warspite lake, is very gentle, no issues and in forest. Past that it is steep and farther than you think to get to the lakes, since you must go up past the cascade, into a bowl, and up another ridge (to your right hand side coming into the bowl) to see the lakes.
    The trek was worth it though, as the water was cool and reflective. Earlier in the season I'm sure you could even jump in!

    Corrina Fowlow reviewed Wasootch Peak via Kananaskis Peak Route

    4 months ago

    Amazing! Had it all to ourselves when a friend and I did it last year. It was steep but no technical challenges. Amazing mountain views on all sides.

    Corrina Fowlow completed Prairie Mountain Trail

    4 months ago

    Corrina Fowlow reviewed Prairie Mountain Trail

    4 months ago

    A really steep climb! Don't underestimate it!
    It's not a particularly long hike, however, if you grind it out you can make it up in an hour and a half. Would definitely make for a nice sunrise hike.
    There is no scrambling on this trail so it is kid/dog friendly in that regard.
    The views are varied, with a nice look at the mountains on one side and the foothills/even Calgary in the distance on the other.
    Finally, make sure when you are coming down that you don't take a false trail! You need to stick to your left when you come down, don't take trails that go straight. Found this out the hard way. If you do, its bushwhacking until the very bottom where there is a separate trail near a creek.

    Corrina Fowlow reviewed Opal Ridge

    4 months ago

    Hiked all the way to the summit today, despite less than ideal light rain/eventually snow throughout the day. We started early and made it up and down in 5 hours at a steady pace but with lots of stops. It's a steep trail, with some easy scrambling, but you gain elevation quickly and its easy to motivate yourself just by turning to the view behind you.

    My favourite part was once the scree was climbed and the notable 'gates' came into view. Once you get here it is a grass trail up to the ridge, and the summit is about 20 minutes to your left. We weren't alone, though, as we saw some mountain sheep grazing near us.

    Overall, this trail is unrelenting but not technically challenging or exposed. In nice summer weather I'm sure it's even better!

    Corrina Fowlow completed Opal Ridge

    4 months ago

    Corrina Fowlow reviewed Ribbon Creek Trail to Ribbon Lake Trail

    5 months ago

    A really fun but long hike. Went yesterday May 19 and there was still lots of snow (waist-deep) on the trail from the falls to the lake. Trail finding was pretty difficult but we made it to the lake and though it was mostly frozen over it was incredibly beautiful and calm. Not many people make this trek at this time of year, so chances are you'll have it to yourself. Take caution on the chains as they can be a little slippery when wet.

    The 11km to the falls, however, was very gentle and the trail was in good condition. The falls are big and gorgeous this time of year. Perfect for dogs and family outings.

    Corrina Fowlow reviewed Mount Fernie Trail

    over 1 year ago

    A very steep trail, even from the beginning, but if you push all the way to the ridge top summit (past both wooden benches), you'll be rewarded with awesome views of both Fernie and the Three Sisters.
    Once you get to the second bench at the ridge top, take the upper route of ~10min light scrambling to summit or the lower to meet snow and gorgeous valley views.
    Overall a worthwhile hike that youll be able to feel in your legs for the next day or so :')

    Corrina Fowlow completed Mount Fernie Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Corrina Fowlow reviewed Johnston Canyon Trail to Upper Falls

    over 1 year ago

    Very very populated but the falls really are beautiful. Try your best to beat the crowds.

    Corrina Fowlow reviewed Sulphur Mountain from Hot Springs

    over 1 year ago

    Extraordinary views but you have to share them with lots of people. Not a particularly challenging hike, technique wise.

    Corrina Fowlow completed Sulphur Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Corrina Fowlow saved Nihahi Ridge Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Corrina Fowlow reviewed Nihahi Ridge Trail

    over 1 year ago

    A challenge to the ridge top, but worth it for the stunning views on either side. Scrambling up is manageable, coming down required some butt sliding. Still fun.

    Corrina Fowlow completed Nihahi Ridge Trail

    over 1 year ago