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    Mason Tremblay completed Helen Lake Trail

    4 months ago

    Mason Tremblay reviewed Helen Lake Trail

    4 months ago

    Hiked on July 28, 2018

    Tips
    • Washrooms and gravel parking at the trail head.
    • Parking may be limited so you might have to park across the highway at the Bow Lake lookout.
    • Do not leave the trail as the surrounding area is extremely sensitive and potentially dangerous.
    • Mosquitos are very active compared to other trails in the area so bring repellant.
    • Bring bear spray and make sure it is easily accessible for the entirety of the hike.

    The trail hosts stunning views for the latter 2/3 of the hike, whereas the first part of the hike runs through the woods. There are some steep sections as well as a few breathtaking lookout points on the way to the lake. Depending on the season, you’ll likely encounter some wildflowers and a stream crossing. Helen Lake can be quite cool compared to the rest of the hike so dress/pack accordingly. Overall, Helen Lake Trail offers beautiful views and is moderately difficult—suitable for experienced beginners.

    Mason Tremblay reviewed Ptarmigan Cirque

    6 months ago

    Hiked on June 23, 2018

    Amenities: Washrooms, garbage cans and tons of paved parking at the trailhead. Numbered markers and signage on the trail.

    Risk: Lots of wildlife and a very likely chance you’ll see a grizzly bear and a few cubs. Don’t bother going if you don’t have bear spray.

    Reward: Despite torrential downpour, the trail is beautiful and provides a stellar environment. Additionally, the entire trail has easy elevation gain without any extremely steep sections. The hike runs along a stream which offers a spot to fill your water bottle at the top of the loop (if you have a water filter). Some of the hike runs through the woods so you’ll be sheltered from the sun, however the entirety of the loop in an open landscape.

    You Should Know:
    1. Torrential rainfall caused part of the trail to be completely washed out and made for a difficult and dangerous pass. If it’s not raining, the trail shouldn’t be difficult to pass.

    2. Do not leave the trail as the surrounding area is extremely sensitive.

    3. There’s a grizzly bear and a few cubs that frequent the area. Be prepared and don’t take any risks.

    Overall: Ptarmigan Cirque Trail is a great hike with a comfortable ease of elevation, stunning views and accessible water along the way. It’s great for families and beginners as the payoff is well worth the minimal effort. If you’re an advanced hiker, you may want to plan for a second hike or find one in the area that’s a bit more lengthy and/or challenging.

    Mason Tremblay completed Ptarmigan Cirque

    6 months ago

    Mason Tremblay reviewed Crypt Lake Trail Loop

    7 months ago

    Mason Tremblay completed Crypt Lake Trail Loop

    7 months ago

    Mason Tremblay reviewed Goat Lake Trail

    7 months ago

    Mason Tremblay completed Goat Lake Trail

    7 months ago

    Mason Tremblay reviewed Wilcox Pass

    7 months ago

    Mason Tremblay completed Wilcox Pass

    7 months ago

    Mason Tremblay reviewed Bow Peak Trail

    7 months ago

    Mason Tremblay completed Bow Peak Trail

    7 months ago

    Mason Tremblay reviewed Galatea Creek To Lillian Lake

    7 months ago

    Hiked on May 2, 2018

    Amenities: Washrooms, garbage cans and tons of paved parking at the trailhead. Washrooms at Lillian Lake.

    Risk: No sign of bears or other predators, however bears are active in the area during the summer months. Avalanches are currently a possibility, so keep your ears open and be aware of your surroundings. Snow is still covering most of the trail with deeper snow towards the end of the trail, especially at Lillian Lake.

    Reward: Despite the significant amount of snow, Lillian Lake is beautiful. Additionally, the entire trail has good elevation gain without any extremely steep sections. The hike runs along a creek which offers numerous spots to fill your water bottle (if you have a water filter). Most of the hike runs through the woods so you’ll be sheltered from the sun, as well as some open areas to catch a glimpse of the mountains in the surrounding area.

    You Should Know:
    1. One of the bridges had a tree fall on it so it’s significantly damaged. Cross the bridge one person at a time and do it quickly.

    2. A section of the trail is covered with a recent avalanche. Hike it in a straight line to get to reconnect with the trail on the other side. Do not attempt to find the trail at the creek shore. Again, don’t waste time crossing.

    3. Lillian Lake and the surrounding area is under 3+ feet of snow. The campsite is mostly inaccessible, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a spot to sit down and eat lunch. I’d recommend you do that at the last bridge before the final ascent to the lake.

    4. Crampons and/or poles and sunglasses are highly recommended.

    Overall: It’s a good hike with a comfortable ease of elevation, good views and accessible water along the way. As most of the hike is in the woods, you’ll be protected from the sun and heat. Lillian Lake and the surrounding area is very rewarding. Snow, a damaged bridge and a recent avalanche makes for a difficult and potentially dangerous hike, especially without proper equipment. As snow starts to melt, it becomes more difficult get stable footing on the trail packed snow. I recommend waiting until June before attempting this hike.

    Mason Tremblay reviewed Ink Pots Via Moose Meadows

    over 1 year ago

    Hiked on July 25, 2017. The hike starts along the Moose Meadows Trail and later connects to the Johnston Canyon Trail which then leads to the Ink Pots. The Moose Meadows trail is quite decent, being by far the least trafficked part of the trail. Once you connect to the Johnston Canyon Trail, traffic becomes quite heavy. You'll likely encounter a few bear bells and portable Bluetooth speakers along the way. Once at the Ink Pots, the views open up as you emerge from the trees. The Ink Pots are beautiful and quite interesting, however, you aren't allowed to go off the viewing trails and bridges. Unfortunately, we encountered a family that didn't seem to care about the rules and took a little dip in the pots. Past the pots is Johnston Creek, which was packed with people and honestly seemed a little like a beach party. If it's busy, there's not a lot private spots to sit and have lunch, especially if you want to stay out of the sun. Overall, the trail is really quite nice, with the only downside being how populated it is.

    Mason Tremblay completed Ink Pots Via Moose Meadows

    over 1 year ago

    Mason Tremblay reviewed Arnica Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Hiked on June 29, 2017. A lot of up, with a ton of beautiful sights to take in almost the entire way to the lake! There is a small pond just before Arnica Lake that made for a nice spot to take a quick break and snap a few pictures. Arnica Lake is well worth the hike, however, I'd certainly recommend that you continue past Arnica Lake and either check out Twin Lakes, or stop at the top of the saddle and take a right all the way up to the base of Storm Mountain. A short, fairly easy scramble leads to incredible panoramic views of the area and makes for a great spot to have lunch. There was only small amounts of snow on the way to Arnica Lake and the trail was moderately trafficked.

    Mason Tremblay completed Arnica Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Mason Tremblay reviewed Rockbound Lake

    over 1 year ago

    Hiked on June 19, 2017. The trail is wide and elevation is gradual until you reach the straightaway to the lakes. At the straightaway, the beautiful views open up and Castle Mountain is visible to your left. Additionally, the trail flattens out and becomes very rocky and wet and is covered with roots. Once you arrive at Tower lake, you may find it worthwhile to finish your hike here. The final ascent to Rockbound Lake is very strenuous and the views at the lake aren't anything special. If you do decide to take the ascent, you will be greeted with 3 feet of snow to trek through at the top in order to reach the lakeshore. Be prepared to get wet and muddy feet on this hike, as well as a little chilly if you decide to ascend to Rockbound Lake! I'd recommend hiking this trail later in the year.

    Don't forget to check out Silverton Falls on the way up! You'll see a sign on your right side shortly after starting the hike directing you to its location.

    Mason Tremblay completed Rockbound Lake

    over 1 year ago

    Mason Tremblay added Rockbound Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Mason Tremblay reviewed Grassi Lakes Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Hiked on June 6, 2017. Lots of variation in sights and terrain. Some short steep sections that include stairs that could be difficult for some people. Once completing the first ascend, you are greeted with the first colourful Grassi Lake that features a boardwalk. Continue past the first lake and up to the second. The second lake is a popular rock climbing area with massive cliff walls on either side. Continue ahead to complete the second ascend and reach Whitemans Pond. Return, and go the way you came past the Grassi Lakes. Once at the first Grassi Lake, you'll see a sign directing you to either the easy decent or the hard decent. The easy way down is a service road, and it isn't very interesting. If you have the option to take the hard way down, you should. However, if there are too many people you should take the road due to some narrow sections on the hard trail. There were a ton of people on the trail when we went, including a bus load of middle schoolers. Parking wasn't an issue even with the large amount of people. Bathrooms and garbage disposal are in the parking lot.

    Mason Tremblay reviewed Grotto Canyon Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Hiked on June 6, 2017. The first section of the trail is underwhelming as you walk through some trees and shrubs and pass an industrial plant on your left side. Once reaching the creek the hike starts and continues to get better. Cliff walls surround either side of the creek bed, with some historic cave paintings in some sections. We finished the hike at the waterfall and returned. Lots of parking.

    Mason Tremblay completed Grotto Canyon Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Mason Tremblay reviewed Burstall Pass Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Hiked on June 14, 2017. Constant variation in both incredible views as well as terrain. Snow and mud sections along most of the trail, most are quite easy to get around. The open Burstall Creek area section is somewhat challenging and time consuming as you navigate stream after stream, especially right before landing on the west side before the ascend. We only managed to hike a few hundred meters up the ascend before the snow was too deep for us to continue. We got rained on on the return, however it was well worth it due to the beautiful clouds moving around the mountains. Lots of parking, bathrooms and garbage disposal are in the parking lot.

    Mason Tremblay completed Burstall Pass Trail

    over 1 year ago