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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 23, 2020
HikingGreat!

We hiked on Sunday, Sep 20, 2020. Couldn’t have picked a better day. The larches were so intense and the weather was perfect. The parking closed at about 6:15am.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 23, 2020
HikingGreat!Rocky

We hiked up on Monday, September 21st, beautiful weather, trail is busier than expected considering it's a weekday. The 2.4km trail is switchbacking steeply through the forest until you get to the junction. From here the Larch Valley Trail branches uphill and enters meadows of Alpine Larch. The trail climbs steadily for 2.1km to Minnestimma Lakes beneath the Sentinel Pass. From here it's another 1.3km of steep switchbacks to Sentinel Pass. The views of the Ten Peaks and Sentinel Pillars are truly magnificent and awesome. The seven hour round trip hike (including multiple selfie stops & nature pics, catching breath and meal stops) and all the efforts to get to the Sentinel Pass are all worth it! Highly recommend this trail!

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Jesse Fraser reviewed Chephren Lake Trail
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HikingBugsFloodedGreat!Muddy

Very beautiful! The contrast with the lake and the mountains is unlike anything I’ve seen before. The trails were very muddy when we went in July. Lots of hopping over mud. Overall definitely worth the trek. Very quiet and peaceful.

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Melody Plummer reviewed Healy Pass Trail
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Stewart Winfield reviewed Healy Pass Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 22, 2020
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Larches only full color

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 22, 2020
Hiking

Tuesday 22 - Busiest hike I’ve done all summer, but well worth it!!!! Carpark was full at 6:40 - we had to cut loops and didn’t get a park until 8 (luckily)... Be there a lot earlier or try going later in the day once it settles. Highly recommend this hike during fall

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Jackie Gagnon reviewed Chephren Lake Trail
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If you plan on camping at the waterfowl campsite you should know it closes after Sept long weekend. It doesn’t say on the website. The hike was beautiful. But all the roots get very annoying. It’s hard to keep a good pace

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Katie Schwartz reviewed Sentinel Pass via Larch Valley Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 22, 2020
HikingGreat!

Trail was amazing, we loved all of it and it was easy to follow etc. Just a heads up, there are tons of signs everywhere about *bears* and we did see one on the road on our way out of town at around 4:00 p.m..

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 22, 2020

I agree with the 'hard rating' but only because of length, it's 30km with a constant elevation change. Stunning this time of year, (I had only planned to go to the upper Lake) but when I heard about the view of the larches I had to keep going. trail is well marked, aside from the odd fallen tree. there is a look out between arnica and the upper Lake, worth the extra steps for the view. an alternative to the popular sentinel pass, if you don't want to fight for parking at 6am.

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Mirella Hilderman reviewed Sentinel Pass via Larch Valley Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 22, 2020
HikingRocky

Fantastic trail but SO busy!!!!!!! We hiked this trail on Monday, September 21,2020. We got to the parking lot at 6:40 on a Monday (off season) thinking we lucked out but man, oh man! Probably got the last parking spot. The place was packed with people. The trail is in great condition, gaining elevation very slowly. Not technical but have to be careful going up as the trail close to the pass is very narrow and people walk from both directions. The larches have turned and the landscape is magical!! Next time I’ll go later in the day, probably around 3 PM to (hopefully) avoid the crowds. PS- it was freezing at the top.

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Patti Groenenboom reviewed Sentinel Pass via Larch Valley Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 21, 2020

We did this hike on Sunday the smoke had cleared and the weather was beautiful! The lurch trees are so bright yellow right now!! Wow!! Just beautiful!!!we weren’t sure if we would’ve made it up the sentinel pass, but we did!!! It was amazing from the top over looking the whole valley on both sides!! It is definitely a hard hike! A ton of switch backs and the first half of the trail is all uphill!! I’m glad I did it though

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 21, 2020
HikingGreat!

Well maintained

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 21, 2020
HikingGreat!

Beautiful hike! I was up bright & early (4am) to get to the parking lot before the crowd, but this early bird did not get the worm. The lot was full by 6:25am on a Monday! So....save yourself the parking lot stress & for $10 catch the #10 Roam shuttle from either Banff high school or at Lake Louise (parking lot by the Visitor Centre). You'll have a guaranteed ride & plenty of time for the hike :) The extra switchbacks to the top of Sentinel Pass are totally worth it too.

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 21, 2020
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Jasmie Perron reviewed Sawback Trail
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Nous sommes deux femmes à avoir fait ce hike en 3 jours! Nous avons ADORÉ l’expérience!!! La pulsatilla pass est définitivement le clou du spectacle dans cette randonnée!! Les vues sont splendides, le chemin est bien balisé, les campements pour dormir sont bien dispersés et surtout bien organisés! Il y a de l’eau fraiche et délicieuse en abondance tout au long de la randonnée alors nul besoin de vous soucier de vos rations d’eau!! Nous n’avons croisé aucun animal hormis des chèvres et des perdrix haha! Nous avons pisté des traces d’ours, mais nous faisions du bruit alors nous n’en avons pas croisé ! Il y a certaines portions du hike qui se font dans une dense forêt, donc aucune vue pendant de longs kilomètres. C’est une expérience fabuleuse que je vous encourage à découvrir ! A noter que nous avons parcouru 84km durant ce hike plutôt que les 71 km annoncés!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 21, 2020
Hiking

A waited a long time to do this and glad I did. Even on a Monday it’s busy!

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Tara Fritschy reviewed Chephren Lake Trail
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The trail itself was remarkably dry compared to what others seem to experience. We loved the hike, and found the trail well marked. Outhouses are closed, which was a pain because the sign wasn't covered like all the other ones so we didn't know. You'll have to use the ones 15 minutes drive south at Bow Lake. Because of the incline and crazy amount of tree roots wr would rate this hike a lower end moderate - definitely not easy! We only saw 4 other groups on the trail the whole time we were out - not busy at all! We did go on a Friday though, in mid September. It was smoky out, so we're going to do it again sometime when it's clear. Beautiful hike!

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 21, 2020
HikingGreat!Rocky

Gorgeous trail

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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 21, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 21, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 21, 2020
HikingGreat!

trail is easy, especially at the start. contrast to what other comments said, there is no need to wake up early in the morning, at least from Monday to Thursday. the bus is only $5 one way, go to visitor center before 10 am to get a bus schedule, you can park in the village plaza parking lot, but avoid the 1 to 2 hours limited parking spots. the bus I took was from 10:17 and return at 3:40, enough time for me to do the sentinel pass and the moraine lake rock pile. I found at least 2 empty parking space at moraine lake around 10am, but they won't allow car in even if there are free spots.

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Hirokazu Motooka reviewed Sentinel Pass via Larch Valley Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 21, 2020
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Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 21, 2020
HikingGreat!

Amazing trail with the larches giving that “wow” factor. Took 5.5hrs round trip to the pass, but this was with multiple stops for pictures, lunch, and enjoying a nice fall Sunday (Sept. 20/20).

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Emily Renner Wallace reviewed Sentinel Pass via Larch Valley Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 21, 2020
Hiking

Beautiful but very busy. Lot was full by 6am (on a Saturday) and we got sent to the shuttles that don’t start until 8am. This is rated as hard but I believe most people could complete this hike with enough breaks.

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Brendan Baines reviewed Egypt Lake Trail
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 21, 2020
BackpackingGreat!

09/18 - 09/20 Hiked out thru Healy with a bit of smoke, but the trail was in great condition and Egypt lake was great. Summited greater pharoah peak on day two. this was some steep scree, but the views were well worth it. Returned on day three, and the larches were just starting to hit in Healy. Would definitely recommend.

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