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Hayden Hirt reviewed Cory Pass
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Nice steep trail, had to double back do to the snow depth though.

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Rishabh Batra reviewed Mount Jimmy Simpson Trail
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did on 11oct, a lot of snow, trail is not well marked but great views from the top

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Great trail! Well-maintained.Awesome views at the top. We had a cloudy day today, but it was still great.

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Ernesto Lozano Platonoff reviewed Paradise Valley to Fairview Mountain Trail
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was a great challenging hike, the views at the summit are amazing, great day

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Ben Shewchuk reviewed Mount Whyte and Mount Niblock
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Violet Lim reviewed Pharaoh Peak
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Hiking trail: Healy Pass and Pharaoh Peaks Hiking date: October 4, 2020 Distance: 36km Total elevation gain: 1,960m Time: 10:00 hrs (solo hike, includes 45 mins lunch) Dog-friendliness: 5/5 until Pharaoh Peaks This past weekend, my 4-day hiking marathon included Heart Mountain Scrambler’s Route, Cascade Mountain, Taylor and O’Brien Lakes, and finally Pharaoh Peaks. 84km of distance and 5,590m of elevation gain later, I can truly say this most recent hike was the pinnacle of all the hikes I’ve done to date. No words can express how majestic and grand this hike is. At some point, it turns into a spiritual experience when I’m 10km in, and I realize I’m alone in this gold-draped valley, with The Monarch (Photo 2) and the Monarch Ramparts (Photo 3) rising above. Though everything is still, I feel a pulsing heartbeat that’s not only mine but also that of the earth I’m walking on. It feels... strangely alive. And that makes me feel so very aware. Aware that every breath and every tired but eager step forward is bringing me closer and deeper into another world I’ve never seen. Finally, there it is - the world my eyes have never seen until now (Photo 4), just right over Healy Pass. It’s so goddamn beautiful. Any doubt that I would just stop and turn back at Healy Pass because of fatigue were erased the moment my eyes were laid upon these mountains - Greater Pharaoh Peak, Scarab Peak, Sugarloaf Mountain. And those lakes. Those incredible, shining lakes. I pressed onwards and descended down the trail towards Egypt Lake and was met with a jaw-dropping but stomach-turning view of Greater Pharaoh (Photo 5). THIS is the mountain I’m supposed to climb?! But I’d already done 700m of elevation! Doubt crept back in my mind that I could even do another 1,200m more. But I had gone this far. Hiking past the Egypt Lake backcountry campground and some campers, the switchback-filled climb up to Scarab Lake was rocky and steep, and just as I cursed under my breath and wondered how much more of this my legs could take, unspeakable beauty unfolded before me (Photos 6, 7, 8). Was I just transported into Narnia? I walked past Scarab Lake, sat down on a rock and looked up at the peak, mentally preparing myself for the climb and scramble. It was going to be a slog. And it was. The grade was steep, the climb was relentless and unforgiving, and worse, the weather was turning. An hour later, I summited Greater Pharaoh Peak. I couldn’t believe it. I had done it! I had done 4 hikes in 4 days and it all culminated in these unbelievable views (Photos 1, 9, 10). I was overwhelmed with emotion and joy. To the south was the gorgeous trifecta - Mummy Lake, Scarab Lake and Egypt Lake. Pharaoh Lake (Photo 9) was to the north. The skies were darkening, and the weather now turned cold and windy. I could feel the first few raindrops land on my face. Realizing the boulders and rock field around the summit would be quite slippery and therefore dangerous to traverse across, I quickly snapped a few photos and made my way down just as the wind picked up more speed and more rain came down. It rained lightly the rest of the trek back to the trailhead. But I love hiking in the rain. It smells of new things and new beginnings. Instagram for pics/DM: rootyhiker

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Abdulrahman Khan reviewed Pharaoh Peak
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What an amazing experience hiking Pharaoh Peak false summit via Healy Pass. The track is well marked and well maintained. The whole valley was full of golden larches. Haven't seen such colors anywhere before. The hike to Healy pass its gentle ascend then descend to Egypt Lake from where the real game starts, steep rocky and rooty section up to false summit Pharaoh Peak. You get a beautiful view of Egypt Lake, Sphinx, Healy pass and Scarab Lake from there. We couldn't make it to top as we had head back Calgary. Nothing technical or serious about the route. The elevation gain oùt and back from sunshine village to false summit is 2000m.

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Rose Castillo reviewed Cory Pass
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This hike is definitely one of the more technically challenging in Banff. Although I enjoyed the hike I wouldn’t say the views are spectacular for the amount of effort required. Definitely a hike that requires proper footwear, even more so if you go counter clockwise (not recommended). The first part of the trail to the pass is quite steep and is basically just at cut line into the mountain once you get out of the trees. Very steep drop off of the trail during this part which is why I wouldn’t bring anyone with runners on the trail. There’s a very small easy (even for those with no climbing experience) down climb about 2/3 of the way to the pass. However, there are very steep drop offs on both sides of the down climb. Once you loop around the mountain through the pass onto the forest the trail is a piece of cake. I would be hesitant to do this trail in the rain. The trail after the down climb and around the pass to the trees is steep and very exposed. Very slippery when wet.

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Hua Wei Chan reviewed Observation Peak
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Pauline Chen reviewed Mount Whyte and Mount Niblock
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

completed oct 3rd, 2020: both niblock and whyte. helmets are mandatory as rock fell spontaneously. niblock has two ascent options: an option to cross via climbers left and avoid all the exposed crossing and the 2nd is the exposed ridge crossing. whyte requires route finding and is all scrambling. look for cairns and you'll be up within 30 mins! Sublime hikes on blue bird day.

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Sharon Wang reviewed Mount Temple
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Bob A reviewed Pharaoh Peak
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The data on AllTrails is incorrect. I linked Pharoah peak, the Sphinx and monarch ramparts and it came to 35 km with ~2400 meter elevation gain in ~11 hours. Pharaoh and the Sphinx were fairly straightforward (never used my hands to scramble for either peak. However, I took a different route on off of the Sphinx which “cliffed” me out which required careful downclimbing. I headed south from the Sphinx. There is no trail from the Sphinx to Monarch Ramparts. I followed game trail and bushwhacked my way up. The north end of monarch ramparts offered the best scrambling of the day. This area is beautiful.

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HikingGreat!

Difficult hike, but stunning views, we hike today, not so busy. Bring poles as this hike is too steep.

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Kristie S reviewed Pharaoh Peak
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We did sunshine parking lot -> Egypt lake -> Pharos peak. Camped at Egypt lake for one night and back to sunshine parking lot. Incredible views from the summit! However, it’s a steep and technical hike / scramble. About 90 min for an average “fit” person from base to ridge. And then another 30ish minutes from ridge to summit. Poles would have been helpful. And follow the AllTrails map. We didn’t and paid the price on the descent (in the dark). Be prepared for scree and loose rock for the top 1/3. Challenging but incredible views.

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pierre fournier reviewed Observation Peak
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Marc Lafleur reviewed Cory Pass
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Great hike and definitely worth the view. The directions on the trail aren’t very accurate and can actually be a little conflicting so try using a map or all trails. The first portion of the hike is a serious ascent and arguably the most taxing part of the hike physically. Once you get past that though, it flattens out for a while. The pictures of Gargoyle valley don’t do it justice

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Adam B reviewed Grand Sentinel
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Well defined trail. Good elevation gain. Most of the larches have lost their needles but still lots have them. Some small creeks fill water if you need it. Got to parking lot 0730 for last spot.

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Chelsea Gall reviewed Tower of Babel Route
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Great views for effort required, although I wouldn’t recommend this for beginners. Lots of scrambling and rocks/ boulders that could be dangerous to yourself / others. We were lucky there was one other couple coming down as we reached the top, wouldn’t do this climb if several groups are around. Recommend helmets & poles! Enjoy the scree on the way down :)

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