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Bow Valley Provincial Park is a mosaic of open meadows and forest. As you explore the park, you'll see examples of both mountain and prairie plants and animals.

hiking
1 day ago

My family of 6 did this last summer with kids ages ranging from 7-14. They had a blast in the slot canyon creek walk and in the little areas of water where they could slide in and cool off.
But (the reason for 3 stars) then we walked a long way on a dry hot creek bed and unless you loop to another hike it just ends with no real view. I would recommend just having fun up to where the creek ends and enjoy that, nothing exciting past.

hiking
2 days ago

Good hike, liked the very very top of the mountain. Goes from 0-100 with the elevation .... but still, like any hike. No regrets.

First hike of the season! Definitely kicked my butt a little. Very rewarding view!

If you don't plan on climbing the rock face to the peak, this hike is fairly easy. You can get to the summit in about an hour and a half and the view is pretty.

Amazing hike, would do again. We did the loop and our GPS said it was 13km. It took us 8 hours with a few breaks in between. Worth the views!!

Killer day. Counterclockwise is easier (go right and up at the first trail map). Go down along the lake and up for the harder longer route - watch out for mtn bikers and feel the burn. Whole loop took us 5 hours with a stop at top.

on Wind Ridge Trail

6 days ago

Beautiful views and well maintained.

Nice day hike to do early season. Not a ton of views on the way up/down but beautiful once on top.
Expect switch backs on the way up through a forest area. But once you're out, you basically reached the lookout.

Definitely once of my favorites. It gives you a bit of everything as far as hiking and scrambling goes.
Not overly hard either, just takes a bit of endurance.
The chains are simple to cross over.

Great trail! A bit muddy to start but clears up right away. I’d suggest taking the route along the lake through to Jewell Pass instead of hopping right onto Prairie View Trail if you want more of a gradual incline. You’ll do your first 9kms and get up to the altitude slowly if you take that way rather than going right on Prairie View. Either way would be great, though! Would definitely do again.

Amazing views from the top lookout and a great hike.

Part 2.....yelling to us.......long story short......we would not have found our way back up and out....nevermind through the bush without this guy and we made it back to our car at 1:30am.....a few bruises and cuts but man what a country we live in.......although mountain rescues seem to be free.....I would recommend just doing a little extra research before you go to avoid such situations....Thank you Matt!

It was a very interesting hike to say the least! Be very careful if your not with someone who has done it before as there are a few parts that can be quite tricky.....We went on June 12th (3 of us....none of which had done this one before) the weather was lovely. We came from Calgary and made it to the parking lot at about 1:30pm. The first few kms was a nice hike through the forest (be sure to take the hikers route to the right once you hit the signs) with plenty birds and wildflowers as well as the some beautiful outlook points. Our first tricky spot was once we broke the tree line and started into the scramble part as it looks like a dead end...don't go to the right of the crack as its just a cliff......we met a couple of climbers coming down though and they showed us the blue squares that are painted on the rocks to follow and there is a narrow gap in the rocks that is easy enough to get through once we realized we had to go butt first and then scootch over.....a few picas there seemed eager enough to make friends with us. That was the first part where a little knowledge lit our way....we soon hit a false summit and it took us a little while to find the next blue square before we figured out we had to climb back down a bit to the right to find the next blue square......a narrow gap ensued but after a large step over a seemingly infinite drop off we were back on our way.....the chain part looked harder than it was......about 50ft long I'd say and then you climb down a bit but the first person through can get some cool pictures of the others following as they climb across.....back to the blue squares and a fairly obvious if not daunting path to the summit....hiking at a fairly slow pace I would say we hit the summit about 5 hours in...6:30pm....this all seemed fine as I knew we had until at least 10pm until dark and it was all downhill from here......literally AND figuratively it turns out ......the next part looks easy enough but if your not a skier and don't have technique for skidding down loose rocks its tricky......there is an obvious path that cuts back across the mountain to the left and then I'm told back into switchbacks to get back what is referred to as the long way......most people however prefer to scree ski......this is actually pretty fun but not a good option for non skiers......I would equate it to sending a snowplower down a black diamond and they just end up going on their butt....in the confusion that ensued trying to make sure everyone was not hurt we managed to miss the path that veers to the left and we just kept on going down....We were all thinking how can down be wrong?... In this particular case going too far down without going far enough east can be a BIG problem....eventually .......and I do mean eventually (9pm give or take a few) we hit a large rock with an arrow pointing what seemed like the right way which is down......in retrospect I kind of think now that the arrow actually meant to go back up but that was far from obvious....after a few dead ends and some cliffs the path down was impassable.....turns out the path back up was also very difficult as we would have had to climb back up a scree shoot that was hard enough for my company to get down......my biggest mistake was not ensuring the technical abilities of my hiking companions.....for this I feel terrible......not a mistake I will make again though......10pm came around and it was getting dark......eventually we were stuck and need to get out so a 911 call was made.....luckily this area has good cell phone coverage......I can not stress enough how amazing the Kananaskis rescue people people are at helping people get out of this type of situation....not only were we the first people for this to happen to.....we were not even the first people for this to happen to that day.....it turns out after the first people make this mistake (going down the wrong scree path).....it makes the wrong way look more like the right way to go! The 911 operation got our exact GPS location using my phone signal......we eventually ended up connected to a wonderful rescue guy named Matt....he sent me a screenshot map of our position and the trail position we needed to get to.....from there we were told to just start going east through the bush....don't gain elevation....don't lose elevation...there was a cliff below us...we were told this was not going to be easy (it wasn't) I haven't bushwhacked like that in 20 years......also our only lights were our cellphone lights...(alway bring flashlights even if you don't think you will need them.....I will from now on).....eventually after cutting back across through the bush at a somewhat level altitude Matt got to the parkade and was flashing his blue and red lights and I had to shine my cellphone light back into the sky until he could figure out where we were....this guy was amazing.....I think it only took about half an hour before we could see his headlight on the trail and hear him yelling to

Awesome hike with amazing views. Nicely marked trails and not too difficult. Highly recommend. Great for kids as well.

It was a good day and exactly what we needed as we had a time crunch and a dog with us , who is a mediocre hiker. However as it is fast, close to the highway and canmore, and relatively well known, it was very busy. Also the top is not as spectacular as you would hope due to not going about the tree line, the plant, and being one of the smaller mountains in the area.

Beautiful trail

Great hike! It was raining pretty steady the whole time so we had to be cautious on the way down with the slippery rocks but no slips.

Only 45 minutes away from Calgary, this is a steep start 30-60 degrees for the first few kilometres. Make sure you stay on the ridge as there are some steep climbs up the rock to get back on the ridge which is really fun if you're not scared of heights. The rock is rough enough that you won't slip with hiking shoes. The second peak is fun as it is steeper than 50 degrees, and has loose rocks. It took us in total 2:15 to get to the second peak. Make sure you wear a windproof jacket as the wind up there was probably 40-60 km/hour - very strong!

on Pigeon Mountain

hiking
10 days ago

Great view at the end but a fairly boring hike with sparse shade

Great walk for a beginner like me. Tough at the end but the view at the top was well worth it.

trail running
11 days ago

Did it today, conditions were great, quite easy one, there is only one section, which is a bit steeper, all the rest is not bad.. Beautiful views from the top, nicely spent day..

Gorgeous views, good challenge going up. The way down is tricky, the scree was something new for me, it’s much longer and steeper than I expected. Prepare yourself for that!

hiking
13 days ago

A nice hike with lots of rocks on the bottom half and lots of roots on the top half. Some okay views along the way and a great view at the top of the pass. We'll probably come back to head up some of the peaks nearby - you can definitely do more than just the pass if you're up for it.

Decent shorter hike! Hour and a half up, hour down. Lots of tree roots to keep it interesting. Second half steeper but definitely doable. A lot of scree and rocks so watch the ankles! Good workout, we didn’t have time to explore further but the pass is nice for lunch, view is mainly of trees though!

I went June 7 morning. Only a few cars there on a Thursday morning. Good hike. Pretty easy walk up the fire road. Nice views at the top and the lady at the lookout is super nice. She said I was about the 1000th person up there this year and my dogs were like 51-52. Met a lot of groups as I was coming down, this is a very popular trail.

Little slog at the beginning but long easy decline around the loop. Awesome trail.

I've done this hike twice. 1st time was legendary! got to do some crevising, beautiful and spectacular views, going up is very standard hiking. not a huge scramble for the summit but will work for it. the way down depending on the route you took, you may need to use caution. of if your like me circle around the face and do some scree skiing a fast fun way to get to the bottom. 2 j
hike 0 disappointment

hiking
16 days ago

Was a very awesome hike! You have a choice to do the look outs which is moderate level deffinetly not easy. Very good hike, lots of people, And amazing views at the look outs! Worth the effort.

hiking
17 days ago

My friend and I hiked this trail and enjoyed the views! Overall was not too difficult. Windy up top and a tad chilly, we brought layers.
We also ate lunch up on the ridge line. We did hike out towards Mount Baldy and got to the third highest peak before turning around.
We didn't see any snow :) we went June 5th. It was not too busy either.

Amazing! Beautiful views and exciting climbing!

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