hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
6 days ago

The trail was fantastic further up, BUT it was a ton of bush-wacking up until we were at the base of the shale pre-summit.... Trail was then definitive but there was almost nothing to work with initially... gorgeous views and peaceful area.

hiking
flooded
muddy
snow
washed out
7 days ago

Finished this trail today (May 30th 2020). If you want to keep your feet (and bottom half dry) this one isn’t for you. You have to cross the main stream of the sheep river right away (plus a lot of smaller streams) and the current is decently strong. I’m 6’ and the water was above my waist. If you do get your legs swept out though, the depth is consistent so I recommend giving yourself extra space to swim if you need to. I’d only recommend this if you are very experienced with wading and stream crossings. The trail itself is flooded for long sections and often muddy, but completely passable. Some snowy sections that came up to my waist but nothing too bad. Another thing to note, the water clarity will become worse as the day gets hotter and more runoff enters the watershed. If you want to reach the falls with gin clear water for photos, consider an earlier start. Look for yellow flagging tape to signify the second stream crossing. Junction forks into two streams and you need to cross the other tributary to stay on the junction trail. This crossing is slightly above the confluence. There aren’t that many epic alpine vistas but the trees do open up occasionally to reveal mountain views or picturesque pieces of water. I recommend following the trail another few minutes past the falls and up to a rocky outcrop and along the ridge to the right to find a scenic spot for lunch.

Amazing trail beautiful scenery. We did in august last year.

nous avons du changer de plan car malheureusement la rivière était trop froide et profonde pour traverser et prendre le départ du sentier...une autre fois j'espère

Nice fairly easy hike and beautiful falls

Completed November 17th. The trail was well packed down and easy to follow. The trail starts with a climb up to Elbow Lake and is almost completely flat after that with beautiful scenery all around. Using the map in the app is helpful to find the turn off down to the waterfall. There are also orange markers at the turn off. Microspikes and poles were helpful to get down to the waterfall, but were not needed on the rest of the trail. Really pretty and enjoyable! Suitable for most. Took a bit under 3 hours to complete

Beautiful hike and waterfall at the end! The turn off to the waterfall can be a bit tricky to find. About 2.7km after elbow lake (and after the meadow), you’ll enter the forest again. The turn off is shortly after this, it’s marked with a small cairn and orange flagging tape. It’s about 100m from the turn off. You can go right down to the base of the falls but be aware it’s quite steep and icy right now! The trail is quite packed down as of today, no need for snowshoes yet. Be aware the gates for the section of highway that lead to this hike are closed from Dec 1st-June 15th!

hiking
6 months ago

a lot of snow in the creek bed in the return. Some of spots are chest deep. Definitely need snowshoes.

hiking
off trail
snow
6 months ago

Hiked 2019-11-09. Trail is snow packed up to Elbow Lake. Snowshoes and cleats not required but recommend having the cleats on hand. After the Elbow Lake campground, the trail is not as well travelled. There are a few areas with ice on the trail and then areas that are completely bare due to the wind. After the falls, you veer off to the right/east on the Rae Lake trail. Initially snowshoes will be helpful here, but then the trail goes back and forth between completely bare to knee deep or more. Trail is hard to find once you get past the drumlin. Make sure you have this app or a map. Rae Lake was frozen and awesome. Recommend bringing snowshoes and ice cleats, but you may not necessarily need either.

hiking
snow
6 months ago

horseback riding
muddy
rocky
washed out
6 months ago

Trail was tough for horses - no elevation but was very muddy & rocky - the falls at end made it totally worth trip! Fabulous photo op!!

Really beautiful scenic walk! Dog friendly. I would recommend poles/crampons especially for the first couple kms due to ice and the steady incline (was definitely out of breath haha). We went too far and did 17km instead of 9km because we missed the left turn to the falls (which is marked by orange markers and a pile of rocks).

hiking
7 months ago

went there yesterday. lots of snow, some areas up too knee deep in the glacier area. but it is peaceful. will go again

hiking
muddy
off trail
scramble
snow
7 months ago

Honestly. You could pick a better one. Did this with some snow On the ground and ended up lost for 95% of the hike. Should be rated as difficult.

hiking
7 months ago

Did Rae Glacier last week, and it’s the absolute perfect hike with snow! No need for snowshoes yet, but I seriously recommend wearing gaiters and warm socks. The path getting up to the lake was a simple fire road with some elevation, but nothing too serious with just daypacks on. At Elbow Lake, swing a right and handrail the lake until you find the junction to go up to Rae Glacier. We took a wrong turn and bushwhacked for about an hour, but we eventually found the trail and from there it was pretty easy. Don’t be fooled, footprints in the snow don’t mean there’s a path there! When on the right path, there’s trail markers in the trees, make sure to look for those. We got up after a while and had a view of the glacier, ended up going off trail again to go climb the scree. I suggest you use GPS in the winter to help find the trail. Overall, great hike, probably best to do it in the summer, unless you want a navigational challenge!

hiking
snow
7 months ago

Great hike. After short uphill section to the lake, wonderful views of a multitude of mountains. Hike to the waterfall is well worth it and flat most of the way! Spikes recommended for path closest to the waterfall and some areas up to the lake.

Really beautiful valley and meadow after short initial climb. Winter has arrived, poles and crampons recommended !

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