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Sara Parsons
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HikingScramble

We went to the top of Windtower. Amazing trail. Amazing views almost the entire way. I’d say these were the best summit views I’ve ever experienced. Took us 3 hours to the top, and 2 hours down. Took lots of short breaks on the way up. Things to look out for: the road to this trail absolutely sucks and is like mini speed bumps for a good 15 minutes. I started to become anxious while driving on this road and didn’t know if my car was going to make it... but if you have an SUV or truck there’s probably nothing to worry about. The trail was a bit confusing to find in the beginning - but stay left from the get go and you’ll see a small white sign saying “west wind pass”, then basically keep right at any forks after that. It was a grind from start to finish in my opinion. The scramble isn’t terrible but it’s quite long. Yes very windy at the top. The way down wasn’t as bad as I anticipated - I was able to run down the scree pretty easily and I had no hiking poles going up or down. However I would recommend hiking poles for this hike if you have them!! A MUST DO FOR SURE

Judy Fan
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HikingRocky

Beautiful well maintained trail. Super easy to follow with incredibly rewarding views. Lots of scree slog the last couple km’s but not difficult! Was a great way to spend a morning.

Kristyn Carriere
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HikingRockyScramble

Lovely views the whole trail. Poles on hand are a good idea, especially in the last 1.5km to the top which is steep and scree. Great day out! Could be very difficult if it was wet

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Elizabeth Botengan
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HikingMuddy
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Don MacLeod
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HikingRocky

Trail is easy to Gillian Lake then becomes a rocky climb to a gorgeous alpine lake. Views are outstanding though hike is long. Get an early start because the trail gets busy.

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Kelly Struski
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Hiking

I love this hike. It’s interesting the whole way with creeks, bridges, great views and, of course, the lakes. We tried it last spring but had to turn back due to an avalanche. This time, we hiked to the first (lower) Galatea lake and decided not to continue on due to time (had to drive back to Edmonton) but I wish we did. It’s a good excuse to hike this again. The trail between Lillian Lake and the Lower Galatea is more challenging, but the views are definitely worth it.

Victoria Choi
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HikingBlowdownGreat!RockyScramble
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Liam Connors
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HikingMuddyRockySnow

Beautiful hike with fantastic views of mountains, waterfalls and lakes! Came around 10 with lots of parking. Strenuous though, lots of uphill and especially steep from Lillian to Galatea Lake. Trail is in great condition

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balsubramaniam subramanian
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

We went on this hike with a mix of experienced and inexperienced hikers and while the hike is doable for anyone who has a decent fitness level, the part when you are heading towards north buller pass from the south is fully covered in snow making it impossible to cross over. The south buller pass is fantastic and is a must do. You would feel like taking out your camera after every turn. The entire loop would be awesome to do in about 4 weeks from now.

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Kirklin Maclise
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Hiking

Beautiful little hike - I was heading back around sunset and the view across the lake was breathtaking. Just a heads up to take the Mt Engadine Lodge turnoff from the Smith Dorian hwy...I missed my turn off and went much too far.

Brian Talbot
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HikingMuddyOver grown
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Sammy Musgrave
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Great views, and a gentle ascent for the first few KMs. The last KM or so is a real slog with lots of shale & loose rock, but totally worth it. Brought my dog and he did fine, but I don't think I would bring him again because of all the loose and sharp rocks. Glad we started very early because the trail didn't have a ton of shady spots and it would have made for a scorcher for my pup if we had a late start. Make sure to pack your wind breaker, and polls are a plus! Remember to pack out your dog's poop - it can mess with the wildlife & ecosystem (poop vaults or waterproof bags are good ways to transport it rather than having to stuff a bag full of poop into your backpack). Same with toilet paper, tampons, etc. Saw some of that on the trail and especially in the wooded area across from the trailhead. It's really important to not leave that stuff behind :)

Jane Gray
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BackpackingMuddySnow

Trail conditions good, some muddy sections. Come prepared for all weather conditions, we got snowed on (July 12, 2020). Views of Galatea lakes and from Guinn’s pass we’re both stunning.

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Bochi Ao
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Hiking

Awesome views once go beyond the tree line. Won’t really consider a hard trail. Just need to go through a little bit of loose rocks. Some muddy area after the sudden storm roll through but avoidable. Definitely do this trail again. Oh, a black bear was chilling at the trail until spotted me, then ran away.

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Martina Siladi
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HikingRockySnow

Great hike. We did it yesterday to the first lake. Beautiful trail along the water and nice views. it took us 5 hours back and forth. Gets a little bit tougher closer to the Lilian lake and tha basically uphill all the way from Lilian lake to the second lake.

Pooja Singh
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Hiking

Galatea lake is beautiful but this trail is so busy! We spent half our time stopping to allow people to pass on the way there. I would recommend starting late ie we started around 3pm and then you get the lake almost to yourself and the hike back is low traffic.

Nicole Sulewski
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Hiking

Very easy trail to Watridge Lake. Trail gets a little steeper towards the spring, but still pretty easy. The springs were a cool surprise!

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Andrea Rakic
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HikingRockyScramble

2/3s of the trail has an amazing view of Spray Lake which makes it very scenic. Terrain through the wooded forest for 2.5 km is a gentle ascend. Once past the pass you make your major elevation gain. This section is all rocky but lots of meadows allow for great break spots. A lot of people with dogs couldn’t do this part because the rocks are quite sharp on the dog’s paws. Once you make it to the top, how this mountain was named makes complete sense. It’s very windy! A couple of hideaways protect people from the wind but it’s still chilly up there all the same. Decent was fine, I didn’t think the scramble was difficult on the way down. Car was very dusty upon return but that’s Smith-Dorrien for you.

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