hiking
7 days ago

Just wow. Top 3 favorite hikes by far. Stunning views, changing landscape, absolutely jaw dropping. INCREDIBLE!

It is a beautiful place, but it feels like the trail never ends.

One of the best hikes in the area. First bit is strenuous (if you do it clockwise) but very rewarding. The biggest atrraction for us was the lack of tourists. Be ready to do some boulder scrambling along the way since this is not your typical Sunday afternoon stroll. However, it’s a piece of cake if you are an experienced hiker. If you’re afraid of heights and small ridges, don’t do it! Only a certain amount of people gets a reservation, which has to be made months in advance. We went up there without having one, but 2 people didn’t show up. That appears to happen seldomly, so we were extremely lucky especially since it was a sunny day. Chances are slim, but if everyone shows up you can still hike your way up to lake O’Hara which is 11 km one way. Enjoy!

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

I would never recommend the hike from Paradise Valley up to Sentinel. There is no official trail and we had to get helicopter-rescued last night. Absolute nightmare and not at all enjoyable. I would give this zero stars if I could. We missed the top of the “trail” by about 30 feet (there are no markers and the cairns are intermittent). We found ourselves on a scary precipice which included sliding rocks and mud. We had to activate our S.O.S beacon. I had my dog which made it really difficult to maneuver. The Parks Canada rescue team told me that there is no official trail. Thank goodness my group is all okay. Never again.

Great hike to one of the prettiest waterfalls ever. Other falls along trail nice too, but the reward is Twin Falls. Took the loop counterclockwise which makes the climb relatively gentle. After Twin Falls we looked at historic cabin, then started back across the bridge to complete the loop. Map shows an alternate trail through the forest after lake. That trail is no longer maintained and basically closed. So you have to cross a scree field for almost 2K. The trail here gets a bit fuzzy a couple of times due to rock slides, but is possible referring to map. once across, you have long, steep downhill back to complete the loop. some bear scat, blueberries along path near cabin. no bears sighted.

WOW! Absolutely amazing hike. Best we’ve done in the Canadian Rockies. If you have to choose, do this one and forget busy maligne or louise lake. This was such a magic place. It was definitely worth the 11 km walk from the bus station. We did not have a reservation. Although I called one day before and they said there was no place left, we saw the bus driving past us which was half empty.... Return bus was no problem, no need for reservation. There were even 2 busses going back at 4.30 pm.

This trail will be hard to beat, it has it all! The first few kms up the Wiwaxy pass does kick your butt, but in the best way possible as the view is incredible the whole way up. Well worth it. We didn’t complete the full circuit as we were concerned about catching the bus back. We took a turn trough Opabin instead, do check it out, the view of the three lakes surrounded by mountains is very impressive. Would also recommend going to the Mc Arthur lake on the way back, we did it the night before, very beautiful as well. The elevation looks off from my recording, more like 2300 feet.

hiking
8 months ago

This trail offers some amazing view at the lake but also on the lakes from the lookout plateau. Took the west trail up - quite steep climb early on and then it flattens. Definitely worth the effort of getting up.

Great trail. Flat and easy in and out. Some more hills further in to complete the loop. Saw a mama bear and her 2 cubs 300m before tea house. They wandered off after we gave them some space.

Para mi, La mejor ruta de las rocosas canadienses. Poca gente, trail precioso , vistas increibles. Un diez. Nosotros como no lo reservamos con tiempo tuvimos que caminar los 11km hasta lake ohara y de alli empezar la ruta. Pero se hace muy bien en caso de que no tengas reserva. La mas recomendable sin duda.

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
8 months ago

Would have easily given this trail a 5 had the last ascent through Saddleback highlighted route on the app actually existed. (Note: did the trail in reverse from Moraine Lake) Pros: starting from Moraine leads the walk with a challenging, but energizing climb. Beautiful lake views as you ascend until entering beautiful valley foliage. Sentinel Pass offers dramatic views between two peaks before descending down through a rocky scramble. Paradise Valley is stunning. Cons: as stated above, the last bit of the trail highlighted in red on the app that leads to Saddleback and ultimately Lake Louise simply does not exist. We were directly on top of the red line which was not a trail at all. Anyone who says otherwise has likely taken a different trail at that point. Very disappointing being led into a muddy horse trail when you’re expecting a lovely ascent with views of the lake.

Definitely one of (f not THE) premier hike in the Canadian Rockies.

I showed up on a Wednesday in August in hopes of a shuttle cancellation. No luck. I hiked the 11k to get to the trailhead, in a steady rain. When I got there, I dried off and caffeinated myself in the day shelter. This was the most incredible hike I’ve ever done. It was absolutely worth the long boring hike in (there were some views along the way). I wish I could do it again before I leave the area. I’ve done most of the big hikes in the area and nothing has topped this.

La randonnée n'est pas trop difficile, elle se fait entièrement dans la foêt, La recompense est au bout, les twin falls sont magnifiques. Nous avons fait cette randonnée un jour de pluie, donc nous étions à l'abris dans la forêt.

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

I did it in reverse, started at Lake Morain and finished at the midway parking lot. It was a late start, almost unadvisable (2:20pm) with iffy weather. Getting up to the lake took some out of the box thinking.. I parked behind the gas station in Lake Louise village, hitch-hiked up to Lake Louise and got on the Fairmont shuttle - I had no idea they run one. They do, and it was half-empty; nobody knows about it. $20 one way/$32 return. Some traffic up to Larch Valley (beautiful!); less so further up to Sentinel Pass. Fantastic views. There was some thunder, but it cleared out in my direction and eventually the sun came out. Descending towards Paradise Valley was a pain. It’s borderline dangerous. It’s very very steep, there’s no trail (you do see pyramids that people made though) and your knees will hate it. Coming up is probably easier. Paradise Valley is lovely, especially the creek and Lake Annette. The lake is stunning. I had no idea what to expect and it was a fantastic surprise. It finally started raining there and it continued to the end. No matter - it was so worth it. From Sentinel pass all the way down to the parking lot I saw one (1) single person. Unadvisable for both of us, and I’ll admit, I was singing loudly all the way through the Valley. Luckily, no bears. Hitch-hiked down to the village to retrieve my car. Big thank you to the people who picked me up; twice! It took a hair under 5h with a few very short stops.

We had a perfect high of 17 Celsius clear blue sky day to hike from the parking lot to Twin Falls. I recorded this hike with my Garmin eTrex 30x at 18.9 km and 457 meters of ascent. I would add that we did an in and out version of this hike that could be easily modified with a loop at the end or a return path through the Ice Line. We stopped at Laughing Falls on the way in which is at 5.2 km for a snack. Most of the climb is after Laughing Falls. You pass by the Twin Falls Lodge before you get to the viewpoint of Twin Falls at 9.2Km. We then back tracked downstream to another viewpoint before returning back the same way. On the way out you walk by Takakkaw Falls to the parking lot. Great hike to see glacier fed water falls.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
9 months ago

Husband and I did the East trail over to the West. Beautiful views! The switchbacks on the East are through the trees and border the creek. When you reach the meadow the views are stunning. Going down the West side you climb down large rocks. Worth doing if the main circuit is too difficult for people. Lake OHara is magical!!

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
9 months ago

A very fun scramble with some route finding involved. Highly recommended! The view from both summits are awesome! Did this hike with my 11-year old daughter. For pictures and a review from an 11-year old's perspective, go to : http://cynkoes.wixsite.com/kc-hiking-scrambling/mount-yukness

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