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Crowsnest Mountain is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, Canada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.6 mi Elevation gain 3,540 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Backpacking

Camping

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Scramble

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Jill Tataryn
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HikingScrambleSnow

Great hike today. Still a bit of snow up the gulley before the chain, which makes it quite slick and hard to get up. My hiking buddy quit here and waited it out while I went up to the summit. The first scramble is a bit tricky, so use the app to follow the correct route. Eventually there will be a giant painted arrow on the rock face directing you to the right and from there the trail is much easier to follow. It would be wise to bring a helmet as falling rocks are common and could be very dangerous. Gloves would be nice for climbing/cold hands from the rocks. Beautiful day, definitely recommend avoiding a day with wind!

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McKenna Morrison
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Hiking

Intense hike for sure. Still looks of snow before the chain.

Shea Loucks
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HikingRockyScrambleSnow

Took my 3 dogs all the way to the chain. Still got some awesome views. It's a steady, great, hike. Will come back to finish someday. B)

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Jonathan Littmann
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HikingIcyMuddyRockyScrambleSnow

When driving up to this mountain I was having a hard time picturing how the rest of the day would go and if it was indeed possible to scramble safety both up and down. It is definitely possible and the views are breathtaking. I would strongly recommend at a minimum micro spikes for areas of snow. It is very steep and with warm weather there is definitely some danger in the snow. But were able to summit and return safely. Will be much safer when the snow disappears! Definitely not a beginner hike!

Franco Luna
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I've done some hard hikes but this was definitely intense. Not nevessarily because it was tiring but because we were worried about falling down. Would definitely recommend taking the dirt road to the mountain (right side of the river) and then staying on the right at the scramble through the little snow patch (we got a bit lost because we went on different and more difficult ways even though we still met with the other ones after). The scramble can be really steep and difficult at times (especially with the snow right before reaching the chains). The views are incredible, but just dealing with the fear of falling down, cold hands and the wind gave less room to really take it all in. Does seem to require a high level of expertise, and gear would be recommended at this time. Epecially when reaching the snow (gloves, crampons and maybe even a helmet. A man we met, but he didn't even get to the very top either because the snow got much worse). Definitely a challenge we're proud to have accomplished but would probably not do it again.

Jenn Oswald
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Hiking

We decided to check out the trailhead on our way home from a camping weekend to see what we’d be getting ourselves into when we come back next time. The road in is through public land used for off-roading and camping so it was packed full with campers, trucks, and off highway vehicles. Don’t expect a smooth ride! We lost service when we got close to the start of the trail and didn’t really see any trail signs. We will be coming back when we have the paid app to follow the route. Super iconic and beautiful mountain and we can’t wait to do it for real! (True review to follow later!)

Lisa Selinger
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HikingRockyScramble

Did this hike September 15, 2019 on a very windy day! But had so much fun and the views at the top are insane. Cool to hike such an iconic mountain in Southern Alberta. Loved using the climbing chains felt so badass!

Jeanette Van Beek
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HikingOff trailSnow

Great trail, amazing views! Wouldn’t recommend going in the spring. The trail can be difficult to follow and the gravel road to the trailhead still has a lot of snow. I was stuck for several hours

Mark McCracken
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Hiking

It was amazing. Hard to believe we have this in our back yard we in the Crowsnest Pass are so lucky

Terry Fiegutb
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HikingRockyScramble

This is a tough mountain climb not a leisurely hiking trail. Steep incline up the side of a mountain but worth it when you get to the top. Amazing views in all directions. At the top of the first scramble there’s an arrow pointed right painted on the rock. It’s pointing to where you’ll climb onto the rock face and then follow the trail to the left around the back side of the mountain. This is where you’ll find the chains up the chimney and then the second scramble to the top. Definitely worth it!

Megan Makeiv
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HikingRockyScramble

Wow is all I can say! Took my cousin and I a total climb time of 5.5 hours there and back. Spent about 30 min up top to just enjoy the view! The hike was awesome.. big scramble at the beginning till the Chimney Part.. then the 2 sets if chains to climb (was an easy climb) then after that it was a nice path in the rocks to the top..couple places you had to climb up the rocks and find your way back on the path but just follow the Inukshuks and you'll be fine! The top part after the chains I found much easier then the first initial scramble. Will be doing it again.. eventually lol.

Christine Neustaedter
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HikingScramble

Probably my new favourite hike and will likely need to repeat it. It has everything you could want: stream crossings, scrambling that actually involves your hands, chain sections, outstanding views, exposure, scree skiing, easy-to-follow cairns, and just the right distance. Didn’t see a bear or signs of a bear on Sunday but there is a notice posted at the trailhead. Just a heads-up that the road to the trailhead is rough!

Stu Fairbrother
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HikingScramble

Pretty much straight up from the road and a lil bit muddy to tree line, hen an awesome scramble. Hard push in places, but the amazing view is awesome and worth it. Not dog friendly after the chains through the chimney, unless you can physically carry them in a pack. *GRIZZLY NOTE* we DID see a large male grizzly about 500m from trail head. So be aware.

Daniel King
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Hiking

Greatest hike of my life! Any word on the bear situation? I had planned to go again this Wednesday...

Andy Buchholtz
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HikingMuddyScramble

*GRIZZLY IN THE AREA* First part is a good warm up. It gets a bit muddy and sticky before to get to the rocky part. Going without using the chain was fun. After that just a grind up to the top. Happy to have the chains going down. GRIZZLY BEAR followed us for about 20mins while traveling down along the creek. Bluffed charge and standing about 10/12m away from us. I wouldn’t go back in the coming days on this trail. I encountered a lot of blacks and grizzlies but never felt like being a prey as today.

Josef Griesbeck
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HikingScramble
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Josh Moroz
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Hiking

was fun!

Karl Engen
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HikingRockyScramble
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