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Mount Jimmy Simpson Trail is a 10.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and nature trips and is best used from July until September.

Length10.8 miElevation gain4183 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsRock climbingCaveForestLakeRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeNo dogs
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Rishabh Batra
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HikingMuddyOff trailSnow

did on 11oct, a lot of snow, trail is not well marked but great views from the top

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Abdulrahman Khan
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Jimmy Simpson was one of the best hikes I have done. First 4.5km is pretty flat along the Bow Lake up to Bow Glacier falls. The ascend starts after Bow Glacier falls. Follow AllTrails for navigation. Track is not very well marked. Someone did a great job by placing rock signs that leads you to right direcrion. The steep sections have no to some exposure otherwise it's just steep not scary. At the very end of the track before the ridge there is small section where scrambling is required. It's always windy on the top. An amazing of Bow Lake, Glacier Lake, Bow-crowfoot-peyto glaciers from top. Definitely worth doing it.

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Dharmesh Parmar
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HikingOff trailScrambleSnow

Amazing view!! one of the best hike in Banff. Trail is not marked so do download the map before visiting. As there is no network available in this area to download there. Do carry polls with you there is a small patch of snow which you will be crossing so might need it.

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Kirsten Marshall
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Hiking

Incredible hike! Some of the best views in all of Banff national park. Be incredibly careful on the scree as you head up the crux. You could take the snow but it was very slippery. Can’t rave about this hike enough!

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Sharon Wang
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Rock climbing
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Sharon Wang
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Rock climbing
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Sharon Sun
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Hiking

My husband and I completed this trial on September 13th. It is a bit challenging for us over 55 years old people but it was worths the effort! Due to the forest fire in the Banff area, it was very foggy and we couldn’t see the scenery far away. It would of been a five star review without the fire impacting it. On the way down from the very top, we walked towards the right hand side where we saw the beautiful lake (s) that is easily missed if you are back the way you came up.

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Maggie H
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HikingGreat!

The scree part is hardest for us. My 12 years daughter made it to the summit today ,on sep 12,2020 we didn't bring helmet. Keep distance from other group. Trail is dry, no snow. I imagine it is going to be very hard when snow starts. 6 years ago, I fellowed a group bushwhacked by not going to the fall. if you want to save time , that's the way to do it. for the people who don't have GPS, the trail starts just before bow fall, watch a big pile of carin, go up to your right hand beside the tree line. Then watch for the carins.

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Konstantin von G
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HikingOff trailRockyScrambleSnow

Very challenging but rewarding. The trail branching off from the waterfall trail is a bit hard to find without gps. I would rate it a medium scramble. The steep section before the col has some rockfall hazard, especially when other groups are around. We used helmets. We avoided the steep rocky terrain by traversing over the snow patches using crampons and ice axes.

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Jonathan Jdn
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HikingGreat!

Walked until the falls and then we didn’t find the trail for Jimmy Simpson (no cell service there) so we did Portal Creek (not marked) instead which has probably a better view. Will make a blog post and a video about it. Youtube channel : One Travel One Music.

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Jun Xu
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Hiking
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Wasim Ahmad
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Hiking

It was good trail. Initial 4.6km by the bow glacier falls is a walk. Little hard for our group. Gloves, poles and helmet recommended.

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Christopher Boyse
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Aug 23: keep your eyes peeled for cairns & ribbons because this isn't a well-worn trail. Lots of steep rugged sections + rockslides to navigate. Turned back at the summit ridge because I wasn't wearing my full-size hiking boots and the scree is deep in the col :( Amazing views.

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Chelsea Cooper
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

Lots of scrambling but so worth it!

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Kelsey Gamble
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HikingBugsGreat!No shadeRockyScramble

Aug 16, 2020: This was a great intermediate hike with some route finding and scrambling required in the middle section. Once you get past the scramble section above the snow patch, the hike to the summit is a grind but not hard to navigate. Views are amazing. Used poles to descend, which was very helpful for the last half of the hike going down. Bring bug spray! Once you stop moving the mosquitos swarm! Sunscreen is also a good idea since there is almost no tree cover on this hike.

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Xavier Soulhol
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HikingGreat!

Great Hike with 2 steep parts: Around the km 5 and then to reach the pass about km 8. The hike was dry on August 15th, with little bit of snow to reach the pass. You can avoid most of it on the left side. Superb 360 view at the top!

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Sonya Li
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Hiking

Definitely a great trail in Banff National Park. Amazing view and a lot of fun with friends. Highly recommended and must go!

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