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Read's Tower is a 4.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Kananaskis Improvement, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 4.2 mi Elevation gain 2,805 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Snowshoeing Walking Bird watching Forest River Views Blowdown
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Richard White
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Chelsea McEwing
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Rechelle H
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Steady incline. Tons of fossils on the scramble. Hiking poles recommended, but not required.

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Gethsemane Canlas
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Charissa Colte
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HikingRockyScramble

Very steep. Steady Incline all the way up.

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Vanessa Adler
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Great views

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Kathleen Raiche
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This was a great hike and I would do it again. The trail was easy to find using the all trail map. Took us just over 2 hours to summit and 1.45 on the way down. The majority of the trail is steep but doable. The last 300 meters to summit is very steep with loose rocks but get sturdy most of the way. Not many bugs just some flies. I would for sure recommend hiking boots, poles and gloves :)!

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Ciara Goldsmith
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A good, rather short but challenging jaunt. The view at the end is worth the grind. Lots of elevation gain over a short distance. The trail is very clear the whole way up (even the scree had a makeshift “trail” to follow). We did this one as a sunrise hike and it was easy enough to follow in the dark with headlamps! Would recommend good shoes, poles, and some kind of thin gloves for the scramble bit

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Christian Barrier
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Nathan Watt
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

Steep but no scrambling. Great views, easy access.

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Domi Wu
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the view is amazing all the way up. overlook of spray lake always impress me. but it is a steep trail, good hiking boots and poles r highly recommended. took us 4.5hr

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Omar Charanek
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It’s hard

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Teresa Cruz
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amazing views, not snow at all. very steepy most of the way but do-able. I would highly recommend proper foot wear, poles and lots of water.

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Nancy Ramirez
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HikingRockyScramble

We did this one with a big group of friends on 07/25/20. it has amazing views at each point of the hike. its steep in some parts but definitely rocky and more steeper once you get to the reads tower, recommend to have proper shoe wear and some gloves with good grips because you will be using them for quite a bit. quick tip if you keep walking a bit more to the right side of the rocky hill you will find some steady ground and it will be more easy to get to the top

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Konstantin von G
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Good and easy scramble. No snow at this point. Lot's of scree bashing. Helmet recommended.

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Andrea Limcangco
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HikingRockyScramble

Beautiful view from the top. You take the middle path when you’re by the wooden chairs. After another kilometre you’ll see trees wrapped with blue ribbons wrapped and you take the path. After you get to to the top of hilly/meadow area, take a right where you go down the mountain and start the scramble. Challenging but doable going up and down the scramble. Would suggest boots, poles or gloves if you don’t have any since you’ll be using your hands quite a bit.

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Jyoti Singh
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Highly recommended for hiking lovers. Panoramic breathtaking view of Spray lake and surrounding gorgeous mountains. Trails are decent but very steep. Very scrambling right before the edge of the tower so I took a u-turn due to fractured toe and still didn’t miss anything. Hiking poles and boots are must as the trails get really rough and rocky; however, you will be supremely happy in the end. That’s the purpose right?

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Megan Rolfe
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No shadeRockyScramble

Tough hike but very rewarding. Friends and I had tried to complete Sparrowhawk but had to turn back on account of a snow-covered trail, and chose Read's Tower instead. It's a tough scramble with several different routes to choose from, lots of which are covered in scree. The scramble is longer than if looks but beautiful views at the top. The route up to Sparrowhawk was covered in snow so we made the right choice. Got rained on a bit and the wind hits hard thanks to zero exposure but it's worth it to see all of Spray Lake. Highly recommend but plan for a steep incline.

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Twila Pointon
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The amazing views come at a cost. Steep climbs and sheer rocks. Scree climb up to the top. Not busy at all.

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