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Abbott Ridge Trail is a 9.9 mile out and back trail located near Columbia-Shuswap A, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 9.9 mi Elevation gain 4,596 ft Route type Out & Back

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Alexey Skiba
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Cameron Symon
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Great trail that felt easier than what I was expecting considering the elevation gain.

Chris Lawson
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Hiking

Great trail, visiting from Vancouver Island and got to hike to Mt. Abbott for some amazing views of the glaciers and Mt. Sir Donald. Lots of Marmots and ground squirrels in the meadow below the ridge walk. Highly recommend this hike and if you don’t mind a little scrambling and exposure then go all the way to the summit of Abbott.

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Kaitlyn Bergeron
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Hiking

This hike is a steady incline the entire way up. We stopped for lunch at the hut before you start climbing the ridge. Once we got to the ridge, it was so foggy that you could not see anything. The fog cleared a few times and the views of the mountains and glaciers were jaw dropping. I would love to go back on a sunny day to see what we missed.

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Sara & Tim
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Beautiful hike with a steep incline to the top of the ridge. Lots of snow and running water once you are past the tree line and into the rocks. Doable, but would recommend waiting a few more weeks to a month. Also, we tried to do the “longer way” on the way down and had to turn back as the trail was completely covered with snow on a steep slope for about 500m - no footprints accept going down the slope far below to the “flat” section and back up further down the line. Still enjoyed ourselves a lot.

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Ashley N
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Hiking

Hiked up July 18, 2020 going the short way. Encountered snow just before the meadows and carried on to the very top. Trail was easy to find even with the snow. Stunning views! Tons of mosquitoes around Marion Lake but good up top.

John Weber
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Just spectacular! Highly recommended.

Eliisa Tennant
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A beautiful hike. It is reported as 6.5 hours round trip but we maintained a steady pace and finished in just over three hours. Stopping for a snack on the ridge line passed the End of Trail sign. Trail conditions are glorious, views get better with each alpine switchback. I love this hike - it would’ve been truly spectacular when the flowers were in bloom. No sign of animals, and only ran into a few people.

Jean Mallinckrodt
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Marion Lake trail is the first portion of the Abbot Ridge trail, noted as 2.2kms. While it is a pretty route, it’s only really a relatively straight up and down trail with a very small lake /pond at the top. The negative is the sound of the highway which you can hear as soon as the sound of the river dies away. Sound travels so well you can hear RVs backing!!! There are better trails in this area.

Tara Quinn
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Hiking

Steep ridges to walk across at some points. Took the longer way up and then the shorter way on the descent which worked out well as the views on the longer trail are great and gives your legs a rest. 360 degrees of magic once you reach the top. Worth the climb

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Lori Pelletier
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Hiking

The trail conditions are excellent. No worries of getting lost. The only hard part was the elevation climb. the views at the summit are INCREDIBLE. This is a prime example of why I love hiking. Don't stop at the Ridge, keep going!! 4.5 hours return, with many stops to soak in the incredible view and take pics.

Thomas Mondel
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Great views! Not busy at all and no technical difficulties.

Lance P.
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Favorite hike in Glacier National Park, but Balu Pass was closed due to Grizzly, and it's past wildflower blooms. At Marion Lake turn right for a view. Then continue on and use the long route both ways. Listen to the waterfall for most of the hike. If opt for short route will listen to highway instead also less scenic. Bring water.

Chris Martin
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Extremely easy trail for the elevation you are doing. 6/10 on the difficulty scale. Steady incline through a medium old growth forest. There are signs the whole way minus the last mile on the ridge. The shortcut is steeper and more like a drainage ditch. The long way takes you along the base of the ridge you will be on. Once you get to the ridge line, that will take you all the way to Abbott mountain. Note, the official trail ends at the beginning of the ridge but it’s a wide enough trail to safely traverse to the mountain. From there, you have access to a bunch of mountain tops if you just hike the ridge line. It started out cloudy/foggy but by time we got to the top, the clouds were dancing around the other mountains in the distance. We started around 1pm and got back around 8pm. The forest starts getting dark at 7pm right now.

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Pauline F.
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Hiking

Randonnée difficile mais une fois la partie forêt terminée les vues sont tout simplement à couper le souffle. Nous n'avons pas pris le raccourci pour monter, nous l'avons emprunté seulement lors de la descente et n'avons pas regretté !

Sara & Tim
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Hiking

Great hike.. Seems steady as you go up and up. Beautiful views once you clear the tree line. The ridge was a bit of a scramble in spots, but panorama views made it worth it. Sadly no wildlife sightings.

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Derri-Ann Cooper
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Hiking

Great hike. Stunning views. Varied terrain. A sense of accomplishment.

Spencer Rybinski
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great hike. consistent elevation throughout. Once you get above the tree line the views are insane.

Zane Halperin
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Fantastic views. Great sense of accomplishment afterwards. I would highly recommend

John Carr
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It was an awesome hike, and definitely a tough one. I recommend doing it backwards and taking the long way around on the way up. Otherwise you can really burn yourself out. We did have to shimmy across a few patches of snow covering the trail, be ready for that.

Andreas Lichtenau
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Hiking

Needed 5,5h pure hiking... around 6h incl. Breaks. Nice Trail, awesome views, Not very crowded... the easier way down was interrupted By snow which was challenging to overcome. No bears!

Joanna Foster
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Loved this one. We took the short way up (and down - we were getting hungry!) It's not that bad, promise. The switchbacks at the beginning are the real killers! Loved being up on the ridge. Noticed that a lot of people stopped as soon as you get to the sign post on the ridge but the trail actually continues another km past that. 1km of scrambling over cairns! SO FUN! You can also hike down to a small glacier lake just before the final cairn. I went for a small dip in some of the most refreshing (cold) water you'll find anywhere. If you follow through all the way to the end you'll have a wonderful view of the back of the valley. Worth it and fyi the scrambling was very approachable. We met some people who had continued past the end of the trail and ascended Mt Afton. Looked great, but it requires a lot of fitness and grade 4 scrambling. 100% not for the inexperienced hiker/climber.

Tony Heng
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Laurence Laplante
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Amazing hike with incredible views We went up the short route and down the long one The short route was not that steep, don’t be scared! It is the nicer one The long route was nice for trail running Once on top, continue on the ridge if you have time You can go down to a nice pristine blue glacier lake ! Hike was moderately tough, saw some families with kids around 8, were doing fine Saw a small black bear at the entrance of the trail

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Patrick Jireada
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Did this trail on 23 July. Perfect conditions, trail is dry all the way. 2 fit guys did the trail in 5 hours. Physically demanding trail. Definitely recommend, the view is amazing!

Robert Freeman Cartwright
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Great hike. Diverse nature and and foliage. *advice*: halfway up the trail splits into a harder but shorter route, or a gentler but longer route. Take the hard route up (interesting rocks and trail), and the gentler route down. Went with a first time hiker and it took us 7 hours including breaks and lunch at the end of the trail.

Beata Klejszta
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Hiking

Lovey trail to the top of the Abbott Ridge and amazing views from the top. We also walked the length of the ridge and to the top of the Abbott mountain. The views from the mountain on the other side are amazing and well worth the scramble. It is a workout but you can avoid exposure and stay safe. There was some snow on the trail but not too much. It took us 6.5 hrs return. 16.6 km to the top of Abbott mountain and back to car park.

Martine Gagnon
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Good chalenge. Still have snow up there in Early July. Wonderful view of the Glacier.

Lindz Florey
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We did the loop trail and the ridge today (and a little bit further along the ridge). Took us 7 hours with plenty of stops. It was really beautiful. Do the loop anti-clockwise because there is some snow on the longer part of the loop and it is easier going down snow than going up. The ridge path is pretty clean and only has occasional snow patches but it is firmly packed and obvious where other people have trodden. Hiking boots are fine - you don’t need snow shoes.

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