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    3 weeks, 3 days ago
    Sept 20, 2020 Larches perfectly yellow at this time. Trail was 100% dry. The south side parking area gets insanely busy - need to get there before 0800 during larch season. The north side is significantly less busy. We saw no one until the halfway point when we started at 0900 from the north side. The south side was a line up.
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    3 weeks, 3 days ago
    Sept 29, 2020 Gorgeous hike! This hike takes you past the other side of Mt. Smutwood and offers beautiful views for relatively low effort. There are campgrounds past Burstall pass (US18 and US15 in Banff National Park) if you want to stay the night for a backpacking trip. Trail was completely dry at this time, some snow on tops of the mountains made for beautiful photos. Larches perfectly yellow this day.
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    4 weeks, 1 day ago
    One of my top hikes ever!!! Extremely challenging in the last kilometre up. Steep, but so worth it!
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    3 months ago
    Started at 8:10am, back to parking lot at 4:30pm. First 0.3 km steep incline. After that pretty much flat and some steady incline (totally doable). There are about 3 water creeks that you have to pass, however no water is really needed. One has a log set in place. I didn’t get up to the last Piper Pass part because it’s too steep, and probably very slippery on the way down because it’s just loose rocks!!! Too dangerous. Overall it’s an okay hike, easy-moderate all the way except for the very last steep part up to the mountain! It also has Elbow lake view. It’s a bit too long and bit boring. Pretty tired after this.
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    3 months, 1 week ago
    Great ridge walk from Tyrwhitt to Pocaterra, We did a small down climb right before the summit of Pocaterra but beside that stayed on the ridge the whole way. When you come down off the ridge on the Pocaterra side stay left, there are a couple rock bands to navigate down.
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    3 months, 1 week ago
    Best hike in the area for views. Be sure to walk over the pass to the viewpoints on the ridge looking west.
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    3 months, 1 week ago
    Great hike .. relatively easy with only the first ascent to the lake a bit steep.. after that the trails are tame ... After the falls I was heading for Rae Lake .. the trail was hard to find and I had to backtrack a bit using gps ... even then the trail led off the gps map marked trail .. About 1k from Rae Lake I encountered fresh bear scat .. so I aborted as I was solo and hadn’t seen a soul for the last 5k...
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    3 months, 4 weeks ago
    Initial climb will shock you with a steep climb. After which is gradual and a good hike. Only got to see the falls and didn’t get to tombstone which is another third of the hike. Maybe next time.
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    5 months ago
    Beautiful views, although the trail is a grind. Lots of loose rock and can be easy to lose the trail. Up and down took us 5 hours
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    5 months, 3 weeks ago
    Still quite muddy with some snow patches remaining. The lookout tower did not appear to be staffed. We spotted some alpine poppies in bloom.
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    9 months, 1 week ago
    Alpine touring with David. For my current level of training, it was a tough day for me. Good turns in good snow for Kananaskis.
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    9 months, 1 week ago
    A nice easy snow shoe route starting from William Watson Lodge.It manages to avoid all ski trails to keep the skiers happy!
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    1 year, 4 months ago
    Trails are in great condition and the alpine meadows are LOADED with wildflowers. The trail across the alluvial flats may have changed as there are numerous small creek crossing where there weren't other years (easy to cross though). Waterproof hiking boots or poles to help with balance on the logs may be beneficial for creek crossings.
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    1 year, 5 months ago
    Hikes to rae glacier June 17, 2019. Trail is completely dry. Super easy trail to elbow lake then some easy route finding up to the nearly melted glacier. Beautiful views!
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    1 year, 5 months ago
    Did this hike on April 23, 2019. Still snow on top and some icy sections where we were glad to have spikes/poles. Absolutely gorgeous hike, one of my favorites!! Check for bear closures before heading out! Hike starts on the north side of the bridge and starts going up right away. Short and steep until you get to the ridge then it's a flat wide ridge walk to the top!
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