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BenLar137 wrote a review Sep 2019
Calgary, Canada13,217 contributions674 helpful votes
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We clocked around 20 km's / 12 miles round trip for this walk, but that did include a side-trip to the lovely Silverton Falls, an extra 1.2 km's / .8 mi. The trail has an excellent grade, steady up / steady down, without any section that is too steep. While gorgeous at any time of year, it's amazing mid- to late September when the Alpine Larches turn colour. This species only lives at 2200 m's / 7000 ft above sea level, and like all larches, which are conifers, their needles turn yellow in the fall and get dropped in the winter. For all the hassle it takes to get to Vally of the Ten Peaks around this time of year, this a great second choice, as long as the long walk isn't too much. Silverton Falls, which has no Alpine Larches, is an optional walk for those who don't want to go so far, almost as nice as the falls at nearby (and often overrun) Johnson Canyon.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Brenda F wrote a review Sep 2019
Humboldt216 contributions76 helpful votes
Well worth the grind. It's fairly hard and long hike and we headed out really early as we had a variety of levels of expertise in our group of 10. I walk between 6 and 7 K every day...IN SASKATCHEWAN!!! I knew going in that I would be challenged but I took my time and most of the group outpaced me. Not a problem. I had my bear bell and bear spray with me, and as the day wore on, it got busier and busier with other people. It's a lot of the same scenery until you get a bit higher, but the paths are well kept and honestly, on the way up I was just into "getting there." Once you’re higher up it gets better, with loads of views of meadows, streams, unique flora, and though I didn't see much fauna, I heard the shrill whistles of the marmots that obviously populate the place. Some steep rocky areas, especially between the two lakes. Half of our group (younger!) went higher and came back with some gorgeous photos.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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chicafuerte45 wrote a review Sep 2019
Minneapolis, Minnesota15 contributions5 helpful votes
If you want a fairly hard and long hike and like solitude this is the one for you. We’re decent hikers and this one kicked our butts on our last day. I didn’t realize how long the climb was. Kept waiting to be up there. I didn’t time it up but was 2.5 hours back. So 3 hrs of climbing? First 2/3 not great. Once you’re higher up it’s very pretty. Streams. Views. Lakes. Meadows. Trail well maintained. Some steep rocky areas.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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deathracerJH wrote a review Sep 2018
Okotoks, Canada564 contributions77 helpful votes
A great trail. I have travelled this trail a few times, usually in early/mid summer. This time was late summer almost fall, and seeing it after a recent snowfall was ahhhhmazing. The fall colours were starting to show and what a show they provided! The trail is well maintained and easy to follow. There is a steady elevation gain up to Tower Lake and a steep hike up to Rockbound Lake. Worth the effort to this amazing place. Highly recommend you check it out!
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Mike_Slawik wrote a review Aug 2018
Winnipeg, Canada283 contributions84 helpful votes
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I hiked Rockbound Lake Trail this past summer as a means to summit Castle Mountain. The trail is long but beautiful. It hides a lot of the mountain scenery at first but when you finally get to see Eisenhower Tower, it's very impressive. The lake is gorgeous and the view is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. But that was just a part of the journey to summit Castle Mountain. Its about 8km to Rockbound Lake. It's not for the unfit that's for sure. But the end is worth the journey! Just be bear smart and carry your bear spray. I didn't see any activity, but someone I talked o had seen a black bear and 2 cubs.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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