Backpacking The Enchantments – Day 3

Backpacking The Enchantments in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness is a remarkably beautiful, but gruelingly difficult journey. The landscape is heavenly with gorgeous alpine lakes and jagged mountain peaks, not to mention the wonderful wildlife. Those who explore this remote area of Washington State find that neither the beauty of this place nor the challenge of…

Exploring The Enchantments Core Zone – Day 2

A journey on Washington State’s most iconic backpacking trail, called The Enchantments, is like stepping into paradise. Getting a permit for The Enchantments and climbing Aasgard Pass are both nearly overwhelming challenges but once you are inside the Core Zone you will not want to leave. It is a mountainous landscape full of gorgeous alpine…

Hiking Aasgard Pass to The Enchantments – Day 1

A journey through The Enchantments is remarkable and beautiful, but a grueling challenge. It is full of gorgeous alpine lakes with mountain top scenery as well as wonderful wildlife. It is an adventure where the beauty and the challenge of the trail simultaneously cannot be overstated. One of the biggest challenges is found when hiking…

Guide to The Enchantments, Alpine Lakes Wilderness

There is a place where jagged snow-covered peaks melt into reflective turquoise blue waters and where mountain goats will literally walk directly up to those who dare venture into their home turf. Sound enchanting? Well, that’s because it is, literally. This magical place is known as The Enchantments and it is consistently thought of as…

Kain Hut Trail – Best Canadian Rockies Day Hikes

#1 – Canadian Rockies Day Hikes: Kain Hut Trail w/ Applebee Dome Location: Bugaboo Provincial Park  Trailhead: Kain Hut Parking Lot Type: Out-n-Back Rating: Strenuous to Extreme Total Distance: 7.6 miles (to the small lake just beyond Applebee Dome and back) Conrad Kain Hut is 6 miles total Trailhead Elevation: 5,000′ Total Elevation Gain: 3,362′…

Emperor Falls Trail – Best Canadian Rockies Day Hikes

#2 – Canadian Rockies Day Hikes: Emperor Falls Trail Location: Mount Robson Provincial Park  Trailhead: Berg Lake Trail Type: Out-n-Back Rating: Strenuous Total Distance: 19.8 miles Trailhead Elevation: 2,736′ Total Elevation Gain: 2,715′ Recommended Time: Full-day Recommended Season: Mid-June to Early-October The Emperor Falls Trail While Kinney Lake, the Valley of a Thousand Falls, &…

Lake O’Hara Alpine Circuit – Best Canadian Rockies Day Hikes

#3 – Canadian Rockies Day Hikes: Lake O’Hara Alpine Circuit Location: Yoho National Park Trailhead: Lake O’Hara Type: Loop Rating: Strenuous Total Distance: 7.5 miles Trailhead Elevation: 6,625′ Total Elevation Gain: 2,740′ Recommended Time: Full-day Recommended Season: Early-July to Mid-September Reservations for the Lake O’Hara bus are needed. (Otherwise add 7 miles (one-way) to hike…

Parker Ridge Trail – Best Canadian Rockies Day Hikes

#4 – Canadian Rockies Day Hikes: Parker Ridge Trail Location: Banff National Park (near the Jasper border on the Icefields Parkway) Trailhead: Parker Ridge Parking Lot Type: Out-n-Back (Y-Trail, Two destinations on the ridgeline) Rating: Moderately-Difficult Total Distance: 5 miles Trailhead Elevation: 6,552′ Total Elevation Gain: 890′ Recommended Time: 2 – 3 hours Recommended Season: Late-June…

Crypt Lake Trail – Best Canadian Rockies Day Hikes

#5 – Canadian Rockies Day Hikes: Crypt Lake Trail Location: Waterton Lake National Park Trailhead: Crypt Landing (via the Waterton Lake Ferry Boat) Type: Out-n-Back Rating: Strenuous Total Distance: 11 miles Trailhead Elevation: 4,232′ Total Elevation Gain: 2,469′ Recommended Time: Full-day Recommended Season: Early-June to Late-September It’s About the Journey Many Canadian Rockies adventures are…

Wilcox Pass Trail – Best Canadian Rockies Day Hikes

#6 – Canadian Rockies Day Hikes: Wilcox Pass Trail Location: Jasper National Park (near the Banff border on the Icefields Parkway) Trailhead: Wilcox Pass Trailhead Parking Lot Type: Out-n-Back Rating: Difficult Total Distance: 6.2 miles Trailhead Elevation: 6,744′ Total Elevation Gain: 1,390′ Recommended Time: 3 – 4 hours Recommended Season: Late-June to Mid-September Beauty of the…

Iceline Loop Trail – Best Canadian Rockies Day Hikes

#7 – Canadian Rockies Day Hikes: Iceline Loop Trail – With Iceline Summit & Celeste Lake Connector Location: Yoho National Park Trailhead: Takakkaw Falls Type: Loop Rating: Difficult to Borderline Strenuous Total Distance: 12 miles Trailhead Elevation: 4,940′ Total Elevation Gain: 2,800′ Recommended Time: Full-day Recommended Season: Early-July to Mid-September Everything But A Kitchen Sink The…

Moraine Lake Trails – Best Canadian Rockies Day Hikes

#8 – Canadian Rockies Day Hikes: Moraine Lake Trails – The Rockpile & Lakeshore Trails Location: Banff National Park Trailhead: Moraine Lake Parking Lot Type: Out-n-Back (x2) Rating: Easy Total Distance: 2.25 miles Trailhead Elevation: 6,180′ Total Elevation Gain: 281′ Recommended Time: 1 – 2 hours Recommended Season: Mid-June to Late-September Worthy of the Hype To…