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Best Hikes along the Continental Divide
by Russ Schneider, editor (Falcon Guides)
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This hike is one of the best mountain hikes for the effort. Only about 45 minutes to get up and then the rest is pretty flat.
We spent a total of about 5 1/2 hours on the hike and made it to the pass and back including time spent exploring and wathcing the sheep. (This included our 10 year old who was pretty tired afterwards.)
Exceptional views of the glaciers that "regular tourists" never see. Plus the opportunity to see a herd of Big Horn Sheep.
on a cool sunny summer day, great place from where to see the Columbia Icefield
This has to be one of the best day hikes in North America. A friend and I hiked this one afternoon. At the top of the trail near the meadow we looked to the west and could see what looked like steam coming from the icefield. Clouds were forming from the evaporation of water from the melting ice. The wind was blowing the clouds in our direction and we felt sprinkles from the icefield! Absolutely spectacular sight! And the high meadow at the top is vast and gorgeous. Will hike this one again.
Excellent Day Hike. Starts climbing right out of the parking lot for about 1.5 miles then levels out to a more moderate climb though an apline meadow to the summit of the Pass. There were great views of the Columbia Icefields from the trail. We also came across a herd of Big Horn Sheep, that were close enough to photograph. At the summit you can explore the long broad valley while searching for wildlife. You have two choices at the summit, either return the way you came, or to fallow the valley and join find the trail to Tangle Falls. This ends at the road just on the other side of The Columbia Icefields. From here you can return by by of the road or by retracing your tracks over the pass back to the trail head. The summit and back is an easy day hike. The other options are also day hikes but you need to be quite fit and start early.
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