This trail works for short walks or longer hikes and skis. Only a hundred meters or so from the parking lot is some *amazing* views into a narrow, deep little canyon. Walk up past the canyon and you've got a gateway to the Tokumm Creek Trail and 20km of scenic, Rocky Mountain Valley. It makes a great day trip or the start of something longer.
There was a very large forest fire in this area in ~2003 or so and you will be walking through a lot of dead trees. Early summer has amazing displays of colourful Fireweed and new, small trees are in-filling well. The circle continues.
There *used* to be an ACC hut at the top in the valley, but they've had a string of bad luck in keeping them fireproof. There are still some backcountry campgrounds, lakes and other attractions up the valley.
We did a winter b/c ski up the valley for 4 km or so then came back and looked around the valley and checked out the other trail leaving from the same parking lot. We also watched some ice climbers in the canyon, there is serious opportunities for that there as well.
An interesting side note is we had front row seats for an avalanche control that was taking place only 1km N of the parking lot. The wardens closed the highway and we could see the helicopter dropping charges and triggering slides. Mostly we only saw billowing snow though, but the sound will be remembered.
Just barely in BC, this trail is about 15 km S. of Hiway 1 down Hiway 93 towards Radium. Just passed the Stanley Glacier Parking lot.
NOTE: This is prime bear, cougar, wolf and sasquatch country, TRAVEL PREPARED
West of Calgary, past Banff, go 17km South on Hiway 93 towards Radium Hot Springs just passed the Stanley Glacier parking lot.
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Posted By: 0thmaxima
- Tue Jan 17 15:49:50 UTC 2017
UpsideSnowshoe in Jan '17. Very cool canyon to start with, Iceclimbers were climbing. Turned right a couple of km up the valley to head up to a cave with some ice stalagmites! DownsideNo Wifi
Posted By: FindNewDigs
- Tue Feb 02 17:13:39 UTC 2016
UpsideWinter hike in January 2016 - very picturesque. Amazing views and was quite quiet - only 3 other groups while we were there. DownsideI can see this being insanely busy in the summer/tourist season. CommentWas a very nice walk up pathway to the top of the canyon - in winter months it can be very slick on your assent. Best to have cleats or you may find yourself on your butt. Was pretty short going up the canyon, we came back and followed the snowshoe trail to the Paint Pots - adds 6km to the walk but is worth it and pretty much flat the entire way.
Posted By: ChrisMarry
- Sat Aug 23 21:50:41 UTC 2014
UpsideReally nice canyon, one of the nicest I have visited so far after Maligne Canyon in Jasper. DownsideVery busy CommentWe had family visiting and wanted to show them some great spots, but couldn't go anywhere with technical challenges or elevation. That was a nice place to go as there is pretty much no elevation, it's a really nice walk and you can hike to the Paint Pots for an extra 6 km return if you want after the canyon visit.