It's hike number 260 in "Kananasksis Country Trail Guide" by Gillean Daffern.
It's about 500 meters of vertical in a 3.5 km walk up the trail that starts in forests and ends with wide open vistas above the tree line. The trail winds through the forest before breaking out in the open grassy area.
You can continue through the pass to Trapp Creek for a much longer hike. Great views to the west including Holy Cross Mountain. It's an open area that is frequently clear of snow both early and late in season. Beware though it can be windy.
The crocuses and shooting stars were already blooming the first weekend in May.
From Longview take Highway 541 west to Sentinel day use area. There is a small trail to cross the road, then head east to find the trail heading north. GPS data is attached.
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Posted By: saralumby
- Sun May 28 18:31:49 UTC 2017
UpsideBeautiful views above the treeline. Lots of scenic spots for picnics. DownsideQuite wet in mid-May - need waterproof hiking boots or be prepared to have wet feet and lots of navigating around the little rivers flowing down the trail. CommentDid this hike with my husband who is not very fit, my very fit 80 year old Dad, and my adventurous 12 and 15 year old daughters. We all felt good and tired on return but it was a lovely day out. Up top is very open and exposed so be prepared for wind and it could be very cold at the top depending on the day.
Posted By: nicole23
- Wed Aug 17 00:41:56 UTC 2016
QuestionIs this hike dog friendly? Do you recommend dogs or no?ANSWERS are in this forum: Dogs
Posted By: bikeal
- Sun Oct 19 15:51:17 UTC 2014
UpsideGood cardio workout heading up. DownsideLots of loose large rocks makes for unstable footing. This is a popular horse trail, so watch wear you step! Extremely windy on exposed face. Could barely stay on the path at times. No view until you in the pass. CommentGlad I did it, but I don't think I'll revisit this one.
Posted By: V1
- Wed May 11 22:55:20 UTC 2011
DownsideIt's MAY 10 and north slopes are still snowvy. I wish I had snowshoes but it's MAY, right? ;) So we did not get any further the pass.
Quite a bit of ice and snow in shadows on the trail CommentGood hike, overall.
Posted By: DanOCan
- Thu Sep 03 19:02:21 UTC 2009
DownsideThe trail is quite torn up by the cattle and horses which use it to access the grazing land on the far side of the pass. All of the views are behind you on the way up. CommentI've done it twice now and I don't feel the urge to do it again.