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Tiffany Jane

Outdoor Educator

We came here in mid-December and were so surprised to find no one else! The road to the trailhead is closed but we parked off the highway and walked the additional 2km to the trail head. A family friendly trail with some stunning views of the falls.

A great adventure we camped at Takakkaw in order to be the first ones up. The rock can be a bit loose in some areas but the grade is low so it is manageable. Some spectacular views to be seen from the climb though be prepared to use other forms of communication on pitches close to the roaring rooster tail - you won’t hear a thing from your partner!

Even in winter this hike is easy - the hardest part is braving the cold water of the Bow river! The campsite only has 5 spots so make sure to book before you leave (especially during the summer weekends). Bring your own dry firewood if conditions are snowy/wet. Canoes are still in relatively good condition too.

Once you reach the cairns you can just keep going and exploring the ridge line - some exposed scrambles and steep slopes to traverse but it's a great walk for as long as you please! Unsure if it connects to Mt. Abraham, but if it did that would be a sweet adventure to loop the trails and abseil from Abraham summit. You can descend the way you came or cut left whenever you please. Skree ski your way down to the woods that eventually leads to a river. The river eventually crosses paths with a quad trail that goes all the way back to the car park

The route provides fun exposure in some areas, especially if you choose to scramble up the back of the Buckle - there is a log book at the summit of the Buckle inside a pink water bottle in the middle of the largest cairn.