Hiking Chasm Lake in Winter

Hi everyone!  David here.  Today you get a blog post about a winter hike of Chasm Lake from yours truly, because Laura tweaked her knee falling in various snowdrifts on our Haiyaha Lake hike and didn’t join us.  So Matt and I rudely abandoned Laura and headed up to Chasm Lake at 11,800 feet. Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain Winter Hiking: Dream, Emerald, and Haiyaha Lakes

Probably one of the most popular Rocky Mountain winter hikes, the Dream/Emerald/Haiyaha Lakes hike has easy winter access via a maintained road, a short distance with little relative elevation gain, and big views. Continue reading

Rocky Mountain Winter Hiking: Twin Sisters Peak

I was lucky enough to have a conference in Denver the first week of January, so David, Matt, and I decided to make a mini trip of it and get in some winter hiking beforehand.  We headed to Estes Park, which is experiencing a bit of a snow drought as of December 2017 / early January 2018.  Good for hikers, bad for skiers!  We started out 2018 right with a blustery but lovely New Year’s hike of Twin Sister’s Peak in Rocky Mountain National ParkContinue reading

Waterton Lakes: Akamina Ridge hike

Waterton Lakes National Park sits on the US-Canada border, and is connected to Glacier National Park in Montana.  Consequently, it has some truly premiere hiking opportunities which David and I took advantage of by hiking one of the area’s more famous trails: the Akamina Ridge trail. Continue reading

Hiking Kananaskis: Grizzly Peak

Located in the less crowded Kananaskis valley southeast of Banff, humble 8200 foot Grizzly Peak offers incredible views with a rating of “easy” in Kane’s “Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies” book.  I would argue that there is zero scrambling to achieve the summit of Grizzly Peak, but don’t worry, it’s ~900m (3000ft) of elevation gain in ~5km round trip, making it SUPER DUPER STEEP! Continue reading