It’s not that I will NEVER repeat a trail, it’s just that with so many mountains and so many trails and options in the rockies, does one really ever need to?
There is one* exception: Bears Hump in Waterton Lakes National Park.
Our hiking book lists Bear’s Hump as a 2-3 hour family friendly climb. This past weekend we timed it at right around 20 minutes for the full ascent.
Most “real” hikers would roll their eyes at this even being considered an epic Alberta hike, but I want to challenge that.
Your experience on this trail really depends on your ability, speed, objective and of course whether or not you have toddlers in tow. We had no toddlers, and no dogs, and the objective was to get our blood pumping and sweat dripping quickly before we got in the car to drive home.
We only had an hour or so in your schedule.
That is what I love about this hike:
* I lied, there is another one: Grassi Lakes in Canmore for many of the same reasons as this. I can do it alone, it offers a great treat at the end and is still challenging enough for a quick ascent or trail run even for fitter folks, but offers access for literally any skill level.