Fire road follows the undulating SE ridge below minor tops barely rising out of the trees at about 4 km and turns to switch backs at about 6.1km climbing to the first summit at 2330m. The Look out, with the main summit are plainly visible. NTS Map: 082J15
Elevation Gain: 506 m (1,660 ft).
From Hwy 66 0.7km west of Paddy's Flat campground turn north up Moose mountain Road and drive for 7.3 km to parking area and gated trailhead.
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Posted By: euro7066
- Sun Sep 09 17:15:05 EDT 2012
CommentDone it on September 9, 2012. I would say is a moderate hike, last part reaching the top was hard. The trail is very well marked(you can't get lost), nice view. On the top was windy, a jacket would be great...
Posted By: Gpennell
- Fri Jul 20 22:13:00 EDT 2012
CommentNot really a review of the trail - just some trivia. The upper meadows before the final climb to the summit were the backdrop for the fictional "Brokeback Mountain" (sheep herding scenes) that was Hollywood hit movie a number of years ago.
Posted By: Andrew1214
- Sat Jun 09 19:41:53 EDT 2012
UpsideDid this hike on June 6. Even with a number of areas still having snow on them, going just after a weekend was great with the trail stomped down even in the snow. Great views and good trail conditions.
DownsideThe only downside I can see is the start point. The start of the trail is not real well marked. If you head toward the oil well gate you will be in for a real let down.
CommentThis is a great hike and I would say it is good for everyone. There are many nice spots to stop along the way for a quick drink that have very nice views. When you get to the main summit you can sit back and enjoy the 360* views. Well worth the trip. As others have stated, the hill at the start of the hike is not as nice going down when you realize that you have to go back up it after a near 15km round trip. Carry on.
Posted By: mark3107
- Mon Jun 28 00:08:38 EDT 2010
Upsidewide double track from trail head with switchbacks on steeper slopes. Dog friendly
DownsideThe final push up to the fire lookout is narrow and can be daunting for some as it it a long way down
Commentfantastic hike to the top with spectacular scenery of K Country. The Ranger was also very friendly and informative
Posted By: slickster
- Sun Jun 27 01:00:18 EDT 2010
Upsidegreat views from the top. many mountain peaks visible. non-technical for the most part, the upper sections are steeper and involve some mild scrambling (to avoid going through snow patches).
Downsideno bathrooms available at trail head or at the top.
Commentwent on a warm day in june, it was really nice. you can take dogs on this trail (there are signs that dogs must be on leash).
Posted By: tlltgrier
- Thu Jun 24 10:20:58 EDT 2010
QuestionCan I take my dog on this hike?ANSWERS are in this forum: Dogs
Posted By: jacobmellett
- Tue Apr 06 00:06:25 EDT 2010
Questionjust curious, I want to go to the ranger station with my fiance this weekend. Im curious on the distance from the parking lot which is just off the highway to the ranger station.
Any help would be greatANSWERS are in this forum: Distance
Posted By: Mahone
- Tue Sep 30 15:17:44 EDT 2008
UpsideA fairly easy, stroll to some nice elevation and great views. Good for every one from little kids (With encouragement) to Old folks (With good knees and lungs)
DownsideAlways a crowd on weekends during the Summer. And that last little slope back to the parking lot can really zap the last of your energy.
CommentGreat for early Spring warm up or for the new hiker in your group.
Posted By: ocean.flynn
- Sun Sep 21 22:14:57 EDT 2008
UpsideGreat weather, sunny but not hot. The fire ranger was very friendly and informative. Apparently the cluster of peaks is the densest in NA.
DownsideYes, the last hill on the way back was difficult after a day's hike. The steep abrupt drop along the trail just before the fire station was daunting. We could see the sky scrapers in Calgary in the distance through the haze. Apparently it is usually clearer.
CommentSeptember 19, 2008. We brought our Map Store super-sized and detailed photo of the peaks with their names so we could actually identify many of them. Banded Peak, Prairie Mountain, Cornwall, Glasgow, Yamnuska. This was a last minute decision on our part. We hadn't planned for on an all-day a hike to the summit although we had boots, pole, water and some equipment with us. But we didn't have lots of snacks. A group of hikers shared theirs with us! There were lots of hikers: families, a groups of visual arts grad students from U of Calgary; a hiker with a parrot in a bird backpack, a couple of dozen at least. Youngest hiker we met: 6 years-old; oldest: in their 60s.
Posted By: andlewis
- Sun Jun 01 10:59:13 EDT 2008
UpsideBeautiful view made even better by the snow.
DownsideAs mentioned previously, that last hill before getting back to the parking lot is a killer.
CommentHiked on 31 May, still lots of snow on the peak, and mud on the trails.
Posted By: bikeal
- Mon Jul 03 19:48:08 EDT 2006
UpsideVery friendly rangers gave us a tour of their lookout! Wicked 360 views.
DownsideThe last part of the trail is a bit steep, but it looks worse than it actually is. The last hill before the parking lot is a nice littly workout before reaching the parking lot!
CommentWe hiked this trail July 1, 2006 - Canada Day! I've added a few more photos of our trip. the entire hiking trip is 14.2 km. We caught the start of a thunder/lightning storm at the end of the hike, but made it to the parking lots before being prematurely turned into charcoal.
Posted By: Helios
- Fri Sep 09 20:40:28 EDT 2005
UpsideGreat View of Calgary and Area from most easterly Mountain in Kananaskis. Short enough to do in an afternoon.
DownsidePotential for sudden Bear encounters on lower trail. Dangerous exposure above treeline to lighning during storms.
CommentA super fun hike for a short day out.
Posted By: giantlancer
- Thu Apr 07 23:44:13 EDT 2005
UpsideGreat Views, sweet singletrack and switchback
DownsideLong 7km upfireroad
CommentApril 7, 2005, biked the fire road up moose mountain. Was in pretty good shape, some mud holes. Pushed our bikes about 3.5 km through snow down Moose, eventually were able to ride some muddy trails. Would advise to wait until the end of April. Sulpur did look alright though.