The summer where it all started.
Paul and I started dating in April of 2018, and we spent the months leading up to summer dreaming of adventures we could go on and making a summer bucket list of rocky mountain hikes to do.
We did not even come close to crossing off all those hikes. But here are the one’s we did, and I think you’re going to like them.
MOUNT INDEFATIGABLE, KANANASKIS, AB
So, the funny thing about the mountains is that they can have snow all year long!
Excited and anxious to do a hike in May, Paul and I didn’t do our research before this one and we ended up waist deep in snow and couldn’t make it all the way to the top.
Lesson learned: always, always, always read reviews before doing a hike and maybe don’t do this hike in May.
HA LING PEAK, CANMORE, AB
We did this hike with friends and it was a blast, but way harder than expected.
The hike wasn’t long, maybe 4 hours round trip, but it was a steep straight up and a fast trek down.
As always, well worth the effort!
RAWSON LAKE, KANANASKIS, AB
We did Rawson Lake primarily because we wanted to go on to do Sarrail Ridge. Unfortunately, due to the conditions that day we weren’t able to hike the ridge, and we settled for the lake.
Regardless, we made the best of Rawson Lake, and while it may not be a spectacular peak, it was still a beautiful hike!
GRIZZLY PEAK, KANANASKIS, AB
To this day, this may be my favourite hike that I’ve ever done.
I believe this one took us between 4-5 hours, but we were hiking through rain, mud, and up a very slippery scramble to reach our lunch spot at the top.
Paul and I always pack a lunch to enjoy at the top of the mountain, and we like to take at least 30 minutes to rest, refuel and take in the view because it’s not every day that you get to see this kind of beauty.
JOHNSTON CANYON, BANFF, AB
This is a nice walk, but it’s heavily populated with tourists.
We chose to do Johnston Canyon because it’s kind of a must-do in Banff, but if I’m being honest, I don’t think it’s worth the crowds.
This being said, it was pretty neat to check out and I hear it’s even better in the winter!
That was the last of our 2018 summer adventures! We’re in for a lot more in 2019, in fact, if you haven’t already, go read: