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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-21-2015, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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Default Your favorite alpine meadows?

I've always focused on hikes that got me up high, easy scrambles, glaciers, ridges, etc.. but now that I'll be hiking with kids I'd like find some beautiful and scenic alpine meadows that would still be fun easy hikes. What's the best the canadian rockies have to offer in your opinions?
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 05-21-2015, 11:07 AM
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The Skoki area: I found the area around Hidden Lake to be teeming with wildflowers in mid-July.

Wilcox Pass: Amazing views of Mount Athabasca and the Athabasca Glacier. Likely a kid-friendly hike as it's not too long and the elevation gain isn't that great.

Sunshine Meadows: I haven't been there yet but I've heard great things.

There are some great areas around Mt. Assiniboine and Wonder Pass, if you're into back-country camping.

Either side of North Molar Pass is very worthwhile but kind of a long, boring hike through forest to get there.
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Sunshine Meadows is incredible and very accessible (you can book the bus to take you up). South Kananaskis Pass is beautiful (I took my 6 and 9 year olds there last year). Aster Lake is one of my favorite, but probably not kid accessible

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In the fall on the way up to Little Arethusa there is a lovely little meadow with a pond that is ringed with larch trees.
Not far and well worth the effort put out by little legs!
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The Skoki area: I found the area around Hidden Lake to be teeming with wildflowers in mid-July.

Wilcox Pass: Amazing views of Mount Athabasca and the Athabasca Glacier. Likely a kid-friendly hike as it's not too long and the elevation gain isn't that great.

Sunshine Meadows: I haven't been there yet but I've heard great things.

There are some great areas around Mt. Assiniboine and Wonder Pass, if you're into back-country camping.

Either side of North Molar Pass is very worthwhile but kind of a long, boring hike through forest to get there.
Thanks, I've been to Wilcox Pass, it didn't really do it for me. Nor Wonder Pass. I did like the meadow above Robson Glacier on the way to Snowbird Pass though. Didn't hike into Assiniboine from Sunshine so didn't see that area
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1. Anything in the Sunshine Meadows area. the whole line is gorgeous.
2. The meadows around Helen Lake.
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The Opabin Plateau up above Lake O'Hara is one of my favorites. The trick is in getting a reservation for the O'Hara campground.
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Sunshine Meadows looks nice, will definitely have to go that way next time. Been to Opabin, not quite what I have in mind. I saw a photo from Piper Pass that looked beautiful, lots of rolling green bordered by jagged peaks. I like that Any other suggestions?
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A great place is Yoho Lake and Yoho Pass. Short but steep approach from Takkakaw Falls.
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Pipestone and Clearwater passes.
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