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12 hours ago

Did this hike at sunrise 10/13. We had yaktraks but didn’t need them. Quick little summit great for a morning hike from lowed by breakfast in town.

hiking
12 hours ago

Went up today at 12:30. Beautiful snow covered trail. Good switch backs all the way up. Yaktraks were very helpful!

hiking
16 hours ago

October 14 2018
Quite satisfied with this hike! Did it with crampons (pretty necessary) and poles (optional here), with a 8 month old toddler. We are a 32/30 years old couple with some hiking experience and moderate fitness level and it took us about 1h35 on the way up (without much photo stopping) and 1h20 on the way down. First half is easy, steady way down to the first lake, with some mud. Some pretty views of the lower lake. After the bridge the way up starts. Somewhat steep in the second half, especially at the end after you reach the dried up lake. There’s about 100m ascent left at that point over less than 500m. Then you reach the lake, nestled in the mountainside, which is quite pretty. On your way back the end of the route isnt that dispiriting since it’s quite a gradual climb. Met 2 groups of 2 in total during the whole hike, pretty deserted! Note that on the way down (or up if you prefer taking breaks) the view in the last 1/3 is quite pretty as well.

Snowy but the view at the end is amazing. If you climb up, you can take the gondola down for free after 5pm during winter.

Snowy and icy! Bring your spikes for the hike and you’re good to go!

Hiked on Oct 9. The trail was snowy for the most part. Great hike overall! The clouds were overcast, but I still saw the beautiful views at the top. Prepare for more intense path inclines as you approach the summit.

Beautiful views (until the clouds came in and our heads were literally in the clouds :) ) lovely hike - very cold at the weather station when we went up. The hike is a steady climb with great reward. So much snow up there already.

Did this hike on 10/9/18 lots of ice because of the Early snowfall this past week the hike was easy and the views were spectacular a great in town hike if you just have a half a day and need something fun to do.

V nice super easy slipped a bunch icy as tits.

hiking
5 days ago

This is a very easy trail that is paved most of the way with handrails! The waterfalls are beautiful - however this is such a well know place make sure to get up super early to beat lots of crowds or try going during the week.

Really enjoyed this hike not to difficult and had great views at the top we hiked on 10/8/18 in a light snow fall lots of ice so crampons were needed to be safe.

hiking
6 days ago

Snow was pretty set in when reached the cirque . Had to cut our own path towards the top (snow was above knee deep in places) hard work and a little sketchy but worth the views.

hiking
8 days ago

Family friendly hike, a view of the Banff townsite at the end.

hiking
8 days ago

Family friendly up until the canyon, there is a bike rack right before you go through the canyon. FYI, Discovery Pass gives you free access to the Cave and Basin

Love hiking at Sunshine so peaceful and the views are amazing larch especially wonderful to watch as they turn golden and shed their needles flowers in spring and fall can highly compare to many other hikes but hard to compare Sunshine s Latches and trails

My review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer.

The trail is ranked as moderate and that's an accurate rating. I'm 62 and in good health didn't have any trouble complementing the hike. The highlights of this hike are the lower and upper falls and the meadows at the end of the trail. ( If you are exhausted from just hiking the lower falls then you should consider turning back. The trail gets steeper from there)

You'll need a tripod and perhaps a ND filter to capture both the lower and upper falls with the "flowing" water effect. You'll also need lots of patience as this is a very popular hike and there is very little room to setup a tripod without someone bumping into you. But if is worth the effort.

If you have made it to the Upper Falls and you still have lots of energy, then you should proceed to the "Ink Pots" . Personally I find the ink pots nit to be very photogenic but the valley/meadows they sit in is one of the prettiest I've ever seen. You have a large meadow surrounded by snow capped mountains with a glacially fed stream running through the middle. I spent two hours just wondering around shooting various compositions, having a great time.

One caution: These are the Canadian Rockies. You need to be prepared for cold weather even in the summer

Highly recommended.

Easy hike up, even with the snow. A little slippery in places on the way down but round trip including stops for photos only took 1 hr 40 min. Beautiful views, moderately trafficked on this weekday afternoon.

Easy hike with spectacular views. The path along Johnston canyon was crowded but views are worth it. Strongly recommend continuing on to the ink pots as they are a wonderful natural phenomenon.

Some beautiful vistas and well worth the hike in the fall time. Colours at the peak are brilliant, but pushing on to the lake is worth the extra effort. Trail is really well marked and maintained. The second section to Egypt is a bigger elevation gain/loss, but with time and good company this is a fantastic fall hike

Easy hike, canyon was nice but all the way to the canyon is paved.

Beautiful but busy boardwalk hike at gondola end. Several stairs/steps may be difficult for some, but for us was a nice way to end the day after a more strenuous hike. Lovely views for minimal effort, if you take the gondola up and back!

Wow! Challenging for sure with the altitude! Gorgeous reward with that view! Not for the weak of heart

Johnston Canyon is always incredible to see. This time I ventured past the upper falls to see the Ink Pots. The trail is in a forested area so there’s not too much to see until you are almost at the Ink Pots. You will know you are almost there when you emerge from the forested area. You will be rewarded with an incredible view of an open valley with a river and mountains in the distance. The Ink Pots are lovely, and I think they would have been truly incredible had it been a bright sunny day. It was cloudy and rained for a good portion of my hike in late September. There are a lot of uphill and downhill portions on this hike so it can be challenging. Definitely worth the effort in my opinion. There are benches at the Ink Pots where you can sit and enjoy the view with a snack or lunch.

My second time on this hike. Did it early in the morning again, and was able to ride the gondola back down for free. I’m pretty sure the one way down is free before 10AM. It snowed late September when I did this hike, and so the views were very limited. Overall a challenging hike with a nice reward at the top - food, views, facts about Banff National Park, etc.

We went a little after lunch hour,the hike up to the lower and upper falls was a little busy but once you start heading towards the ink pots there was less traffic.The 5.7km hike was worth it after seeing the view.

Great hike, but we found ourselves quite tired and didn’t make it to the ink pots...probably better to acclimate to the higher altitude before a hike. That said, the hike was more like a stroll, but with wonderful views. The most novice of hikers will enjoy this hike.

hiking
19 days ago

the ink pots were really cool, well worth the hike

A nice trail... worth the views on a clear day. Slippery today as we hiked it in September but still easy to navigate. Got the the top and decided to do the loop instead of heading back down same way we came in. Completeing the loop only adds 0.8 km to the hike and provided some different views on the way back. Only slightly more difficult terrain on the far side of the loop so personally I think it's worth looping rather than retracing your steps back down again.

A little tougher than we thought but had two seniors along and they made it to the summit! Great views... best to do this hike on a clear day if possible.

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