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13 hours ago

Short hike that ends in one of the best views in the entire park.

The canyon was really cool, but crowded. There were lines by each of the falls viewpoints to wait to take your picture (about 2pm weekday), and some folks seemed completely oblivious to moving with the flow of traffic on the narrow walkways. Once you get past the upper falls, the crowd thins out a ton and it's a nice quiet hike to the ink pots. They were pretty cool and the surrounding views were nice, but if you're limited on time, I wouldn't consider the ink pots portion of the hike a must-see. Definitely go up to the upper viewpoint though.

Recommended starting early so that while you are hiking up you can enjoy the sunrise and have the summit to yourself. Great hike

11 and a half long hours!

The first bit is very crowded. Get there early to avoid the people and the full parking lot. The falls are beautiful though!
Once you get past the upper fall, it clears out. There are many switchbacks but the ink pots are a unique place to visit! Very cool place. We had lunch here then returned.

Nice hike but it was kind of late when we get there

We were inspired by a young lady who went all through the inkpots with crutches. We did the hike again after two years and the inkpots were much more beautifulthis year due to the amount of rain! It is a beautiful hike.

Very busy. It's a nice walk that you will enjoy.

It was super steep all the way up to the top, most of the part were uphill, loose rocks, hard to find the trail and very dangerous because it was super slippery and i got slippered many times! I won’t ever ever come back here again!

3 days ago

Love this hike. We do it annually, preferably in the fall when the tourist season slows down. It’s worth the trek to the ink pots. Take a pic nic and plan on enjoying the view at the top for a while. I don’t recommend taking kids that need to be carried all the way to the top. The upper falls is fine for kids. Can get very busy on summer weekends making climbing and parking tough if you go mid day.

Wonderful scenery but very busy.

Did this hike on July 14 2018. The hike up took only 30min and the view of Banff was nice. To be honest, I would never do it again unless someone in my group really wanted this off their bucket list.

I actually saw a jogger train on this hike and the hike itself isn't really challenging. I wouldn't have put this hike as moderate. Saw lots of older people complete this hike and it can be done with any skill level as long as you pace yourself.

FWIW, the sign said it is normally completed in 1-2hrs.

Fun walk/hike! It’s paved most the way past the waterfalls before it turns to stairs and then into a trail. Would be great for people not huge on hiking but enjoys nature. Can be quite crowded and sometimes you must wait before you can start walking on the bridge just due to the sheer volume of other people. We tried to get to Mystic Junction through this trail for an overnight camping trip but only made it as far as Jo 9. Still an amazing journey!

Unfortunately I saved this hike for my last after 4 days of continuous hiking in Banff. I wish I had fresher legs because I struggled most of the way up. Past the amphitheater the views are remarkable and worth the struggle. Once you are beyond the amphitheater the trail can be hard to find...just head to the top!

We did this as an extension to Healy Pass. Totally worth it, but definitely a long day hike. Excellent hike.

7 days ago

Finished this on Aug 04 2018. It was cloudy and it did rain after we got to the summit but it was still worth it. Didn't have the greatest views but it was still beautiful as I felt like I was with the clouds. I would recommend this and I would personally do this again.

This hike is divided into 3 parts, the first part is the Lake Bourgeau Trail (moderate). Of the 3 parts, this part is the most boring but you do go across some creeks that are nice -- also the lake is the nicest of the 3 lakes you encounter. The second part is Harvey's Pass (moderate). Once you get past the second and third lakes you get this amazing view. This part alone is worth the entire hike in my opinion. Finally, the last part is the summit (hard) and it is a little challenging but the view is really good. I do like Harvey's Pass better but they're both worth the views.

The descent is painful as you don't notice how many rocks there are until your feet are crying as you go down. There are rocks basically all the way down until just past Lake Bourgeau. Would recommend changing socks at the top. Or just suck it up. Up to you. I'm not your dad.

This entire hike took us 11 hours and we rushed on the way down as we were losing sunlight. We were actually pretty slow as we met 2 other groups that started and finished before us. I think if you are more fit and you take less breaks you can shave 1-3 hours. We took lots of water/food/picture breaks

Nice and easy hike beautiful lakes

Would suggest trying to go through out the week. It’s super busy on weekends. Definitely worth it . So beautiful !!!

8 days ago

The most unreal views I’ve ever seen but a little too crowded for me. Try going early or later in the day, take side trails off the main path and hike down below the wooden overlook to escape the crowd.

Lots of fun, with the most unreal views at the top. You're definitely going to get your cardio in on this one. Took us 2 hours with lots of breaks.

Very nice view at the end of a short walk, but so, so crowded.

Very nice and easy hike. We took the chairlift to Mt Standish and hiked back, stopping at Rock Isle Lake. Nice wildflowers, many ground squirrels, and awesome views

Parking for this hike is best near the Bow Falls. There is another lot slightly closer to the trailhead, however it is reserved for a rafting company.
The path is very clear and is marked with signs and ribbons.
The first three-quarters of this hike was nice and quick. It was all in the trees, not too inclined, a couple of switchbacks. This part took my friend and I about an hour and a half to complete... then the real hike began.
Towards the last 2km of the hike, it started to get quite steep. However, since we hadn’t broken the tree line yet, the roots of the trees provided nice footing.
Once we emerged from the trees, you can see the summit and the dragonback ridge. From there, you only have about 1-1.5km of the hike left. It is quite steep and the loose rock does not make it easier to climb, but persevere! Getting to the top feels amazing.
It took us about 3h to get to the top and 2h to get down. Getting down the dragonback was definitely a little scary. The rock is loose but not small enough to “ride” down, so you have to take your time and find your footing.
All in all, cool hike! If you’re looking for a challenge, here it is!

We took the chairlift to the top of Standish mountain and to the view point. The view point offers amazing views for a quick hike. We continued on to the Grizzly and Larix lake loop. This is a moderate trail that offers great views of Simpson valley. We finally walked past rock isle lake and descended into sunshine village.

We did this hike yesterday and because it was a Sunday long weekend. It was packed. We had to park about 15min walk away on the street. The falls are spectacular as always despite the crowd of people coming and going. We skipped the line up to all the fall viewing spots since the line ups were rediculous :) and we wanted to go straight to the Inkpots. There was a steady elevation up before descending down to the Inpots valley which was surrounded by the mountains. It was very beautifully peacful place. the inkpots were like a mini version of the ones in Yellow Stone. We saw lots of people young and old, kids as young as two to 8 on the trail. On the way there, we saw a lady with a walker ascending up the hill from the Inkpots and we were so inspired by her for going all the way. It was a very pleasant family hike, the boys (14-20 yrs old) enjoyed hanging out at the upper falls rocks. My oldest even jumped in for a dip. The rest of us soaked our feet. The water was refreshingly cold. It took care of our warm and achy feet from walking. We did this hike twice since the past 10 years and this was the first time we walked all the way to the Inkpots. I enjoyed it very much. We didn't mind the crowd. The falls and canyon are still magnificient and we loved the rumbling sound of the water falls along the trail.

Gorgeous views. Not a super long hike. Constant steady uphill.

9 days ago

Very easy and flat. Short hike and not much for views. See a bit of the river at points.

Beautiful hike..

Is a excellent way to start a know Banff better.

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