Explore the most popular trail running trails near Banff with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

18 hours ago

Busy and tight some places but after upper falls to Ink Pots it clears out.

on Tunnel Mountain Trail

1 day ago

Snowy today and a bit slippery in parts. Be sure to wear layers, hat, gloves, proper hiking boots, and bring poles if you are not steady. Was able to complete the hike in an hour. No views today because of the weather.

A nice walk on a paved path through a lovely canyon. Don’t go looking for a hike, but the scenery is nice. It was a rainy day and still there were many people on the trail, don’t want to imagine it on a sunny day. The trail to ink pots is much better - packed dirt path and less people. These are definitely worth the walk, beautiful mountain backdrop and the ink pots are beautiful.

Pretty easy trail. The trail is well travelled so it's nice and wide open. Great views from the top. Good short hike if you're looking for something that's not hard but still gives great views

6 days ago

Rather boring thru unimpressive Johnston Canyon and the lower/upper falls. Paved path good for families and seniors. Lots of people dropped off by buses. We continued onto the Ink Pots via a rather steep hike (dirt trail); the crowds thin out. The Ink Pots are very interesting and worth the hike.

Very easy paved path with railing for the majority of the route. Beautiful waterfall/river/canyon views but extremely crowded. 10-15 minute lines at each viewpoint so we turned back after the second waterfall before going further to the ink pots.

Loved this trail! The waterfall Is beautiful and the ink pots are a beautiful hue if turquoise and and a nice place for a picnic.

Was a great little hike. Took about 1.5 hours including picture stops. Some snow today and a bit of mud, but not too bad and still good footing.

9 days ago

We hiked this trail in the snow and although we couldn’t see much from the top due to clouds and snow coming down, it was a beautiful hike through the trees. It’s always nice to be the first footprints into freshly fallen snow and the quiet since we were the only ones on the trail was refreshing. We did not do the loop since the snow was making it a little bit harder to follow the trail. It was rated moderate but I would call it an easy moderate.

Beautiful easy hike. It could get pretty crowded so just make sure you get there early so you can actually enjoy it

11 days ago

A fairly quick (1-1.5 hours at a casual pace) hike with some great views of the Bow Valley to the East and West (including the town of Banff). Certainly can be done by people of all ages and abilities, but there are some steeper sections could tire some people out that are not in great shape so would recommend going slow if you are fairly new to hiking. Experienced hikers and those in good shape can get up pretty quickly and as some have mentioned there are usually some people running the trail. Some of the best views are on the way up especially to the East side of the mountain over the Banff Springs Golf Course and Rundle Mountain.

13 days ago

Did this hike on a Friday (Sept 7) arriving at The main parking lot around 4pm to find ample parking. It wasn’t too crowded and we were one of the last people on Trail when we finished around 7:30pm. Arriving at ink pots was favorite of the hike with great views later in the day. There were some tough inclines but all enjoyable.

Too many people from parking lot 1 all the way up to upper falls but then a very pleasant trail with much less traffic up to the ink pots. Beautiful scenery. Enjoyed a snack next to the running water before making the return trip.

14 days ago

As many have commented, the portion of the trail to the upper falls is very, very popular and crowded. However, the canyon, creek, and falls are very pretty and worth dealing with the crowds. After the upper falls we still encountered many people but at least it seemed like a real hike. We enjoyed the views of the mountains at the ink pots, as well as the ink pots. We thought the trail rating of moderate is appropriate. Overall, this is a very nice hike despite the crowds

I love this hike, I do it every time I visit. An easy walk or run up, and you get great views! Perfect to do with a doggo at your side.

We arrived about 7:30 five days ago and it was wonderful as not many people were there. We felt
like we had the place to ourselves. It was so beautiful. We hiked on to the ink pots. So uphill. We didn’t enjoy as there weren’t really any views and it seem to go on forever. The ink pots were pretty and the Mountain View was pretty, but not really worth it. I guess we’re getting spoiled with the majestic beauty all around us out here!

They are not joking when they describe this trail as heavily used. On the Falls Trail at times it felt like we were dealing with the TSA lines at an airport. Both falls are beautiful. If you want an alpine experience I recommend hiking all the way to the Inkpots - the meadow and stream are beautiful but the Inkpots were a little disappointing. The lower trail is easier because it's paved but still a workout! Getting to the Inkpots involved some very steep terrain so be prepared.

Not much to see here and is really kinda gross with all of the horse manure. Did see fresh bear tracks on a lookout near the river.

difficult to follow

this was more of a walk close to town then a hike but overall still some nice views.For the view point of Bow falls if you want to make a further walk you can walk on either side of the bridge to get 2 different view points. Also I geared off at the start of the trail and there was vermillion lakes that you could view too

A lot of people until Upper falls but the way is beautiful, you can go down in some places out of the path enabled. From Upper until Ink Pots is calm and a little long, forest and some view mountains. The end is a beautiful open landscape with natural pools that remanate water. I spent 3 hours.

Beautiful trail - just too crowded to the falls.

Started at about 10:30 and got super lucky finding a parking spot in the main lot. It was packed going up to the falls but once you turned to go to the ink pots, it was a great, less busy trail. The hills up are a good workout but the last part to the ink pots are downhill. Beautiful view that opens up with bubbling glacial water. Absolutely recommend.

Parked at 7:30 and there were 5 other cars there. We had the trail to ourselves on the way out. Johnston Canyon and the waterfalls were fun. Trail to Ink Pots is wide and mostly up hill. Ink Pots were so cool. On the way back, Johnston Canyon was PACKED with families so I’m glad we got to enjoy it on the way out.

loved it. gotta go really early. made all the difference.

easiest hike ever!

The view is a-m-a-z-i-n-g! Your’e gonna end up in a valley, there’s a few ink pots, a lot of moutains, the river. 1/2 part of the trek is easy (until the little and big cascade) after the 2/2 is a moderate trail. You can also take 1,2 other trek after this (that I know)!

Loved the views and the challenge of the hike. Took some beautiful photos. very scenic. I recommend this.
Definitely go early weekday.

I really enjoyed this trail, and I’m thankful I went early! If you don’t like big crowds, get there by 7/7:30. I hiked to Ink pots and had the place to myself! On the way back, the trail was much busier. It was a beautiful hike with a variety of scenery to enjoy!

Great moderate hike! I was a little disappointed with how much of it was man made but also very appreciative because of the amazing views the man made “trail” allowed us to see! It was very very busy when we made our way back at 10-11am. Best to go early to really enjoy.

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