Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Bighorn No 8 with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great trail to do with the kids. We had a nice sunny spot for a picnic once we reached the falls.

great trail

hiking
12 days ago

Easy trail that leads to a small waterfall. I suggest if you are a local to wait until a weekday as it's extremely busy on weekends. You can be in and out in less than 2 hours if you keep a steady pace. Plenty of climbing opportunities along the way.

Two separate parking lots, both lead to the same trails. At first the sound of the nearby industrial area is easily heard but soon drowns out when you enter the canyon.

Great trail! Only noise was from the nearby factory and once past it, it wasn’t too bad. ! Super quiet.

Bathrooms and paved parking . Will do again for sure !

hiking
13 days ago

Easy hike, but gets a bit monotonous after a while. Great for rock climbing, but hard on the feet if you’re hiking. Ended with a pretty waterfall.

Nice hike but most of the trail is loose rock. The canyon is pretty nifty and not overly challenging with a toddler in a pack. Lots of people were on the trail when we went.

Good hike! Took my girlfriend who is fairly new to hiking and she really enjoyed the hike! Wasn’t a huge fan of the construction or power lines but not a huge deal as the majority of the hike your away from all the noise. Very neat to see the cave drawings along the way as well as the valley of inuksuks!

nature trips
21 days ago

We went for a late afternoon stroll last week. It’s a super easy trail and very pristine. We were absorbed by the quietness, birds chirping around us. Great to reflect and release and be back fresh.
About a 45 minutes walk. There’s no picnic table - so bring your chair.

Definitely visit in the winter! Wear shoes with good grip, or some sort of cleat.

Great little hike. The only reason we aren't giving it 5 stars- the first km or so is below power lines and loud due to construction. Once you get through that section of the trail, you'll enjoy a beautiful stroll. oh, and TAKE THE CANYON ROUTE! Fun and beautiful!

on Grotto Canyon Trail

1 month ago

Such a beautiful, easy hike. Went up to the (hopefully abandoned??) bear cave past the waterfall. Crowds completely die after that point, very peaceful.

hiking
1 month ago

Some nice views along the way up, once the canyon opens up the path isn't marked the greatest but it leaves a lot of room for exploring. I would recommend this as a nice afternoon outing and would do it again.

absolute shit. walk under a powerline a couple hundred meters from a loud plant for a view worst than the ones from the road

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike in the winter and I think that is the best season to see it! The frozen waterfalls are spectacular. Not a hard hike, little elevation gain if you go along the river, but it does get windy.

Lots of logging nearby. Followed the rocky riverbed through canyon and thought it was a challenging but beautiful hike. Got to have good shoes and poles though!

Very Poor. Power line stroll with excellent views of a man made quarry. Waterfall is 2 ft high, extremely disappointing and a waste of time. Rocky walk with plenty of opportunities to twist your ankle! Canmore should be ashamed.

hiking
1 month ago

Conditions are good. River bed is dry and easy to navigate.

Nice and easy. Great waterfall pictographs and inukshuks

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail for a beginner hiker. First part is pretty bland, but it gets better once you actually start going up the stream. All around average.

Beautiful rocky canyon trail! Supportive footwear a must.

Easy hike. Lots of loose and big gravel. 60-80 minutes round trip. Take a coffee and enjoy the bench seat of the Bow Valley.

very stony path leading up to and through the canyon. at first I thought it wasn't that great until we got deeper and it was so awesome to be so deep down and the small waterfall was lovely to have a beer next to. can get really windy so take a wind breaker. start June still have to walk over ice for a few metres near the end but most melted. wear waterproof boots. not spectacular but was a nice change in scenery and I think worth the exploring.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice easy trail with some pretty views.

Beautiful views! Short and sweet!

walking
2 months ago

Always enjoy the canyon walk up to waterfalls at end. Look 3/4 way up on left for faint pictographs

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike with kids!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful, short, and sweet.

Went out today, lots of melt! Wear waterproof boots/crampons/gators will make for a great hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Quick little hike. Great to see so much multi-use out of this area. Families, dogs, wildlife, rock climbers all out today. Very rocky trail, suggest good footwear and to know the possibility of getting wet feet from crossing the stream and ice on some of the rocks still.

Nice spot, really cool to be inside the canyon looking up rather than down for a change. Short and sweet - still need to be able to hike on loose gravel/stones. A little bit of ice still in some spots but a nice walk.

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