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Amazing views, easy to hike. Very close from Canmore .
be prepared to wear warm clothes because once you are walking in the canyon, it is cold.

You need ice cleats but is a fantastic experience to walk on iced watrer spring leading to water falls.

Did the canyon trail hike on February 9th. Needed yaktrax on the ice even with fresh snow. Do not recommend going without some sort of ice cleats or grips. Highly encourage trekking poles or ski poles for those less steady on their feet, especially coming back down. Worth the hike to see the ice climbers. We went past the climbers and blazed a trail in the new snow up past the cave to the right. Had lunch on a boulder and enjoyed the views

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22 days ago

Awesome hike completed Jan 30, 2018.

The main part is not really even a walk, but there is a great short steep walk up the hill.

Agree with others on the plant and needing good boots. Cleats help even more. Then again always wear good boots? Nice scenery otherwise and enjoyed it as a second hike because its easy. For an easy but longer day do both Grassi lakes and this one. Also found no one ventured past the double waterfalls and you can explore further and see the hoodoos etc.

Nice hike. Passing the plant wasn't great, but once you get past the noise the walk up to the falls is beautiful. Just before the falls is some hieroglyphics on the rock.
Wear something water proof so you can slide down the ice in some places (great spot at the falls), or let your kids, if you're boring.

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1 month ago

It was icy walking through the canyon. Ice cleats will certainly help. There are some slushy spots to make it easier. Water proof clothing for kids who like to play, our kid was soaking by the end. Was a nice day out. One thing is walking past the factory place wasn’t our favourite. Waterfalls looked great and you can see people climbing them. Helmets wouldn’t be a bad idea while walking through.

Short and simple but plenty to be awed with. :)

It was a good hike. I did it today, it was quite icy. Wear proper shoes / boots for water and ice.

on Grotto Canyon Trail

1 month ago

Great Hike!
A little short.

A walk on frozen water, view of frozen waterfall and mountains with snow all around u! Just amazing view! Very easy and short trail.

Completed this one in september, mostly a hike but you can sramble on some slabs if you go a bit off trail. Going towards the top it is more fun to shoot the gully to climb a bit of rock rather than travelling on the standard trail. However this is not recommended for return. On the way back down, there is an obvious trail leading around the scree/rock sections, but it is an awesome scree run with no large rocks and steep enough that you can gain some speed. By far the scree run was the most fun part, but be considerate of people above you because you will generate a lot of dust.

Big short steep hike up to the top. Tiring, but once you are up there you have a postcard picture of the amazing lake and mountains of Waterton. Highly recommend

hiking
2 months ago

Done today (December 17) ice cleats are definitely an asset - although you could probably make it to the falls without.
Creek is beautiful and half frozen!
Wouldn't call this a hike more of a nature walk but it gets you out to some incredible rock and places to explore!

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Completed the scramble to the summit at the end of September. We were very lucky that not many were attempting the summit at this time of the year, as this scramble can get very busy. There are rock hazards so after the pass, a helmet is needed, especially when busy. While we did not use them, would recommend bringing crampons (or atleast spikes/cleats) as well as an ice axe as the final approach to the summit can have snow and ice all year round. While you need to have good fitness to reach the summit in a reasonable time, never anything more than easy and some moderate scrambling at the crux.

Great winter hike. Make sure to look for the hieroglyphics on the left just before you get to the falls.

hiking
2 months ago

Did it on saturday and it was a bit icy and snowy but the view at the top was great !

Steep hike, great views up top but extremely windy!

hiking
2 months ago

my family and I love coming here!

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