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

hiking
9 hours ago

Easy hike. Beautiful spots to sit and admire the creek and lots of good picnic spots. Conditions are good all dry, no muddy spots.

Just ok!

busy trail up to the upper falls (about half way through). after upper falls, it was a pretty boring 2 miles in the trail until you reach the inkpots. the inkpots are unique and set in the middle of a gorgeous expansive valley.

hiking
22 hours ago

So rewarding

hiking
23 hours ago

We absolutely loved it! The scrambles were a bit tricky in places but views were phenomenal!

Great view at the top! Lots of switchbacks

You should defenetly start out early as it gets very busy during the day. Great and rewarding hike.

Excellent hike with waterfalls, mountain views and the ink pots. Trail is already in good shape. Get out early to stay ahead of the crowds. They thin out after the upper falls.

The trail has a good balance of everything. It’s pretty steep all the way up but not so steep as to make it unenjoyable. You start off in trees and make it up to a rocky ridge. Then hike back down into a valley with trees where the lake is. We went in mid May and the lake was still pretty much frozen solid so we couldn’t fish. Great overall day hike me and my buddies made it up and down in exactly 3 hours with 5 pound day packs.

Closed until Mid June as of May 15th 2018

The terrain was a bit tricky in places but the views throughout and at the top were amazing!

Just went to the falls. Very well maintained path until we hit some snow. Couldn’t seem to find the trail for about 10 minutes just before the falls but forged a path through the snow which was still doable. Super easy and the water is incredibly clear right now. About 4.5 hours round trip just to the falls at a moderate rate.

hiking
3 days ago

a gorgeous hike to take. there's a few off the trail paths that lead to amazing spots well worth it.

early walk in the morning with friends so great, love the nature so much!

on Ptarmigan Cirque

walking
3 days ago

Fantastic walk with awesome views from the top.
We came across big sheep, ptarmigan, wolverines and a marmot. Can get busy in the middle of summer, I recommend going early in the season as all the meadow flowers are out.

Did this hike today in late may and it was good. Very popular and busy. Quite easy. Views from the top were good and you could see all of Banff. The gondola and restaurants up top took away from the experience of hiking it and make it feel like a very touristy spot. But it’s a good quick heart racing hike if you want to ease yourself into harder trails.

A bit muddy and waist deep snow up top as of May 19. Beautiful frozen alpine lake this time of year!

awesome Trail beautiful mountain,,
but I wish people respect nature not leave garbage on the trail ,,

hiking
4 days ago

Awesome hike to enjoy with the whole family. We did however see a black bear by the parking lot in the bush. So be sure to check online for bear sittings before you go out, and don't forget bear spray!

Nice hike, dry and well-marked. Too busy at the summit but it's worth it. 3 hours return.

hiking
4 days ago

nice easy hike. The first waterfall is nice, but if you go up to the skinny trail along the cliff (to the left of the troll head), you will come across at least two other falls that are better. You can find the other trail pretty easily, just don't bring your dog or little kids. The footing in some areas if you try to get closer was slippery and a bit sketchy.

I recommend doing the more difficult route! Nicer views. If so, do yourself a favour and don’t wear sandals!

We took the alternate route up (turned left rather than right at the first major view point) and found that the top third of the hike was pretty challenging on steep scree. That being said, the route up to the scree was beautiful and the views at the top are absolutely stunning. We added the 2kms over to the true summit to the east and felt it was definitely worthwhile as the views continue to be impressive. We did cross some deep snow in that section but following others footsteps we didn’t need spikes. Found four ticks on us after the hike!

Great hike for all ages. Mostly incline on the way up but worth it!

I just attempted this hike this past May long weekend on a four day backpack. I would say do not try to go to lake of the falls until later in the season! We hiked about half of the day from the fork between lake of the falls and landslide, and we encountered a couple feet of snow covering a deep Creek that will go over and into your boots. We tried to go up and around the side of the mountain instead of near the water but that ended up leaving us much too high and very late in the day. we ended up turning back and making camp near the fork. Take caution on the trail this early and don't take unnecessary risks.
Go to landslide instead! it's a much nicer, shorter and better marked path.

Super crowded near the parking lot and the first waterfall - but keep going and soon you’ll be all by yourself - if you’re looking for the photo op. There are lots of great places to take pictures, water falls, on top of rocks, good views of the valley and mountains - if your looking for hiking - this is a short trail it took about a little over an hour to complete with a 5 year old leading the charge, good little starter trail or for young kids, but little re-hike value as even the side trails are only a few feet away from the main trail.

hiking
4 days ago

Great Hike, little boring at first but once you reach the first fall and then go exploring up hill the falls above the first one are more beautiful and it seemed like you could just keep going and see more. Wish we had the time to go further. I will defiantly go back again and in the winter!

Really nice short loop. Very crowded near the parking lot but it thins out pretty quickly after the first big hill. Lovely for kids and families.

hiking
4 days ago

We suggest doing the "difficult" path up and the "easy" path down. Very very steep stone steps on the "difficult" side which might be a bit too tricky for very small kids or older folks and the path is a little unstable in places. Trail can get a little tight (and therefore a bit more dangerous) when crowded so come early. Absolutely beautiful payoff at the top, the lakes are a must-see.

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