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The hight of this canyon is impressive, the walk in the Johnston Canyon is prettier but this Canyon itself is more beautiful. The water's colour is unreal. The end is beautiful, come around noon to have the best light. It's not too crowed compare to the JC.
The walk is super easy, it's not even a hike. Perfect for smoky days like today.

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7 days ago

A nice way to end the old growth trail before stopping At the lodge for a beer.

After a full day of day hikes through Banff National Park, we stumbled upon this hike by accident. We already were exhausted so we made it to the bridge before we turned around (getting dark and my girlfriend was getting hangry). It was a great easy track up the switchbacks with awesome views. Lots of young trees with evidence of a past Forrest fire. Wish we had the time and energy to complete!

17 days ago

Great hike. Did the full hike with an 8 and 12 year old. The 8 year old has officially renamed this hike "tripping trail". We went right at the end of the trail, definitely glad we did. Lots to see on the extra loop, it's some effort up / down the scrambles but it pays off. Polls would have been great for these sections. This one has alot to see, one of our favorites this trip.

19 days ago

Great hike. The views through the first part are nice in new growth forest with abundant wildflowers .

Really enjoyed this hike! Arrived around 2 PM on a Monday and only saw a handful of other hikers. The hike up is not too difficult and then you come to a sign that says the trail is not maintained past that point - keep going! We took the trail up on the right and came down the left. It’s all scree and pretty steep inclines for the section of the trail past the sign. Suggest taking hiking poles. But worth it for the numerous waterfalls and views.

A long, all day hike. We parked up at the trail head on the Sinclair side and walked along the highway to find the trailhead so we would end by hiking directly to the car instead of along the highway at the end. We saw many bear signs such as scat on the trail but no bears. Definitely make sure to bring lots of water as we were a bit scarce by the end. The signage is a bit sketchy and we were worried for a while whether or not we were headed the right way but found our way back and recorded it to be just over 19km in total. There is however essentially one path to follow.

hiking
21 days ago

After years of driving past Marble Canyon on my way to and from the Kootenays, I finally stopped to check it out. The canyon is definitely impressive. Some have compared it to Johnston Canyon, but it's a different experience. You hike THROUGH Johnston Canyon, but you walk ABOVE Marble Canyon, looking down from viewpoints at the top of the rock walls high above the river.
I highly recommend taking the trail between Marble Canyon and the Paint Pots. It's an easy but spectacular 6.8 km out and back path through new growth forest which follows the Kootenay River. There was nobody else on the trail and with the wildflowers out in full force was truly an amazing walk. Pretty much flat the whole way, took less than 2 hours return.

hiking
22 days ago

This is a shorter family-friendly hike. Neat landscape. Best with ice cream afterwards.

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27 days ago

Good for beginners who want to challenge themselves! Definitely hike to the falls and the glacier! Amazing

walking
28 days ago

Nice hike, but it is much shorter than 2 to 3 hours. It only took us 50 minutes. Perhaps this is because a section of the trail is cordoned off.

hiking
29 days ago

A bit of an incline to warm up for about an hour and then a relatively flat approach into the valley. Would strongly recommend hiking past the decommissioned trail sign - to the right - so you can appreciate the numerous waterfalls and glacier from closer up.
It is a busy trail, and the parking lot fills up very quickly on weekends.
Overall lots of water and cool air along a family friendly trail.

hiking
29 days ago

The hike up was rather uneventful but after you pass the 'bat cave" (with no bats) you are blessed with numerous cascading waterfalls. Waterproof boots are necessary

hiking
1 month ago

Favorite!! Incredible views all the way!
The first km or so is a steady climb. After that a nice relaxing trail with good variety in terrain. Really fun & suitable for young’ns too. Even if you can’t make it all the way, it’s still a rewarding hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy hike off the side of the highway. It is worth the stop just to see the canyons and falls.

walking
1 month ago

Nice stop off of the side of the road if you’re looking for a quick hike. Not as spectacular as the paint pots in Banff but it was nice to see the different color clay soil.

After a grueling hike 2 days ago, looking for something a bit more manageable. The first 1.5 miles or so are a gentle walk through some new growth and many downed old trees. Once you reach the signs say that the trail is not maintained beyond that point, I strongly recommend you continue up either the left trail to the top of the central cliff wall face or the right side toward the towering falls on the vertical face to the right. It is a loop, so you can go around. You will be rewarded by a magnificent waterfall through the center of the canyon and many new falls that cannot be seen from the end of the maintained trail. Views of valley below and many peaks around are stunning. Many different geological features and just plain gorgeous. A new addition to my top 5 favorite hikes.

1 month ago

Great hike! Started out early, so really didn't see anyone until we started heading down. It was non stop people by then. Arrived just in time at the parking area to stop a guy from blocking us in to our parking spot - guess the overflow on the road wasn't to his liking and double parking seemed to suit him better. Recommend weekday - morning to hike this.

1 month ago

My daily walk / hike from our summer place. It’s a great family hike for kids, adults and seniors. If you’re moving you can get to the top in about 15 min and down in about 13, but what’s the rush? Take your time and enjoy the nature.

Before you hike it, look at the hoodoos from the highway or the Hoodoo gas station / campground so you get a sense of where you’re going to be heading and what it looks like from below.

Couple notes to help out: 1) there are no garbage or recycling bins along the trail or at the trailhead. Bring out what you bring in. 2) stay on the trail. Can’t emphasize this enough. Watch out for children and pets (on leash) at the top. 3) relatively speaking, the toughest section is the 400m after the gate. There are many flat spots after this. 4) enjoy and stop at the Hoodoo gas station for an ice cream afterwards. The kids’ size is $3.50 and plenty big enough.

An easy trail until the sign warns that beyond is not maintained, from there it gets to be a hard go. The easy section is a narrow trail with gradual switchbacks with roots and rocks on the path. Short tree growth allows views of both the valley and river. Once across the bridge the incline increases but still an easy go. I watched for the flowers while my husband was counting the butterfly species that crossed our path. Once we got to the end of the maintained trail we went to the right as was suggested. Definitely a scramble hike up to the ice caves and beyond to the glacier. The trail is unclear at many times on the right but rock cairns helped us navigate to the top. Once at the top we sat on a rock and enjoyed the gushing water and sights all around us. We descended on the left side which was a mix of loose rocks and a steep incline to a trail that was somewhat packed and easy to find. I agree that I would climb the right and descend the left as I find it easier to get a footing on loose rock going up than down. One of the most spectacular hikes we have been on in the area. Water falls, rivers, glaciers, ice caves, alpine meadows, rock beds, it has it all in one location. You can pick and choose what you want to see and what you will do next time.

hiking
1 month ago

We were here on Canada Day. So it was kind of busy. It was raining by the time we got here but then it stopped raining as we started the hike. Few folks on their way down told us they experienced hail when they were at the top. The initial part of the trail needs more effort compared to what is required in the second half of the trail. So an easy to moderate trail overall. It becomes harder, steeper and less defined by the end. So quite a few people turn back from there while few take up the challenge to venture out further. Provides incredible views all along.

1 month ago

Super nice! Was very windy at the top, I recommend having some sunglasses as the sand picks up easy. Easy hike

hiking
1 month ago

Full disclosure--I probably wouldn't have stopped here but my wife suggested it on a cloudy day when other more iconic sites were obscured. I'm glad I listened to my wife--the pools of yellow, orange, and green are incredibly vivid and reflect the shadows of the surrounding trees like some kind of psychedelic artwork. And we had the place to ourselves, which was rare on our trip to the area in July. Your shoes/boots will probably get muddy on the trail but I liked it as a reminder of the interesting colors in the sediment of this area.

The official trail is a nice easy hike that starts with about 11 mellow switchbacks. The low new growth makes for some nice views. The end of the official trail is where the real fun begins, with a climb up the valley walls to the plateau and glacier at the end. We took the trail on the left side of the valley up and the trail on the right side down, I’d probably ascend the right side trail if I did it again. Wear good hiking boots and would recommend poles (we didn’t have any and the descent on loose rocks was extra slow going). The views are incredible, from the end of the official trail and the plateau.

Damn sweet hike
Excellent for running
You will come to a sign at the top saying you reached Stanley glacier but you can then make your own trail to the top. So sweet! Just be careful on the way down lose rocks and steep

nature trips
1 month ago

Incredible rush of blue water through narrow, deep cracks in the rocks. Got a brief window to visit on an otherwise cloudy rainy day and this was a highlight when other scenic sights were obscured by clouds. Well worth a stop.

hiking
1 month ago

Honestly not worth the effort.

Quick run down: went on the trail at the end of June and honestly it seems like it hasn’t been maintained for 5 years (or the latter half of it at least). The first 8 or so km is OK, but there are still a lot of fallen logs and overgrown bush on the trail to contend with. After this 8km point the trail gets really funky, landslides and completely overgrown areas crowd the trail. Stay near the river to make it all the way to the 10km turn off sign, which the trail is incredibly difficult to follow - even for an experienced hiker. Didn’t actually make it to the sharp incline to the top of Kauffman’s Lake as rain set in and the trail was unfindable. Do your best to follow a few of the rock structures we set up to indicate the trail. Otherwise you’re simply hiking through and forest destroyed by a fire.

hiking
1 month ago

I recommend this hike because it offers a variety of sights and terrain. Personally, after using this app quite a bit in the Rockies, I would rate this hike as a moderate for sure.

un Trail veramente particolare, breve ma molto suggestivo. Vale una camminata!

1 month ago

This is a fantastic break spot to get in a quick hike. Easy with really spectacular views. Better than Johnston Canyon in my view. Not crowded and we were there on the Friday of the July long weekend.

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