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Great view on top, easy to walk, not a lot of snow! I would recommand :)

Stunning hike, easy terrain. Beautiful after first snowfalls

Did this hike on November 12th

Easy hike, lovely views in the canyon - get here early as the trail gets busy!

Took the fam here last year, was awesome, busy but awesome.

me and my friends did this hike today ....very nice easy hike ...no slippery sections ....there was snow but easy to manage...beautiful views of Barrier lake and Mount Baldy .

hiked this circuit today, Nov 10. Snow covered trail and the scramble to the summit is intense. definetly wish I packed extra socks and gloves, didn't expect knee deep snow. AMAZING views. not for the faint hearted. took us newbies 5 hrs to complete. didn't give this 5 stars only because lack of direction during decent from summit. golden eagles are big.

4 days ago

Some challenging scrambling near the top, but the view is amazing!

This should really be rated as easy- if you can do it in jeans it’s not that difficult. Beautiful views of Banff at the top, great hike if you want to squeeze something quick and easy into your day. Wise to bring spikes in winter- there were a couple sections where they would have been appreciated.

Nov 3, 2018
Johnston Canyon was awesome—is great if you love water. The river through the canyon was beautiful. Easy hike on paved trail. The trail to ink pots was a bit more difficult, but not too intense. We rented crampons and made heavy use of them (lots of steep icy inclines). The ink pots are nestled in a valley next to the upper river. While not as bright blue as we expected due to the cloud cover, they were still amazing. The surrounding mountain views are awesome too—we sat for a while and had a snack before making the trek back.

nice hike.

We loved this hike! Did today, brought our pup and it was perfect. Windy walking around the lake to get to the trail but besides that awesome! Gets steep by the look out point. Beautiful views would do again :)

After seeing Johnston Canyon, you can continue the uphill and slightly monotonous trail to the Ink Pots. The Ink pots are pretty cool and there’s a steam near them, but I would spend time hiking elsewhere if I had it to do over again.

Did this trail on October 28th. Was very clear, showed a bit in the peak but warmed up. Packed snow on jewel pass section but manageable with spikes. Great view and a decent work out. Finished in just under 4 hours with a few breaks.

Hiked on 11.1.18
Microspikes and poles up to the tea house. Heard multiple avalanches..Attempted to walk to the lookout point but turned around about 3/4 of the way due to high snow, unsure footing and avalanche risk.
Overall excellent hike had the whole area to ourselves just be prepared.

late fall is great for serenity, as I heard it gets quite busy.

This this one about 3 weeks ago. Loved Johnston Canyon! Was a tiny bit disappointed with the Ink Pots, but still a very beautiful place.

Just wow...must-see waterfalls. The trail was good, easy peasy up to the upper water falls...from there to the summit, cardio-strength exercise...btw, it was a bit icy, but I made it with running shoes...from the summit to the ink pots, cleats must be worn, sharp slopes covered with ice. In total, I loved it :) take a look at photos I took

Not a hard hike, easy trail starting with trees and ending in a freezing cold lake. Be prepared for a wait at the ridge as you are essentially hiking w a huge group of people. Fun, but won’t do it again.

Awesome trail. Just did it yesterday, I recommend spikes as it is pretty snowy and icy going up. The views are amazing and going down through the scree makes for a quick and fun decent.

Great little day hike. Took my dog with me and had no issues. Recommend traction cleats for sure. A few slippery spots had us sliding down on our butts. Will have to go back in the summer and check it out again when it’s not frozen over.

Nice fall hike. Great condition for late in the year as of Saturday, October 27. Only hiking shoes required to the top.

As I tell everyone I meet, this is by far my favourite hike in the world. It is an absolute thrilling adventure.

great views and moderate difficulty

It was a nice uphill hike with beautiful views.

Great family hike that is so kid friendly this is an extremely busy from spring thaw to early September hike that is used by many different skill levels.

Little bit of effort for some great rewards. Some beautiful views!

Did this hike on Oct 20, beautiful views of town & mountains from the top. Ice cleets required.

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