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6 hours ago

3 stars just might be me being picky...if I lived in Banff and just needed a quick up/down hike I would do this. Being from a bigger city, though, I like the views of a hike to be without civilization in them... that said, if you want a view of Banff town & surrounding area, this will suit you just fine.

Great hike and amazing views !

Amazing view, but not the best experience. The lookout is so crowded, it’s like a mosh pit.

Note that the trail is icy. However, as of the 20th of October, the bus road is closed, and not as slippery. Best that you walk up this road if you don’t have cleats.

This is a great trail to get some fantastic views of the waterfalls Johnston Canyon has to offer. The trail is improved/paved until you reach the upper falls and then it is a well marked dirt trail that is easy to follow. After the upper falls we needed hiking spikes as the trail was rather icy in spots and for the final descent into the valley that holds the ink pots. Overall a moderate hike if you go all the way to the pots. The views at the Ink Pots are worth the hike themselves but the waterfalls are spectacular and really offer some great views along the way.

it is closed now!

Completed this hike on the 15th of October. Provides some breathtaking views, and only takes 30-45 minutes to reach the peak. Great reward for little effort! :)
As mentioned, it can be a bit slippery. However, no ice cleats needed, just take care.

hiking
6 days ago

Did this hike at sunrise 10/13. We had yaktraks but didn’t need them. Quick little summit great for a morning hike from lowed by breakfast in town.

Beautiful hike! Mirror Lake is very small and frozen now but a nice picture spot. Another half mile takes you to Lake Agnes which is also frozen but pretty. Tea house is closed but you can get a sense for its quaintness. Some steep parts of the hike and it’s snowy so you will want spikes.

Favourite lake in Banff!! ❤️

5 starts for the lake itself but too crowded for my liking.

Did this hike on 10/9/18 lots of ice because of the Early snowfall this past week the hike was easy and the views were spectacular a great in town hike if you just have a half a day and need something fun to do.

V nice super easy slipped a bunch icy as tits.

We did this hike last Sunday (October 7). It was very easy (as it's just walking, no scrambling or anything like that), but you NEED ice cleats - otherwise it's very slippery and can be dangerous. We saw some people without ice cleats who were going down literally on their butts.
Due to ice and snow, it was not crowded (we went at around 1pm).

This is a very easy trail that is paved most of the way with handrails! The waterfalls are beautiful - however this is such a well know place make sure to get up super early to beat lots of crowds or try going during the week.

This hike is very steep. It goes straight up until you get to the tea house. We went in August and it was a brisk day. We started about mid day. It started to get chilly and rain as we were going up so make sure you bring clothing if the weather changes. Lakes were beautiful. Its not a long hike but it challenged me due to he straight incline. Once we got to the tea house it was packed with people there was no where to sit or even stand for that matter. We got tea because why not!Everyone was crowed in the tea house because it was cold and raining. Once we were there the views were not spectacular because we were basically in a rain cloud. But still recommend it and recommend doing it early to avoid crowds. An experience you should have when at lake Louise.

Really enjoyed this hike not to difficult and had great views at the top we hiked on 10/8/18 in a light snow fall lots of ice so crampons were needed to be safe.

hiking
14 days ago

Family friendly hike, a view of the Banff townsite at the end.

If there is one must do hike in the Canadian Rockies .. must be this one for the view .. easy, short, breathtaking view!!

My review is from the perspective of an amateur landscape photographer.

The trail is ranked as moderate and that's an accurate rating. I'm 62 and in good health didn't have any trouble complementing the hike. The highlights of this hike are the lower and upper falls and the meadows at the end of the trail. ( If you are exhausted from just hiking the lower falls then you should consider turning back. The trail gets steeper from there)

You'll need a tripod and perhaps a ND filter to capture both the lower and upper falls with the "flowing" water effect. You'll also need lots of patience as this is a very popular hike and there is very little room to setup a tripod without someone bumping into you. But if is worth the effort.

If you have made it to the Upper Falls and you still have lots of energy, then you should proceed to the "Ink Pots" . Personally I find the ink pots nit to be very photogenic but the valley/meadows they sit in is one of the prettiest I've ever seen. You have a large meadow surrounded by snow capped mountains with a glacially fed stream running through the middle. I spent two hours just wondering around shooting various compositions, having a great time.

One caution: These are the Canadian Rockies. You need to be prepared for cold weather even in the summer

Highly recommended.

Easy hike up, even with the snow. A little slippery in places on the way down but round trip including stops for photos only took 1 hr 40 min. Beautiful views, moderately trafficked on this weekday afternoon.

Very pretty view of Peyto Lake right after the snow storm. Please wear the proper gear as we saw people slipping all over the place. Take the trek up to the left to view beautiful snow covered forests.

easy walk to the top

Easy walk with exceptionally stunning views!

hiking
19 days ago

Great family hike. Very well maintained. Tea house food was awesome. Recommend that you go early. Less crowds.

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful trail even in snow that fell today (and still is falling). We had Yaktrax and poles which made the climbing manageable. Those without poles were sliding and falling. Parking seems to always be a challenge however arriving at 11:30 we found a spot. The walk down was a kick with our gear. 2 house from the parking lot to the tea house floor; 40 minutes down.

Prefect spot to propose, and she said yes

hiking
19 days ago

I honestly really enjoyed this hike. It was my first time doing this hike, but my boyfriends 2nd. I was stubborn and thought my runners were fine (as its what I climb most moutains in) but boy was I wrong. We started earlier in the morning, and the trail was fairly snowcovered, over a foot near the top of fresh powder. I couldnt scramble to the summit, because of how icy it was in combination to my footwear but made it to the turn around point. The view was awesome, but fairly clouded over while it started to snow!

hiking
19 days ago

This review is actually for the Teahouse Circuit: A physically challenging but truly rewarding hike. I did this hike in early October on a snowy day. Visibility wasn’t great, but the glimpses I could see of my surroundings were incredible. I started on the Lake Louise shoreline trail, then continued on to the Plain of Six Glaciers trail. The hike up to the Plain of Six Glaciers teahouse wasn’t too steep, but there were sections toward the top that were really slushy and wet. You are essentially walking through a stream at times. Make sure you have proper footwear. On the way to the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse, you will pass signs indicating a trail to Lake Agnes so you will need to backtrack a bit to take the Highline trail. Once you reach the end of the Highline trail, you will see a trail sign, indicating what direction to take to reach Big Beehive, Mirror Lake, and Lake Agnes. Lake Agnes is listed twice because you can reach it going a shorter route or the longer route which will take you up a stretch of pretty steep inclines. I took the longer route. At the top of the steep inclines, you can take a right to go to the Big Beehive viewpoint and then backtrack a bit to head off downhill to see Lake Agnes. I recommend going to the Big Beehive viewpoint if you have the time. Otherwise head down the series of switchbacks that will take you down to Lake Agnes. Beautiful views but the trail can be steep and was definitely slippery and snow covered when I went. You will curve along the backside of the lake and around it before you reach the Lake Agnes Teahouse. Then take the Lake Agnes trail down. You will pass by Mirror Lake, and as you head down, you can catch a few glimpses of Lake Louise. There are really only 2 or 3 places where you are able to get a good view of the end of the lake. The water always seems bluer the higher up you are. This is a long and worthwhile hike. Remember to pack accordingly - lots of water, layers, snacks, and cash for the teahouses which are open typically from June to early October (check online ahead of time).

Amazing views and moderate intensity trail. Rewarding trip to the summit.

hiking
21 days ago

Super trail and Lake Agnes was beautiful! The hike was steep and had lots of rocks at the end but well worth it. We arrived at Lake Louise at around peek time, they said parking was full but we still took our chances and found a spot right away. Super lucky! We started at 415pm and and got down by around 6pm. Easier with walking poles for sure.

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