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Fun winter hike! Absolutely beautiful.

Take the guided hike on Athabasca Glacier. It is awesome. Dress warm and tread lightly. Glad they gave us crampons. My profile pic is of my wife and me on this glacier.

Just do it!!

Beautiful and easy walk in -30 weather

one of the best trails ever hiked in my 68 years of life!

Did the trail to the Upper Falls on February 8th right after the snowfall. Beautiful hike. Used yaktrax’s to help steady myself on the trail. Probably didn’t need them. Highly recommend for beginners

So beautiful! Definitely take shoe spikes in the winter! Lifesavers!

Easy family trail/walk. It's crowded even in winter, I couldn't imagine during summer with strollers... Cleats recommended. Nice view and fun for kids.

scenic driving
1 month ago

Drive from Lake Louise to the Athabaska Glacier and hiked to the toe of the Glacier. Loved it

Feb 04.
My phone died, so the recording is inaccurate.

-15, still comfortable temperature as long as the appropriate clothing is used.

Some steeper parts, but has rails almost the whole way along, handy. Hiking sandles would be comfortable in the summer. Saw several kids around 5yo doing just fine. Path is narrow especially with heavy traffic, strollers not ideal.

Completed this in 1hr at a moderate pace, plenty of stops for photos.

VERY busy in the summer until past the upper Falls.

great winter hike! so beautiful.

Nice leisurely walk for all ages, beautiful scenery busy during the day with lineups on the foot bridge near the lower falls.

Great variety and beautiful winter terrain

Dec 9/17 - we started out around 1130 and the trail was not overly busy. The weather was mild and the trail was very slippery in many areas. Though many other hikers were struggling and having difficulty with the trail, we had purchased Hillsound Crampon Pros and had no traction issues, even on the icy inclines. We ventured up above the upper falls towards the ink pots but turned back as my girlfriend had a recent knee injury that was starting to flare up. It was a very enjoyable hike. Without the cleats it would have been very difficult and a good way to risk injury.... as we saw from one of the more unfortunate people who were coming back with facial lacerations and a bruised ego.

Good beginners hike or if you only have a little time in the Banff area.

Nice walk, not really a hike. Wouldn’t recommend in the winter, it was super icy; If so you definitely cleats. It Was busy even in December.

Beautiful hike! The trail was a bit icy in places but with cleats it was no problem. The falls in winter are something to see.

Full of snow, but fun!

Great views. Make sure you have spikes for shoes. Trail gets very slippery and difficult but worth I️t for the views and experience. We hopped the rails at both waterfalls for some incredible views.

I wanted to pick a decent day to do this trail when the falls were frozen to take some pictures. With a forecast of +5C and mainly sunny skies I got what I wanted. The trail is easy, mostly on boardwalks attached to the canyon walls, kind of busy (even for late November) but nothing like it would be in the busy months. The sign said close to one million people do at least pat of the trail every year. It's a must-do for anyone visiting Banff. We spent roughly 2 hours on the trail. Ice grips on the boots were essential. The snow was wet and extremely slippery. Can't imagine what it would be like early in the day after a night below freezing. Lots of people with normal hikers and such were slip sliding all over the place. Not fun. This was our second hike to the upper falls, next time we'll go in the spring and go right to the Ink Pots.

Great winter hike!

Love this hike. If you’re going to the Ink Pots in the winter months, be sure to wear proper footwear as it’s very slippery.

Very nice, but get there early. The lot fills up quickly and the trail gets crowded

The best hike I’ve ever done. Even better, it ends with food, and delicious food at that! I’d do this trail a hundred times over.

Beautiful trail for all skill levels (although not difficult). Waterfalls and rock walls are stunning.

This trail offered stunning views during the entire hike, from trailhead to summit. The trail was completely snowed under in late October, but there were enough markers and trail railings after treeline to keep you on track. An absolute must, and the drive to the trail was gorgeous.

Nice trail, with some great views of the falls. No gear needed.

Nice trail. We did not get high enough to see the lake from the mountain or to the tea house (only 2.5 miles up) due to a bear sighting on the trail. Crampons not needed yet, but poles should be used as there are some icy/snowy/slushy spots.

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