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This place is sooooo crowded, and it's not a hike. I'm usually doing 20 miles a day, so this is a joke. ... Still, I have to admit this might be the single most beautiful thing I've seen in Banff. Don't skip that for anything else, trust me!

hiking
13 days ago

Nice canyon , lots of people limited parking

Hubby and I took our Australian Shepherd to the upper falls on Monday (April 2) the trail is very well done, perfect those wanting a nice leisurely walk. Not really a hike, and unfortunately far too many people on the trail, way too crowded!!

One of my favourite hikes. Have been 8 times now. To avoid even the spring crowds go early or around 5 pm. Ruins it when you have hundreds of people on the trail with you.
If hiking in the spring you will have difficulties if you go in runners or flip flops or any of the other summer shoes I have encountered people struggling with on the trail. Buy or rent crampons/cleats and enjoy the steady climb up the canyon :)

hiking
22 days ago

Path is still clear during winter and spring. You can actually walk on a parallel path on the lake while it is frozen with somewhat better views because no trees blocking the way. The end of the lake leads to the Plain of Six Glaciers trail. Make sure to steer clear until avalanche season is over (Avalanche training expected to continue forward). Saw many unprepared tourists headed that way when I turned around. People have died in the Lake Louise area from being uneducated about avalanches in the last few years. Be smart!
Great views at the end of the lake side trail.

Easy hike; a little slippery at certain points. The views are amazing. Make sure to check out the cave!

Fun winter hike! Absolutely beautiful.

Very slippery. Need spikes, very busy trail this weekend

Beautiful view point. We wanted to see how far we could get to summit but with only crampons and no snow shoes we didn't make it very far as we frequently sunk to our waist's into the snow when trying to venture onto the path that the cross country skiers took. The walking trails did not extend very far up the mountain.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike for families with great views and scenery. Make sure you go down the canyon to the water and get a family photo! Well worth the stop. Not a lot of people in May.

Great short walk

Beautiful and easy walk in -30 weather

hiking
1 month ago

A beautiful pit stop that could be very easily overlooked! A short walk down the hill gets you to the canyon with gorgeous falls. You could make this a 30 minute stop, or carry on exploring the trails along the river.

Very beautiful in the winter, will be back in the summer when the falls are thawed! Nice hike, trail was narrow when I was there due to snow all but still walkable. Be carful not to get to close to the edge!

It is difficult to find out the road to the lake due to limited sign. Recommended consult ppl before hiking, definitely worth for it. 5 stars

The weather was nice ! Trail was not busy at time we were there . I love the fact that people who had their dogs were on leashes . I really enjoyed the hike to the lower falls .

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

walking
2 months ago

A beautiful and easy hike. Can be busy though.

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.

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.

I have done this little hike several times in the last few years. A favorite place to take friends! Well marked trail, lots of amazing waterfalls, and my dog really enjoys it as well

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.

hiking
4 months ago

Flat paved trail beside Lake Louise, this is awe inspiring. It was cloudy over the snowy peaks at the end of the trail and the clouds muted the light for a great shot. The picture of the Chateau from the far end is framed nicely by the surrounding mountains. Go past the lake for more adventure.

A short stroll to a spectacular view, not to miss if you travel along the Icefield Parkway!
Peyto Lake (pea-toe) is a glacier-fed lake located in Banff National Park. The lake was named for Bill Peyto, an early trail guide and trapper in the Banff area. The lake is formed in a valley of the Waputik Range, between Caldron Peak, Peyto Peak and Mount Jimmy Simpson, at an elevation of 1,860 m (6,100 ft). During the summer, significant amounts of glacial rock flour flow into the lake, and these suspended rock particles give the lake a bright, turquoise color. The lake is best seen from Bow Summit, the highest point on the Icefield Parkway.

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