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Great easier hike. The inkpots are beautiful and the scenic views are incredible. It was windy at the top despite a very warm hike up and down so be prepared. Show up early for parking as the tour buses and tourists plug it up quick. The trail to the upperfalls is VERY busy but the tours turn around at that point so after the inkpots it was quiet and serene.

We did this to cap the day after other longer hikes, and finished with dinner around the lake. Good spot for that, but don't go out of your way to do this hike only considering the amazing things around. It's nice and easy and flat, so relaxing

Obviously if you are there, you should do that. It's very crowded but the lake is very nice.

Very nice hike. Johnson canyon is a bit crowded and annoying, but still worth doing. If you hike a lot, consider that just a "end of the day" bonus. The ink spot is relaxing with mountain surrounding. Great for pictures.

hiking
16 days ago

Nice canyon , lots of people limited parking

snowshoeing
28 days ago

Awesome hike great views

Very crowded. Good mountain views and nice lake.

Great views at the top.

Nice hike with 2 waterfalls and hiking along a river to the ink pots. Very crowded however. Get there really early to get a parking spot. At the ink pots, eat a lunch along the river. Mountains in background are very scenic.

This is a gorgeous fun trail. Make sure you go early to avoid crowds. We did this in September and not many people went to the Ink Pots, so much less crowded, but coming back was very crowded around the falls. The ink pots are very neat. Love this trail.

Did this trail today, when it's still snow from the parking lot all the way to the ink pots. It was just above freezing. Really lovely. Sheltered from the wind, and the sun was warm enough that I was able to get down to just basic insulators. Spikes are a must, though, and poles recommended!

favorite hike so far! Absoloutley beautiful

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.

Beautiful in winter, slippery on uphills but fine with good winter boots and warm clothing. The upper falls are beautiful when frozen.

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.

Amazing hike! make sure you bring crimp-ons. The waterfalls ate breath taking!

walking
2 months ago

A beautiful and easy hike. Can be busy though.

Easy, beautiful but very crowded.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a simple trail and the views are phenomenal! There’s the glaciers, mountains, river and if you’re lucky...a heard of mountain sheep to walk past! The sheep are really tame so there’s nothing to worry about. They were curious about my pup, but my pup isn’t phased by wildlife so it was fine. This trail is just a fun way to take a break from the more challenging hikes while still having gorgeous views. You just want to get there early though to avoid the crowds!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy trail with amazing views

Beautiful winter hike! But if you're not a very active person and just starting out then know that the full hike can be pretty harsh. It was my first hike of the year and I'm not a very active person and I walked out exhausted and in pain. But pushing through it is definitely worth it! But please, please, please BRING CLEAT ATTACHMENTS ! It is very icy in some spots and there's nothing worse then having your hiking vibe on and you're being held up because someone thought it was a great idea to wear Uggs or sneakers. DRESS APPROPRIATELY. Can't wait to go back and do a summer hike.

must see in when its in full force with the spring melt. easy walking. the drive up is more challenging then the hike lol

hiking
4 months ago

I did the Emerald Lake Loop the last weekend of November. It was snowing heavily, but the trail was fairly well packed from plenty of foot traffic, making it easy to walk in the snow with a good pair of boots. (However, I'm sure it will be a snowshoe or cross-country-ski-only trail quite soon with all the snow falling at Emerald Lake.) The trail was beautiful and an easy walk. Plaques along the walk had colourful descriptions about the landscape, glacier, and lake. I spent two hours doing the loop at a comfortable pace through the snow with plenty of stops for photos. And, I only saw one other group on the trail at this time of year. Though I had planned to hike up Emerald Basin, the falling snow was already too deep and making the trail hard to see and navigate; I'll have to return in the summer to enjoy that part of the hike.
I highly recommend the loop for short and easy, yet beautiful walk.

Great place, but crowded

This is one of my favourite places in Banff NP. Yes, the canyon can get really busy so make sure you come early.
We did the hike up to the ink pots in late October and started at 9 am and saw maybe 10 other pairs of people on the trail as we made our way up. When we came back down around 1:30 pm it was already much busier, especially in the canyon. Contrary to what many people say, the hike up to the ink pots is definitely worth the extra effort! Although the trail is not super interesting after the canyon, the view at the ink pots is amazing. Make sure you come on a clear day so you can see the surrounding mountains. When we did the hike there was some snow and ice on the trail so microspikes definitely come in handy, even during fall.

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.

Stunning!

You can either go straight to the bow falls or make a left over the massive boulder to two different waterfalls. Both are pretty good the second is much longer.

walking
6 months ago

Beautiful. Lots of tourists. You oh can go pretty close to the falls but you ll get soaked so waterproof what you need. Good hiking shoes as it can be slippery

Really beautiful both is summer and winter, but also very busy. The canyon is great for all ages, getting to the inkpots is a bit tougher but they are really interesting.

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