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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.

Nice and easy to follow, the hike isn't that hard because the trail is in very good condition. If you are into scrambling, I'd suggest you look into the mount temple scramble. But go there prepared... We tried to follow folks that were going up but had no clue of the way, so we had to head back 1/3 of the way. Still gorgeous - we ended up going to eiffel lake and the Wenkchemna Pass following west crossing to BC. Big day but amazing. If you skip Mount Temple, and if doing both is too much, I'd suggest doing only Wenkchemna Pass

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.

18 days ago

Nice canyon , lots of people limited parking

1 month ago

First hike ever! Did this back in 2014 and it was amazing!

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.

My wife and I hiked to the tea house, got a spot of tea, then went all the way to the end. Gorgeous view of glaciers and mountains. Even heard an avalanche come down off one of the glaciers. Little crowded but an enjoyable hike

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!

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

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!

Easy, beautiful but very crowded.

Hiked from Lake Moraine over Sentinel Pass all the way to Lake Louise. Beautiful but long. Saw wolverines and heard glaciers calving. Highly recommended.

Strenuous but worth it, once you get through the switchbacks there’s a nice level plain with stunning views of the 10 peaks

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.

5 months ago

We did this hike on July 7, 2017 Cory pass, 7,777 elevation with a gain of 3,100 feet in 2.8 miles, one of the most strenuous hikes in Banff was our overwhelming over-ambitious focus for the day. Quite the way to break in a new pair of hiking boots as this was one of our first hiking experiences.
We ascended on difficult slopes with little or no traction to get a footing and with miles of sheer slate, rocky ridges along open slopes. Due to extreme uphill grades, excessive heat and high altitudes, we struggled to get to the top, but made it nonetheless! Granted, there was literally No turning back. Now we knew why we were told to take Edith Trail back.
What a spectacular view from the get go!
We knew we reached the top when we arrived at Gargoyle Valley!
We took about a half hour break for lunch then we began our descent on the Cory Loop, Edith Trail.
In total our elevation change was about 3000 feet, our distance was about 10 miles, and it took us 8 hours. At the bottom of Edith Trail we came upon a black bear about 20 yards from the trail. Back at the parking lot, we convinced a group getting ready to make the climb, not to bring their dad who was in no way ready or in shape to attempt this pass. Great experience overall and would recommend.

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5 months ago

We went up in mid September, a few flakes of snow. Was this fun! Climbed for an hour, hit the pass and Gargoyles, wow! Came down in the valley over the screw, then onto the big boulders. Finished the descent with a beauty run to the parking lot.

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.

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.

6 months ago

While an extremely beautiful hike, with the weather this time of year it is extremely dangerous. If you’re going up now make sure you have snow shoes, the snow is 3+ feet deep once you hit about 3.25 miles in (probably more now). The trail is not visible anymore. The weather was so bad when we hit 3.5 miles we had to turn around right before the Mt. Edith/Cory Pass crossing.

6 months ago

Very nice hike. Not too difficult physically but the snow makes it quite technical.
Keep in mind that you need 3/4 of the time to go to Cory pass and only 1/4 to come back to the parking.. so if it starts snowing when you are behind the mountain, keep calm, the way back is much faster and easier.

completed this hike on Sunday, October 8. Decided to head to Moraine Lake very early to make sure we got parking so we were at the lake by 6:45 am and the parking lot was already half full. We started our hike right around 8:00 am and were pretty much the only people on the trail, a few coming down from Larch Valley. The hike to Larch Valley I would consider easy, it took us just over an hour to reach. The ascent to Sentinel Pass took a bit longer mainly due to the snow, roughly 1.5 ft in parts. I would recommend crampons and poles for sure for the pass, and for the way down. So many hikers were not prepared for the descent and were slipping and sliding on their way down. Crampons were a life saver. By the time we were descending the trail was SO busy and I would never do this later than an 8:00 am start time. Overall the hike to Sentinel Pass I would rate more as a moderate hike compared to some others I've done but the views are absolutely incredible and I will definitely do this again.

Great views and a really unique walk up to the falls along the canyon, on a well kept trail. But the trail is narrow at times and it extremely busy.
Best to get here super early as getting a parking spot later in the day is next to impossible.

Great hike through the larches in the fall. It was incredibly busy though.

4 stars because the views are great but it is incredibly busy trail.

It's very beautiful trail, I did it on Sep.17, 2017. The 3 km in trail beginning is difficult, then flat, and finally climb a difficult steep big Z uphill to the summit.

6 months ago

I’m not sure what people meant my clockwise, but I believe I took the “steep route”, which was the first left off the trail, instead of following the second left. Going through the fields instead of the forest.

Either way, I this trail was very difficult today, I did it in 4 hours total (including breaks), but it required microspikes, trail running and I hit almost 12” of snow in some parts. It would have been impossible if i had gone the forest route, in the time I had.

Also following the comment below, I logged about 1100m, not 1300m.

Be prepared - gaters, crampons are essential. Did this yesterday on a windy, mostly cloudy day with constant light snow. View was partially obscured. Getting up the pass from Larch Valley was fine with crampons as the trail was very visible. However, we saw many ill-prepared hikers sliding and falling in runners - renting crampons will make your hike much more enjoyable. Going down the other side of the pass was very challenging. We saw only 1 couple coming up, so it was not trafficked enough for there to be a visible trail over the snow. We did a lot of guesswork, dodging rocks and ice patches, and ending up scrambling down knee-deep.

The trail covers both the lower falls and the upper falls. Go further up the upper falls for about 200m to another viewpoint. Beyond that I'm not too sure if it worth the walk (about 1h) to the ink pots. I'd recommend going up all the way only on a sunny day. Views are majestic. But on a cloudy day you probably wouldn't be able see the mountain peaks.

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