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Hiked years ago with my children on a trip to Banff. Nice hike

Nice scenery but a little crowded at times

5 hours ago

Really enjoyed this easy hike.
Definitely looking forward to doing it again.
The falls are amazing when you are standing in the mist.

Hard to find parking so get there early!

Once you reach the end - go on top of mountain to reach the glacier - fantastic view of lake and surroundings from there.

I went there for the sunset, it's the best for the light (I even saw a rainbow!) and I was almost alone. The smoke is not a problem there even though it was all around.
The view from look out is as beautiful as from the foot of the waterfall.

Super easy trail and so beautiful! If you go a bit further and follow the trail you will find an even better view of the lake with less people. For a better light and less crowd, start in the morning, I was there at 8 and it was perfect! A bit cold in the morning though.

vous pouvez aussi descendre pour vous rendre au lac . la vue est exceptionnelle

Love this hike!!

What a view!!!! Be there when sun shines!

The parking lot is full by around 630am. Make sure to be there early

Great views! there is an option to drop off people at the top if the short hike is too much.

2 days ago

Great walk with nice balance of vertical and walking. Big horn sheep are a bonus.

Can anyone tell me if you need a park pass for this trail? Will delete this after I possibly get a response :) thank you!!

my goodness. beautiful view of glaciers and waterfalls across the way.

Although it can get super packed the views are definitely worth it. It's only unfortunate that you will have to line up at the viewpoints to get your chance to see the lower and upper falls. There are a bunch of nice areas past upper falls with less people and you can sit beside the water. We came at 2pm on a Monday in mid-August and by then the early people had left so there was parking in the parking lot!

Go early to miss crowds

The crowds and lines on this trail made me feel like I was at Disneyland. It was seriously crowded on a Wednesday early afternoon. We waited 30 minutes to enter the cave at the lower falls. Not worth it in my opinion. There was another line at the upper falls. My favorite part of the hike was the views of the river as it carves through the rock passage way. The water is so clear and crisp looking. Avoid this hike during peak season if you hate crowds. Otherwise, the views are worth it if you can stomach the crowds.

If you come by 8.40 it's the perfect time to see this canyon. Not too crowded, and if you go to the upper falls, the light is beautiful by the time you reach them (sunrise + the smoke helped a little bit).
The first falls are very nice but the last waterfall is the best! When I came back I was so happy to have done it early, SO MANY PEOPLE!
The hike is really easy.
Perfect for smoky days.

this was a great first day hike in Banff. did this last Saturday before all the smoke came in and saw a grizzly bear and her two Cubs! we took the trail over to lake Agnes on our way back which was a lot less crowded.

Has anyone been here today? If so how was the smoke? We are doing a day trip there tomorrow from Edmonton. Thanks Krista .

hiking
5 days ago

Casual stroll through the forest until you reach the falls, where there is a short, steep section. Little effort for large reward. Did this hike late evening so decided not to explore below the falls but there seems to be lots more trail to explore.

hiking
5 days ago

Short hike that ends in one of the best views in the entire park.

We joined up with this hike after starting at lake Agnes/big beehive. The trail offers some really beautiful views and the teahouse is fun, but the crowds take something away from the experience. I found myself getting a bit frustrated by lines of super slow hikers, especially on the way down. Definitely worth doing the hike - just be prepared to be patient if you're used to a quicker pace and a quiet trail

Good Trail. Lower falls is must see if you can't climb all the way to upper falls...

Strenuous but amazing hike with great panoramic views, especially at the top. First hour of switchbacks is the toughest part followed by a lovely walk through the Larch Valley. Take your time going up the final section and you’ll be rewarded with jaw dropping views at the top of the pass.

Amazing reward for a hike that doesn’t take very long. Took about 2.5 hours to ascend at a brisk pace. 1.5 hours coming back. The views from the top are incredible.

great hike. Did this may long weekend, so many places had avalanches and it was hard to pass. the last avalanche shoot we couldn't pass it was really steep and we had no equipment to get safely across as it was step, slippery, and scary!

walking
7 days ago

Amazing view. Easy trail. Totally worth doing it! And my winner dog did it also!

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