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Great hike to upper falls. Overcast and misting rain. Here at 8:30 and alone most of the way up. Heavier traffic on return.

Extremely beautiful but you don’t really need to hike to see the view. If you take the trail, you can escape the crowds.

A nice walk on a paved path through a lovely canyon. Don’t go looking for a hike, but the scenery is nice. It was a rainy day and still there were many people on the trail, don’t want to imagine it on a sunny day. The trail to ink pots is much better - packed dirt path and less people. These are definitely worth the walk, beautiful mountain backdrop and the ink pots are beautiful.

Short, Steep hike up the road from where the cars parked. Buses were allowed all the way up. Crazy, pushy tourists crowded onto the icy trail from the buses to the view of Peyto Lake.

This trail starts off easy but definitely becomes more difficult as the elevation increases. It’s a steady climb up to the tea house. Make sure to go past the tea house to the look out, it’s worth the extra effort! We stopped at the tea house after hiking to the lookout and had a bite to eat. Expensive but you are eating halfway up a mountain. I recommend trekking poles and possibly crampons as it was slippery after the recent snowfall.

We arrive around 1pm today, Lot 1 was full, but lot 2 had space. The hike was nice, a little crowded, but not bad. My only disappointment was that I couldn't get down to the "cave" to take photos of the giant rock from below. The area was closed due to nesting of the Black Swift. Hopefully next time.

easy walk with stunning views of the lake great trip to the mountains on pur anniversary trip

hiking
5 days ago

Gave it a 3 because it was so snowy/cloudy/foggy that we couldn’t even see the water. Trail was snow/ice covered and very slippery. Definitely not worth the drive when it is snowing as the roads were snow covered with sheer drop offs with very few guard rails. People were driving with their flashers on and cars/buses were backed up (ie, at a stand still) trying to get up the mountain road. Cars were turning around to go back to Banff on a very narrow mountain road with curves and very limited visibility. We made it to The Crossing, spent the night, and with more snow being forecasted decided not to continue onto Jasper, but to go back to Banff. Disappointing.

hiking
5 days ago

Rather boring thru unimpressive Johnston Canyon and the lower/upper falls. Paved path good for families and seniors. Lots of people dropped off by buses. We continued onto the Ink Pots via a rather steep hike (dirt trail); the crowds thin out. The Ink Pots are very interesting and worth the hike.

I went September 15th and there was already snow and would recommend wearing boots and if going to the view point then bring cramp ons.Was totally worth it to go the extra to the view point

Fun hike, although I wouldn't say it was a favorite, except for the extra part after the teahouse, which was really fun! I tend to enjoy hikes that are a little more difficult though, so if you're looking for something pretty steady and with great views, this is definitely a must! We started with the first bus at 7am and it was cold and rainy. On the way up, the sky cleared a bit and we had good views of the glaciers at the top. Coming back down, it started raining and we were frozen by the end. Worth it!

Very easy paved path with railing for the majority of the route. Beautiful waterfall/river/canyon views but extremely crowded. 10-15 minute lines at each viewpoint so we turned back after the second waterfall before going further to the ink pots.

walking
7 days ago

Easy walk, minimal to no elevation, no equipment required.

Beautiful view! Saw the fox outline and mountains surrounding it so clearly. 12/10 would recommend.

7 days ago

Hiked on 9/15 to the overlook. About 6-8 inches of snow from the prior storms. Sun came out for a little while at the top and it was a winter wonderland! Snow on trails was packed and easily passable. However, the trail could become icy overnight if temperatures stay low, and then would be treacherous. Overall, it’s a fantastic hike!

Loved this trail! The waterfall Is beautiful and the ink pots are a beautiful hue if turquoise and and a nice place for a picnic.

The crowd is worth dealing with to see the many beautiful falls on this lovely trail. Hope to go again and be able to go all the way to the ink pots

A great hike with wonderful views every part of the way, def a moderate hike; hard to some that don't hike often! I did the loop starting by going up to the tea house at Lake Agnes and continuing around Big Beehive and connecting to the 6 Glacier trail. The trail is moderate and should be attempted by folks in decent shape as it is a longer hike (lots of visitors not knowing the scale of this hike and I found lots of ill-equipped people on the trail, such as no water, wearing jeans, no day-packs). Plan on spending 4-5 hours on the trail if doing the loop, more if you plan to have tea at both houses. Side note, horses use the trails so beware of poop ;) If you like, you can continue for another 30-40 mins on from the 6 glaciers tea house to a closer view of the glaciers. This trail is narrow and steep in sections but wonderful, you get to hear the glaciers/snow cracking! Also, 90% of the hike is exposed to the sun and you will get hot.

Beautiful easy hike. It could get pretty crowded so just make sure you get there early so you can actually enjoy it

Excellent hike with excellent company. The little tea house at the top is quiet rewarding. I saw my first avalanche standing at the overlook past the tea house. The hike is long, but is quite nice.

hiking
10 days ago

Pretty steep hike and you have to really make sure where you're going because the trail is poorly marked. But once you get to the top, the view of the water on one side and the valley on the other side are incredible. Highly recommend. TAKE YOUR TIME. Breathtaking hike for breathtaking views.

As many will say best time to go is early or late. We arrived at the parking lot at 9 AM on a Tuesday in Sept and the lot was only 1/3 full. By the time we got back to our car at 11 (after going to the upper falls) both the primary and secondary lots were completely full. The trail itself is a paved trail with may catwalks all the way to the upper falls, but still interesting with great views all the way up. Make sure to take your time to enjoy the views and don't get stressed by all the people and go into it realizing you will need to wait at some of the best viewpoints to get your videos and pictures while others take theirs. Not a technically challenging hike at all, but round trip is about 3.4 miles with a solid elevation gain so make sure you have comfortable shoes on (many wore sneakers). Definitely glad we did, but not one I'd be anxious to do again mainly because of the crowds.

Easy! Go earliest you can or late evening to avoid the crowds. Tour buses give only enough time to make it to the lower falls so upper is even less trafficked. It’s beautiful and worth seeing but I prefer less crowded and a little more challenging.

The extra hike past the tea house is difficult, but one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen! It took me an extra hour including the time I spent at the end seated, listening to the glaciers crack! Definitely worth the extra sweat!!

12 days ago

Did this hike on a Friday (Sept 7) arriving at The main parking lot around 4pm to find ample parking. It wasn’t too crowded and we were one of the last people on Trail when we finished around 7:30pm. Arriving at ink pots was favorite of the hike with great views later in the day. There were some tough inclines but all enjoyable.

The views are gorgeous. We saw some goats on the trail as well.

on West Wind Pass

hiking
12 days ago

This hike is so beautiful. The comments on here helped a lot. I would recommend parking closer to the trail head and not at the Driftwood parking lot (it adds about a good chunk of time to the hike).

This trail was great for us with a three year old and 20 month old. We took the baby in a backpack but could have easily used a stroller at this time of year. Our three year old managed the hike to the upper falls with minimal complaints. We knew that this trail was likely to get very busy so set off early (around 8.30am) and on the way up the route up was really quiet and we only saw a few people. However, by the time we were coming back down, busloads of tourists had arrived and it was much busier. There is a lovely shop/cafe at the base of the trail.

Closed for another month :(

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