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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 crowded. Good mountain views and nice lake.

Very slippery. Need spikes, very busy trail this weekend

Great short walk

Beautiful and easy walk in -30 weather

24 days 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.

cross country skiing
28 days ago

We took our XC skis out February 21 and there was plenty of snow. Beautiful hike in the trees until we got to the lake where it opens up to Mountain View’s. Great trail we will come again.

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

1 month 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.

1 month ago

Great hike and nice creeks with a bridge along the way.

Unfortunately, we didn't get to see any of the actual paint pots because of the snow. The hike was well worth it though!

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.

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

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.

Nice walk, not really a hike. Wouldn’t recommend in the winter, it was super icy; If so you definitely cleats. It Was busy even in December.

Beautiful hike! The trail was a bit icy in places but with cleats it was no problem. The falls in winter are something to see.

Great views. Make sure you have spikes for shoes. Trail gets very slippery and difficult but worth I️t for the views and experience. We hopped the rails at both waterfalls for some incredible views.

3 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.

I wanted to pick a decent day to do this trail when the falls were frozen to take some pictures. With a forecast of +5C and mainly sunny skies I got what I wanted. The trail is easy, mostly on boardwalks attached to the canyon walls, kind of busy (even for late November) but nothing like it would be in the busy months. The sign said close to one million people do at least pat of the trail every year. It's a must-do for anyone visiting Banff. We spent roughly 2 hours on the trail. Ice grips on the boots were essential. The snow was wet and extremely slippery. Can't imagine what it would be like early in the day after a night below freezing. Lots of people with normal hikers and such were slip sliding all over the place. Not fun. This was our second hike to the upper falls, next time we'll go in the spring and go right to the Ink Pots.

Great winter hike!

Love this hike. If you’re going to the Ink Pots in the winter months, be sure to wear proper footwear as it’s very slippery.

Great place, but crowded

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