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walking
1 hour ago

Breathtaking views at the end of the trail. It has 12 stop for total 6km.From stop 1 after crossing the highway 40 to stop 3 the trail has mild to moderate slope. After that really flat trail offering nice view of meadows with wild flower beds surrounding. Its great experience for kids, we hiked with 8 and 12 years old kids. They enjoyed snow balling at one stop where we found remnants of snow dump.Make a stop at the small water fall to feel the water.

hiking
5 hours ago

Some great views of the valley and a very reasonable hike.

Great hike when you are limited on time. The views were wonderful. Challenging at parts and switchbacks were a nice change.

11 hours ago

Steep in the trees but then levels off to beautiful views

hiking
15 hours ago

This is a premier hike in the Canadian Rockies and it is not difficult to access or hike. You quickly get into views of the Columbia ice field, Mt. Athabasca, the Athabasca Glacier, and Dome Glacier. The views are spectacular!

hiking
23 hours ago

Easy and relaxing hike. I got to the trailhead around 8:30 AM on a Saturday. I only passed two other couples on the way up and had the lake to myself for a while. On the way back I passed lots of hikers on their way to the lake and the parking lot was full when I got back to my car. I would recommend getting an early start to beat the crowds. Also, there were quite a few muddy spots along the trail that you have to deal with, but other than that the trail is in good shape.

10/10 views. Lots of steps. Sooo many people at the top, but you will get why, as the view is magnificent. scramble down some rocks to get picks without 100 million people in them. the color of the lake is un like anything. Watch out for thieving chipmunks.

10/10 views. Paved, very short trail with steep incline to the look out. Bathrooms in the parking lot. SOOO many people acting like fools.

Nice, fun trail. My husband and I took the round trip boat tour with a guided hike to Twin Falls. The boat ride is 20-25 mins. The guided hike was 45 minutes to the falls. The guide (Nathan) provided great information about the history of Two Medicine lake area. We highly recommend the guided hike. The hike was slow with the 25-30 people but the info provided made it worth it. We hiked on our own to upper Two Medicine lake. We did not see any wildlife other than squirrels (no bears!) heard birds. Nice views of the mountains at the upper lake.

hiking
2 days ago

super easy trail, a little boring but great for my 50 year old parents. even paving and great views

Amazing view at the end! Definitely still lots of snow even in mid July. I was amazed to watch people in sandals and tennis shoes trying to make it up the snow. Several mountain goats and bighorn sheep along the way.

We arrived at 7:30 to a parking lot with ~25 other cars. Very few people at the falls when we got there. The trail to ink pots was pretty easy too. All in all, took us ~2.5 hours start to finish. On the way back from ink pots the line for upper falls was ridiculously long and people were parking on the road outside the park. Definitely need to start early. If you start early bring a jacket. It was 4°C (39° F) when we began in mid July.

hiking
3 days ago

Did this in winter and it was really beautiful!! Snow everywhere, frozen waterfall at the other end of the lake that you can actually go stand on if you're a bit adventurous. We took a day off from skiing to do this and it was a great day!

Well worth the climb! Spectacular views of Banff.

A great workout with an awesome reward at the finish. Incredible views from all angles.

Nice and easy hike on a paved path. If you find that it is a rainy day but still want to go hiking then this is a good choice since it is not in the wide open. Most of the hike is along suspended catwalks that lead through the forest and canyon.
The lower falls has a small natural cave that you can duck through to view the falls (you will get slightly wet with mist).
The upper falls are quite nice too but make sure you turn off the paved path on your right just before the upper falls. You will descend to the water where you can see a massive dugout, a large top heavy rock, and a waterfall that you can walk behind. Well worth it.
The crowds will be less busy in the mornings of course so make this your first “quick and easy” hike of the day.

A very busy but short easy hike up stone stairs to the top. In order to get pictures with no one in them you will have to climb over the stone wall and down a few of the rocks. Once you pick a good spot you won’t have any worries about getting people or trees in your picture / view.

Nice short switchback trail that begins right in Banff. Once at the top you will have nice views overlooking the town of Banff on one side and the Banff Springs Golf course on the other. I found it’s best to hike in the evening just before sunset to avoid the crowds. Make sure to bring a drink with you to sip on one of the two red Adirondack chairs overlooking the town.

Nice easy hike up a paved trail leading to an overpopulated wooden lookout. For an even better view with no one in your way, leave behind the crowds and continue on to a three-way junction. Left leads to the upper bus parking lot while the right and middle trails continue on to a Forest loop. Take the middle trail and continue on for about a kilometre where you will run into an unmarked dirt trail on your left. Take this switchback trail up to an amazing lookout with no one around. It’s well worth it, trust me.

Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful lakes in the Rockies. The short uphill trail can get quite busy. But the view at the top is incredible.

walking
4 days ago

The trail was easy. But the best part was the mesmerizing views - the lake water with the mountains in the backdrop.

hiking
4 days ago

From my point of view, this is the best waterfall in Jasper. An easy hike with great spots to take pictures.

hiking
4 days ago

An easy trail. But it rained on the day we did the hike.

hiking
5 days ago

To shorten the hiking distance and get a view of the scenary from the water, I recommend taking the boat tour from Many Glacier Lodge across Swiftcurrent Lake and Lake Josephine. You are offered a return pass later in the day for both boats.

No grizzly sightings, but we did see two bull moose (at different times) soaking in Lake Josephine.

I went on June 14th at around noon. Bit of overcast and sprinkling rain, but the water was still unbelievably blue. Went on this short hike with my 5 month old, 11, 7 and 5 year olds. Not very busy till after 2pm.

Gets busy some days, but also worth returning when in the area. I’ve done this hike several times now over the last few years (winter and summer), never gets old

Awesome short hike! About 1.5-2hr return, great views all around! Lots of people though as it is right in Banff

It’s a great hike for beginners, bring water and a hoodie or light coat. AND GO EARLY!!!

hiking
7 days ago

Excellent little hike. Feels like cheating since you’re starting off so high at the parking lot. Steep start then levels off into an alpine meadow with a creek and waterfalls. Good view of the Highwood Range to the west.
Going to the moraine and waterfall are good options, but not essential. The meadow and view will suffice most people.
Keep your dogs on leash and be bear aware.

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