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Got on the trail early morning, almost nobody else was around, very relaxing walk. The lakes are worth checking out but get very busy.

Fairly easy hike, good for stretching the legs and getting some air, perfect for a smokey day. Lots of people! Recommend very early morning or very late in the evening to avoid the crowds. Views from the ink pots are nice. Wouldn't recommend this if the weather is good, spend the day elsewhere.

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

I went on a weekday and only saw max 10 other people. I did the ridge walk right to the summit and had it all to myself. Most people didn't attempt the summit. It definitely increased my heart rate at the last little stretch right before the summit because there aren't many footholds. But the summit is so close you just have to do it! If you go slowly and carefully you should be fine but if you have a fear of heights, it might not be the greatest. Worth it though! Steep ascent the whole way from the bottom but I'd recommend it for a clear day.

Easy and beautiful

This hike is beautiful! The last little bit up to the glacier is a little steep. There were also a few places with some drop offs, but the trail is plenty wide. The only drawback is how crowded this trail is.

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Monday 6th August 2018. Mid day start, just over 2hours to the top and an hour down. Beautiful scenery and hardly anyone else on the trail. Steep in sections and at the top. A lot of mosquitos, very windy past the tree line, no large wildfire. Fun

Nice easy trail. very few people past upper Falls on the way to the ink pots.

I've done this hike many times. it is satisfying for all skill levels. great views and a very short drive from Calgary.

My favourite hike I’ve done so far. Great views at the top.

Awesome trail, made it about 50m from the summit, had to turn around due to weather but incredible views.

Steep hike through out. went to lake and went back which took 4.5 hours at a steady pace. patches of gravel and boulder crossings. lake scene is worth it.

WOW WOW WOW! This is hands down the best hike I've done in my life! It can be strenuous at times but the views are so amazing the entire time that you hardly even notice!! We got to see a moose and her calf(twice at different times on the trail), a mountain goat and her baby, 6 bighorn sheep, and 2 adolescent grizzly bears wrestling off the trail!! It was like a zoo the entire time! The Grizzlies were too close to the trail though so a ranger made us turn around and we had to walk all around lake Josephine which added at least an hour to our hike. You will never be alone on this hike, but it was an amazing trail that is a must see!!!

This is an awesome hike! We saw roughly a dozen mountain goats on the trail after the lookout. I'm not one for being around a lot of people when I hike and if you're the same way don't let the mass amount of people at the trailhead intimidate you. I would say 95% of them turn back after the lookout. We hiked it the first week of July and most of the trail to the lookout was still under a lot of snow as well as the descend to the lake. The reason for 4 stars is because of how many people are at the beginning of the trail and the simple fact of having to maneuver around them on the snowy/icy slopes.

Pleasant hike. waterfalls are beautiful.

Probably our favorite hike because of the pretty lake views. We had 3 kids ages 6, 7, and 11. It was busy even late in the day. The couple ahead of us encountered a black bear on Trail 9a and turned back. We proceeded forward and never spotted the bear (probably because our youngest was crying so loud because she was tired). We did carry bear spray. The lakes are serene. Loved the little dock at 5th Lake.

Hiked (7/4/2018)
Note: Trail roped off at 3.1 miles due to unstable snow bridges. You can make it about a quarter mile past the markings without an issue but beyond that take extreme caution as the ice bridges were hollow and visibly collapsing today in the rising heat.

One of my favorite hikes of all time. The views were absolutely stunning the entire way up. Its one of those hikes where you will want to stop every 5min to take in another view. We arrived at 730am and were the 3rd car in the lot. When we left the area around 11am, cars lined the sides of the road for a half mile each direction so the early bird definitely gets the uninterrupted view. 10/10 would hike all the time if I didn't live in Michigan.

Amazing trail. Did it on a sunny July 11th. Very pleasant climb through a pine forest, followed by increasingly steep portions. The dragon's spine bears its name well: it's hard, but the surrounding views will give you all the motivation you could ever need. The summit has epic views 360 degrees, and a sheer cliff which is as beautiful as it is impressive. Very much recommended!

Great trail. Not too difficult, but some fairly steep terrain for a few minutes. Make sure you stay right when making the loop. You’ll have a more gradual climb and the best views that way. That saves the steeper decline for the way back. The return of the loop also has great views of the surrounding mountains and lakes.

Stood on an iceberg!

We reached the top in 3.5 hours. it's a hard hike if you are not fit. but if you are in a good condition you will be able to see the amazing view on Banff in few hours. Just be careful, you have to turn on the right just before the false summit. You have no sign on the trail and that's pretty sad. the way back into the forest is very boring. it will be challenging and you may be able to see some bears.

Great views and enjoyed having the summit to ourselves. We took a wrong turn here and there, but if you pay close attention to where the trail is the hike isn't as tough!

Amazing view of the 5 lakes!

great views of the falls

Absolutely beautiful trail, perfect for a leisurely hike.

Avalanche lake is a beautiful hike! The trail is built for lots of people so it is fairly wide. The river runs along the trail majority of the way! Once you get to the lake, keep going to the other side! Only one other person was there. We had a deer that came so close we could almost pet it! Very cool and quiet! Started around 7am and there were only a few others on the trail! The parking lot fills up by 8am! Passed lots of people on the way down! Lots of families! Go early if you want some peace and quiet! Definitely recommend!

Grinnel glacier is an awesome hike! Completed on 8/3/18. Definitely my husband and I's favorite hike! It is so worth it to go all the way to grinnel glacier. The views are absolutely breathtaking and it's so cool to see the other lakes along the way! Saw a moose on lower grinnel lake! We started at about 7am and had good parking and very minimal people on the trail. Passed about 300 people on our way down, no joke! Get there early! The parking lot will be full! Definitely a must do!

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