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Beautiful hike...went today...it was crowded...the trail took me around an hour and a half to complete (one way)...the tea house was closed...do not go without you ice cleats..many people came in unprepared and were slipping all the time....i used my trekking poles which were very helpful specially with the descent..mirror lake and lake Agnes were frozen...the view from the top is spectacular...the difficulty of the trail is medium...prepare for weather change...take rests every once in a while...

walking
16 hours ago

Very beautiful little walk year round!

walking
16 hours ago

You can’t do much if you just drive there, next time I go I’d want to approach via Yoho

hiking
1 day ago

Ahahaha, the map says it all. That’s not a child scribbling or your lie detector test! This hike is a griiiind of relentless switchbacks. Can’t beat the views at the end though (for the most part there are not a lot of views on the way up due to the forest), and also the option for the free ride back down in the gondola (in certain parts of the winter season). Nice to have a restaurant option and little museum/shop also.

hiking
1 day ago

3 stars just might be me being picky...if I lived in Banff and just needed a quick up/down hike I would do this. Being from a bigger city, though, I like the views of a hike to be without civilization in them... that said, if you want a view of Banff town & surrounding area, this will suit you just fine.

Great hike and amazing views !

hiking
1 day ago

Very easy hike up to the lookout before the loop - if you do the loop, start up the right side as you reach the waterfall sooner and it’s less steep/shorter than the alternative side where it’s a very strenuous hike up, especially with the loose terrain.

This was one of the first trails I did, and it was a wonderful introduction into hiking. Go early in the morning as it gets very busy (there’s a teahouse up there - not Agnes teahouse, although that’s close by) and make the extra 1km trek to go have lunch in front of lefroy and upper Victoria glacier. You’ll see a few avalanches for sure.

This is a great trail to get some fantastic views of the waterfalls Johnston Canyon has to offer. The trail is improved/paved until you reach the upper falls and then it is a well marked dirt trail that is easy to follow. After the upper falls we needed hiking spikes as the trail was rather icy in spots and for the final descent into the valley that holds the ink pots. Overall a moderate hike if you go all the way to the pots. The views at the Ink Pots are worth the hike themselves but the waterfalls are spectacular and really offer some great views along the way.

Not bad, and fairly easy hike. Would skip the longer loop and just go straight to lake 1.

Nice hike, pretty easy going on the maintained trail. Once you get past that for the loop at the end it gets kinda sketchy, lots of snow on steep shale. There are a lot of big icicles that were starting to break off so would recommend moving as quickly as possible through the section that takes you directly beneath them.

Took the dogs up this morning. It was extremely icy in the shade so micro spikes were a definite must have. Where the sun hit the trail the snow had softened by the time I made the trek down but some form of traction device was still the way to go. Great cardio work out. Nice view of Lake Minnewanka near the top.

hiking
6 days ago

October 15 hike

**review below : found half of an ice climbing spikes pair, black diamond, on the way back from the final loop. Left them under the wastebin at the trail head.

30M/32F/8 months old toddler in harness.
Quite the great hike. Starts off with a slight incline in a regrowth area with short pine-like trees. This part was muddy on the way back after the sunny day. After that you reach a forested plateau and cross a stream of ice-cold water. A little while later a last climb brings you to the openvalley with the glacier ocerhead, and you can see a plateau overlooking the valley in the distance. That’s where you can (its the best part really) head if you choose to do the last little loop after the marker saying this is no longer a maintained trail. It starts with a steep open climb/scramble after a little boulder area, culminating in (iced over at this point in the year and with some falling icicles the size of a person’s head at some point) some falls and caverns behind them. It gets easier then and you soon reach the plateau, with some little streams behind, quite gorgeous. You then climb back down in a scrambly way.
At this time of year after 2 cold weeks, the snow covers the trail and makes the scrambles a little strenuous and a bit dangerous, so walking poles are recommended. For the way up crampons also efficient (on the way down it hinders you in open snow). The wife was actually scared during the loop with the baby in the harness, but i repeat that it it the best part!
Took us all in all without breaks a good 3 1/2 hours, and we are usually a bit faster than average.

Crampons + a good hiking boot are a must! Snowy and icy but the views are worth it.

Completed this hike on the 15th of October. Provides some breathtaking views, and only takes 30-45 minutes to reach the peak. Great reward for little effort! :)
As mentioned, it can be a bit slippery. However, no ice cleats needed, just take care.

hiking
6 days ago

Easy walk with the kids and family. Keep left on the bridge colors are better in the summer, very brown and dark in the fall. Pretty scenery and great area to picnic in. Kids had fun on the bridge.

hiking
7 days ago

Did this hike at sunrise 10/13. We had yaktraks but didn’t need them. Quick little summit great for a morning hike from lowed by breakfast in town.

hiking
7 days ago

Went up today at 12:30. Beautiful snow covered trail. Good switch backs all the way up. Yaktraks were very helpful!

Beautiful hike! Mirror Lake is very small and frozen now but a nice picture spot. Another half mile takes you to Lake Agnes which is also frozen but pretty. Tea house is closed but you can get a sense for its quaintness. Some steep parts of the hike and it’s snowy so you will want spikes.

A bit of an incline but this short beautiful hike has the most gorgeous view of the Chateau Lake Louise that you’ll see. Was snowy today so we were glad we had spikes.

Snowy but the view at the end is amazing. If you climb up, you can take the gondola down for free after 5pm during winter.

Snowy and icy! Bring your spikes for the hike and you’re good to go!

Favourite lake in Banff!! ❤️

Did the 10km hike from emerald lake through the snow, it was not easy but well worth it .

One of my personal favourite spots! Nature at its best! Hike was easy and rock climb was a fun challenge. We started this trail early evening and basically had it all to ourselves. Love. Love. Love. Would 100% recommend.

Very short but worth the visit! Super easy walk, no spikes needed but it’s muddy so hiking boots best. Very pretty self guided hike with a nice waterfall at the end. Almost too short!

hiking
10 days ago

Hiked on Oct 9. The trail was snowy for the most part. Great hike overall! The clouds were overcast, but I still saw the beautiful views at the top. Prepare for more intense path inclines as you approach the summit.

Beautiful views (until the clouds came in and our heads were literally in the clouds :) ) lovely hike - very cold at the weather station when we went up. The hike is a steady climb with great reward. So much snow up there already.

Did this hike today snow and ice on the last 1/3, crampons/cleats definitely required but worth the hike.

Did this hike on 10/9/18 lots of ice because of the Early snowfall this past week the hike was easy and the views were spectacular a great in town hike if you just have a half a day and need something fun to do.

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