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October 9
Cool hike, great views of the canyone and walking right above it on the path and grates. Very icy though, high fall risk, crampons suggested. The only problem with this hike being the amount of people there (high) and the amount of people falling and basically scrambling not to fall because of the ice.

Great for the whole family, a lovely sightseeing opportunity without too much work. A bit busy though, and pushy tourists to avert, but a great time nevertheless!

So convenient from Canmore, but a respectable hike. Great views without all that much effort. The "more difficult" trail could be pretty dicey if there's ice.

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

Great first hike heading into Banff. Beautiful views and waterfall was amazing too.

Lovely hike but you will want micro spikes especially for the trek up to the upper Falls. So many people slipping and sliding without them. Parking was no problem at 9:30 in a Thursday. Not crowded at all. But bring spikes!

Easy hike. Current snowy/icy conditions add a little more difficulty to get up to upper falls. Not as crowded due to overcast weather and trail conditions.

Easy hike but we had spikes and we were happy we did as many people were slipping on the way down. Second lake is closed but it’s still worth seeing the first. A good hike to start with!

Perfect fall day Vancouver getaway. Well maintained. Steep.

Recommend the “more difficult” trail, if you like to see a wonderful village view and a surprisingly pleasant fall which is surrounded by snow. The “More difficult” option is not difficult at all, but you may want to use something like crampons for the snow season just to prevent slips.

Great trail! Just very very icy. Only could make it up because of railings. If you don’t have spikes, very difficult with snow/ice. Otherwise would be very easy. Can’t wait to come back and do again.

Too bad the actual lakes were closed but easy hike with great view of the valley! Agree to do the difficult trail up! There's lots of running water streams so be careful.

Great hike, a bit slippery when wet (lots of rock stairs toward the end of the "difficult" side of the trail). The difficult side is not really too difficult unless you are carrying toddlers in your arms....
The actual lakes are currently fenced off and closed, so don't expect to be able to walk around them. But you do get great views of the valley and the waterfall from the top.

Awesome.

These canyon trails are just magnificent! Such an amazing walk. Make sure you go up close to the falls!!

hiking
20 days ago

Hiked both sets of falls. hiked up to the ink pots , they were pretty cool.

Beautiful, easy for the whole family.

Great trial! Very challenging. Managed to get up it in 39 min. But it was a very hard push.

walking
22 days ago

Beautiful view, and the falls are incredible every time I see them.

Excellent hike. A little more strenuous than we had anticipated. Not overly difficult, but be prepared for traversing a bit of water. It does get crowded. Definitely take the "harder" route; otherwise, it would be really boring.

As others have said take the harder route up and the gravel road down. It’s much more scenic; the gravel road does not offer much at all in terms of views and is rather boring. Overall really enjoyed this hike and will definitely do it again!

Ok if you like big crowds , smelling other people’s breath and fighting your way past hundreds of people taking selfies in the most inconvenient spots. Not worth the drive for the canyon or falls walk but the drive thru bow valley parkway affords you pretty colours in the fall . That is all.

hiking
22 days ago

Finally I got my chance to do this hike and got it off my bucket list. As mentioned in the other posts, the second and third quarters are steeper. Hardly any flat spots in general. The drizzle and moisture in the air added to the challenge. Stay hydrated and be prepared to sweat.

Totally agree with those who say harder route up and easy route down. A great trip. Would have been even better if it wasn't so cloudy the day we went BUT it us a hike worth doing even if the views are partly obscured by cloud. not TOO many people on the trail in September when we were there, but it is a popular trail.

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

It is short and breathtaking hiking,quick and useful.ido three times week and really like it.

26 days ago

More a really engaging and fun workout than a chance to view the scenery. I did it the first time and liked it so much I went up two days later again. As everyone else, I recommend making sure you can be there at the least busy times, because the constant navigation of passing is the only serious downside that makes me want to abandon it for the nearby bcmc trail. Also you can hike down the bcmc when you’re done rather than pay for the gondola and that’s a beautiful hike too!

hiking
28 days ago

The trail was steep, wet, and slippery all the way thru .. So use precaution!

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