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This trail is a little on the difficult side because of the incline (or decline) of the trail. For the majority of the trail you are going 3 feet forward, 1 foot up in elevation. it is a very rewarding hike with absolutely beautiful views. at the top, someone has left a Canadian flag and Alberta Flag - it is great.

If you are fit and acclimatized to the the elevation, you should be able to get up and back in 1'45" to 2 hours. If you are taking your time, I would count on it being a 3 hour hike.

Worth all of the effort.

19 hours ago

Beautiful views once at the top & the glacier is stunning. The hike itself not so much. An easy path through the forest brings you into the uphill challenging section of the trail. Scree, rock and more of the same. Ore than moderate, this is especially challenging on the downhill. Poles are a must.

Absolutley beautiful hike. Very steep and steady incline the entire way. Use the map to keep on the trail for the first 1km then it becomes clear. Trees will open up to an incredible view of Peter Lougheed park including Lower and Upper Kananaskis lake. Hiking poles are helpful for the descent.

Great for if you’re out with the family, any age can do this walk. If you’re feeling ambitious then you can climb quite a ways up behind the falls too!

Yup yyyyytt

2 days ago

Amazing went before 8am. The only one on the trails. Definitely go up the left side of the water fall to see more water falls. One of my favourite hikes.

2 days ago

Fun casual hike with the kids. Falls are great, as you can get to them, beside and behind them.

Busy therefore not ideal for me. Pretty views but not very interesting to hike. All flat. All hill. All rocks. Then repeat in reverse order.

Good warm up hike for future hiking during the summer months

3 days ago

Nice quick hike, great for young families. It took us about 2 hours and that was with a couple toddler meltdowns and a quick lunch at the falls. Although we saw this tagged as “stroller friendly” last year, and hiked it with our Bumbleride Indie Twin, I wouldn’t recommend it. There are lots of tree roots and rocks, and even for an all terrain stroller it’s a lot to handle. Especially as you get up to the falls. This year my husband wore our 1 year old in the Ergo and I wore our 2 year old in a wrap. Definitely recommend babywearing! I love that this trail is nicely shaded basically the whole way, and it’s clear and wide making for easy passing, or walking in a group. It was busy today, which we expected, and no sign of bears.

Great hike. No flat spots at all, straight incline from the first step! The was amazing. arrived on top at 9pm the sun was setting and it was well worth it.

Great hike. Fairly easy incline until the very end, worth it for the view!

Great way to spend a hot July afternoon, my dog Madison loved swimming in the water across the road from the parking lot after a good walk.

The trail was not easy to follow. We used the app maps.me and could find it really quick. Beautiful view when you arrive near the glacier. The first part to the waterfall is easy, the second part to the glacier is a good moderate one.

Easy hike that’s mostly flat. I’d say once you hit the bridge that’s mostly it. Better hikes to do in Banff.

Assez difficile mais Très belle pour débuter la semaine. Une première

Have not been hiking in 8 years. Was a little challenging, but still great!

8 days ago

Short, easy hike that was perfect for young families. Trail was busy - it was a Saturday! The falls were lovely & the kids had a blast looking for trolls, playing in the water (supervised only) & a few of us adults went up to the falls above (which was a little more difficult climb).

8 days ago

Great hike for young families to the first fall. The trail does continue beyond it to the left for the more adventurous. Lots of sights and chances to explore there.

on Troll Falls

8 days ago

Fantastic easy hike, great trail and pretty waterfall. A bit busy, lots of young families but everyone was friendly. Even saw a lady in an electric scooter for part of it. Lots of places to climb and explore beyond the first waterfall- keep going up on the left side to find two more waterfalls.

nice hike, not too hard, beautiful views!

9 days ago

Easy hike up to the first waterfall. If you keep going, it’s super difficult and more of a scramble. However the hard work pays off and there is gorgeous waterfalls the further you go. Had to end it early as I got to the trail late. Definitely going to spend a whole day there next time I go and see how far the trail goes!

9 days ago

Challenging hike if you aren’t used to quick elevation gain. Compared to other hikes I’ve done, the views were mediocre but lots of pretty wild flowers. If you want an easier hike, go clockwise on the trail. For a much more difficult hike, go counterclockwise. Overall had fun and great hike to condition with and my dog easily walked this hike too

Steeeeeeeeep. The view at the top helps you forget the burning legs. Great quick hike but would choose Moose Mountain over this if time in your day allows.

Very steep but short! Views from the top are amazing.

10 days ago

Was an easy hike. Great if you have little ones.

Delightful from start to finish.

Great hike (July 5, 2018). Very strenuous! Really challenging from a fitness perspective. As for climbing I’m a novice but the only hard part from a climbing perspective was the steep slope of scree right before the summit. I finally gave up just prior to the summit, and found the descent on that slope hard and a bit nerve racking. Still, the view from that slope near the summit is wonderful and worth it.
Be sure to bring lots of water because it is quite a workout (for me anyways!) and once you get to the scree it’s very dry and there is no cover from the sun. Aside from that section, for much of the hike you are in the forest or in and out of it which is very nice.
Finding the trail head from Highway 40 is a little hard. There is nothing to indicate where it starts. Just look for the dry creek bed and trust your GPS (I used Google from AllTrails). There is a helpful little pile of rocks someone put but it is hard to see from the road. Once you make it up to the creek bed then there are some helpful signs that people have left, including an arrow made of rocks and another pile of rocks showing where the path begins. I included both in my photos.

Beautiful views! I enjoyed the changing scenery, various levels of incline and had the joy of seeing several deer throughout the morning. I would it again!

11 days ago

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