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Easy hike but truly stunning!

Excellent challenging trail, yet open to all able bodied hikers. In the summer I saw many people of all ages and physical ability going up the trail. Walk at your own pace and it's a great trail with an amazing reward.

November 25, 2018
My boyfriend, dog and I did this hike on a Sunday early afternoon and only saw 3 other people. It was a gorgeous day and amazing views at the top! The trail was packed down with snow but some icy spots closer to the top, was easy enough doing it in some hiking boots with little spikes or my bf only had hiking boots.

*All trails and the castle lookout sign say 3.7km one way or 6.4km total however my Fitbit said 5km one way or 10km total so the trail took longer than we thought but was all worth it when we got to the very top! Also, more likely 600m incline too. Definitely would keep this rated as a moderate trail! Our dog loved it as well ;)

I did this hike in 2017. The waterfalls are cool, but it is highly trafficked by tourists. Once you pass the upper falls and start on the trail to the ink pots, it is much nicer. Steep climb. When we reached the valley where the ink pots are, it was amazing. It felt like we had just stepped out into a beautiful valley from a short hike from our car, not remembering that we had hiked many kilometres to see it.

I really enjoyed this hike. We went Aug 1, 2018. The trail was not as busy as the Lake Agnes trail, it felt like a slower incline to hike, still a steep climb to the tea house. Beautiful views the whole way. The trail varied from switchback to hiking on rocks, and small pathways on dirt, it was awesome. We also continued on to the glacier viewpoint, it had spectacular views, it gets very rocky near the end, so tread carefully.

Great hike with an incredible view at the end. If you are looking for a moderate winter hike in the area this is a great choice. The path to the falls had several groups on it and was busy for a winter trail, but once you passed the upper falls the trail was empty. The view of the mountains from the inkpots was perhaps more incredible than the inkpots themselves. The snow was packed most of the way. Ice cleats were helpful, especially when going down.

Nov 17, 2018. Decided on this shorter hike while staying up the road at Baker Creek. Approx an inch of fresh snow all over the trail, but not quite deep enough for snowshoes to be required. I completed this one in hiking boots, but microspikes would be handy towards the end of the trail.
Beautiful bluebird day with a chilly breeze at the lookout. Views were great with all the fresh snow covering everything. Saw about 8-10 other people during the day, but relatively quiet.

By far my favorite especially during the summer. Keep in mind, different ppl like different things. Is good to leave in the morning and take time to explore when you get to the 2nd Lake to go on top of the side of the mountain to experience the amazing views.
Did the hike the 1st time during winter on November the 11th. it's a nice
workout, exept the last part before you get to the 1st lake you have to walk on
beaten path as the snow was 1m high. also a little chalanging to get to the 2nd Lake. We spent only 10 minutes at the 2nd Lake, it was very difficult to walk around, almost impossible due to high snow. You definitely need spikes to get to the 2nd Lake.
I would say that pictures don't do justice to this place.

Easy hike, lovely views in the canyon - get here early as the trail gets busy!

Took the fam here last year, was awesome, busy but awesome.

Nov 10 2018 - beautiful views of the mountains while hiking the ridge and a larger 270 degree view at the trail end.
You can hike the trail with good hiking boots, but snow cleats would make some spots easier. Can be windy at the top as its an open area.
No washrooms on site.
Minimal hikers for a Saturday afternoon.

We did it in mid october and the trail through the frozen lakes (mirror, agnes) was wonderful. very quiet at this period (just saw 5 people during the hike) si even better. breathtaking view of lake Louise.

I’ve hiked up to mountain summits, but I promise you nothing will take your breath away quite like walking through those trees to the lookout point. This is a great hike, it’s quick and challenging. Gaining elevation practically the whole way up. Hikes this nov 4, 2018 and the path is fairly clear. Only a small amount of snow closer to the top. Definitely do not need winter boots or crampons to do this one...yet.

Nov 3, 2018
Johnston Canyon was awesome—is great if you love water. The river through the canyon was beautiful. Easy hike on paved trail. The trail to ink pots was a bit more difficult, but not too intense. We rented crampons and made heavy use of them (lots of steep icy inclines). The ink pots are nestled in a valley next to the upper river. While not as bright blue as we expected due to the cloud cover, they were still amazing. The surrounding mountain views are awesome too—we sat for a while and had a snack before making the trek back.

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Nov 4, 2018
This was a great hike! Mostly uphill with a flat spot in the middle, pretty difficult I would say for inexperienced folks like us. My wife and I did Lake Agnes on Friday and Ink Pots via Johnston Canyon on Saturday, then ended with this on Sunday. Even with all the hiking we had already done, we went out and back in about 4.5 hours, but we didn’t make it all the way to the second lake (it was pretty snowy and that last push up the hill was a bit much for our inexperienced and tired legs). Wonderful views of the backside of Castle Mountain, and lots of snow-covered valley.

Thanks for the recommendation, G&J!

After seeing Johnston Canyon, you can continue the uphill and slightly monotonous trail to the Ink Pots. The Ink pots are pretty cool and there’s a steam near them, but I would spend time hiking elsewhere if I had it to do over again.

Hiked on 11.1.18
Microspikes and poles up to the tea house. Heard multiple avalanches..Attempted to walk to the lookout point but turned around about 3/4 of the way due to high snow, unsure footing and avalanche risk.
Overall excellent hike had the whole area to ourselves just be prepared.

This this one about 3 weeks ago. Loved Johnston Canyon! Was a tiny bit disappointed with the Ink Pots, but still a very beautiful place.

Just wow...must-see waterfalls. The trail was good, easy peasy up to the upper water falls...from there to the summit, cardio-strength exercise...btw, it was a bit icy, but I made it with running shoes...from the summit to the ink pots, cleats must be worn, sharp slopes covered with ice. In total, I loved it :) take a look at photos I took

Good hike! The first part until lake Agnes is a pretty popular trail, bigger and more people but once you reach lake Agnes/Tea House and start your way up to BigBeehive you will see less people and the trail becomes smaller (which I like!) The switchbacks are pretty steep on lake Agnes side, but take your time and you'll make it! Needed cleats 2 weeks ago. Nice view of Lake Louise and Little Beehive. Nice little open cabin with benches to take a break before heading down (or up for Devil's Thumb!)

We hiked this trail in the opposite direction and went out and back from the lookout. The trail was recently covered in a few inches of snow, which gave us traction over some of the ice underneath. Fun hike with little to no hikers on it. Great snowy view of the surrounding mountains without the difficulty of a usual winter hike!

Hiked 10.27.18
Initially we set out to only do Little Beehive as recommended by The Visitor Center. The Visitor Center specifically said that due to the high Avalanche risk Big Beehive was not recommended. After summiting Little Beehive and Lake Agnes we decided to ignore the recommendation and do Big Beehive anyway. The trail definitely requires spikes and poles there may be some Avalanche danger but minimal in my opinion. The hike up was challenging through the switchbacks but absolutely worth the effort.

Great hike from Lake Louise with tons of amazing views! The trail is icy and snowy at this time of year so make sure to have spikes (and poles help too). Overall this was a great trail that had some climbing but nothing too difficult. Highly recommend!

Great trail. Definitely need shoe spikes, can rent in town for $9.00.

Awesome hike. One of the best views of Lake Louise you can get.
Completed on the 21st of October. Despite the trail report (avalanche warning) there was no risk.

Seriously one of the best trails I’ve ever done. I’ve traveled all over. Highly trafficked when I went in July. Which was fine because I was worried about wildlife. Too many people I didn’t see a thing. Scenery is unreal. Especially once you get to the very top of big beehive. WOW.

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.

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Sep 17, 2017 - awesome hike !

Hiked this Oct 15. Started late around 12:30. got to the Ink Pots around 3. Everything leading up to the Johnston Canyon trail was pretty closed in without views, but peaceful.

Lots of ice, especially after linking to Johnston. Ice cleats a must.

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