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Beautiful ridge hike! Would recommend going clockwise so you don't have to scramble down.

A group of 7 of us just did this hike on Tuesday September 11th 2018 and it’s now my favourite! Even my 9 1/2 year old dog, Jada did it with us. Incredible views the entire time. Highly recommended! We completed the hike clockwise as suggested. You want to do this hike on a clear day to admire the amazing views. With 7 of us and a dog, lots of picture breaks and snack breaks it took us 6 hours. But we were slow! We saw three grizzlies!! They were grazing on the mountain side so they were far away from the group! Amazing to watch them through the binoculars.

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3 days ago

Rather boring thru unimpressive Johnston Canyon and the lower/upper falls. Paved path good for families and seniors. Lots of people dropped off by buses. We continued onto the Ink Pots via a rather steep hike (dirt trail); the crowds thin out. The Ink Pots are very interesting and worth the hike.

Very easy paved path with railing for the majority of the route. Beautiful waterfall/river/canyon views but extremely crowded. 10-15 minute lines at each viewpoint so we turned back after the second waterfall before going further to the ink pots.

Incredible! We were lucky enough to have an inversion today. Could not have asked for a better way to experience this hike. Wouldn’t want to attempt this in snow or wet, but if the weather is dry enough, this is a superb day out. We took 5 hours with lots of breaks just chilling along the Ridge soaking it in. Would recommend starting from the South and going clockwise. Add it to your must do list. Well worth the drive from Calgary.

Loved this trail! The waterfall Is beautiful and the ink pots are a beautiful hue if turquoise and and a nice place for a picnic.

Beautiful easy hike. It could get pretty crowded so just make sure you get there early so you can actually enjoy it

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9 days ago

Awesome hike, would say it's moderately hard but not super difficult if you go at your own pace! Definitely start clockwise as everyone suggests. This hike took us 4 hours and 20 minutes with a snack break and LOTS of picture breaks to capture the non-stop amazing views. It gets quite windy up top because you're on top of a mountain and there is nothing to stop the wind, so wear layers - I'd even recommend gloves and maybe even a toque! I'm not a very accomplished hiker, and I didn't find this hike to be intimidating at all. Don't let some of the other reviews and mention of scrambling scare you! Would definitely recommend this to anyone look for a challenging but rewarding hike!

10 days ago

Did this hike on a Friday (Sept 7) arriving at The main parking lot around 4pm to find ample parking. It wasn’t too crowded and we were one of the last people on Trail when we finished around 7:30pm. Arriving at ink pots was favorite of the hike with great views later in the day. There were some tough inclines but all enjoyable.

Too many people from parking lot 1 all the way up to upper falls but then a very pleasant trail with much less traffic up to the ink pots. Beautiful scenery. Enjoyed a snack next to the running water before making the return trip.

11 days ago

As many have commented, the portion of the trail to the upper falls is very, very popular and crowded. However, the canyon, creek, and falls are very pretty and worth dealing with the crowds. After the upper falls we still encountered many people but at least it seemed like a real hike. We enjoyed the views of the mountains at the ink pots, as well as the ink pots. We thought the trail rating of moderate is appropriate. Overall, this is a very nice hike despite the crowds

We arrived about 7:30 five days ago and it was wonderful as not many people were there. We felt
like we had the place to ourselves. It was so beautiful. We hiked on to the ink pots. So uphill. We didn’t enjoy as there weren’t really any views and it seem to go on forever. The ink pots were pretty and the Mountain View was pretty, but not really worth it. I guess we’re getting spoiled with the majestic beauty all around us out here!

Great hike that isn't the most difficult but you get superb views. When we hiked it was very smokey but still the views were amazing. You can do the hike in either direction and i think either way is just as challenging. Will do this great hike again when the air is crisp and there is no smoke.

Beautiful hike. Started up the prairie view trail, came down jewel pass. Harder going up, easier coming down. Amazing views from the top. Worth the hike for sure.

They are not joking when they describe this trail as heavily used. On the Falls Trail at times it felt like we were dealing with the TSA lines at an airport. Both falls are beautiful. If you want an alpine experience I recommend hiking all the way to the Inkpots - the meadow and stream are beautiful but the Inkpots were a little disappointing. The lower trail is easier because it's paved but still a workout! Getting to the Inkpots involved some very steep terrain so be prepared.

Amazing hike, we went up the mountain (prairie view trail) instead of the actual barrier lake trail. Very much worth it if you’re looking for a good workout. We went down jewel “something,” and it was a great time. The view at the end of the hike was something else.

Great hike. It really had everything. Great views all around the lake. Beautiful fall colours are out in bloom.

Loved this hike. The scramble is fun & doesn’t take long. Once you’re on the ridge the views are amazing!

Long trail as some people said. Still nice and you can see beautiful scenery though.

Easy, beautiful hike.

A lot of people until Upper falls but the way is beautiful, you can go down in some places out of the path enabled. From Upper until Ink Pots is calm and a little long, forest and some view mountains. The end is a beautiful open landscape with natural pools that remanate water. I spent 3 hours.

Beautiful trail - just too crowded to the falls.

Started at about 10:30 and got super lucky finding a parking spot in the main lot. It was packed going up to the falls but once you turned to go to the ink pots, it was a great, less busy trail. The hills up are a good workout but the last part to the ink pots are downhill. Beautiful view that opens up with bubbling glacial water. Absolutely recommend.

Parked at 7:30 and there were 5 other cars there. We had the trail to ourselves on the way out. Johnston Canyon and the waterfalls were fun. Trail to Ink Pots is wide and mostly up hill. Ink Pots were so cool. On the way back, Johnston Canyon was PACKED with families so I’m glad we got to enjoy it on the way out.

loved it. gotta go really early. made all the difference.

The view is a-m-a-z-i-n-g! Your’e gonna end up in a valley, there’s a few ink pots, a lot of moutains, the river. 1/2 part of the trek is easy (until the little and big cascade) after the 2/2 is a moderate trail. You can also take 1,2 other trek after this (that I know)!

Loved the views and the challenge of the hike. Took some beautiful photos. very scenic. I recommend this.
Definitely go early weekday.

I really enjoyed this trail, and I’m thankful I went early! If you don’t like big crowds, get there by 7/7:30. I hiked to Ink pots and had the place to myself! On the way back, the trail was much busier. It was a beautiful hike with a variety of scenery to enjoy!

beautiful lake stunning colors very pretty scenery and the beach is fun for kids

Great moderate hike! I was a little disappointed with how much of it was man made but also very appreciative because of the amazing views the man made “trail” allowed us to see! It was very very busy when we made our way back at 10-11am. Best to go early to really enjoy.

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