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Great and easy little hike with stunning views. Recommend microspikes during this time of year.

7 days ago

Nice and easy, nice view of the lake, but there is much nicer around.

It's a great hike, don't get me wrong. But considering the amazing ones around, I give that only 4 stars. The best is to find a way to add it to something else. We did The little and big beehive, Lake agnes, and then this trail through highline trail. Big day, filled with amazing views

Obviously if you are there, you should do that. It's very crowded but the lake is very nice.

Very nice hike. Johnson canyon is a bit crowded and annoying, but still worth doing. If you hike a lot, consider that just a "end of the day" bonus. The ink spot is relaxing with mountain surrounding. Great for pictures.

Great hike for today, but it was really icy, so take cleats with you!

Always love stopping in and exploring a little more. Dog liked it but would have enjoyed it more if he was off leash

23 days ago

Path is still clear during winter and spring. You can actually walk on a parallel path on the lake while it is frozen with somewhat better views because no trees blocking the way. The end of the lake leads to the Plain of Six Glaciers trail. Make sure to steer clear until avalanche season is over (Avalanche training expected to continue forward). Saw many unprepared tourists headed that way when I turned around. People have died in the Lake Louise area from being uneducated about avalanches in the last few years. Be smart!
Great views at the end of the lake side trail.

loved this trail easy for kids and great scenery and pics

Just do it!!

Very crowded. Good mountain views and nice lake.

Nice hike with 2 waterfalls and hiking along a river to the ink pots. Very crowded however. Get there really early to get a parking spot. At the ink pots, eat a lunch along the river. Mountains in background are very scenic.

This is a gorgeous fun trail. Make sure you go early to avoid crowds. We did this in September and not many people went to the Ink Pots, so much less crowded, but coming back was very crowded around the falls. The ink pots are very neat. Love this trail.

Did this trail today, when it's still snow from the parking lot all the way to the ink pots. It was just above freezing. Really lovely. Sheltered from the wind, and the sun was warm enough that I was able to get down to just basic insulators. Spikes are a must, though, and poles recommended!

nice and short hike for our first in Banff, great views along the way and nothing difficult to encounter on the way. cleats made a huge difference because the packed snow trail was a bit slippery without them.

Beautiful in winter, slippery on uphills but fine with good winter boots and warm clothing. The upper falls are beautiful when frozen.

Amazing hike! make sure you bring crimp-ons. The waterfalls ate breath taking!

Great little hike with fantastic views! Short & easy, and seems to be a popular trail as there were lots of people.

Easy, beautiful but very crowded.

Great switchbacks and views!

2 months ago

Highly recommend giving this hike a chance in the winter hikes as well! It was still easy and my pup loved it! It is gorgeous and it is peaceful! And who doesn’t love frozen Waterfalls?

on Tunnel Mountain Trail

3 months ago

Beautiful views of Banff and a great little hike to get your heart pumping, very low time commitment required so you can plan multiple activities in a day and still get a good hike in!

Beautiful vistas, quite a workout bring your walking poles

Beautiful winter hike! But if you're not a very active person and just starting out then know that the full hike can be pretty harsh. It was my first hike of the year and I'm not a very active person and I walked out exhausted and in pain. But pushing through it is definitely worth it! But please, please, please BRING CLEAT ATTACHMENTS ! It is very icy in some spots and there's nothing worse then having your hiking vibe on and you're being held up because someone thought it was a great idea to wear Uggs or sneakers. DRESS APPROPRIATELY. Can't wait to go back and do a summer hike.

Great variety and beautiful winter terrain

Great view at the top!!

4 months ago

Flat paved trail beside Lake Louise, this is awe inspiring. It was cloudy over the snowy peaks at the end of the trail and the clouds muted the light for a great shot. The picture of the Chateau from the far end is framed nicely by the surrounding mountains. Go past the lake for more adventure.

5 months ago

A very easy and beautiful walk along the lake shore. It was snowing almost constantly but you’re protected from any wind and it’s a beautiful way to spend a winter afternoon. Dogs are allowed which makes for a nice atmosphere as everyone greets each other. Great views of the Chateau and the mountain peaks.

5 months ago

The views are fantastic the entire hike. Initially you have changing perspectives of the town of Banff and then at the top you can see down both sides of the mountain into the valleys on either end. Yes, there are lots of tourists so don't expect this to be a place of solitude but it is great for what it is: a moderately sloped trail which is well maintained and provides incredible scenery.

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