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In the fall of 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers stumbled across a cave containing hot springs on the eastern slopes of Alberta's Rocky Mountains. From that humble beginning was born Banff National Park, Canada's first national park and the world's third. Spanning 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers, Banff National Park is one of the world's premier destination spots.

Pretty amazing experience, even with the severely diminished views due to the smoke. Pay close attention to which trails you take up to the summit, some get very hairy very fast. A couple who turned back ahead of me stated that they got charged by a bear, and while I didn't see anything, bear spray and a big group would be very helpful!

It’s totally worth it to go all the way to the Ink Pots. They were so beautiful and fascination, as was the nearby river. As with most trails in Banff, it pays to get there EARLY!! We were there by 7am and had the trail to ourselves and more importantly got parking. When we passed the falls on the way out are around 10:30am it was a parking lot of tourists with a line to even get on the walkway to see the upper falls. It was worse than the mall at Christmas and parking lots were completely full.

hiking
14 hours ago

As someone who has hiked in New Zealand, Patagonia, Peru and more, this hike was disappointing. It’s all uphill with the excitement being the lake 5 miles in. Good workout but not very rewarding.

Hard to find parking so get there early!

Other than the smoke, great mix of topography and great day hike. Take time to break at lake for a snack.

Smoke sucks! My friend and I completed this hike in 2 hours 45 min (moving time). Smoke burned the lungs a lot on the way up, and at the peak the smoke was nearly opaque. It was good exercise though and a fun hike despite the disappointing lack of views. From what we could see, we could tell the views would be stunning without the forest fires. Do this hike when it clears up!

Once you reach the end - go on top of mountain to reach the glacier - fantastic view of lake and surroundings from there.

Steep ride up but worth the efforts - saw big horn sheep on top

Nice little hike for city view

Trail is nice and in the shade. The lake is beautiful but unfortunately didn't get to see much because of the smoke. Better in the morning light.

Super easy trail and so beautiful! If you go a bit further and follow the trail you will find an even better view of the lake with less people. For a better light and less crowd, start in the morning, I was there at 8 and it was perfect! A bit cold in the morning though.

Beautiful. However, the cave, which was my #1 must see, was closed to endangered nesting birds.

vous pouvez aussi descendre pour vous rendre au lac . la vue est exceptionnelle

Great hike!

Love this hike!!

Nicest road ever

What a view!!!! Be there when sun shines!

Must go early to avoid the mass amounts of tourists at Johnston Canyon! Easy track overall.

Its hard to capture the beauty of this place with pictures

The parking lot is full by around 630am. Make sure to be there early

Great views! there is an option to drop off people at the top if the short hike is too much.

Fairly easy hike, good for stretching the legs and getting some air, perfect for a smokey day. Lots of people! Recommend very early morning or very late in the evening to avoid the crowds. Views from the ink pots are nice. Wouldn't recommend this if the weather is good, spend the day elsewhere.

Can anyone tell me if you need a park pass for this trail? Will delete this after I possibly get a response :) thank you!!

I went on a weekday and only saw max 10 other people. I did the ridge walk right to the summit and had it all to myself. Most people didn't attempt the summit. It definitely increased my heart rate at the last little stretch right before the summit because there aren't many footholds. But the summit is so close you just have to do it! If you go slowly and carefully you should be fine but if you have a fear of heights, it might not be the greatest. Worth it though! Steep ascent the whole way from the bottom but I'd recommend it for a clear day.

mountain biking
2 days ago

Harder than it seems. Trail is very bumpy closer to the Canmore side. Probably more of a fat tire ride than just a regular mountain bike... Very calm and peaceful though.

nice ride. not very peaceful as you have the traffic of the trans canada hey right there...

This is a hike i'll remember for a long time!! Forest scenaries to the lake, that gonna take 2 hrs more or less. Then the challenging part starts but best one as well!! 2 more lakes there and 360 view on the summit. Keep on going, bring food, water, proper clothing and just do that. Way back is rough and never ending but that's part of the game. Not moderate but hard guys. Don't miss this!!

Beautiful hike even with the very smoky conditions - second half is a good climb, we wanted to do Harvey Pass but with the smoke and my asthma - it was decided to come back to add that challenge when conditions are better! Will definitely be back to do this again!!

An excellent hike although the first part is through the trees so really nothing to see but forest. Once you get up to Mirror Lake the views get better. Still a bit icy and slippery in the upper sections. Staff at the tea house were busy getting the place ready for opening in June, but even though they were not officially open they were selling tea and other goodies out of the back door. The tea was perfect after the hike up. Excellent views of the lake and mountains.

This was our first full day in Banff National Park (Aug 17th) and got a later start than we’d like, but decided to visit Lake Moraine and begin our hiking adventures with an easy hike in preparation for the rest of our stay. Parking: of course no parking is available after 7am, but easy enough to catch the shuttle bus at the overflow parking at 11:30. The 10 min ride or so drops you off at the Rock Pile overlooking the lake. The lakeshore trail was easy and offered beautiful views of the turquoise water and had a waterfall at the end of trail. Unfortunately the views of the mountains were distorted by the smoke from ongoing fires in British Columbia but we still enjoyed the beauty and look forward planning another trip in hopes of clearer skies. Took about an hour with lots of other ca and a stop to eat a sandwich on the trail overlooking lake. We were there about 2 hours including a climb to the top of Rock Pile to take more pictures! Gorgeous place!

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