Explore the most popular wildlife trails in Banff National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful!

Easy hike for in shape people and worth the trip. Very touristy but that’s ok.

Excellent hike and worth the views. Not all that challenging if you’re in shape. If not it will be a leg burner.

We got to Johnston Canyon at 9:00am and there weren’t many people on the trail. The trail to the Ink Pots is well marked and people were scarce on that part of the hike. However, on the way back the falls were packed with people so it’s best to start early.

There were some dips in the path which made for nice inclines so your legs can get a good workout instead of just walking on flat terrain.

The Ink Pots themselves were majestic and a great place to explore; the Upper and Lower Falls were beautiful and it was even better enjoying them without crowds of people.

Worth the effort. Incredible views, esp of the valley behind the lake.

hiking
3 hours ago

Fantastic Hike. We started around 7am and only ran into 2 other people. It was cloudy when we started, but after the first 2,000 feet or so we got above the clouds and the views were incredible. I'd say it was very challenging, but well worth it. Probably my favorite hike at Banff.

hiking
4 hours ago

First half of the hike to Lake Agnes was heavily trafficked, although the view from the lake is incredible. The second half, toward the Big Beehive, is more strenuous than the first, but well worth it. Not as many people, and views of Lake Louis on one side, and Lake Agnes on the other. Incredible, incredible hike.

Terrible marking. Zero signage. Wandered around could not find the trail. To bad it didn’t work out. But tons of mosquitoes. Just awful!

Nice trail with rewarding views towards top. Not ideal to do mid-day on a hot day. Shady spots throughout thankfully. Big range of hikers on this trail. Parents carrying toddlers to 70 yrs old. Good workout!

trail running
17 hours ago

hiking
19 hours ago

A bit of snow to contend with that's turning into slush as the temperature goes up in the afternoon. Great hike and so much fun.

Wonderful hike. 4 stars only because it was busy. Kids 7 and 10 did fine-just complained near the top. My phone says we went 6k there and back. Started at 830. Definitely best to start early.

The first 3km on paved road are boring (even if we saw a black bear). The canyon trail is great but a LOT of mosquitoes so be prepared.

Amazing view. Well worth the time. Not to difficult

hiking
1 day ago

Low traffic, great views, waterfall is impressive. Pit toilet in the parking lot. Good view of castle mountain. Would do again.

This is a great trail run or walk. Although the views on the trail aren't really remarkable given the location, the views from the top are unforgettable.
For a 1-2 hour run/walk, you couldn't choose a more convenient one with such great views. Also, there is a $35 buffet at one of the restaurants at the top in-case you need to fill up on energy.

Be sure to bring your own water or water bottle as the bottles at the base are sold for $3.

As an even better end to most hikes, you can go to the hot springs which are located at the foot of the trail. Bring your swimsuit and leave it in your vehicle!

-Will

hiking
1 day ago

Hiked this trail 2018 July 16 with my wife, our 12 year old and our Labrador. Sunny and hot day. The trail was in excellent shape and well maintained. It was a Monday and we saw a total of 8 other people the entire day. The trail is a long steady climb through the forest which some previous posters found "boring" but I certainly enjoyed the quiet solitude of the woods. There are a few glimpses of mountains along the way up. Be sure to take the extra 15 minutes or so to see Silverton Falls along the way. As you get closer to Tower Lake the forest opens up with lots of wildflowers and small Meadows and the views of Castle Mountain and Helena Peak are impressive. Take a break at Tower Lake because you'll probably need it. The final push up to Rockbound from Tower is quite steep, probably close to a 1 in 3 gain. It's not a very long section however and you are soon rewarded with a spectacular view of Rockbound Lake and its surrounding mountains. There is also a very interesting boulder field with some peculiar rock formations to explore. The boulder field seemed to attract a lot of mosquitos and horseflies so we ate lunch on a large flat rock a bit more to the east along the shoreline. It took us 3 hours up and 2 and a half back down at a moderate pace stopping a few times each way. Enjoy the hike!

Did this hike with my wife (53) and son (19). 360 degree views. Trail is easy to follow. Very rewarding for us. We were the only ones on the trail. I would say this is a moderate hike if you are in good shape, hard but doable otherwise just take your time. Not technical.

Good workout for daily training, up n down in under 45min

As other reviews have said this is a busy hiking trail, great way for holiday hikers to be submerged in mountains and lakes! The view from the lookout was out of this world and the wild flowers throughout the meadows are beautiful. Recommend the detour to Monarch lookout, stunning views and next to no one else around!

This was a great little hike during the winter. Solid view of Lake Louise. I would recommend this as a short winter hike.

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike for families even infants and old people. I’m unfit and it took me 45 minutes each way.

Slightly challenging if you’re with someone sedentary but great views.

We did this trail yesterday and we’d do it again. The paved portion of it is ok but once that stops and you begin hiking along the creek, it’s beautiful. We went through the interpretative at the trailhead and I’d recommend it. That surfer spring is where the entire Canadian National parks started. Pretty neat. Take bug spray for sure.

hiking
2 days ago

Went early at 6:30 am and glad that I did! It was a beautiful hike, but on the way down saw tons of people on their way up. Go early so you don’t have to fight the crowds!

hiking
2 days ago

Went pretty early around 6:30 am and there were already some people ahead of me. This was a cool hike and the falls even had a little cave you can go through and feel the spray from the water! Saw tons of people on my way down so definitely go early!

Nice but crowded

Did this today starting from lake agnes trail at lake louise. At the junction of big beehive, turn right where a log blocks the path. Follow the trail all the way up and a short scramble few meters from the junction (almost got lost). Make sure you wear good hiking boots, gloves or poles for support as you scramble going up to the summit. The 70 degree steep scree was worth it once you reached the top! I think this trail is way better than taking the plain of six glaciers. Arrive early at the park (7-8am) coz it gets full easily. And make sure you get a pass and dont park infront of a sign ‘No Parking from 11pm-8am’. We’re blessed they gave us a friendly reminder ticket for doing so...a must hike! Awesome views along the trail!

If you're unfit and lazy like me, a little under half of the hike is actually pretty tough. But its completely worth it. Gorgeous views at the top and at the end there are two red chairs. If you go with a partner, make sure to bring a couple of cold ones to crack, lay back and enjoy.

Lots of people, trail is very dry, the switchbacks were overall manageable until I reached a couple of very narrow points on the path.

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