Bow Glacier Falls Trail

MODERATE 85 reviews

Bow Glacier Falls Trail is a 8.7 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Field, British Columbia, Canada that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.7 km
ELEVATION GAIN
266 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

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nature trips

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beach

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

Bow Glacier Falls Trail runs along the shores of Bow Lake. Featuring the ice-blue glacial Bow Lake and stunning panoramic views of its headwaters. The trail starts at the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge just off HWY 93 (Icefields parkway). It wraps along the shore to the southwest corner of the lake, meeting a long rustic staircase that will take you up the hill into a valley where you can venture over to Bow Glacier Falls.

1 day ago

Nice hike. Stay near the water as others have advised. Trail washed out a bit around 1.5 miles in but manageable. Look for rock piles (trail guides) and stay close to the water before the stairs. Stopped by the natural bridge over the river (leads to bow hut trail). There’s a ladder so you can climb on top.

2 days ago

Great day today, the weather was perfect. It’s a little more windy and cold near the falls but that is to be expected with glacier water. Some parts were scarier for me because I’m afraid of heights but even as a beginner hiker it wasn’t too bad. I had my poles and good hiking boots. The elevation is not much and it’s mostly an easy hike, just one steeper section. The falls are awesome and the lake is so blue! By far one of my favorite hikes.

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2 days ago

Great views of the water- stick to the river! Made the mistake of going through the forest unnecessarily.

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6 days ago

Beautiful Hike and great views. If you can, stay on the path near the river bed until you get to the steeper section with stairs that will take you to the viewpoint and then on to the falls. You can opt to take the right path through the forest as we did, but in retrospect the other way in much easier and scenic (we did that on the way back). Through the forest you will need to climb fairly steep and dense sections of overgrown forest. We were lucky some previous hikers left some markers to guide us out of it. You will end up in an open section of low vegetation near a creek bed infested with mosquitoes (luckily we had mosquito repellent on us) so push on toward the river side, left when looking toward the falls and glacier. Once you reach the riverbed side it is pretty straight forward. In a nutshell, unless there is too much water, go the riverbed side. Views from the falls are great looking towards bow lake and the Num Ti Jah lodge.

16 days ago

Very Scenic and pretty easy hike except for a steep section with steps towards the end. If you go when water flow is less...just make sure to walk along the lake shore and waterfall stream. If you go into the forest .. as the trail goes... make sure u take the right turns. When you see open grass after coming out of forest... dont go right towards small waterfall (though u will hear it...we ended up going right and climbing all the way to the top which gives excellent views of Bow lake but its not the actual bow falls or trail). Go left towards the stream which feeds Bow Lake and walk along it.

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28 days ago

One of my most favorite hikes that I've ever been on. ✨

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29 days ago

This was one of our favorite hikes as it kept you along water the whole hike (and we like water) There must have been an avalanche this past winter as part of the trail is essentially gone and you will get your feet wet! I feel it is recent as the downed trees are obviously “fresh”. We knew it “must be the trail” as it was along the lake, however, we did question being in the right spot.

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1 month ago

Such a great hike for a huge reward. If you want an even cooler view, take the rock bridge on the left (You’ll know when you see it) and hit the trail that takes you above the falls.

1 month ago

Amazing view at the end !especially if you are the first ones out!

hiking
3 months ago

We did this to cap the day after other longer hikes, and finished with dinner around the lake. Good spot for that, but don't go out of your way to do this hike only considering the amazing things around. It's nice and easy and flat, so relaxing

8 months ago

You can either go straight to the bow falls or make a left over the massive boulder to two different waterfalls. Both are pretty good the second is much longer.

8 months ago

Great views of the lake from the side and rear. We did not make it to the falls due to a snowstorm blowing in. Would definitely do it again. Some parts of the trail were snow covered and slick, so proper shoes/boots and/or poles recommended.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful area! Easy hike with one steep section (has stairs). Beginning by the lake can be quite busy but the trails become quieter the further you go.

hiking
10 months ago

Fairly easy trail with only one steep section. Very tranquil walking along the lake shore. The basin featuring the waterfall is pretty awesome and caps off a nice walk. Saw a decent sized black bear on the way back.

10 months ago

The ice fields are so beautiful. This is an easy few hour hike to be around water.

10 months ago

Stunning waterfall! Will go back again!

hiking
11 months ago

Awesome trail. The waterfall was worth the walk.

hiking
11 months ago

Easy to moderate hike. A very nice view from start to finish. Took the dog with me with no trouble. Just under 3 hours.

hiking
11 months ago

Incredible views!

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Short hike, mainly flat until the last bit until you reach the "steps" up to the old glacier moraine. Bring bug spray!

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Beautiful scenery the entire way and not too crowded. I'd rate this hike as easy - just need to have careful footing in areas where the trail is a little washed out. Word of caution - make sure you wear plenty of bug spray and are well covered. There were swarms of mosquitoes and despite wearing bug spray, we both got a lot of bites.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Amazing

hiking
Thursday, June 01, 2017

So I actually didn't go to the falls because the path past the lakeshore was pretty impassable in my opinion. Just walking around the lake shore of Bow Lake was stunning as well. You are pretty much surrounded by mountains with amazing views in every direction. The only thing was that the trail was really muddy when I went with sections covered in flowing water.

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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

One of the most beautiful lakes to hike along side and a gorgeous canyon but the falls themselves were a little underwhelming

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Monday, August 08, 2016

Hi fellow hikers!
I've seen that there are two tiers to the falls, do you know how you get up above the base tier to the higher level? Thanks so much!!
Jess

hiking
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

It took us almost 4 hours to complete the trail because we ended up going up the waterfall as well. The first part of the trail was easy and it progresses to moderate as you approach the waterfall. It's all worth it in the end though with the amazing views! It was a lot of fun.

hiking
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Bow Glacier Falls Trail was great-- the staircase at the end is not to be underestimated. But even if you choose not to go up the stairs, the canyon mouth there would still be a fantastic place to sit and lunch. For as many people were in the parking lot, the trail was suprisingly uncrowded-- especially for a weekend and sunny day!

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