Grotto Canyon Trail

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Grotto Canyon Trail is a 4.0 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bighorn No 8, Alberta, Canada that features a waterfall. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and rock climbing. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4 km
ELEVATION GAIN
225 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

rock climbing

walking

waterfall

washed out

historic site

hiking
1 day ago

Did this hike in February. Busy but very beautiful. Traction devices are recommended due to walking on the frozen creek, we saw many people falling as a result of not having any.

5 days ago

I was there again on April 15th, it was really, really slushy. I’d recommend gaiters! Also there was a few patches where we sank into the snow well past our knees although it made for a great laugh, it was a bit more work to get out of the snow. Still beautiful and worth the adventure. Take some extra clothes to be dry on the ride home!

hiking
8 days ago

will go back in the summer. only downside was the noise and scenery downer from the Plant and powerlines that was next to/through the majority of the trail

hiking
10 days ago

First and last ice walking here this winter. We will definitely be back again!!

16 days ago

Beautiful hike with 4 years old boy!
Alot to see in 1hour!

hiking
17 days ago

Awesome hike today! Spikes needed.

21 days ago

Very nice hike! Will definitely do it again.

21 days ago

Beautiful hike!! A hidden treasure, definitely get out there before too many people discover it!! Spikes needed.
One of my all time favorites!

hiking
25 days ago

Fantastic underrated kid friendly winter trail! Make sure to have crampons or cleats (especially for little ones). Do not let the beginning of the trek fool you. Once you get past the industrial plant and into the canyon it is incredible and half the people than Johnston. My kids thought it was incredible to climb the rock sides and slide down as well as climb the frozen waterfall at the end. Take a lunch and a beverage for the end and enjoy :)

29 days ago

great kid friendly trail!

hiking
29 days ago

would do this one again spikes recommended

hiking
1 month ago

Great easy winter trail. Good for dogs as well.
Well maintained - definitely need crampons!

1 month ago

Recommend ice picks! Awesome trail though in good shape

hiking
1 month ago

Great winter hike, minimal elevation and very protected, definitely need crampons towards the end as it got pretty icy.

1 month ago

Absolutely breathtaking! Definitely advise to wear some sort of traction on your boots however as it is icy in spots.

1 month ago

Sure, you have to pass a cement plant. That’s such a small part of the trail and it keeps getting better and better. It exceeded my expectations. Lots to explore once you get to the waterfall.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing views, easy to hike. Very close from Canmore .
be prepared to wear warm clothes because once you are walking in the canyon, it is cold.

You need ice cleats but is a fantastic experience to walk on iced watrer spring leading to water falls.

hiking
2 months ago

Did the canyon trail hike on February 9th. Needed yaktrax on the ice even with fresh snow. Do not recommend going without some sort of ice cleats or grips. Highly encourage trekking poles or ski poles for those less steady on their feet, especially coming back down. Worth the hike to see the ice climbers. We went past the climbers and blazed a trail in the new snow up past the cave to the right. Had lunch on a boulder and enjoyed the views

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike completed Jan 30, 2018.

3 months ago

Agree with others on the plant and needing good boots. Cleats help even more. Then again always wear good boots? Nice scenery otherwise and enjoyed it as a second hike because its easy. For an easy but longer day do both Grassi lakes and this one. Also found no one ventured past the double waterfalls and you can explore further and see the hoodoos etc.

3 months ago

Nice hike. Passing the plant wasn't great, but once you get past the noise the walk up to the falls is beautiful. Just before the falls is some hieroglyphics on the rock.
Wear something water proof so you can slide down the ice in some places (great spot at the falls), or let your kids, if you're boring.

hiking
3 months ago

It was icy walking through the canyon. Ice cleats will certainly help. There are some slushy spots to make it easier. Water proof clothing for kids who like to play, our kid was soaking by the end. Was a nice day out. One thing is walking past the factory place wasn’t our favourite. Waterfalls looked great and you can see people climbing them. Helmets wouldn’t be a bad idea while walking through.

3 months ago

It was a good hike. I did it today, it was quite icy. Wear proper shoes / boots for water and ice.

3 months ago

Great Hike!
A little short.

4 months ago

A walk on frozen water, view of frozen waterfall and mountains with snow all around u! Just amazing view! Very easy and short trail.

4 months ago

Great winter hike. Make sure to look for the hieroglyphics on the left just before you get to the falls.

5 months ago

Loved this!! Did it with my 9year old daughter and it was a beautiful easy walk with a spectacular finish: only tip would be to be very cautious of the icy areas as it was very slippery on the walk back once the sun hit. Go early or in the afternoon to avoid slipping. A great winter hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Did this on an early morning in late October. It took a lot longer to get to the actual canyon than we expected (seemed like more than 500 m from the parking lot to me). We didn't go very far into the canyon but it was still a nice walk nonetheless. There are some nice views but nothing super spectacular.

hiking
5 months ago

We went during winter time. Very nice and easy trail. Frozen waterfall looked amazing. would recommend it!

5 months ago

enjoyed this trail! Beautiful in spring and fall, very different surroundings!

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