Grotto Canyon Trail

EASY 376 reviews

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

11 hours ago

great easy hike but really interesting to go through the canyon and see the rock formations

hiking
11 days ago

An easy trail to follow. Well signed.

hiking
13 days ago

Great place to hike for any age. Make sure you have proper footwear as it is quite rocky - a lady making her way up had fallen and hurt her ankle (hope you are doing ok!) If you go in the late morning/early afternoon it's quite busy all the way up to the waterfall, take a left and follow that trail into a nice open spot with inuksuks and hoodoos, we stayed in that area for half an hour and didn't see many others.

hiking
14 days ago

It’s a nice hike but would be neat in summer when there is water flowing in the creek/river. Go right to the cave and climb up to it.

20 days ago

Great family hike. We took the canyon in and The High Water Trail back. We got there by 10 am and no issues with parking. Highly recommend ankle support hiking boots/shoes, as there were a lot of loose rocks to walk on. We found the native markings on the rock wall and enjoyed the waterfall and inukshuks. Next time we will stay and do some fishing at the pond and pack a picnic.

hiking
24 days ago

It was an okay hike. Would have been better with water in the canyon for sure. The first half isn't the prettiest of views because your walking along the Lafarge plant.
Best part was definitely the inukshuk past the waterfalls where the "trails end". Most of them were pushed down but the ones standing were nice and we build a lot more.
Great and easy hike for kids. Make sure you bring shoes with supports around the ankles because the path is all rocks.

Be sure to bring good shoes as the main part of the trail is on loose rocks. From the map it looks like a good part of the hike is passing the plant, but this part is easy and takes the shortest time. Once you arrive at the riverbed you will leave the plant behind and start enjoying the hike, with it's great canyon views.

As others have mentioned, go beyond the sign that states trail not maintained and you will get a great view of a wide riverbed.

hiking
28 days ago

Really enjoyed this hike with 3 kids ages 9-11 and 2 adults. Agree with reviews below about start of hike and will just add:
1) This trail is loose rock pretty much the entire time. Not ideal for seniors or anyone not stable on their feet.
2) The trail follows the grotto footbed and you may see climbers along the way which is very cool.
3) Once you explore the waterfall, be sure to keep going further, past the sign that reads trail not maintained past this point. Within 5 minutes you will come to the valley of inukshuks which was our fave part of the hike.
4) there is a fishing lake at the parking lot so bring your rods if that is something you enjoy to add onto the fun.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy and quick trail, crowded. Half of the hike follow power line (with the factory noise). When you actually get into the canyon it's pretty cool (and silent). You have a little fall at the end. Lot of climbing opportunity.

1 month ago

quick hike with elevation. river bed dry. better with water I would imagine.

1 month ago

Great trail to do with the kids. We had a nice sunny spot for a picnic once we reached the falls.

1 month ago

great trail

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail that leads to a small waterfall. I suggest if you are a local to wait until a weekday as it's extremely busy on weekends. You can be in and out in less than 2 hours if you keep a steady pace. Plenty of climbing opportunities along the way.

Two separate parking lots, both lead to the same trails. At first the sound of the nearby industrial area is easily heard but soon drowns out when you enter the canyon.

1 month ago

Great trail! Only noise was from the nearby factory and once past it, it wasn’t too bad. ! Super quiet.

Bathrooms and paved parking . Will do again for sure !

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike, but gets a bit monotonous after a while. Great for rock climbing, but hard on the feet if you’re hiking. Ended with a pretty waterfall.

1 month ago

Nice hike but most of the trail is loose rock. The canyon is pretty nifty and not overly challenging with a toddler in a pack. Lots of people were on the trail when we went.

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike! Took my girlfriend who is fairly new to hiking and she really enjoyed the hike! Wasn’t a huge fan of the construction or power lines but not a huge deal as the majority of the hike your away from all the noise. Very neat to see the cave drawings along the way as well as the valley of inuksuks!

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely visit in the winter! Wear shoes with good grip, or some sort of cleat.

2 months ago

Great little hike. The only reason we aren't giving it 5 stars- the first km or so is below power lines and loud due to construction. Once you get through that section of the trail, you'll enjoy a beautiful stroll. oh, and TAKE THE CANYON ROUTE! Fun and beautiful!

2 months ago

Such a beautiful, easy hike. Went up to the (hopefully abandoned??) bear cave past the waterfall. Crowds completely die after that point, very peaceful.

hiking
2 months ago

Some nice views along the way up, once the canyon opens up the path isn't marked the greatest but it leaves a lot of room for exploring. I would recommend this as a nice afternoon outing and would do it again.

2 months ago

absolute shit. walk under a powerline a couple hundred meters from a loud plant for a view worst than the ones from the road

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike in the winter and I think that is the best season to see it! The frozen waterfalls are spectacular. Not a hard hike, little elevation gain if you go along the river, but it does get windy.

2 months ago

Lots of logging nearby. Followed the rocky riverbed through canyon and thought it was a challenging but beautiful hike. Got to have good shoes and poles though!

2 months ago

Very Poor. Power line stroll with excellent views of a man made quarry. Waterfall is 2 ft high, extremely disappointing and a waste of time. Rocky walk with plenty of opportunities to twist your ankle! Canmore should be ashamed.

hiking
2 months ago

Conditions are good. River bed is dry and easy to navigate.

3 months ago

Nice and easy. Great waterfall pictographs and inukshuks

hiking
3 months ago

Good trail for a beginner hiker. First part is pretty bland, but it gets better once you actually start going up the stream. All around average.

Beautiful rocky canyon trail! Supportive footwear a must.

3 months ago

Easy hike. Lots of loose and big gravel. 60-80 minutes round trip. Take a coffee and enjoy the bench seat of the Bow Valley.

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