Ink Pots Via Moose Meadows

MODERATE 38 reviews
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Ink Pots Via Moose Meadows is a 7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Castle Mountain, Alberta, Canada. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,797 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

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snowshoeing
12 days ago

hiked this on jan 7 with snow shoes-didn’t need them though as hiking boots would be fine. we hiked up to ink pots and then on the way back down took the johnston canyon turn off, saw the upper falls, and took a detour to get back to the moose meadows trail lower down. all up was 14.2km, nice to get the extra kms with the johnson canyon detour. although this trail that cut through had not been walked for a while so we were knee deep in snow

hiking
13 days ago

Hiked today, 7th Jan. Well tracked trail, I did in my hiking boots, no micro spikes needed. Only passed one person before the turn off for Johnston Canyon, met a couple people snowshoeing after.
Gradual incline most of the way with final downhill before the ink pots but not too strenuous. Ink pots are partially frozen so didn’t get to see the colours but a beautiful winter hike.

19 days ago

Super fun trail and stunning views. Did it in the winter with hiking boots, did not use micro spikes. Very much worth it.

hiking
29 days ago

Did this hike on December 22nd. Ice cleats were enough as the snow was fairly well packed. Didn’t see a single person until the intersection with the Johnston canyon trail. Some of the pools were frozen but the rest were pretty.

3 months ago

Hiked this Oct 15. Started late around 12:30. got to the Ink Pots around 3. Everything leading up to the Johnston Canyon trail was pretty closed in without views, but peaceful.

Lots of ice, especially after linking to Johnston. Ice cleats a must.

hiking
4 months ago

Super quiet, didn't run into any other people until we came to the junction that leads to Johnston's Canyon. Bring proper shoes, lots of rocks and bits to trip you. The few people we saw in flip flops did not look happy. Overall, a real beauty and I'm excited to try snowshoeing there soon!

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked this lovely trail Aug. 1st. Forest trail to Johnston Canyon Junction from Moose Meadows trailhead is peaceful and quiet. At times you could’ve heard a pin drop. Awesome vistas of the Sawback Ridge at the Ink Pots. Trail gets quite busy from Johnston Canyon junction to the Ink Pots.

5 months ago

We were there on Monday, the Moose Meadows trail is cool and shady on hot day… Even coming down in the afternoon. When you get to the junction of Johnston canyon there are more people on the trail.

5 months ago

Beautiful hike, nice return path to Moose Meadows.

6 months ago

We started this trail at 11am. There were only three other cars in the lot. The hike up to the inkpot juncture we saw no one. It was majestic and although it's a lot of the same mossy pine Forest, it's nice a quiet. Once we got up to inkpots the trail was more trafficed. The inkpots themselves are really interesting. Hiked back through upper and lower falls of Johnston and took a side path back to moose. Got all the good views and nice hiking without the crazy amount of people

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful day. Not very busy to goto ink pots and back through the canyon. Then about a 1.5km walk along the road back to the parking lot. If you don’t want to deal with the traffic of people I recommend going this back way to see the falls after the ink pots.

6 months ago

Amazing view! A lot of hiking up on the way to the ink pots! A lot less trafficked compared to the Johnston canyon trail. It does meet up with that trail though. Completely worth it!

hiking
7 months ago

A great alternative to Johnston Canyons Trail if you any less traffic and don’t mind skipping the waterfalls. We did run into an adult black bear coming back to the car at the parking lot. It ran the other way and we made lots of noise. Has been reported.

8 months ago

great trail if you want to avoid the croud of Johnston canyon still very muddy and some snow and icy sections but was worth the hike and amazing views, there are also camp grounds if you continue walking.

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked this weekend still some very wet and washed out sections on the lower trail snow and ice on the upper part past the junction with the upper JC falls. A bit of a slow go at times but overall quite doable. You do avoid most crowds but unfortunately not all, for anyone thinking of blasting a portable speaker while hiking please do us a favour stay at home and annoy your neighbours in stead.

11 months ago

Really nice. Took us almost three hours in the winter with a quick detour to view Johnston canyon. Really nice and easily done, not much elevation gain at all and easy for most hikers. Wouldn’t want to do this in the summer as it’s probably too busy.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The hike was on the easier side of moderate but the views towards the end were pretty spectacular. Definitely start around 7am to avoid the crowds.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

masons review is literally spot on. Down to the kids going into the ink pots.. the exact same thing happened today July 29th

hiking
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Hiked on July 25, 2017. The hike starts along the Moose Meadows Trail and later connects to the Johnston Canyon Trail which then leads to the Ink Pots. The Moose Meadows trail is quite decent, being by far the least trafficked part of the trail. Once you connect to the Johnston Canyon Trail, traffic becomes quite heavy. You'll likely encounter a few bear bells and portable Bluetooth speakers along the way. Once at the Ink Pots, the views open up as you emerge from the trees. The Ink Pots are beautiful and quite interesting, however, you aren't allowed to go off the viewing trails and bridges. Unfortunately, we encountered a family that didn't seem to care about the rules and took a little dip in the pots. Past the pots is Johnston Creek, which was packed with people and honestly seemed a little like a beach party. If it's busy, there's not a lot private spots to sit and have lunch, especially if you want to stay out of the sun. Overall, the trail is really quite nice, with the only downside being how populated it is.

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