Ink Pots Via Moose Meadows

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Ink Pots Via Moose Meadows is a 11.3 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Castle Mountain, Alberta, Canada. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.3 km
ELEVATION GAIN
548 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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11 days 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.

14 days 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.

21 days ago

Beautiful hike, nice return path to Moose Meadows.

24 days 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

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30 days 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.

1 month 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
1 month 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.

2 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.

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3 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.

5 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.

10 months ago

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

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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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