Johnston Canyon to Ink Pots

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Johnston Canyon to Ink Pots is a 6.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Banff, Alberta, Canada that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

6.5 miles 2263 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cave

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

snow

hiking
2 days ago

Fun, easy hike! Great for a family. Much of the hike is barricaded, although you should continue to exercise caution, especially in winter.

Multiple waterfalls in summer.

Frozen waterfalls in winter.

Depending on your timing you may catch a glimpse of some ice climbers!

Beyond the upper falls is a clear-cut trail to the ink pots. The additional hike would be more than double the distance to the upper falls. So is more significant by comparison but I would still consider it "easy."

This was a really fun hike in winter. We were safe and comfortable with some simple cramp-ons.

It is important to note this is a very busy trail - tour groups even head out here.

If you're going in winter for the ice walk, dress appropriately and use picks.

Free parking. Outhouses in the parking lot.

12 days ago

This hike was insanely busy, a steady stream of people both up and down, not a lot of space to pass if people are going slow. Most of the hike was a steady incline hike, mulchy, rocky, sandy. There were a few spots you could splinter off to see the rivers and waterfalls including a cool cave through which you can stumble out to the other side of another waterfall.

The coolest part of the hike, of course, the sudden drop in temperature, the sound of crashing water and coming around a busy, crowded bend to see.... a glacier. Now, went in May. I'll let that sink in.... We started on a forest path, in tank tops and yoga pants, it was warm enough to be in the pool at the hotel and BOOM, glacier.

I had no idea what this hike entailed so this surprised me, I think needless to say, though it's actually the draw for most hikers to this particular trail.

hiking
19 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

It was beautiful, but rather congested. I would definitely recommend proper shoes/equipment. We wore just regular shoes and It was extremely slippery. We fell a couple times, but it was hilarious and fun for my friends and I.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Good grade for running, but can be heavy traffic to the falls, clearing up considerably thereafter. Worth it to continue on to the inkpots.

hiking
1 month ago

Great icefalls but most inkpots are covered in snow at the moment.
Definitely need yaktrax for this walk, or even up to the falls.

2 months ago

Love this place. Have been twice in the last year. Both summer and winter have their own unique beauty. Only downside is it can get very busy in the afternoon, so go early.

3 months ago

walking
3 months ago

Nice easy walk but very crowded. Beautiful waterfalls.

walking
3 months ago

This is such a great photo opportunity walk! Very easy but an amazing chance to see some beautiful views all year round. It's stunning in the winter, just watch your footing for hidden ice!

5 months ago

hiking
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6 months ago

6 months ago

Beautiful walk and very fascinating Ink Pots. never seen anything like it before.
took my pup for the hike and recommend going first thing in the morning (6-7am) he enjoyed most of trail off leash cause no one was around. on walk back it got very busy and touristy the last 2km

walking
6 months ago

Obviously incredibly beautiful scenery. The large downside is that it is way too overcrowded to even walk at your own pace. There were line ups to take photos in front of viewpoints on the trails! After the upper falls the crowds thin out and the trail gets a little bumpy. A few ups and downs but not too difficult before you hit the ink pods. Nice views of the mountains and stream at the pods. Go early for parking and be on the lookout for bears!

hiking
6 months ago