Johnston Canyon to Ink Pots

MODERATE 320 reviews
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Johnston Canyon to Ink Pots is a 10.5 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Banff, Alberta, Canada that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
10.5 km
ELEVATION GAIN
690 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cave

forest

views

waterfall

wildlife

snow

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2 days ago

Johnston Canyon is apparently where you take your small kids, great grandparents, or less than fit out of town visitors to see waterfalls. Too crowded! So many tourists in flip flops moving slowly. The hike past the waterfalls was at least a bit of a workout, but the ink pots we're not an amazing sight. It was a nice and peaceful break from the crowd though.

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4 days ago

While the Johnston Canyon hike is definitely scenic, the sheer volume of people tends to turn me away from it. However yesterday we decided to make our way through the crowds and head to the ink pots for the first time. After the second falls it was like a whole new trail, very few people, good rolling hills to give you just enough of a workout. While the ink pots aren't as exciting as a mountain summit, they are still very neat to see and the surrounding landscape is gorgeous. Overall it ended up being around 12 km and very enjoyable for a leisurely hike.

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5 days ago

had a great time!

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5 days ago

Do this early in the morning and you'll have the whole trail to yourself. I started at 7am and was at the inkpots around 8pm. Gorgeous.

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11 days ago

Did this trail today with my daughter. A nice once Lower Fall, Upper Fall and then all the way to ink Pot. It is fairly easy to do. so many locations to snap beautiful photos. A busy trail up to upper fall then quite.

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15 days ago

An early start is key. We arrived ~7am with not a soul in sight until our return hike, when the throngs of hundreds were pouring in. Don't wait 'til later in the day. This hike is best experienced in the quiet hours.

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16 days ago

Great hike but you must start early!! we started at 7:15 and it was perfect! This is not an easy hike to the ink pots, it is a moderate, in my opinion. The trail was good and the ink pots are a must see when you also factor in the surrounding mountain vistas and meadows. Fabulous spot! The return trip was very crowded so make sure to stop at the falls on the way to the ink pots not on the way back.

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16 days ago

Nice and easy. Very crowded before the falls but very quiet afterwards.