Johnston Canyon to Ink Pots

MODERATE 339 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

hiking
1 day ago

Really beautiful both is summer and winter, but also very busy. The canyon is great for all ages, getting to the inkpots is a bit tougher but they are really interesting.

10 days ago

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12 days ago

Great views and a really unique walk up to the falls along the canyon, on a well kept trail. But the trail is narrow at times and it extremely busy.
Best to get here super early as getting a parking spot later in the day is next to impossible.

13 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

The trail covers both the lower falls and the upper falls. Go further up the upper falls for about 200m to another viewpoint. Beyond that I'm not too sure if it worth the walk (about 1h) to the ink pots. I'd recommend going up all the way only on a sunny day. Views are majestic. But on a cloudy day you probably wouldn't be able see the mountain peaks.

hiking
18 days ago

Beautiful but busy!! Definitely a safe place for solo hikers but the crowds can be a bit much. I think this is a great winter hike, the falls are beautiful when they are frozen.

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19 days ago

21 days ago

Started this hike in the rain which thinned out the crowd and about a half hour in the rain stopped and it was awesome!

hiking
22 days ago

from the parking lot to the trailhead was roughly half a kilometer. Really easy to get to. this Trail was super busy. So many people to dodge and maneuver around. lots of waiting at certain Vantage points to get pictures. super easy hike to get to the lower and upper Falls. a little bit more difficult to get to the ink pots. once you get to the ink pots, you're in a Beauty Valley which in my opinion is nicer than the ink pots themselves. the whole hike overall was decent and from the Upper Falls to the ink pots I would rate as being easy to moderate in difficulty. I really did expect more based on what I heard. the waterfalls are pretty cool though. in total from the parking lot to the valley and back took roughly 5 hours. overall it's a good place to bring the family because most of the trail to get to the waterfalls is not Trail but walkways that were built with steel grating. decent for sure.

22 days ago

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28 days ago

The delicate ink pots are pretty much destroyed. Dogs swimming in the pools, strollers, heavy heavy traffic can all be expected. Unless you have small children I would recommend a less "touristy" hike.

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29 days ago

Nice hike with good views of the surrounding mountains at the end. Get there early to avoid the congestion at the start once past Johnson upper falls we had the trail to ourselves.

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