Paint Pots is a 1.9 kilometer out and back trail located near East Kootenay G, Alberta, Canada that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and snowshoeing and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
52 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

snowshoeing

walking

river

hiking
1 month ago

Easy walk with the kids and family. Keep left on the bridge colors are better in the summer, very brown and dark in the fall. Pretty scenery and great area to picnic in. Kids had fun on the bridge.

2 months ago

I didn’t really enjoy this little stroll, although it was nice and easy for everybody to be able to complete. I went in early to mid September so it’s very possible that I didn’t get the full effect with full pools and differing colours.

The orange clay was kind of neat. But at the end it was just a couple very small orange pools (smaller then Ink Pots) and just didn’t seem to be worth the stop when compared to other short treks.

2 months ago

beautiful color in creek. Cute, quick hike to break up drive. Turn LEFT as soon as you cross bridge.

walking
4 months ago

Nice stop off of the side of the road if you’re looking for a quick hike. Not as spectacular as the paint pots in Banff but it was nice to see the different color clay soil.

hiking
4 months ago

Full disclosure--I probably wouldn't have stopped here but my wife suggested it on a cloudy day when other more iconic sites were obscured. I'm glad I listened to my wife--the pools of yellow, orange, and green are incredibly vivid and reflect the shadows of the surrounding trees like some kind of psychedelic artwork. And we had the place to ourselves, which was rare on our trip to the area in July. Your shoes/boots will probably get muddy on the trail but I liked it as a reminder of the interesting colors in the sediment of this area.

walking
5 months ago

Nice short walk through some varied landscape - there’s small wetlands, a river, a small waterfall and the paint pots. The ochre-coloured mud is very pretty, and something you don’t see everyday. It was warm when I was there, so I sat by the river for a bit and just enjoyed the scenery. Nice, easy walk. Definitely family friendly.

6 months ago

great trail, and a very good adventure

went out to the paint pots yesterday and had to walk through about 200m of ochre mud. there were planks going over some bad parts but mostly it was up to you to try and not get too dirty! Was a great adventure but should probably bring old shoes...

walking
9 months ago

Great hike and nice creeks with a bridge along the way.

Unfortunately, we didn't get to see any of the actual paint pots because of the snow. The hike was well worth it though!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Such a simple walk but a very beautiful one:)

walking
Monday, September 11, 2017

An easy, short and rewarding hike to the very pretty Paint Pots. The views are great and the pots themselves interesting. There are signs along the trails to tell you about the history of the area.

hiking
Monday, July 31, 2017

Easy trail suitable for all ages. You can explore further trails, which are just past the paint pots, if you want more of a hike as this trail is very short. The day we visited, a Sunday, VERY busy!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Ballade intéressante mais un peu déçu par les pots, pas très colorés...

hiking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

I wanted an easy hike for my mother-in-law and 4 yr old daughter to do and this didn't disappoint. The horse flies were bad near the paint pots but once we got back through the ochre beds they dissipated. My daughter loved wading into the river on the way back to the parking lot. It was a hot day so it felt nice even though the water was freezing.

cross country skiing
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Absolutely amazing! Such a short little hike but totally worth it.

hiking
Thursday, July 25, 2013

The paint pots and ochre fields are the highlights of this hike. However, when placed into context with some of the other sights available on Highway 93, the paint pots are more of a side show than a main event. At the ochre fields leading up to the paint pots, there are interesting historical markers notating the use of the ochre by First Nations peoples, and the remnants of commercial mining of ochre prior to the foundation of Kootenay national park. The paint pots themselves are interesting geological formations, displaying a vibrance of mineral colors not often seen elsewhere in the Rockies.

One very important factor to note for anyone visiting in 2013 is that recent flooding has washed out the bridge that leads from the paint pots parking lot to the paint pots site. Access is limited to a trail-head leading from marble canyon, and the one way distance is approximately 3.3km (or 2.05 miles), not the 1.3 miles as indicated.

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