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Ink Pots Hiking Trail

Bow Valley Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Lovely hike

The Ink Pots trail can get very crowded in late morning so I suggest visiting early, 8 am. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Robert G
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North Carolina
Beautiful winter hike, still busy in the cold season

the hike is mainly uphill, but its not too steep therefore if youre in not too bad shape you will... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
k_casault
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Montreal, Canada
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Bow Valley Parkway, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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"water bubbles"
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"final destination"
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"uphill climb"
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"rewarding hike"
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"km round trip"
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"day hike"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Ink Pots trail can get very crowded in late morning so I suggest visiting early, 8 am. The trail is moderately easy but a few challenging spots along the way. The hike is more enjoyable because you can stop and enjoy the Lower and...More

1  Thank Robert G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

the hike is mainly uphill, but its not too steep therefore if youre in not too bad shape you will be totally fine. It took me 3 hours return trip. It was pretty crowded in the canyon johnston portion of the trail, but past the...More

Thank k_casault
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I’ll admit I did find the path from the upper falls to the ink pots a bit nerve racking as hikers were well spaced on the way up and bears had been seen in the area. However once we reached the ink pots, we decided...More

Thank Mariah M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Banff years ago, and visited Johnston canyon. At the upper falls, you can continue to the ink pots. Our kids were those days too young, so we decided to go for this hike this time. The contrast with Johnston canyon trail is big;...More

1  Thank Erbee64
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Reviewed 1 July 2018

It's about 4km to the Inkpots from the Upper falls at Johnston Canyon. We are by no means experienced hikers but thought that we might as well try and were curious to see what awaited us at the end. We did start the trail in...More

4  Thank Camren K
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

We started at Johnston Canyon and continued to Ink Pots — a round trip of 11-12 km. It was worth every minute. Because we arrived at the area very early (7:30 AM), there were not many people, even in the usually busy Johnston Canyon. By...More

1  Thank JWang_2018
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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

Fun trail after visiting the lower and upper falls. Mostly uphill but also mostly shaded so it’s not too bad. Recommended is taking 1a or the Bow Valley Parkway to get here as it is much prettier than highway 1. We saw two bears on...More

1  Thank Canamcanuckeh
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Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

The hike up here (continuing on from Johnston Canyon) is a bit uninteresting with not many views out beyond the trees. The trail is uphill for about a mile, then mostly downhill for a bit less than a mile. However it is well worth the...More

1  Thank Dilly4472
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Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

I hiked this trail in the winter with friends and we had fun. The excitement of this trail is the different coloured areas which don’t show up well under a huge winter snow fall. So I recommend hiking elsewhere in winter and visiting here in...More

2  Thank Trekbud
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

Thinking back I have to laugh! Mostly because it was a, somewhat, strenuous hike. The path starts at a fork near the end of Johnston Canyon Trail, where you have to hike up a few steps. The path, in itself, is comfortably wide and surrounded...More

3  Thank Sara C
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Response from driftdiver1 | Reviewed this property |
Sounds like you are well prepared. Having a pair of gloves and toque or head band in your back pack wouldn't hurt. In September you need to be prepared for all types of weather. Yesterday we hiked Sunshine Meadows and it... More
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