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Johnston Canyon Hike

  Ratings:    Ratings 2 Star
Level: Easy Time/Dist: 1 to 2 hours / 2.7K return Elevation Gain: 130m

Trailhead: Park in the Johnston Canyon parking lot located on the Bow Valley Parkway 26kms West of Banff. Banff National Park.

Description: This scenic hike/walk is possibly the most crowded trail in Banff National Park. Parking is not easy to find and you can expect to share the trail with large crowds of people during both the summer and winter months. The trail is well groomed and winds it's way up Johnston Canyon towards two sets of water falls. The lower falls are an easy 1.1km walk, the second set of falls are located 2.7kms. Views of the canyon and Johnston Creek are beautiful. Interesting steel catwalks with railings have been constructed and attached to the canyon walls. Both waterfalls offer well placed lookouts for observing, unfortunately they're to crowded to enjoy them. Johnston creek runs crystal clear. Pools below the falls and in the canyon itself are mesmerizing. If you have more energy you can keep hiking past the upper falls to the Inkpots, total distance one way 5.8kms. There you'll find 5 underground springs located in a beautiful Meadow. The Inkpots are deep blue in color and worth the extra time and effort. This area is less crowded as most people turn around at the second set of falls. The pictures below were taken in early March. I can't seem to get into this area during the summer due to the crowds.

Near Here: Local campgrounds include Lake Louise, Mosquito Creek, Protection Mountain, Castle Mountain and Johnston Canyon. Trailheads to Inkpots, Consolation Lakes, Paradise Valley Plain of Six Glaciers, Larch Valley & Sentinel Pass, Lake Louise Tea House, Moraine Lake, Eiffel Lake, Wenkchemma Pass, Lake Annette, Lake Agnes, Mount FairviewMount Temple, Taylor Lake, Twin Lakes, Obrien Lake, Rockbound Lake, Boom Lake, Bourgeau Lake, are all located near here. You are in bear country.

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