JOHNSTON CANYON AUG 10 2009

This time around we went camping for a few days with our daughter Jennifer. unfortunately it rained most of the time but we were able to talk Jenny into doing one small hike with us. We had fun. Once we reached the ink pots there was a crow that followed us everywhere.......looks like he was accustomed to being fed by all the visitors.

This is an easy trail to the limestone canyon that offers a superb view of Johnston Creek and its seven waterfalls. Along the main trail, walk 1.1 km to the lower falls and then a further 1.6 km to the 30 meter upper falls. The route includes catwalks beneath overhanging canyon walls, where turbulent waters of the creek flow beneath your feet.

From the upper falls, the trail climbs out of the canyon. It is another 3 km to the Ink Pots-seven cold mineral springs bubbling to the surface in the open meadow beside Johnson Creek.

You will need a Banff national park pass to use this area.

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Directions

Follow the Bow Valley Parkway west from its eastern interchange with the Trans-Canada Hwy 17.5 km to Johnson Canyon. The parking area is on the east side of Johnson Creek. From the rear of the parking area, follow the trail leading across a footbridge to the Johnson Canyon Lodge and trailhead on the west side of the creek.

This trail is a popular stop for tour buses.

 

Distance- 11.6 km return (7.25 miles)
Time- 4 hours
Average Grade- 3.7%
Elevation Gain – 215 m (700 feet)
Start Elevation -  1430 m ( 4650 feet)
Max Elevation – 1645 m (5350 feet)