A secondary, 6km one-way route into the famous & scenic Ink Pots and surrounding meadows. (and a secondary way to beyond there such as Larry's Camp/Mystic, etc.) A great XC ski, some challenging climbs & descents, skins aren't mandatory but can be helpful.
Very scenic route, the Ink Pots are mineral rich pools with interesting colours (somewhat muted in winter though). The surrounding area is a very scenic but reasonably easy to access area.
The GPS log shows the trip past Ink Pots following the stream bed and coming back on the official trail.
Setting out in -17C but a generally sunny day, this made a great event. Current conditions:
1.4 km *West* of the Johnston Canyon parking lot or 4.8 km *East* of the Castle Junction on Hiway #1A (Bow Valley Parkway). You can get to it from either end (Castle or the first exit West of Mt. Norquay road). Big picture: 142km West of Calgary Olympic Park lights.
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Posted By: rosie82
- Sun Feb 01 03:37:18 UTC 2015
Question I'm thinking of taking my hiking group snowshoeing here in March. Was it very crowded when you went? If so, can you recommend any other trails in the Banff area that are less touristy, at an intermediate level ( 10-18km return) but safe, in terms of avalanche risk?
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