My third full day in Banff started with 3+ inches of snow & it was still coming down when I left around 9am. I had a chill morning as I headed north to the Saskatchewan Crossing where I had lunch and waited for the weather to clear. I started my return and did a few short hikes and ended my day with this hike. The weather was clear when I started hiking around 2:15pm. Dark clouds loomed but I decided to go for it.
The first mile is easy going as you wrap around the northwest side of Bow Lake. You then arrive in a stream bed as you follow large cairns. From there you climb up a well-built staircase which leads to the upper basin that features Bow Glacier Falls. I admired the basin and headed for the falls where I arrived at its base. Bow Glacier Falls is a beautiful waterfall and the basin has a desolate beauty. I took my time and ate some snacks. After I had my fill I started my return and cruised back. I was back to the trailhead around 4:45pm and headed for the hostel.
It was a mellow but fun day. The snow and cold was a real treat, especially when I heard Phoenix was sunny & 100+.
average hiking speed 2.88 mph
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.