by Kim M.
Key West, Florida
August 23, 2005
This is a very popular trail, and one that lends itself to brief stops by tour operators. Beware the tour bus invasion in the afternoon; you may have to compete for a space at the railing. If you do happen to arrive, as we did, at a rather busy time of day, follow the trail beyond the hard surface portion and past the crowds. Most visitors are unwilling to venture too far, as many are worried that the return trip uphill will be too much to bear. You can still get some great views of the canyon from the lower part of the trail, including a couple of springlike areas where water burst forth from its underground journey out of Medicine Lake. If you prefer to start with a climb and save the downhill for the return trip, there is a parking area at the "bottom" of the trail. If you find yourself in need of a drink or a snack, there is a restaurant at the upper parking area.
From journal Honeymoon, eh? 2 Weeks in the Canadian Rockies