Bow Glacier Falls

Distance: 5.6 miles (round trip)

Banff National Park, near Banff in The Canadian Rockies

Water pouring through a break in the cliff face

Water pouring through a break in the cliff face


This lovely hike traverses the shores of Bow Lake, travels through an interesting gorge and then ascends an outwash plain to the base of stunning Bow Falls tumbling down a rugged cliff.
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  • Distance: 5.6 miles (round trip) to Bow Glacier Falls
  • Elevation: 6,420-ft. at Trailhead
    6,940-ft. at Bow Glacier Falls
  • Elevation Gain: 520-ft. to Bow Glacier Falls
  • Difficulty: easy-moderate
  • More Hikes in:
    Banff / Lake Louise / The Canadian Rockies

Why Hike Bow Glacier Falls

This popular, relatively easy trail leads to the base of an impressive waterfalls cascading down a rugged cliff. Starting at the historic Num-Ti-Jah Lodge, the hike travels along the north shore of scenic Bow Lake. Beyond the lake the path ascends along the inlet stream and then climbs to and traverses the rim of a narrow gorge. The head of the gorge opens to the gravel flats of a glacial outwash plain and the remains of ancient moraines. Here a boot beaten path leads to the base of impressive Bow Glacier Falls emanating from the Bow Glacier.

Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile for Bow Glacier Falls

Trail Resources

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Basecamp(s) Information:
Banff / Lake Louise

Region Information:
The Canadian Rockies

Other Hiking Regions in:
Alberta / British Columbia