Elevation Gain: ~100 metres
Trailhead: Grotto Lake Parking Lot (on Highway 1A)
Stroller Friendly? The trail is doable with a Chariot; the ice hike portion may be a bit challenging (wide enough, but bumpy).
Required Equipment: Microspikes, crampons, snowshoes, or ice cleats. Helmets and hiking poles recommended.
|Kahtoola Microspikes work well on ice|
|Park bench with view of Grotto Mountain|
|Grotto Canyon Entrance|
|Looking back at the canyon entrance|
|Grotto Canyon Ice|
|Mini Ice Falls|
|Big Ice Falls|
|Both sets of falls in Grotto Canyon|
Going FurtherThere are caves to the west, but I have never attempted to find them. Let me know if you do!
There are also larger ice falls up the slope to the east, but I do not recommend proceeding to those falls unless you are an ice climber. It's a tricky climb to the falls and even more treacherous climb down unless you have the right gear and experience (my friend on ice cleats slipped there and needed 6 stitches).
Where Is It?From Calgary, take Highway 1 to the Seebe exit, get on to Highway 1A and continue 11 kilometres to Grotto Pond Day Use Area, Bow Valley Provincial Park.
When to Go?Mid-December until Mid-March are good times to go, however periods of warm weather may melt the ice and make conditions unsafe. Only go on the ice if it is frozen and there is no risk of sudden melting and flooding.
For More InformationFor more information on gear you need for ice walks, and two other recommended ice hikes near Calgary, please see this post.
For other hikes in Bow Valley Provincial Park, please see this post.
To see my review of 3 makes of children's snowshoes, please see this post.