Grotto Creek sits within a small canyon to the east of Grotto Mountain close to the town of Exshaw Alberta. It's a short hop from the tourist towns of Canmore and Banff and really comes into its own in the wintertime. The whole creek freezes solid making the trail a very comfortable hike with microspikes, or an uncomfortable one without.
The creek is a lovely hike that twists through rugged terrain in a narrowing canyon. Along the way native pictographs can be found on the canyon walls and just beyond them the area opens out exposing several stunning ice falls. Even during a dry winter (which this has been so far) the falls produce enough ice to entice the locals into a little ice climbing. There are three main falls each having its own challenges.
Fortunately for me there is also plenty of room for us wanderers to pass by taking in the scene. Beyond the falls a short tight canyon with immense steep walls leads you to more open space and a very large hoodoo containing a small cavern. All in all Grotto Creek is a nice couple of hours out in the mountains with plenty of opportunity to make a few images.
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