A moderate yet short hike at approx. 4kms to Stanley Falls and back, with no shortage of breathtaking views.
The trail starts at a road side turn out approximately 88km south of Jasper, Alberta along hwy 93.
Watch for the two large culverts going under the road in the Flats coming from Jasper you will pass by the Beauty Creek Hostel before arriving at the Trail Head.
Follow the berm across the flats and thru the trees where you will connect with the old section of Hwy. The Hwy here was rerouted back in the 1960’s before the relocation of the Icefields Parkway and until the relocation this trail would have been a roadside attraction.
Continue along the old Hwy till you get to the end where the trail turns off to the left and you start up the canyon, if your not sure just watch for the arrow made of rocks pointing you in the right direction. If you miss the arrow no worries you don’t go far to where the road ends and the bridge is no longer there to get across Beauty Creek.
|Sarah Burns from Stop Nothing But Time taking a moment to enjoy the view|
Almost immediately you can hear and see the picturesque beauty that makes this hike well worth the time it took us to get here.
There are no barriers here and to get some of the best views of the falls you must get very close to the edge of the rock.
Always use appropriate caution
|Jax taking in the view|
Even though this is a short hike allow yourself lots of time to explore and stop to just enjoy. At any given moment you could see anyone of us exploring different areas with such joy that it reminded me of a bunch of teenage girls!
|Chris enjoying everything this hike has to offer.
Her smile says it all
The official Trail ends at the unmarked Stanley Falls.
The trail does continue past Stanley Falls to another waterfall that we had seen pictures of. This section of trail is not for the faint of heart, it turns into a very narrow and sometimes almost completely washed out goat trail. After traveling a short distance down the trail we realized that we did not have the comfort level or equipment to attempt going any farther.
So we found ourselves a nice spot along the waters edge had some lunch and began the trek back.
This is definitely a place that will be on my yearly list. I am already planning my next visit back there to take my family, as this is a definite must for anyone in the area. It never fails to amaze me how lucky I am to live in an area that provides you with such natural beauty.