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Siffleur Falls

Central Rocky Mountain Foothills, Alberta

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  • The trail crosses the Saskatchewan River via an impressive suspension bridge early on in the hike. - Siffleur Falls
  • At the other end of the suspension bridge, the trail follows these boardwalks through fragile terrain.- Siffleur Falls
  • Elbe Peak looms above the wide trail.- Siffleur Falls
  • Several prominent peaks above the Siffleur River.- Siffleur Falls
  • Several prominent peaks above the Siffleur River.- Siffleur Falls
  • Crossing the Siffleur River.- Siffleur Falls
  • Some of the only elevation gain in the trail offers views of the peaks to the north.- Siffleur Falls
  • Long exposure capturing the vibrant Siffleur River and its surrounding impressive geology as well as the peaks above to the south.- Siffleur Falls
  • Long exposure capturing the vibrant Siffleur River and its surrounding impressive geology as well as the peaks above to the north.- Siffleur Falls
  • The Siffleur River pours through a narrow slot just below the falls.- Siffleur Falls
  • The Siffleur River pours through a narrow slot just below the falls.- Siffleur Falls
  • Thundering Siffleur Falls- Siffleur Falls
  • Thundering Siffleur Falls- Siffleur Falls
  • Somewhat trampled area along the cliff side with periodic designated viewpoints.- Siffleur Falls
  • Somewhat trampled area along the cliff side with periodic designated viewpoints.- Siffleur Falls
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Big game wildlife viewing. Well maintained trail. Mountainous views. Dogs allowed.
Cons: 
Crowds. Trampling in some areas.
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Region:
Central Rocky Mountain Foothills, AL
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Highest point: 
1,405.13 m (4,610.00 ft)
Net Elevation Gain: 
64.01 m (210.00 ft)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
7.24 km (4.50 mi)
Total elevation gain: 
90.83 m (298.00 ft)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,341.12 m (4,400.00 ft)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Siffleur Falls is an impressive, thundering falls that pours through a narrow gap in a slot canyon of limestone. Just below it, a scenic gorge can be viewed from several viewing platforms on the cliff's edge from up above. Sensitive terrain exists on the Kootenay Plains, and it can be easily eroded by the wind. Big game wildlife can frequent the area; it is important to be "bear aware" as well as carry and know how to use mitigation tactics as needed.

The well-used trail includes several informational plaques along the way detailing history of the area, interesting geological facts, and important information about wildlife. The trail crosses the wide North Saskatchewan River via an impressive suspension bridge. The murky and popsicle-blue color of the water is caused by glacial silt. Immediately following the bridge, a boardwalk takes hikers over the fragile and wind-sensitive terrain. Apparently one footprint can lead to a large wind-blown hole. The trail then becomes wide enough to walk four abreast before it crosses the Siffleur River. Tracing the river, the trail ascends for a short distance and allows for views of the peaks to the north before delving back into thick forest of lodgepole pine and rocky mountain firs.

Warning signs mark the constructed guard rails and viewing platforms informing hikers of imminent danger near the edge. From these viewpoints, the remarkable gorge far below is easily viewed. The falls are at the south end of the gorge, where another viewing platform enables hikers to get an intimate experience with its spray. The trail meets the river just above the falls, which is a great spot to dip your feet in the icy waters.

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