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Pets allowed
Yes
Elevation Gain
298.00 ft (90.83 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
4.50 mi (7.24 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Big game wildlife viewing. Well maintained trail. Mountainous views. Dogs allowed.

Cons

Crowds. Trampling in some areas.

Trailhead Elevation

4,400.00 ft (1,341.12 m)

Highest point

4,610.00 ft (1,405.13 m)

Net Elevation Gain

210.00 ft (64.01 m)

Features

Vault toilet
ADA accessible
Near lake or river
Waterfalls
Wildlife
Fishing
Family friendly
Big Game Watching
Wildflowers
Bird watching

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

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