Troll Falls Flood – Kananaskis Country – Hiking Alberta

Troll Falls is a short diversion from Stoney Trail in the complex of hiking trails at the base of Mount Allan near Nakiska Mountain Resort in Kananaskis Country west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  This short hike from the Stoney Trail Day Use Area is arguably the most popular family hike in this area and is characteristically busy on the weekends.  In  winter, Troll Falls is a popular and easy ice climb.  The extent of the flood damage is obvious immediately beyond the Troll Falls trail sign.  The path into the waterfall has been sufficiently cleared of debris.

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

The Troll Falls Trail Sign in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada. Click on the image to enlarge for reading, then on the browser back button to return to the post.

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Troll Falls may be surrounded by flood debris but amid the ruin remains the beautiful little waterfall surrounded by dramatic rock formation.

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

The view back to the main trail at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Troll Falls near Nakiska Mountain Resort in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Mist from the waterfall has saturated fallen trees littering wet rock on the short climb left to the troll formation.  The side trail, which continues around and under the dramatic rock overhang to a new descent loop, provides an easier, safer return to the main trail.

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Approaching the rock overhang to the left of Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Under the rock overhang near Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

A flaccid tree hangs over the new descent trail at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

A large fallen tree provides access across the creek for the short scramble to other waterfalls above Troll Falls.

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

A fallen tree across the creek provides the access to the trail which scrambles above Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

A final look back to Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

After a final look back to Troll Falls, I begin the short hike back to the trailhead and photograph the flood damage along the way.  The photographs say far more than words.

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Instead of making a left turn at the trail junction and hiking back to the car on Stoney Trail, I choose to continue straight ahead on the picturesque Troll Falls access trail through Aspen and Lodgepole Pine forest.  A few minor hills, turns and forest features make the return trip more pleasing than the alternative on Stoney Trail beneath power lines.

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Hiking the return to Stoney Trail Day Use from Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Hiking the return to Stoney Trail Day Use from Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Hiking the return to Stoney Trail Day Use from Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada. Photo bombed!.

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Hiking the return to Stoney Trail Day Use from Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Hiking the return to Stoney Trail Day Use from Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Hiking the return to Stoney Trail Day Use from Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Flood damage at Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

Hiking the return to Stoney Trail Day Use from Troll Falls in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada

There are far more people in here than the photographs might indicate.  Most of them are positioned behind trees.  One tiny little girl, cute as a button, in a bright red outfit photo bombed one of my pictures on the return trail through forest.  She was running down the hill towards the wooden platform bridge and I did not notice her presence.  When I lowered the camera she popped out, around the corner, from behind a tree.  I discovered she was in the picture when preparing photos for this post.  Her cameo appearance makes the trees look huge. Bless her heart!

Photos for this post were taken June 8. 2014.

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