Flood damage at Troll Falls near Nakiska in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada.
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.
Troll Falls may be surrounded by flood debris but amid the ruin remains the beautiful little waterfall surrounded by dramatic rock formation.
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.
After a final look back to Troll Falls, the short return hike back to the trail-head begins with many opportunities for photographs of flood damage along the way. The photographs say far more than words.
Instead of making a left turn at the trail junction and hiking back to the car on Stoney Trail, an option continues 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.
There are far more people nearby than the photographs 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 the pictures on the return trail through forest. She was running down the hill towards the wooden platform bridge without her presence being noticed. When the camera was lowered she popped out from behind a tree. Her presence in the picture was discovered 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.