Silverton Falls - Banff National Park - Hiking Alberta

 

Silverton Falls on the flank of iconic Castle Mountain in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

 

The drive west from Calgary on the TransCanada Highway passes over 4,626 ft (1,686 m) Scott Lake Hill and continues west into Banff National Park past the Town of Banff to Castle Mountain Junction.

This day's drive is under sunny skies, compromised by hazy smoke from Alberta forest fires to the north, and welcome relief from several consecutive days of rain.

This hike begins near the junction of Castle Mountain Road with Hwy 1A.

 

Silverton Falls - Castle Junction, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Morning sun on Castle Mountain made mystical in smoky haze from northern Alberta forest fires

 

Silverton Falls - Castle Junction, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Parking at the trail-head to Rockbound Lake

 

From the trail-head to Rockbound Lake the Silverton Falls trail begins flat and friendly through spring forest.

A diversion to the right on a side path leads to a hike into the large and well-appointed Castle Mountain Campground where a beautiful brook flows over the beams of a very old dam.

 

Silverton Falls - Castle Junction, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada The trail-head to Silverton Falls and Rockbound Lake in Banff National Park

 

Silverton Falls - Castle Junction, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada A wonderful stream at Castle Mountain Campground in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Silverton Falls - Castle Junction, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada At Castle Mountain Campground an old wooden dam creates a shallow pond behind a small, picturesque waterfall

 

Back on the main trail, arrival at the trail junction heads right to enjoy the short, easy hike to Silverton Falls at less than a mile with minor elevation.

There is a labyrinth of trails and paths off the main trail which soon arrive at a place where the main trail climbs a hill, and a path follows the stream.

The decision to follow the water leads to very rustic trail fraught with obstacles which add adventure to the short hike.

 

Silverton Falls - Castle Junction, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada A trail junction - left to Rockbound Lake, right to Silverton Falls

 

Silverton Falls - Castle Junction, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Trail obstacles on the route to Lower Silverton Falls in Banff National Park

 

Lower Silverton Falls flows beautifully over rock fall where pounding and foaming white water creates mist that glows in the tree-filtered sun over the steep rock walls setting the boundary.

 

Silverton Falls - Castle Junction, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Lower Silverton Falls near Castle Mountain in Banff National Park

 

Silverton Falls - Castle Junction, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Lower Silverton Falls in Banff National Park

 

Silverton Falls - Castle Junction, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada Lower Silverton Falls enhanced in a tight canyon by sunlight filtered through trees

 

This beautiful place provides the opportunity to sit, relax and enjoy the roar of fast water and the majesty of surrounding scenery.  Negative ionization is abundant.

On the return hike via the same route taken in, consideration is given to climbing the hill for views of the larger and more spectacular Upper Silverton Falls but the day's itinerary is aggressive and the decision is made to return on the trail of obstacles which appear to have been placed to discourage hikers from accessing the lower falls.

They add an element of adventure which creates a better wilderness experience.

 

Silverton Falls - Castle Junction, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

Upper Silverton Falls is worthy of discovery and may be integrated into a future plan to return for the 8.4 kilometer (5¼ mile) one-way hike to Rockbound Lake.

There are many hikes near Castle Mountain and this little hike to Silverton Falls is an easy and excellent season opener for anyone with a sense of adventure.

On leaving the Castle Mountain area for the drive to Lake Minnewanka, a familiar 'e' symbol on a sign denotes an exhibit/exposition of potentially historic significance and attracts sufficient attention to decide to check it out.

 

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