Blakiston Falls - Waterton - Hiking Alberta

 

Blakiston Falls along Blakiston Creek is worth the time in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada.

 

 

The Blakiston Falls trail-head is located adjacent to the parking area at the end of the Red Rock Parkway in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada.

The hike to Blakiston Falls is a 45 minute +, 2 KM (1¼ mile) walk, initially downstream, on Red Rock Creek from the bridge adjacent to the parking area. 

Elevation gain is minimal. There are some optional stairs to negotiate at the waterfall.  Signage is clear.  Views are impressive and expansive.

 

Blackiston Falls - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada Dual bridges cross Red Rock Creek and Bauerman Creek beneath Waterton Lakes National Park's tallest mountain

 

Blackiston Falls - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada Red Rock Creek feeds Bauerman Creek. Blakiston Falls Trail heads upstream along Blakiston Creek.

 

Blackiston Falls - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada Waterton Lakes National Park's highest mountain at 2,910 m (9,547 ft) looms behind the bridge crossing Bauerman Creek

 

Blackiston Falls - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada Father and Son

 

Blackiston Falls - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada The view upstream of Mount Blakiston rising above the crystal-clear water over colored stone in Bauerman Creek.

 

Lieutenant Thomas Wright Blakiston was a member of the Palliser Expedition of 1858 and one of this area's earliest explorers.  Waterton Lakes were named to recognize his acquaintance and colleague, Charles Waterton, an ornithologist and naturalist from England.

The trail to Blakiston Falls turns abruptly right off the bridge over Bauerman Creek to begin at a well-signed junction.

 

Blackiston Falls - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada

 

The trail is wide, lush, relatively flat and dramatic, expansive views of Blakiston Falls begin to open up in less than a kilometer.

 

Blackiston Falls - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada The short, easy Blakiston Falls trail offers a delightfully pleasant walk through lush, aromatic forest.

 

Blackiston Falls - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada Arrival at views of Blakiston Falls is a stunningly visual experience.

 

The hike is a short distance to Blakiston Falls and the sound of powerful waterfall, reverberating from steep rock canyon walls, increases as on the approach to wooden stairs that lead down to viewing platforms of rapids above the waterfall.

The canyon runoff below the waterfall becomes a bird's-eye view looking straight down through the refreshing mist of thundering Blakiston Falls.  Energizing negative ionization is abundant.

 

Blackiston Falls - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada The view, from the top of the wooden platform, looking down Blakiston Creek

 

Blackiston Falls - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada The view from the wooden platform of downstream Blakiston Creek below Blakiston Falls

 

Blackiston Falls - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada The rapids above Blakiston Falls from the wooden viewing platform. Very beautiful with mountains in the background.

 

My son, having recently completed Wilderness Guiding School, points the way to the staircase summit and the trail we will take to return to the Red Rock Canyon parking area by the same way we came.

 

Blackiston Falls - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada

Blackiston Falls - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada A downstream view of Red Rock Canyon on the return hike to the parking area.

 

Blackiston Falls - Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada The major trail junction at Red Rock Creek, Blakiston Creek and Bauerman Creek.

 

From the trail junction at the confluence of Red Rock Creek, Blakiston Creek and Bauerman Creek, there is a loop-trail, long day-hike around 2,698 m (8,852 ft.) Anderson Peak,  2,509 m (8,852 ft) Lost Mountain and 2,409 m (7,904 ft) Mount Bauerman on the Blakiston Creek Trail. 

In the opposite direction, beginning with the Snowshoe Trail passing Avion Ridge, a quick side trip to Lost Lake, around Twin Lakes, through the 2,070 m (6,791 ft) Bauerman Divide and the Blue Grouse Basin.

At more than 28 KM (17.5 miles), it would not be a season opener or for the non-experienced hiker but, for those capable, it is an excellent reason to easily justify returning to Waterton Lakes National Park. 

The route has a campground in the middle, near the Snowshoe Warden's Cabin for backpackers on a two-day mission with potential, additional options and more time to enjoy every feature.

 

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