Sinclair Falls is an easily accessible oasis in Kootenay National Park, British Columbia, Canada.
The trailhead is a short walk on sidewalk from the the Village of Radium Hot Springs past the south Kootenay National Park entry kiosk to a well-marked trailhead for the Juniper Trail with a bench and parking for a few cars. The hike to Sinclair Falls is a short diversion from the Juniper Trail near Sinclair Creek at the bottom of Sinclair Canyon. Following the short set of wooden stairs, sweeping switchbacks through lush and cool forest descend swiftly to Sinclair Creek at the bottom of Sinclair Canyon. The switchbacks pass a trail diversion to the Canyon RV Park before arrival at the bottom reveals a clearly-signed T junction.
Reference Gem Trek Map ‘Kootenay National Park’ available at most outdoor recreation stores or Map Town for personal shopping and on-line orders.
At the bottom of Sinclair Canyon, left leads to the bridge across Sinclair Creek for continuation on the Juniper Trail which aggressively climbs the other side of Sinclair Canyon. Right leads a very short distance past moss-adorned cliff walls and prolific greenery adjacent to white water at the rocky base of secluded Sinclair Falls. Crawling out onto the rocks will reveal limited views of Sinclair Falls twisting its way on a steep drop through narrow canyon walls.
The short return hike to the trail junction provides the opportunity to enjoy relaxation at the wooden bridge crossing over Sinclair Creek. Air here is cool and still. The sound of white water reverberating from canyon walls is consistent and soothing.
The wooden bridge over Sinclair Creek provides a relaxing view downstream.
A formidable and graffiti-adorned wooden bench nearby is placed perfectly for relaxation and people-watching as children enjoy the wide-eyed, magnificent discovery of nature, as only children can, while hikers of every age continue their journey up the switchbacks on the far side along Juniper Trail which leads to the now obsolete Radium Hot Springs Lodge.
When the soothing sounds of nature have restored the soul, the return ascent from Sinclair Canyon can be achieved on the same switchbacks used for access.
For anyone, anytime, who happens through the Village of Radium Hot Springs this very special and easily accessible place at the bottom of Sinclair Canyon is available for frequent and free restoration therapy. Sinclair Canyon is a magical place of discovery and adventure for the imagination of young children whose physical presence is closely but inconspicuously supervised. Olive Lake is nearby.
Views from the top of Sinclair Falls can be achieved from a viewing platform a short walking distance East along Highway 93 towards the dramatic canyon from the Juniper Trail trailhead. En route, the short walk on sidewalk passes an access trail ascent on the other side of the highway to Redstreak Campground at the top of the hill overlooking the Village of Radium Hot Springs.
Photographs for Sinclair Falls are captured during the morning of Friday, August 12, 2016 near the Village of Radium Hot Springs, at the south end of Kootenay National Park, British Columbia, Canada.