Friday, September 16, 2011

Blakiston Falls and the Red Rock Canyon Area
Waterton Lakes National Park
Alberta, Canada
Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Blakiston Falls

After my short visit to Waterton Lakes the previous afternoon, I knew that Amy would enjoy Waterton Village.  She would be able to spend hours exploring the various shops at Waterton Village while I went out hiking.

But first, before heading towards Waterton Village we decided to explore a more remote area of Waterton Lakes National Park for a short “Amy Approved” hike.

Hike Route (highlighted in Yellow)

So after entering the park, we turned right (west) onto the “Red Rock Parkway” to the trail head at the end of the road.

On the drive, we spotted a herd of Bison in the distance. Nowhere near as impressive as the hundreds of Bison we saw during our Yellowstone Trip two years ago, but still a nice sight.

Bison Herd

A bit later, we spotted a Bear right along the side of the road.

At least we thought it was a bear at first, but quickly realized it was just a prop alongside an information sign warning about Bears.

Amy and the Bear

The hike to Blakiston Falls is about 1.5 miles round trip and maintains a fairly constant elevation. There are a few minor ups and downs, but it is easy and short enough for just about anyone to handle.

Blakiston Falls

Blakiston Falls is a nice waterfall, but I really didn’t like the wooden platform located right next to the falls. It is virtually impossible to take a photograph of the falls without including this unsightly platform.  It was still a nice hike and waterfall.

Jack and Amy at Blakiston Falls

There are several other trail heads at the same parking area. We decided to do another short and easy hike on the Red Rock Canyon Loop Trail.

The Red Rock Canyon Loop Trail

Red Rock Canyon

The complete set of photos from Day 4 of our trip is posted here:

Coming up Tomorrow:
Bertha Falls and Bertha Lake

1 comment:

HemlockMan said...

It is a nice waterfall, but the shots of it from a distance are better than the ones close up since the platform isn't as noticeable.