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On The Beauty Creek Hike There Are A Few Places Where You Can Get Close To The Water

The Beauty Creek Hike to Stanley Falls in Alberta

If you’re driving the Icefields Parkway and you’re looking for a short, easy hike try the gorgeous Beauty Creek hike to Stanley Falls. In an hour you will be transported to another world full of canyons and waterfalls. It’s family friendly, as long as you keep the kids away from the edge. Round-trip it’s about 4 kilometres return and the total elevation gain is just 40 metres. 

The Beauty Creek hike is an excellent shoulder season hike as well. But in summer it really shines with the sheer number of waterfalls you encounter. There are several places where you can get close enough to dip your feet in the water and cool off.

The Beauty Creek hike starts off on an arrow straight trail
The Beauty Creek hike starts off on an arrow straight trail

Finding the Beauty Creek trailhead

The trailhead for Beauty Creek is located on the east side of the highway, 15.5 kilometres north of the Icefield Centre. If you get to the Beauty Creek Hostel, you’ve gone too far. From the hostel it’s two kilometres south. There’s a small hiker sign and room for several cars.

The Beauty Creek hike and Stanley Falls

The hike starts off arrow straight and flat, paralleling the highway. Then it moves up into the woods and follows Beauty Creek. In short order you’re into canyon country; look for several opportunities along the hike where you can descend to the creek.

En route to Stanley Falls you’ll pass several small waterfalls. Stanley Falls is by far the largest of the falls you’ll see. Don’t turn back at Stanley Falls if you’ve got time as the area above it is very beautiful with flat rocky sections that are perfect for lazing on and contemplating the state of the universe.

Adventurous hikers can keep exploring after the trail dies out. Everyone else can retrace their footsteps.

 Follow Beauty Creek
Follow Beauty Creek
There are a few places where you can scramble down and get close to the water
There are a few places where you can scramble down and get close to the water
The Beauty Creek Hike to Stanley Falls in Jasper National Park
There are several falls along Beauty Creek
The Beauty Creek Hike to Stanley Falls in Jasper National Park
Around every corner there’s a pretty scene on the Beauty Creek hike
 It looks like a miniature Johnston Canyon in places
It looks like a miniature Johnston Canyon in places
Stanley Falls
Stanley Falls
There is some serious exploring to do if you're prepared
There is some serious exploring to do if you’re prepared
The Beauty Creek Hike to Stanley Falls in Jasper National Park
Just past this spot on the Beauty Creek hike the trail thins out and requires more scrambling
The Beauty Creek Hike to Stanley Falls in Jasper National Park
Interesting layering in the rocks
The Beauty Creek Hike to Stanley Falls in Jasper National Park
The start and end of the hike parallels the Icefields Parkway

For more information about hiking trails visit the Jasper National Park website.

Further reading related to the Icefields Parkway

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The Beauty Creek Hike to Stanley Falls in Jasper National Park

 

 

 

Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 61,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. I second this: It’s a great hike and very doable for anyone – even for wimps like me! It’s so gorgeous. Nice to see pictures from a different time of year.

  2. We spent the summer at the Shuswaps and I think we’ve actually done this exact hike before! Absolutely breathtaking country and not too strenuous. Love the falls!

  3. I am new to your blog. I am in awe by your pictures and stories. I know you said you weren’t a photographer, but they are amazing. I look forward to more adventures. Kelly

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