For a take-your-breath-away beautiful multi-day hiking trip in the Canadian Rockies, you must put the…
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.
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.
For more information about hiking trails visit the Jasper National Park website.
Further reading related to the Icefields Parkway
- Everything You Need to Know About Camping Along the Icefields Parkway
- The Parker Ridge Hike on the Icefields Parkway
- What You Can Do on a Stop at the Columbia Icefields
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