Clearwater County, Alberta

Camp at Upper Siffleur Falls

9.9 Miles Total - 194 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Tanner Thompson

The 8km to the Upper Falls Campsite will take you past plenty of scenic views, including 3 waterfalls.

The trail begins at the Siffleur Falls staging area, off the David Thompson Hwy (11) 210km west of Rocky Mountain House. The trail consists of an upper, middle, and lower falls. It is approximately 4km to the lower falls (most will turn around here) and 8km to the upper falls and campsite. This is considered an easy to moderate hike.

The widened trail begins behind a well marked information sign, the trail continues alongside the North Saskatchewan river. After only a few hundred meters you will cross a narrow suspension bridge spanning the North Saskatchewan river. After the bridge you follow a few hundred metres of boardwalk put in place to reduce the erosion on the area due to the high winds that frequent the Kootenay Plains. After the boardwalk follow the widened path to the Siffleur Bridge.

After crossing the Siffleur River Bridge follow the well worn path up to the Siffleur Falls view point. Along the path there are sections of very exposed cliff sides - avoid getting too close to the edge and take the safer path further from the cliff edge, as people have lost their lives here.

The first set of falls (lower) can be seen from the viewing area, but to see the second and third set of falls, continue along an unmarked path beside the Siffleur River. It is another 2.5km to the second set of falls (middle) and another 1.5km after that to the third set (upper) for an 8km one way trek.

At the third set you will find a small campsite where you can set up camp and enjoy the view of the third falls and scattered inukshuks. If you make it there early in the day you may come across other people viewing the upper falls on their day hikes. This is an unmarked campsite so there is no food lockers, always hang food, and do not cook near your tent. Always be prepared when traveling outdoors. Fires may or may not be permitted always check your backcountry conditions.

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Backpacking
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
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Note: Camping is not permitted at any of the falls - must go further

Camping (random or otherwise) and fires are not permitted in the Kootenay Plains Ecological Reserve, which is where all three sets of falls are located. You must travel ~0.5km past the third set of falls to the Siffleur Wilderness Area in order to random camp. Fires are not allowed there either. Please edit this post to reflect that camping beside (or in close proximity) to the falls is illegal. Reference: https://www.albertaparks.ca/parks/central/siffleur-wa/

Stunning natural beauty - choose your own difficulty.

This hike can be thought of in two halves. The first half (4km) is a very well maintained trail with boardwalks, lookout points with hand rails, and information signs along the way. These first 4km are easy going and non-technical. The second half (4km) begins at the second falls with a sign saying "Marked Trail Ends". This second section involves some short, steep scramble sections and multiple creek crossings involving some slippery rocks. I highly recommend trekking poles for this second half (carbide tips are a plus). The hike ends at a beautiful, quaint campsite with two tent pads and two fire pits, right beside the third and final waterfall. Being enclosed by the gorge wall on one side, the river on one side, and the waterfall on the third side, the campsite has quite a private feel to it with only one way in/out.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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