Tangle Creek Falls – Best Canadian Rockies Day Hikes

#32 – Canadian Rockies Day Hikes: Tangle Creek Falls

Tangle Creek Falls
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  • Location: Jasper National Park
  • Trailhead: Tangle Creek Falls Parking Area
  • Type: Out-n-Back
  • Rating: Easy
  • Total Distance: Less than 0.25-mile
  • Recommended Time: 15 minutes
  • Recommended Season: June – Late September

Tangle Creek Falls

Tangle Creek Falls Cascade
The name Tangle Falls is perfect for this high, narrow cascade where the top sections of water inter-tangle with each other.

Jasper National Park’s Tangle Creek Falls is one of the highlights of driving the Icefields Parkway which says a lot as this is one of the prettiest drives in the world. This isn’t the tallest or highest flow waterfall in the Canadian Rockies, but it is absolutely gorgeous and a must-see. While this is a very short hike, no list covering the wonders of the Canadian Rockies is complete without this easily accessible and stunningly beautiful waterfall.

Hiking Tangle Creek Falls

Hiking Tangle Creek Falls
There is a small trail off to the left of the waterfall that climbs up to this bench overlooking the top drop of Tangle Creek Falls.

Visitors can hike up the side of the waterfall directly to the base of the top section of the falls, but please stay on established routes. This area gets a lot of visitation and the erosion is overtaking the area. If you are in need of a cold shower you will get it as the spray drenches the surrounding area with the slightest bit of wind.

Wildlife

Bighorn Sheep Calf
A bighorn sheep calf and its mother enjoy the relative safety of the cliffs near the waterfall. It is amazing how quickly the calves are able to negotiate the harrowing cliffs with ease.

Bighorn sheep frequent this area as well. It is one of the best places to spot the agile creatures. Keep your eyes open, especially in the early summer months, when there are young calves in tow. Drive slow and cautiously when traveling the Icefields Parkway as bears, sheep and all sorts of other creatures can appear on the road suddenly. This is the wildlife’s home and every year careless motorists kill hundreds of the creatures we all come here to enjoy. Slow down, for their safety and yours.

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