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“Magnificent falls”
Review of Wapta Falls

Wapta Falls
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

The hike to the falls takes 30-45 minutes from the car park and it is certainly worth the effort to see these magnificent falls. It is a relatively easy hike with a few small inclines but in the main it is flat. There are two viewing points at the falls and there is quite a steep walk to the lower level but the view from that point is worth the effort involved as from here you can appreciate the energy and power of the water rushing over these falls.
I would certainly recommend taking the time to visit these falls - also the trail is quite an enjoyable hike.

1  Thank manswa
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

We were driving from Golden to Calgary and saw a sign in Yoho National Park for Wapta Falls. We decided to pull in and see exactly what type of hike it was! :)

The road in from the Trans Canada is a grid/gravel road. Two decent sized cars would be able to meet up and easily pass. But I'd caution taking in anything bigger than a large Ford Truck as camper vans and such would have difficulty turning around. It is just under 2KM in from the highway to the trail head.

The trail up to the falls is just under 2.5 KM. The pathway is a combination of level gravel trail to a decent hike up a mountain. My little 4 year old was able to tackle most of it but we ended up putting her on our shoulders for a good chunk of the inclines. Bring water, sun block, and bug spray.

Once you get to the falls it is incredible! This sucker is large and tall. The roar, the mists are all majestic. Well worth the walk.. I've been to Niagra and this is in a similar category. :)

I'm very glad we went out and did it. Great for families, but be ready to carry your younger ones as the trail is not much more than a dirt track. :)

You will need a national park pass in order to access this trail. There are standard National Park washroom facilities at the park.. However, there are no other resources there.

Go and see nature! It is well worth it.

5  Thank Brett P
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

What is it about a water falls that causes so much admiration? The 2.3 km walk to the Wapta Falls in Yoho Nat Pk was along an easy trail through the woods, mostly flat but with a few small inclines. The falls themselves were worth the walk. An enormous amount of water was gushing over the top, creating a fine mist in the air. The noise was awesome. To wonder at the power and majesty of a river, nothing beats a great water falls.

3  Thank ExpatAnnie
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

This was the highlight of my recent trip through the Rocky Mountain Parks. I visited in early May and had never hiked Wapta Falls before. It was open even when many of the more popular hikes are closed (due to avalanche risk). The hike is easy; flat about half the distance, then a steady climb up a modest elevation gain, with a short steep section down to the falls (and back up afterwards). The scenery is well worth the effort. The road leading to the trailhead has some potholes but should be accessible by most regular vehicles.

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Reviewed November 21, 2012

When we visited in September 2012 the trail to these falls did not appear to be signed approaching from the Lake Louise side. If it was we missed it, and consequently had quite a long detour, as the central barrier on the upgraded highway meant we had to drive almost to Golden before we could turn round. Travelling in the opposite direction there was no problem, and after a short drive down a gravel road we reached the trailhead. The hike to the falls through the forest takes about thirty or forty minutes and you know when you're close as you hear the falls before you see them. There is an overlook almost directly above the falls and then short trails lead down to the river beyond them.As the above review suggests, the river could be dangerous in spate. However when were there the river level was relatively low, but the falls were still spectacular. Apparently they are 30 m high, but 150m across.
These falls are a bit off the main tourist route (no bus parties) and the short hike means you will be able to enjoy them without the crowds you find at the ones closer to the highway.

1  Thank Alan321
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