Junction Creek to Junction Falls is a 14.8 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Eden Valley, Alberta, Canada that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
14.8 km
ELEVATION GAIN
574 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

8 days ago

A friend and I did this trail today. October 14. For future reference it is a difficult hike at this time due to show accumulation. We were the only ones to do it today. We ended up missing the rock cairn for the creek crossing as it was buried under snow. So a 14km hike turned into a 23km hike. The falls look amazing with ice on them. Just be sure to bring extra socks and perhaps snowshoes. As for the crossing of the river at the beginning? ... it was dang cold.

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29 days ago

It looked like it was going to be a rainy day but turned out to be excellent. We missed the trail head at first, heading down the river instead of crossing it. This route requires a decent river crossing right at the beginning and then is fine after that. Also we brought bathing suits and jumped in the water when we got to the falls. It was freezing but tons of fun. Super fun walk in the woods. Little elevation climbing required. Long trail but worth it for the falls.

1 month ago

I did this trail on horseback and really enjoyed it. I would recommend having shoes on your horses as the terrain gets a bit rocky in parts. Wouldn’t be a great ride for beginners as you definitely need to navigate some obstacles- lots of roots and deadfall and some slippery hills (it had rained the night before) Took about 3.5 hours round trip including a nice rest at the falls.

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2 months ago

Loved this hike!!! It’s been our favourite of all the hikes we’ve ever done. I’d say it’s easy as far as terrain and elevation gain but moderate based on length.and challenging terrain.
The trail can be challenging to follow at times (as has been mentioned before) but a lot of that is due to the flood in ‘13 . We found when the trail seemed to get too iffy- because it seemed to be washed out we walked along the dry creek bed for a bit and then rejoined the trail. You only cross one true creek- (there are a couple of little springs but the creek Is unmistakable) - there’s a little fall at that creek with a solid creek bed that’s been carved out by the current- the trail is easy to find once you cross. Generally just keep Junction creek to your left all the way- don’t make any weird turns that take you too far away from it and you should b fine ; ) We stopped for a good hour + at the falls for lunch and the two youngest of the teens even jumped (multiple times into the deep swimming hole below the middle fall- so if it’s hot- bring your suits!!
We also had Fitbit like distance trackers- so we knew when we were close to 7km we were almost there.
We did this with 5 teens, 3 big dogs, 2 fabulous women and 2 old men (well they’re older than the fabulous women : )
Pack a lunch, bring water and snacks- you’ll need them.

2 months ago

Beautiful hike! Went on a Wednesday morning and had the place to ourselves. We did not see any signs of wildlife at all, but always best to be prepared. Hiked with with 2 dogs and 3 other ladies (2 of which we hitched up with at the trail head) this hike was misleading in a few ways but overall a really great payoff, those falls, no matter how many photos you take just does not do them justice - they were amazing! Lots of moss, butterflies and frogs at the top. The hike took longer than expected we missed the creek crossing, and had to turn around. The trail does not get steep at all (for too long anyway) and you never cross the Junction Creek itself, there are several small creek crossings but the Creek should always be on your left until you finally reach the falls. if it does you are going off course. make sure to keep an eye out for the flag tape, it marks every spot where you need to pay extra attention. Also, this hike was rated as easy but I found it to be pretty moderate as the trail is quite long and you need to really watch your footing in some places. If it had been ranked moderate I would have prepared differently (ex. Brought more water, packed more energy friendly snacks, etc) other than that was an amazing hike! Make sure you bring a map, the free one this app actually works better than the one for purchase, and bring water shoes! Happy hiking!

2 months ago

ultra easy hike but long so you get a good steady state workout in. great for dogs. the creek walk at the start may be tough for the pup so if they're small enough then pick them up otherwise they should be able to walk it, they just may not appreciate how cold it is. the falls themselves are beautiful and fun to swim in if you're up for a glacier swim!

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2 months ago

Lovely hike. Easy enough terrain but long enough to get some good exercise in. There are several mini waterfalls near the end and the 3 tier waterfall at the end making the whole trip well worth it! Recommend bringing a swimsuit and jumping in, just keep in mind that it is chilly water! The beginning of the trail was a bit difficult to locate, not marked well. Have to walk through the day use area and cross the Sheep River first. Make sure you bring water shoes! Having this app handy was also helpful as there are a few parts where we could have accidentally strayed off route. No cell phone signal so if you can pre download the route, would recommend it.

2 months ago

Nice, easy trail trough forest to falls. Great for a hot day, as there is lots of shade and a few opportunities to get in the water along the way. Hiked with a group of three people and three dogs. Took about 5 hours with a good length of time spent at falls. Make sure to bring your map as there are a couple of areas that could be easy to lose the trail.

2 months ago

Great hike!

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2 months ago

Was a great day, trails a little muddy but we enjoyed it. Kids were a little tired by the end, but had a blast.

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2 months ago

We found it very hard to find the trail about 3/4 of the way in. Lost our way and never found Junction Falls. Lots of beautiful wildflowers and small falls to keep us entertained though. July 27/18 the creek at the beginning was fast moving and about knee high.

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3 months ago

Beautiful drive to get to the trailhead and a great hike! Its long but not strenuous so i was sore by the end but not over exerted. 100% pay to download the map, it helped us tremendously. The river cross at the very start is deep and cold but not scary so bring sandals! There are are pink ties to help you find your way but the map is better to follow. Brought our bathing suits and jumped into the falls at the end, cold but amazing and refreshing!! The trail itself is uneven with lots of horse poop and exposed roots and mud but that made it kinda fun! I love this spot and cant wait to bring friends!

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3 months ago

Great hike. 14km return but easy with aw some waterfalls at the end. You have to cross the river at the beginning it’s about knee deep. Bring sandals or water shoes. Always stay to the right of the creek you hike beside, the trail can be confusing but you don’t ever cross a creek after the river crossing in the beginning. There is some pink ribbon tape marking the trail. And for a small period of time you walk on a rocky dry creek bed. When your done be sure to stop at sheep river falls and Tiger Jaw falls at Indian Oil day use area. Both are just drive up falls no hiking. Park and walk. Join us at @hike.alberta on instagram and Hike Alberta on Facebook

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3 months ago

Good hike yesterday although was surprised at the terrain. Had to really watch our footing so was hiking with eyes on the trail watching for rocks, tree roots, and mounds of earth. That meant we missed much of the scenery along the way. A second pair of shoes is a must. We had to cross water 4 times, the first being the river at the start which was REALLY cold.
Good hike. Falls were nice but not spectacular. Recommend doing it for sure but don't feel the need to go again

3 months ago

We did this hike 2 days ago. Creek crossing pretty cold. Trail seems pretty straight forward until you hit the creek where you need to take a left down to cross the river to continue to the falls.
Unfortunately we carried on along the river bed approx 3K to far coming to large rocks and fallen trees with the flood. If you get to this turn back and find that path that follows to the river cross it on the rocks, look for pink ties on the way and the falls are 3K from the crossing.
Amazing when you get there. In total with missing the path it took us 8 hours with quite a few stops and photography. Should take 4-5 hours to the falls and back.

3 months ago

This hike defiantly takes a while at 14km but the pay off is well worth it at the end! Took us 4.5 hours round trip with a little time spent at the falls The trail is not marked at all so once you get to the starting point you head down to the river and cross it, it’s not too deep, and continue up the trail. There are pink ties sporadically on spruce trees to mark the way though I do highly suggest download the map as well.

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4 months ago

Great Hike!! My friend and I did not make it to the main waterfall as we got lost down a trail we thought was the main one. Turned out to be a side trail that took us right to the creek. Ended up finding 3 waterfall pools that we swam in! (Very cold) brought my dog as well and turned out to be a great hike!

4 months ago

Loved this trail easy for kids and such great scenery lots of shade and the water break is a nice cool down on a hot day took my 4 year old good trip would do again

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4 months ago

An easy hike that offers a shallow river crossing, lots of water falls, great views and is dog friendly. Make sure you are paying attention to where the junction point is for Junction falls or you may find yourself at Junction Lake instead as it is the more obvious trail.

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11 months ago

Bring an extra pair of shoes to cross the creek right at the beginning!

Very easy hike with very minimal effort. A nice long walk through the woods and then at the end rewarded with beautiful falls. (keep in mind that there are two sets)
Very dog friendly as there is lots of places to stop for water and lots of shade!
I would love to do this one on a horse one day:)

Monday, October 23, 2017

Nice easy chill hike.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Nice easy hike to beautiful falls. Getting across the river at the beginning of the trail without getting wet is tricky - best to have an extra pair of shoes to cross the river with. Quiet trail as we did not see anyone else on the hike today.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Easy hike along Junction Creek to a lovely waterfall. Often used by horse riders and mountain bikers, but never really busy.

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