Silverton Falls is a 1.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Louise, 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 are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.1 miElevation gain347 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Please see the park page here for information about current COVID-19 and road closures: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/visit/covid-19-info Silverton Falls is a short and rewarding hike to a pretty waterfall. It is a hidden gem and lesser-visited beautiful waterfall that is located just down the Bow Valley Parkway from Johnston Canyon about ten minutes. It is a short 0.7 km hike from the small gravel parking lot to the waterfall (1.4 km round-trip) and the hike starts along the same trail that leads to Rockbound Lake, but stems off to the right at the fork. The trail passes through the forest along a flat terrain to begin with and then climbs the remainder of the way along switchbacks to a small area overlooking this gorgeous multiple tiered waterfall. A portion of the trail was narrow as it followed along a steep ledge. There are also amazing views of the deep forested valley and mountain range in the distance from this spot. This tall waterfall was beautiful to admire and photograph. This hike is a great one to do if you are looking to get away from the crowds and see a beautiful waterfall and rewarding views for a moderate amount of effort along a short trail. It’s conveniently located just a short drive from Johnston Canyon along the same highway (heading north – look for signs for Rockbound Lake) so if you’re already in the area, you should definitely stop here either on the way to or from Johnston Canyon.

Park at the Rockbound Lake trail head parking lot, a short distance SE of the Castle Junction highway intersection 31kms west of Banff.

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Chris Pawluk
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Arnaud Moulard
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Trail gets narrow and slippery/icy at the end. Ice cleats or crampons are a must. Still, short hike with beautiful frozen water falls at the end :)

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Daniel Du Toit
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Fantastic trail

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Ashl8ly S
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great short hike on a cold and snowy day. At 1pm I only came across 2 other trail explorer's making this a very peaceful secluded and serene hike. wear your snow pants to enjoy some butt slides down the hills as well as good boots and hiking polls were handy too.

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Amy Govan
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Nice, short hike. Took 40 minutes total. The waterfall is frozen and looks awesome. Easily done in winter boots. People have made some chutes to connect parts of the trail and they were fun to slide down. I recommend snow pants if that sounds fun to you.

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Sarah Cagney
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Christine Madigan
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Did this in the summer. Not a sole around. a quick in and out trail. Straight up then straight down to the falls. Great leg stretch from a long road trip.

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Makayla Burden
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Trail was nice and packed down but a bit slippery on the way back. As long as you have a good pair of boots with decent grip, you’ll be fine.

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Daniel Feenstra
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Anthony AMALRIC
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Ryan Dahl
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Geneviève Gosselin-Cliche
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Tali Solis
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Good! Slippery, I was wearing sneakers so don’t do that. Some areas were steep so make sure you have good footwear. Overall pretty easy hike

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Vitalie Baidan
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Short and kids friendly even in the winter. Very clean washroom at the head trail.

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Sara Mikhail
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Quick and easy hike with a great view. especially cool in the Winter when the falls are frozen. Some slippery sections in the Winter so wear good boots.

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Laurie Courchesne
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Alex Stirlingite
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Melanie Heupel
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gets pretty narrow. waterfall is quite pretty. small platform to see it though, might be difficult when more people are there. we were alone!

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amy clavin
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Shael Bourne
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Very well maintained trail, a few slippery sections but with proper footwear it was totally manageable. Short and sweet!

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Pabs Pabs
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Short and sweet hike with a super rewarding view at the end. The waterfall and creek are partially frozen since it's been a warm November. Saw folks of all ages out there today but it's not too busy. Trail is narrow for the most part so if you're especially concerned about having to pass people in close proximity, then this isn't the hike for you. The snow and the sun melting the snow on the path (especially at the "steep terrain" signs) make it slippery and a little bit harder than expected (there were marks in the snow from someone who slid off the edge today). I'd recommend proper footwear (someone did it in runners and he's regretting it) and if you're not too confident in your snow traversing skills, poles or shoe grips.

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Annalise Kudryk
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Slippery narrow trail, glad we had ice spikes

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Brandee Dramalis
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晨睿 雷
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great for beginners like me

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Allie Ostrom
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Awesome hike! Definitely recommend crampons & poles as the switchbacks are icy right now. The hike starts off relatively flat, then you gain elevation leading to a stunning waterfall. The falls haven’t frozen over completely yet. To find the trail head, park where All Trails tells you to, then you have to actually cross the road to get to the trail head. Definitely recommend this hike!

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Casey Steneker
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Lanell Jacobsen
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Mike Schroers
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Nice short hike to beautiful waterfall. Most of the elevation is in last 300 meters, a bit exposed in areas. Wear good hiking shoes / boots and take bear spray- lots of fresh bear activity.

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