#30 – Grassi Lake Falls

#30 – Grassi Lake Falls

Oct 30th, 2016 – After a conquering Bow Falls (see last post – http://albertawaterfallchasers.com/2016/11/10/29-bow-falls/ ) and getting a good night’s sleep in Banff at the Douglas Fir Resort & Chalets, our short trip was coming to an end with just one more stop to go – Grassi Lake Falls.

It’s easy to Google Map as it’s basically in Canmore, but I’ll show you anyway…

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Here it is zoomed in once you hit Canmore…

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Here’s a Google Earth view just for good measure…

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And here it is zoomed in with a little explaining on where we went…

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Looking at this view, it seems we didn’t take the proper route.  In hindsight, pre-planning can be a good thing!  We found our way down to Ken Richie Way and from there you can actually see Grassi Lake Falls.  We hoped to keep driving to it but there ended up being a gate, which should belong to TransAlta.  We saw some roads that looked like they got closer, so we went on a dirt road in the cutline (still not sure if it’s an actual road or not) and drove as far as we dared.  Looking back it seems that the proper way would be to park in the parking lot before that cutline/dirt road and take the nicely-made Grassi Lakes Trail.  Live and learn I guess! 😉

From our “dirt road” you can see a bit of the plant and the waterfall…

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At this point it seemed our dirt road wasn’t really much of a road so we stopped and just walked the rest of the way.  There’s a great view of a mountain overhead…

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As you go by the TransAlta fence you’ll hear a lot of buzz!  Although it’s a plant, it’s surrounded by beauty for sure…

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Kind of neat how it’s almost embedded in the rock…

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Our trail shortly became a little wet from part of the creek/waterfall running down it…

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Then we approached the lower tiers I suppose, borrowed by the plant…

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It’s neat how it winds its way down the hill through the bush, and even this industrialized section is almost pretty…

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Someone made an Inukshuk here…

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A nice shot of smiling faces, always happy to reach a destination 🙂

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Here’s the water rushing down to this point, falling down tier by tier carving through the forest…

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We took our selfie here…

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The forest was a little treacherous, so Dana and the kids opted to take a break while I try to make it up for a shot near the top.  Up I went…

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Started seeing some daylight ahead…

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And then at last, the top tiers of Grassi Lake Falls!

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I decided since I was up this high, I might as well go up to the bottom of the highest tier.  Pretty vast side channels…

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Going down!

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Then onward to carve its way through the trees…

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The top tier is wide and amazing.  Looking up at it, here’s the left side-channel and the main part…

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Then to its right…

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And further right, impressive as the water trickles off the cliff…

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Someone made an Inukshuk up here too…

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That marked our 30th waterfall in Alberta, conquering Grassi Lake Falls!  I slalomed down the hill back to the car, with a nice view of the mountains behind it…

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And so concluded our short Banff trip of four amazing Falls 🙂


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