#46 – North Saskatchewan Falls

#46 – North Saskatchewan Falls

May 21, 2017 – After seeing the impressive Nigel Falls (see last post http://albertawaterfallchasers.com/2017/06/09/45-nigel-falls/), the 8th one of the day was North Saskatchewan Falls.

Here’s the overview from Nigel…

So you head almost 3/4 to the middle of the “weird loop”.  Distance-wise it’s about 800m.  There is a turnoff but it’s a blind one, so will be very easy to miss.  Here’s what to look for…

From that point you can already see the top of the waterfall.  Turn left on the old road and despite some boulders preventing you from going further, there’s plenty of parking…

The old road is complete with an old bridge, looks to be built in 1938…

I’m sure there’s some interesting history about this area.  You don’t have to cross the bridge to see the waterfall; you can simply walk down the little hill.  You can get some neat views from the other side though, and the bridge is the safest way to cross the river (I won’t tell you how I did it!).

The North Saskatchewan River here is very narrow, carving its way through rock.  Even under the bridge is rock…

The waterfall itself is a little tricky to see, as it’s hidden inside its created chasm…

Here’s the approach in; such clear water, nothing like the wide dirty portion of it we see flowing through Edmonton…

There are lots of interesting rock formations at the top…

Looks like a little trickle going down into a deep dark cave…

And down it goes.  You can still see some snow down there!

It was too hard to see down into the secret waterfall cave from this side of the river, so I jumped across and made my way right beside the pounding waterfall into what felt like a tank turret…

It was actually really neat in there, with hopefully a solid bottom and even some rock railings, sorta 😉

Okay, ready to take some pics!

Sometimes I get a little too close, as even some pics/vids of mine make me nauseous…

It’s sure tough being a waterfall chaser when you’re scared of heights!  Here you can sort of see down…

Would need some good lighting to see down in that cave.  Bigfoot or Batman could be down there for all we know 😉

From this angle we got a pretty good shot…

And with the help of a flash can see down a bit more…

And so concluded North Saskatchewan Falls, our 46th waterfall of Alberta together 🙂   Here’s a pic of Dana with Cirrus Mountain in the background…

And here’s a poor placement of the camera on a rock to try getting a pic of us…

Stay tuned for the next waterfall of the day – Bridal Veil Falls.


4 thoughts on “#46 – North Saskatchewan Falls

  1. Where are picture of Old Wondering Falls and Upper Nigel Creek Falls. They are about a 3 km return hike that starts at first bridge near North Saskatchewan Falls. I have 81 picture of over 75 waterfalls on my flickr account.

    1. Ha you’ll have to give us some time before we get to those two! In my google earth view from the database coordinates I see Old Wonder Falls not too far away, and then Sideways Falls (which must be what you call Upper Nigel Creek Falls). That one looks like it’s in the bush a ways…hopefully you found a nice path to it. What’s your flickr account? Maybe I should check it out..you’ve seen 75 waterfalls? Wow, nicely done! You got us beat!

      1. Sidways falls is in the big bend, just before you go up the hill to see North Saskatchewan Falls. Upper Nigel past Old Wondering Falls on the trail. Whole trail is only 3 km long. Shorten then hike at Johnston Canyon, and Siffleur falls

  2. where is the trail to Sideways falls from Old Wonder Falls I have been to Old Wonder Falls I seen Sideways Falls From Highway I wanna get closer

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