#61 – Star Creek Falls

#61 – Star Creek Falls

July 14, 2018 – After finding the surprising York Creek Falls, next on our agenda was Star Creek Falls.

You can type the waterfall into Google Maps and find it, but I’ll give quick directions.  I’ll reference from the intersection of Hwy 3 (Crowsnest Hwy) and 507 (just past Lundbreck).  Here’s the overview…

So you go 20.8 km on Hwy 3 then make a bunch of turns; here are the expanded details of those turns…

Once you get to the last street (54th) you’ll come to a rocky road hill.  If you have a 4×4 you can keep going and be in your glory.  If you don’t, just park at the bottom off to the side and walk the rest of the way…

If you look behind you you’ll see the distinct Crowsnest Mountain…

We brought our bikes for the supposed bike loop so we parked at the bottom of the hill.  The trail however was not very bike friendly (might be only for the hardcore bikers?) and is easier just to walk.  Go up the hill and follow the road which curves to the left…

As soon as it curves you’ll find the closest parking spot which is right beside the creek (where those trucks are)…

You can sort of see the multiple trails and the steep hill to the left, which with the loose rock in our opinion made this not a bike trail at all (maybe we’ve become too domesticated?).  In our defense we didn’t actually see any other cyclists; just convoys of Jeep Wranglers going into the trees and beyond.  I believe if you take those main trails it does a big loop and offers a viewpoint or two.  Although the wider rocky paths were definitely more travelled, we opted to take the fainter quieter hiking trail closest to the creek which we figured would get us to the waterfall quicker plus a little more up close and personal!

The creek itself was just as piddly as the last one we visited, but being more popular we expected something more than a trickle.  We followed that path (to the right) upstream; it quickly enters the forest and you come to a bridge…

Crossing the bridge looked like it would be the scenic route, so we opted to not cross and try to streamline our path straight to the waterfall.  We continued along the same side…

It looked like we may encounter some obstacles to prevent us from taking a nice easy direct route, but luckily the path continued.  It narrows quite a bit…

But is still quite scenic…

Keep following the creek.  Eventually, as often happens while waterfall chasing, you end up having to cross the creek.  We once again tried our best to keep our feet dry…

Around this part you’ll see high canyon walls…

And then almost immediately you’ll run into the lowest tier of your destination – Star Creek Falls!

Here’s a quick video…

At this point your adventure is just beginning!  If you look closely, you’ll find a bit of a rock path and a rope to the left…

Here’s a closer view of the rope…

This part isn’t for the faint of heart.  You’ll have to climb up the sloped rock holding onto the rope, and make your way up without falling into the waterfall.  Just to add one more aspect to the mix, you never know when a falling rock might tumble from the overhanging canyon walls!  Proceed at your own risk.  Here’s a video of Dana expertly navigating the section…

Dana made it safely, although sadly her lens cap didn’t make it.  If anyone finds it floating in the creek let us know!

Once you’re up, very carefully keep following the creek…

You’ll quickly find a couple more nice tiers to the waterfall…

Here’s a quick vid…

It’s still not over yet!  Keep going, up and up past those tiers.  Here’s a shot looking back from up top there…

And here’s one of what’s above…

At this point you’ll finally find your final destination – the upper tier of Star Creek Falls!

Gets a little wet at that point.  Here’s a video…

Once you’ve taken in its beauty, back down you go…

Then all the way back to the top of the original hill where you’ll see the nice mountains…

Then down the hill to your parking spot…

All in all it took us a round trip of about an hour, although you could probably cut that in half now that you know where to go and without lugging bikes around.

And so concluded Star Creek Falls, our 61st waterfall in Alberta together 🙂

Stay tuned for the last waterfall of the day – Unnamed Waterfall #17.


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