#64 – Gap Falls

#64 – Gap Falls

July 15, 2018 – After a stop at Waldron Falls (see prior post https://albertawaterfallchasers.com/2018/10/26/63-waldron-falls/), next on the list was the nearby Gap Falls.

To get there, I’ll reference from Waldron Falls (you can use that post’s directions for further).  Here’s an overview…

Here’s a close-up getting out of Waldron Falls…

So you get back to Hwy 22 (Cowboy Trail), turn left (south) to cross Old Man River, then take your first right (onto 101, although it seems to start off as 101A and end up about 105A) which follows the river upstream.  After about 17 km you’ll see the parking and trailhead on your right…

Pull into that parking lot and you’ll see the rugged trailhead.  Here’s an overview of the area…

So start making your way along the path, which slowly curves to the right…

The bush can be thick but just stay on the path…

At around the 170m mark you’ll see a clearing which is the bank…

Someone even dug a sort of step or two to get down…

From there keep going straight which is following the river downstream…

It doesn’t take long from this point, and is very scenic…

Once you make it to the river you can already see the upper tiers of the waterfall, although is more of a series of short drops…

At this point you can either get wet, climb up the cliff, or try trekking in the chasm…

We opted for the chasm…

If you don’t want to take the chasm and end up climbing the cliff, you’ll get a neat view…

At the end of the chasm you’ll see the upper tiers better…

It would depend on the water level, but when we went there were some neat pools formed…

Here is the upper tier of Gap Falls…

And here’s a nice panoramic of all the tiers (sorry, the quality might be poor; the original wasn’t working so I just took a screenshot to lessen the size – I know I’m not very tech-savvy)…

Here’s a video from the top and then the bottom…

When you go back, it’s best to go back the same way you came in.  We tried an alternate route and ended up deep in the thick brush, which is tough navigating!

And so concluded Gap Falls, our 64th waterfall of Alberta together 🙂

That also concluded the trip, well sort of.  We tried finding more waterfalls but the coordinates were extremely off.  When you drive and hike for hours without finding your destination it can be discouraging, and such is the life of a waterfall chaser!  Whoever finds this site and uses our directions is very lucky 😉


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