Troll Falls – a Miracle Trail

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It is finished and I couldn’t wait to hike the new, improved trail to Troll Falls and the upper falls. I knew those water falls were there because many years ago I had bushwhacked downhill to see all seven falls and the canyon above them. Since I found out Saturday morning that the new trail was done I just couldn’t wait to see it. In spite of Idel’s warning that it was steep I picked up a little pizza in Canmore and off I went to Kananaskis and the Troll Falls trailhead. I am impressed with the hard work and the planning that went into this project. It is nice to see barriers erected and moss and debris covering the rocks that used to have beautiful moss on them, but was destroyed by people scrambling over them. I don’t know who planned this, but they did a great job. In warning me about the steep trail to the upper falls Idel forgot that I don’t have 14 pieces of metal in my ankle like she does and I have climbed several mountains that are even steeper. I will admit that it helped that I increased my Parkinson’s medication so I had more energy than usual.

I first heard about the waterfalls from Chris Bearns who was the school teacher in the coal mining village of Ribbon Creek in the 1950s during the coal mining on Mount Allan. Mrs. Bearns would take the school children to see the seven waterfalls and teach them about the rocks and plant life. I first saw Troll Falls in 1973 when Don Gardiner was clearing a cross-country ski trail for the hostel association and came across the falls and ended the trail at the falls. In subsequent years I have bush whacked down past the various waterfalls to Troll Falls several times and even took one of my hiking groups on that bush whack. Now with this new trail we don’t have to bush whack to see them. It is even more popular than it used to be.


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