The first part of this trail is an easy 2km walk along Heart Creek past popular climbing walls. At the trails end there is a bench for relaxing below a waterfall that can't really be seen due to the angle. For a view of the falls and a great place for a soak cross over the creek and start climbing the hill. The obvious path along the rock face is difficult but about ten meters to the left (downstream) there is a more gradual path leading up. When you reach the top of the hill continue down the other side until you reach a small backcountry campsite. Again, there is an easy way straight ahead and a hard way to the right. Directly behind the camp is a tiny waterfall and a great soaking pool on a hot day. From here if you continue downstream about ten minutes you will reach the top of the waterfall. Every time I've gone there I have had it all to myself. Please pack out your garbage and any you may find along the way. Enjoy.
Park alongside the Trans Canada on the south side of the highway approximately 8km east of Deadmans Flats at the base of Heart Mtn
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Posted By: ArchTyriel
- Sun Jun 08 21:41:19 UTC 2014
UpsideGreat smooth easy trail to the initial waterfall. Variety of skill levels depending on your preference. Optional Rock Climbing off to the sides Can head down the Creek bed as long as you like. It just leads up the mountain and the creek is easily traversable at all points. DownsideA lot of the creek bed after the initial waterfall got trashed during the 2013 flood. There are downed trees all over the place that block the trail and need to be clambored over. CommentDO NOT PARK ON THE SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY! Parking is provided at a designated lot. Take exit 105, cross the highway, take the dirt road up the hill to the parking lot. You will get a ticket if you park on the side of the highway.
Posted By: kayakkrazy
- Tue Sep 04 20:20:30 UTC 2012
CommentI don't recommend parking on the highway! They have been ticketing there. There is a perfectly good parking lot for the trail... take the Exit 105 for Lac des Arc. From Calgary, take exit 105 then turn left, go over highway, turn on gravel road that leads to parking lot. From Canmore take exit 105 & turn right onto gravel road into parking lot. Now you even have washrooms!
Posted By: evshaft
- Sat Jul 24 21:20:34 UTC 2010
The google map photos show a few no parking signs at the trail head. Does anyone know where you are supposed to park your car while on the hike?ANSWERS are in this forum: Parking at Heart Creek Trail
Posted By: Sarabiner
- Sun Oct 19 01:50:12 UTC 2008
UpsideGood climbing, some multi-pitch. Creek to cool off. DownsideOverpopulated. CommentGood stuff. Does anyone know if you can still park at the creek on the side of the highway? Word on the street is there are no-parking signs there now.
Posted By: blootoon
- Tue May 20 13:49:07 UTC 2008
CommentDoes anyone have a shot from the trails end looking into the falls area. It is the one picture we did not take. Please post if you do. THX Blootoon
Posted By: blootoon
- Sun May 18 21:40:27 UTC 2008
UpsideBeautiful waterfall after a nice hike in. No route finding needed. DownsideBUSY! CommentWe left early, 0830, so it was quiet on the way in but super busy coming out. Well worth the extra time and effort to climb to the top of the falls. When we returned to the bench, I strapped on the gaiters and splashed across the pool, climbed over and into the base of the big fall, beautiful views. Only climb in if you have some experience it is slick and downclimbing was a bit dodgy. A great half day's hiking.
Posted By: Rufff
- Tue Aug 21 23:50:00 UTC 2007
UpsideNice walk. Watched the climbers awhile and just took our time. Great for families. DownsideBusy! CommentDid the same hike as "canomad" but from the top of falls we took the path up and over to the west. Steep coming down and a bit soft. Leads inot the draw around the last bridge.
Posted By: nyx
- Thu Aug 02 02:47:27 UTC 2007
Upsidebeautiful trail with a spectacular waterfall at the top... Downsideonly seems to be one way to go....not much exploring available Commenthighly recommended for a family outing or a hiking trip with friends....
Posted By: grassrootsinab
- Sun Jul 22 22:24:36 UTC 2007
UpsideEasy walking with lots of bridges to keep kids occupied. DownsideLimited views 'cause you're in a canyon pretty much the whole way. CommentGreat 1/2 day hike when you need a family outing. Lots of things to keep kids occupied and if you actually get bored (can you get bored in the mountains?!?) you can watch climbers scale the walls of the canyon. When we hiked this trail, I saw the path eluded to above, but never thought to try to cross the creek etc....thanks for the tip for my my next visit!!