Alexander Henry's Trail Hike
2 to 3 hours / 4.8 return
Located next to the David Thompson
A 4.5 hour
3.5 hours from Calgary.
If you're traveling from
the route through the National Parks
is shorter than heading through
House. Park at the roadside pullout
on the west side of the Big Whirlpool.
From the parking lot walk down towards
the North Saskatchewan
River then turn right and head west
along the river. The trail runs
along the bank of the Saskatchewan river disappearing over washed gravel beds then
reappearing again. Along the way you'll have to hop across a couple
of small streams and Wild Horse Creek. The trail
several open meadows and campsites
that are used by local outfitters.
There are also a few
sites used by the local native Indians. Keep walking along the rivers bank until
you reach a large bend in the North Saskatchewan River and several sand dunes.
The valley to the west will open into a vast expanse offering 180 degree views
of the North Saskatchewan River and the surrounding mountains. This is an
excellent spot to have your lunch. The open valley and the large wide braids of
the North Saskatchewan River will entice you to continue on. If you have the
time and energy you can follow the North Saskatchewan River as far as you like.
There are several hiking trails located in this area.
Local campgrounds include
Two O'clock Creek and
Crescent Falls Campground. Trailheads to
Icefalls Two O'clock Creek,
Two O'clock Ridge,
located near here.
You are in bear country.