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Owen Creek Hike

  Ratings:    Ratings 2 Star
Level: Easy Time/Dist: 1 to 1.5 hours / 6K return Elevation Gain: 300m

Trailhead: Located in Banff National Park next to the David Thompson Highway (#11) 228km west of Rocky Mountain House. 4.5 hour drive from Edmonton, 3.5 hours from Calgary. If you're traveling from Calgary, the route through the National Parks is shorter than heading through Rocky Mountain House. Owen Creek is part of the Great Divide Trail.

 

Description: Park at the roadside pullout on the north side of the David Thompson Highway in sight of the Banff National Park toll gate. Head down towards Owen Creek and the waterfall. Find the trail on your right of the waterfall leading up a short steep slope. Follow the trail up the slope to the top of the waterfall and a small lookout. While looking down the waterfall it's interesting to note a few large boulders that are wedged into the top of the canyon forming a natural bridge. Continue on the trail as it heads upstream past several beautiful turquoise colored pools that have eroded into the bed rock. In a short distance you'll climb higher above the creek as it flows down into a deep and narrow canyon. You can follow the trail all the way to Michele Lakes part of the Great Divide Trail, another 9.5km or so. If you're planning to climb Mount Wilson expect the worst bushwhack of your life. We tried this approach for a summit attempt on Mount Wilson. Once you reach the confluence of Owen Creek and the Wilson Glacier drainage, the bushwhack to Mount Wilson begins. Our plan was to stay as close to Owen Creek as possible however the steep cliffs above the creek forced us back into the bush. There are a few flag tapes found along the way from previous parties, however these flags were showing no trail and only marking their way in and out. Steep slopes covered in thick bush along with huge tangled deadfall made this approach absolutely miserable. Upon our return I understood why Mount Wilson is approached by the Notch near Saskatchewan Crossing.

 

Near Here: Local campgrounds include Rampart Creek, Thompson Creek, Two O'clock Creek and Crescent Falls Campground. Trailheads to Alexandra's Henry's Trail, Big Whirlpool, Glacier Lake, Kinglet Lake, Loudan Creek, Icefalls Two O'clock Creek, Sunset Lookout, Siffleur Falls, Tuff Puff, Two O'clock Ridge, Coral Ridge, Vision Quest, Hoodoo Creek, Allstones Creek, Allstones Lake, Crescent Falls, Siffleur Falls, are all located near here. You are in bear country.

 

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