1 to 1.5 hours / 6K return
in Banff National Park next to the
west of Rocky Mountain House.
3.5 hours from Calgary.
you're traveling from
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
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
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
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
plan was to stay as close to Owen
Creek as possible however the steep
cliffs above the creek forced us
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.
Local campgrounds include
Two O'clock Creek and
Crescent Falls Campground. Trailheads to
Alexandra's Henry's Trail,
Icefalls Two O'clock Creek,
Two O'clock Ridge,
located near here.
You are in bear country.