A Quiet Moment at Silverton Falls in Banff National Park
After parking the car in the parking lot for Rockbound Lake…
…I then hiked approximately three-quarters of a kilometer towards Silverton Falls. I did not go to Tower Lake or Rockbound Lake.
The trail starts out flat at first and passes some rapids in Silverton Creek in the woods.
The hike is quite easy — and peaceful — at this point…
…but then, the trail noticeably narrows as it ascends.
The ground becomes rougher as it is pebbled with small rocks; and sharp turns are more prevalent as the grade increases.
Be careful not to trip on the roots embedded in the trail…
…or lose your footing over the large boulders — for as you can see, one wrong move might mean a nasty tumble down the slope on the right.
Eventually, the trail approaches an area which resembles what appears to be the result of a miniature avalanche…
…but the view of the mountains from this point is breathtaking.
This view is looking back on the trail after just passing the miniature avalanche area, on which caution is advised not to slip on the loose rocks and dirt on the edge of that steep slope.
The ground becomes more stable once again as the trail further ascends away from the miniature avalanche area…
…affording more views…
…including those of the mountains — and by this time, I hear the faint roar of Silverton Falls.
I finally arrived at Silverton Falls.
Silverton Falls is approximately 50 meters in height — and it is loud, as the sound of the rushing waters echoes off of the rock walls.
A nearby mining town called Silverton — which was the namesake for the falls — has not existed since it disappeared in 1883.
The waters of Silverton Creek rush past in a narrow channel in the rock…
…and past this cave-like feature in the rock wall.
The photograph shown above is of Silverton Creek beyond the bottom of the falls.
I look back one more time at the top of Silverton Falls and simply daydream for a few minutes to the only sound of the roar of cascading water.
Hiking the trail to Silverton Falls is not difficult for anyone who is typically healthy, in my opinion — but I would not recommend it to anyone who has been diagnosed with acrophobia; to anyone who cannot stand a little exertion; to anyone who is considered disabled; and to anyone who is not steady on his or her feet.
There is no admission cost to visit Silverton Falls; and you can stay as long as you like. I probably saw four people at the most during my time there; and I understand that it is a welcome respite from the hordes of crowds which normally clog Johnston Canyon nearby during the summer months.
I recommend visiting Silverton Falls — especially if you need some privacy outdoors in the Canadian wilderness.