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    Cascade Falls Hike

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    1.4 km
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    60 m
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    Cascade Falls

    The Cascade Falls hike follows an easy trail from a roadside parking lot. Enjoy the short route winding to Cascade Falls, where you can admire the rushing waterfall from up close!

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    Route Description for Cascade Falls Hike

    This 1.4 km hike is a great way to stretch your legs and feel the exhilarating power of the 300 m Cascade Falls. You’ll be able to hike up onto the mountain and stand next to the impressive falls. From the parking lot, follow the wide gravel path that leads across the grassy meadow. This path is very straight-forward. You will follow this until you reach the base of Cascade Mountains. A great view of the falls will be clear on your approach.

    Continue on the trail into the trees, where you will pass an avalanche caution sign. The trail becomes quite steep from here, gaining elevation quickly, but not for long. The trees will start to clear, and you will pass by old avalanche debris and down trees. The trail will narrow before it turns onto a rocky area with multiple paths. Choose a well-defined path that will take you to the base of the waterfall.

    Enjoy views of Mount Rundle across the valley while you take in the rushing water of Cascade Falls. Return the way you came after a restful break at the falls.

    Getting to the Cascade Falls Hike Trailhead

    To get to Cascade Falls trailhead, begin in the Town of Banff, take Banff Avenue northbound towards Lake Minnewanka. Pass underneath the Trans-Canada Highway and continue onto Lake Minnewanka Scenic Drive. After 300 m, turn left into the small parking area beside the grassy meadow. You will likely run into some climbers here as this is a popular trailhead to climb routes on Cascade Mountain.

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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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