On the second day there, we had planned to hike Johnston Canyon in the morning and then do Silverton Falls in the afternoon. As Wendy blogged, I ran a high fever with an ankle feeling like it was going to snap for most of the trip. She was exhausted as well so we slept in. By the time we got up and going, the line to Johnston Canyon went a kilometre or so down the Bow Valley Parkway in each direction. We hiked it last year and it was insanely packed with tourists.
Instead I drove down towards Castle Mountain and pulled into the parking lot for Rockbound Lake. There is a short hike to Silverton Falls which I had never done and it looked like fun. As we pulled into the parking lot, we met this camper from Wicked Campers. The paintjob stood out just a little bit.
With Mark turning 16, he is thinking of the kind of vehicle he wants, in part so he can travel with it. We had a long discussion about GMC Safari’s and Chevy Astro vans on our way along the trail.
After 400 metres or so, you come across this stream running down from the waterfall.
Then you start to climb up to the falls.
A rockslide took a toll on the trail at this point.
Finally you get the falls which unlike Johnston Canyon, have no safety railings along the path.
It’s a great view across the Bow Valley.
Finally it was back down the flank of Castle Mountain and back to the parking lot. The hike is under a kilometre long and we met a total of 12 people on it which is far different then Johnston Canyon.