Hikes around Banff provide some of the most stunning scenery in the world. Scenery that is accessible to the whole family. But many of these scenic places have become congested with large crowds and parking challenges. Silverton Falls Hike is perfect for little feet and offers a stunning staircase waterfall at the end. The hike is also just down the road from the very popular hike Johnston Canyon making Silverton Falls a great add on hike or a way to beat the crowds if it seems just a little too busy.
Silverton Falls Trail
Difficulty: Moderate (All ratings are for young children)
Distance and Elevation: 2.4km; 60 m
Facilities: Outhouse, Small parking lot
Hike Highlights: Staircase Waterfall; Creek; Mountain Views ;
Accessibility: Child Carrier Friendly, Some slight cliff areas (see trail description)
Silverton Falls is located an hour and a half from Calgary in Banff National Park. It is roughly 25 minutes West from the Town of Banff. Take the Highway 1 until you reach the Banff Windermere Highway and turn right towards Castle Mountain Village. This is the same road that will take you to the Johnston Canyon Hike. Before reaching Johnston Canyon turn left and park in the Rockbound Lake Trail Head Parking Lot.
The trail head for the Silverton Falls out and back trail starts at the end of the parking lot of Rockbound Lake Trail Head Parking Lot. There is a large trail information sign that indicates the start of the hike.
Note: The outhouse is located to the left of the trail. It is entirely made of wood except for the seat cover.
A great addition or alternative to the very popular Johnston Canyon hike is Silverton Falls. It is considerable less busy even on summer long weekeneds. While it does not offer the canyon walk experience it does take you to an impressive staircase waterfall that altogether is bigger than Johnston Canyon Upper Falls.
The trail starts off on a wide path through the trees. After roughly .5 km take the right trail at the junction. There is a sign indicating the trail to Silverton Falls. Continue on the single track trail with minimal elevation gain.
After around .8 km you will reach the creek. This is a great place to stop before hiking up to the Silverton Falls or to have lunch/snack after seeing the waterfall. From the creek follow the trail left up the switch back to start the elevation gain.
After 1 km you will reach the most challenging part for little feet. The trail is strong but small as it opens up revealing a slight cliff on the one side. I suggest holding hands with little ones for this portion of the hike.
Continue for 200 m until you reach the waterfall. Return the way you came.