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Siffleur Benches

This easy hike starts at a busy trailhead but quickly gets away from the crowds where you'll enjoy amazing views of the North Saskatchewan River valley and the surrounding mountains.

This trail is sometimes referred by Alberta Parks as Survey Hill given the great vantage point that is your destination. This often leads to confusion given that there is a place called Survey Hill a little further down the trail.

Trail Guide

Trail conditions can change quickly. The map and directions below are based on our hike in the area on July 20, 2016 and July 17, 2017.

  • Activity: Hike
  • Distance: 6.9 km return
  • Elevation Gain: ~145 m
  • Challenge Level: Easy
  • Family Friendly: Yes - No Strollers
  • Trail Type: Partial Loop
  • Trail Conditions: Good
  • Season: April to October
  • Congestion: Minimal (busy trailhead)
  • Management: Alberta Parks
  • Protection Status: Kootenay Plains Ecological Reserve
  • Trailhead: Parking lot and dry toilets
  • Other Trail Uses: Mountain Biking
  • Dogs Allowed: Yes
  • Permits / Restrictions: None
  • Cell Reception: None
  • Alternate Descriptions: None

Trailhead: The trailhead is approximately 62 km west of Nordegg and 21 km east of the Banff National Park boundary. The trail starts at the Siffleur Falls Staging Area which provides ample parking space and dry washrooms.

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The Hike

  • 0.6 km | Suspension Bridge
  • 1.2 km | Glacier Trail
  • 1.8 km | Siffleur River
  • 1.9 km | Junction
  • 2.2 km | Junction
  • 2.4 km | Junction
  • 2.6 km | Junction
  • 3.2 km | Junction
  • 3.3 km | Junction
  • 3.8 km | Viewpoint
  • 4.3 km | Junction
  • 4.4 km | Junction
  • 5.0 km | Junction
  • 5.1 km | Siffleur River
  • 5.7 km | Junction
  • 6.3 km | Suspension Bridge
  • 6.9 km | Trailhead


From the trailhead, follow the well established trail to Siffleur Falls. The first section takes you through a meadow with great views of Mount Peskett before reaching the suspension bridge over the North Saskatchewan River. This is Alberta's longest suspension bridge.

On the other side of the bridge follow the boardwalk through the fragile ecosystem and make your way to Glacier Trail. Follow the old road toward Siffleur Falls, going straight at the junction at the end of the boardwalk. After crossing the Siffleur River you come to a 3 way junction. Go straight following the old road. At first the trail is overgrown with silverberry bushes but soon it opens back up as you start to make your way up the hill.

Siffleur Benches

Siffleur Benches

Siffleur Benches

Siffleur Benches

Part way up the hill there is a small trail to the left. This is a shortcut but you are better off continuing straight ahead on the main trail. As the trail levels off there is an obvious trail to the left, just before a sign for the Adpot-A-Trail program. Follow this trail as it makes it's way along the edge of the benches overlooking the Siffleur River. At the next junction on a hill, head to the right up the hill. At the top, take the trail on the left to access the viewpoint.

Siffleur Benches

Siffleur Benches

Siffleur Benches

Siffleur Benches

The viewpoint is an open area overlooking the valley below and at the top of the rills and gullies you can see from the trailhead. Take some time to enjoy the view before making your way back to the trailhead.

Siffleur Benches

Siffleur Benches

Siffleur Benches

Make your way back on the trail until you reach the junction on the hill. At this point, go straight to make your way down to the Siffleur River and follow the trail back to the 3 way junction near the bridge over the Siffleur River. Retrace your steps from there back to the trailhead.

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Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
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  • Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
  • Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
  • Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
  • Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
  • Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
  • Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
  • Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
  • Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
  • Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
  • Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
  • Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
  • Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
  • Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
  • Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
  • Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
  • Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
  • Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
  • Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
  • Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
  • Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
  • Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
  • Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
  • Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
  • Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
  • Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
  • Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail
  • Hiking the Siffleur Benches Trail


  • Outdoor Safety

    • For your safety and the protection of the area please follow trail signs, stay on the trail and respect all trail closures
    • Be respectful of wildlife and familiarize yourself with wildlife safety techniques including keeping your pet on a leash and keeping your group together.
    • Always use the bear proof garbage bin, keep a clean site and store your food in a bear safe fashion.
    • Always be prepared when travelling outdoors.
    • This area has no cell phone reception. We recommend carrying an InReach on your hikes. A pay phone is located near the Siffleur Falls Staging Area on the side of the highway.
    • Information provided here may be inaccurate or outdated. Always make sure to obtain current information before going on your adventure.

    Disclaimer

    There are inherent risks in outdoor activities. Although we strive to provide accurate information and to alert you of potential dangers, trail conditions may change quickly due to weather conditions and other factors. Using the information provided on this site is entirely at your own risk and Pursuit Adventures is in no ways liable for any injuries or other damages that may be sustained by anyone using the trails or information described on this site.

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