West Country Flood Updates – July 6, 2013
This is an update following the floods in 2013. Most trails and areas have now reopened.
While we didn’t hear much about the West Country during the floods. While the damages don’t compare with what happened in Calgary, High River, Kananaskis Country or Canmore some of the trails have been affected here as well.
First off, Siffleur Falls is closed for the time being due to the damages the flood caused on the second bridge. As a result we will be changing our schedule for the rest of the summer, stay tuned for more details. Damages in other areas appears minimal but many trails along the creeks and rivers have been washed out.
Creeks and Rivers
Driving along the David Thompson Highway signs of the flood are everywhere. While the highway hasn’t been damaged, stopping at any of the creeks or rivers along the way shows the power of water.
📷 Cline Creek
This popular hike is closed for the time being. The first bridge is fine (the suspension bridge on the North Saskatchewan River) but the second bridge (over the Siffleur River) has been damaged. The rivers are still very high with sections of the trail along the river still being unstable.
The trail is open to the end of the boardwalk. The North Saskatchewan River is quite high at the moment, be careful when hiking along the shores.
The Siffleur River did considerable damage to the bridge and the trail leading to it. Alberta Parks does not have an estimate for a reopening date. Check the Alberta Parks Advisories & Public Safety website for the area for the latest information.
Coral Creek is another of our regular destination. The trail is in good shape, except for the first section along the river which has washed out.
The area is open and the campground has reopened. Water across the access road was deeper than usual but still passable in a car. Check with Westward Bound for the latest on campground closures.
The falls are very impressive at the moment with the extra water volume. The flood marks and logs left behind are so high that I can’t help but wish I had been here to see it during the flood.
Bighorn River Upper Falls
The trail, as described in the David Thompson Highway: A hiking guide (page 68) is not accessible from the campground. The trail use to leave from the end of the campground road but the river has shifted considerably since the book was written, taking out the first section of the trail.
For more information on campground, road and trail closures in the area, visit: