Hiking to Troll Falls
Troll Falls is one of the quick and easy Kananaskis hikes that has a stunning payoff. Not far from Kananaskis Village in Alberta, Canada, this hike is only 3.4 km round-trip with basically no elevation change – something that’s hard to find in the Canadian Rockies. The hike can be completed in 1 to 2 hours and has a rewarding view of a stunning waterfall at the end!
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Related: Check out our post about the Prairie Mountain Hike.
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Getting to the Troll Falls Staging Area
The parking lot to start this trail is at the Stoney Trail Day Use Area. If you’re coming from the TransCanada Highway (HW 1), turn south onto Highway 40 towards the Kananaskis Village. After about 23 km, turn right onto Mt. Allen and drive towards Nakiska Ski Area. Just after the turnoff for the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, the Stoney Trail Day Use Area exit will be on your right. After a short drive down a gravel road, you will reach a large gravel parking area.
Essential Equipment for Hiking in the Canadian Rockies
You should wear good hiking boots and layered clothing when you’re hiking in the Canadian Rockies. We always carry plenty of water in a good day pack and bring bear spray. This is our favorite day pack, because it’s super light weight, durable, inexpensive and it has a lifetime guarantee. Also it folds up really small for traveling.
The Troll Falls Hike
The start of the hike is well-marked and there are numerous signs showing the trails in the area. There are a few ways to get to the falls; the main trail winds through the forest and is a lovely and enjoyable walk. There is also the option to just walk most of the way up the service road, which is a little less scenic.
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The Troll Falls
The falls are beautiful at any time of year. In the winter, the falls are frozen and the glistening ice is particularly stunning. Likewise, in the early spring, the falls remain frozen and you can even climb up behind the falls for pictures, but be careful if you do it.
Be sure to take care when going above Troll Falls as the trail is much less defined and the rocks around the cliff edges can be slippery. Once above the falls, you may also have to cross the river by rock hopping at some points. It is not dangerous; however some extra caution should be taken.
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Johann C. M.
Thank you for such a detailed post ! But I wonder if you know why it’s called Troll Falls, because I can’t find it anywhere
Great question, Johann. Thanks! I believe it was named for a rock formation that resembles a troll. This rock formation is above the falls and at the moment it isn’t safe to hike to it. There’s a warning on the Alberta Parks website that reads: “Random trails around the main waterfall, including walking to the Troll, have been blocked off due to extreme rockfall hazards. Hikers must stay on the main trails…” Thanks again for visiting our blog and adding to the dialogue.