Tangle Falls

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 1
Tangle Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Tangle Falls was a delicate multi-tiered cascade that we just happened to see following a rather unusual snowstorm (unusual in that it was still technically Summer when it happened). That circumstance made the waterfall kind of blend in with the rest of the snowy-white trees surrounding it, and it was only because we were actively looking for it that we managed to stop for it with a little help from our GPS. Once that happened, the lemmings effect took over as probably at least a half-dozen cars plus a tour bus decided to pull over and check it out while we were here.

This was one of the lighter flowing waterfalls we encountered during our September 2010 trip. If I had to guess, we were fortunate to have even seen the falls flow as well as it did because we were told that Summmer was unusually wet in 2010, and the precipitation from the snow storm that came through further helped raise the water table in its drainage supplying the falls. Otherwise, it was quite possible that this waterfall might've been merely a trickle in a drier year.

In any case, this was pretty much a roadside waterfall so it was easy to get a tripod out and have fun taking long exposure photographs or self-taken portraits. However, the uppermost tier of the falls did seem segmented and wide as well as somewhat blocked by trees growing in front of them. Thus, it was difficult to get a very satisfying "clean" view of the falls' entirety.

Yet despite its roadside convenience, it was still pretty easy to miss as we hadn't even noticed it when we headed north to Jasper three days prior (before the snow storm). It was only when we were going slow heading southbound while listening to our GPS (thanks to a waypoint I established before the trip) did we finally find the correct pullout.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Just south of Tangle Falls was the Columbia Icefields complex. Shown here is the Athabasca Glacier and the Icefields Parkway as seen from the Glacier View Inn.Just south of Tangle Falls was the Columbia Icefields complex. Shown here is the Athabasca Glacier and the Icefields Parkway as seen from the Glacier View Inn.
This photo contained as much of Tangle Falls as I could capture in one goThis photo contained as much of Tangle Falls as I could capture in one go
South of Tangle Falls, the Icefields Parkway kept impressing us with the incredible Rockies scenery all along the highway as we headed back towards BanffSouth of Tangle Falls, the Icefields Parkway kept impressing us with the incredible Rockies scenery all along the highway as we headed back towards Banff
The Icefields Parkway as we were approaching Tangle FallsThe Icefields Parkway as we were approaching the falls

Tangle Creek sign between the two fairly large roadside pullouts across from the fallsTangle Creek sign between the two fairly large roadside pullouts across from the falls

Closer look at Tangle Falls' uppermost tiersCloser look at the falls' uppermost tiers

Looking down at some other waterfall we noticed near Tangle FallsLooking down at some other waterfall we noticed near Tangle Falls

Looking along a creek near Tangle Falls as we approached the Columbia Icefields area after leaving Tangle FallsLooking along a creek near Tangle Falls as we approached the Columbia Icefields area after leaving the falls

Icefields Parkway between the falls and the Icefields Center after receiving fresh snowIcefields Parkway between the falls and the Icefields after receiving fresh snow

Another look at the Columbia Icefields complex after it received a fresh coating of snowAnother look at the Columbia Icefields complex after it received a fresh coating of snow


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Bottom up sweep of the falls surrounded by fresh snow


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

The pullout for Tangle Falls is along Hwy 93 (Icefields Parkway) about 7km north of the Glacier View Inn and Athabasca Glacier access turnoff. On the west side of the road are a pair of large pullouts with either port-a-potty restrooms or pit toilets (I didn't remember). There was also a sign pointing across the road labeled "Tangle Creek."

For reference, the Columbia Icefields complex is roughly 103km (1.5 hours drive) south of Jasper and 186km (2.5 hours drive) north of Banff.

Be careful when crossing the road to get a closer look at the falls as traffic can move pretty quickly on Hwy 93.

For additional context, Jasper was 365km (under 4 hours drive) west of Edmonton and 412km (5 hours drive) northwest of Calgary.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES





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