Weeping Wall

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

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The Weeping Wall

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INTRODUCTION

The Weeping Wall apparently pertained to a particular cliff wall where supposedly many waterfalls could be coming down at once under the right conditions. Well, as you can see from the photo above, we didn't get to see this phenomenon though we did spot a couple of noticeable strands of falling water though there might have been a few other harder-to-see ones that didn't translate well into this photograph.

I guess the right conditions for this wall to weep impressively involved us either being here when the snow would rapidly melt (i.e. possibly late June or July depending on the snow pack and how warm the weather would be) or in the midst of a downpour where hopefully the clouds wouldn't be blocking the views. We were here in September 2010, and we paid attention to the waterfalls during a day when a snow storm was clearing.

So given this ephemeral characteristic, I'd argue this would marginally count as a major waterfall. Nonetheless, they did devote a pullout and signpost pointing out this wall so we gave it a little special treatment as a result.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Looking north along the glaciated U-shaped valley from the Weeping WallLooking north along the glaciated U-shaped valley from the Weeping Wall
Focused on the only flowing parts of the Weeping Wall during our visit in September 2010Focused on the only flowing parts of the Weeping Wall during our visit in September 2010
This was the stretch of road we passed through a few days before stopping for the Weeping Wall, which also preceded a freak early season snow stormThis was the stretch of road we passed through a few days before stopping for the Weeping Wall, which also preceded a freak early season snow storm
Approaching the Weeping Wall due south on Hwy 93Approaching the Weeping Wall due south on Hwy 93

Looking at a couple of thin cascades coming down part of the Weeping WallLooking at a couple of thin cascades coming down part of the wall

A closer look at the wallA closer look at the wall

Looking up at another thin cascade near the Weeping WallLooking up at another thin cascade near the Weeping Wall

Looking southwards from one of the pullouts by the Weeping WallLooking southwards from one of the pullouts by the Weeping Wall

A tall but thin cascade by Cirrus MountainA tall but thin cascade by Cirrus Mountain

A cascade further south of the one mentioned by Cirrus MountainA cascade further south of the one mentioned by Cirrus Mountain

A closer look at the main section of that cascadeA closer look at the main section of that cascade


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

We pulled over for the just-mentioned signposted pullout about 5.5km south of the "Sideways Falls" pullout or 21.5km south of the Icefields Center (home of the Athabasca Glacier and the Glacier View Inn). The signpost and pullout are on the west side (right as you're headed south) of the Hwy 93.

Meanwhile, further south from this wall, we saw a couple other cascades that had somewhat higher flow than the strands of the Weeping Wall. I don't think these waterfalls had names, but I recalled one was just under 5km further south on Hwy 93 while the other was a little further to the south than that. The first of these had a signpost pointing out Cirrus Mountain.

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

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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES





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