Tangle Falls

Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

About Tangle Falls

Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2010-09-21
Date last visited: 2010-09-21

Waterfall Latitude: 52.26793
Waterfall Longitude: -117.28744

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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.

Icefields_Parkway_018_jx_09212010 - The Icefields Parkway as we were approaching Tangle Falls
Icefields_Parkway_262_09212010 - Tangle Creek sign between the two fairly large roadside pullouts across from the falls
Icefields_Parkway_278_09212010 - Closer look at Tangle Falls' uppermost tiers
Icefields_Parkway_282_09212010 - Looking down at some other waterfall we noticed near Tangle Falls
Icefields_Parkway_283_09212010 - Looking along a creek near Tangle Falls as we approached the Columbia Icefields area after leaving Tangle Falls
Icefields_Parkway_284_09212010 - Icefields Parkway between the falls and the Icefields Center after receiving fresh snow
Icefields_Parkway_295_09212010 - Another look at the Columbia Icefields complex after it received a fresh coating of snow


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.

Bottom up sweep of the falls surrounded by fresh snow

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