Weeping Wall

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

About Weeping Wall


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

Waterfall Latitude: 52.15497
Waterfall Longitude: -117.00576

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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 photos on this page, we didn’t get to see this phenomenon though we did spot a couple of noticeable strands of falling water.

Icefields_Parkway_405_09212010 - The Weeping Wall consisting of only a few strands of thin waterfalls when we saw it in September 2010
The Weeping Wall consisting of only a few strands of thin waterfalls when we saw it in September 2010

There might have also been a few other harder-to-see waterfalls 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.

Hopefully in the case of the latter scenario, 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.

Icefields_Parkway_400_09212010 - Looking north along the glaciated U-shaped valley from the Weeping Wall pullout
Looking north along the glaciated U-shaped valley from the Weeping Wall pullout

So given this ephemeral characteristic, I’d argue the Weeping Wall would marginally count as a legitimate waterfall excursion.

Nonetheless, they did devote a pullout and signpost pointing out this wall so we gave it a little special treatment as a result.

Authorities

The Weeping Wall resides in Banff National Park between Jasper and Lake Louise in the province of Alberta, Canada. It is administered by Parks Canada. For information or inquiries as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Icefields_Parkway_394_09212010 - Approaching the Weeping Wall due south on Hwy 93
Icefields_Parkway_395_09212010 - Looking at a couple of thin cascades coming down part of the Weeping Wall
Icefields_Parkway_403_09212010 - Looking up at another pair of tall thin waterfalls belonging to the Weeping Wall as seen along the Icefields Parkway
Icefields_Parkway_408_09212010 - A closer look at the Weeping Wall's active waterfalls (as of our visit)
Icefields_Parkway_409_09212010 - Looking up at another thin cascade coming down a notch in the mountain near the Weeping Wall
Icefields_Parkway_410_09212010 - Looking southwards from one of the pullouts by the Weeping Wall
Icefields_Parkway_417_09212010 - A tall but thin cascade by Cirrus Mountain
Icefields_Parkway_422_09212010 - A cascade further south of the one mentioned by Cirrus Mountain
Icefields_Parkway_424_09212010 - A closer look at the main section of that cascade tumbling near Cirrus Mountain

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We pulled over for the signposted pullout for Weeping Wall 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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