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Hiking Marmot Creek’s Waterfalls (Troll Falls, Marmot Falls, and Upper Falls)

by Karen Ung

Marmot Creek brings you to several beautiful waterfalls including Troll Falls, Marmot Falls, and Upper Falls (also known as Double Falls). 

Marmot Creek's Upper Falls, Kananaskis
Marmot Creek’s Upper Falls, Kananaskis

Hiking to Upper Falls (aka Double Falls)

Begin the hike at Troll Falls Trailhead and take Troll Falls Trail to the Upper Falls junction (Look for the “Upper Falls” sign about 100 metres before Troll Falls). Cross the bridge and climb the short but steep hill, following the trail markers to a series of pretty cascades. The trail ends at beautiful Upper Falls, also known as Double Falls. While there are even more waterfalls along Marmot Creek, they require going offtrail, so it is best to consult Gillean Daffern’s Kananaskis Country Trail Guide Volume 1  (Amazon affiliate link) in order to find them safely. 

Return the way you came, or for a more scenic loop, return via Hay Meadow.

Bridge over Marmot Creek
Bridge over Marmot Creek

Upper Falls at a Glance

  • Distance: 1.7 km to Troll Falls + 1 km to Upper Falls
  • Elevation Gain: 150 m
  • Difficulty: Easy to Troll Falls, moderate to Upper Falls with some exposure (keep kids away from the edge).
  • Duration: Allow 2-3 hours round trip with kids.
  • Directions and parking: Troll Falls parking lot (click link for Google Maps)

Troll Falls

Troll Falls in Winter
Troll Falls, Kananaskis

Know Before You Go

  • There have been serious accidents in this area (falls from cliffs), so please stay on the trail and away from the edge of the cliffs.
  • This popular trail gets packed down and icy in the shoulder season, so traction devices such as Kahtoola Microspikes (Available from Amazon, MEC, and Camper’s Village), or Hillsound Trail Crampons (Available at Amazon, Hillsound, and Sport Chek) are recommended. 
  • A Kananaskis Conservation Pass is required to park in Kananaskis. Purchase your pass online at https://www.alberta.ca/kananaskis-conservation-pass.aspx.

Enjoy the hike and let me know which Marmot Creek waterfall is your favorite!

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