Rearguard Falls


Rearguard Falls

  1. Difficulty: Easy difficultyeasy
  2. Warnings: No official warnings. Check social media feeds below for current trail status updates.
  3. Wheelchair accessible: yes but steep
  4. High-clearance 4×4 advised to access trailhead? no
  5. Best seasons: spring, summer, fall
  6. Distance (return): 0.46 mi / 0.4 km
  7. Approx. time: 30 mins return
  8. Elevation gain: 30 m
  9. Steepest grade: approx. 20%
  10. Viewpoints: Fraser river and canyon
  11. Geocache points: Unknown
  12. Closest bathroom/outhouse: Outhouse during summer
  13. Cell service? Not comprehensive, but in spots.
  14. Gear to bring: No potable water on site
  15. How to access/where to park: Head north from Valemount on Hwy 5 for about 19km (follow signs for Jasper). Merge onto Hwy 16E at the Tete Jaune Junction (towards Jasper). After 4.5km, watch for the parking lot on your right. Click here for Google Map Directions
  16. Best Parts: You get a very close vantage right above the left side of the falls.
  17. Worst Parts: The slope is quite steep at first.
Trail Description:

This is a wonderful short hike to Rearguard Falls which is the uppermost part of the salmon run along the Fraser River. Stand on the boardwalk right above the falls and watch salmon leap into the churning water as they struggle to reach their spawning territory.


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Trailhead coordinates: 52.975191°, -119.363978°
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