Athabasca Falls, a class 5 waterfall, has a drop of 80 feet. It is not considered one of the highest waterfalls in Canadian Rockies, but it is thought of as the most powerful.
The falls’ crushing water tumbles over quartzite and limestone and its pulverizing power carves out gorges:
And a number of potholes. While the potholes of my experience are a major nuisance, these potholes added another layers of fascinating curves and holes to an already magnificence view:
Some potholes even managed their own log jams:
Once again my research took me (forgive me) down a number of rabbit holes. I discovered that Athabasca Falls is actually quite a dangerous place. The sheer force of the cascading waters creates a mist that covers the rockies with a quite slippery film. There are signs along the edge of the trails that warn visitors to stay within the appointed walkways and one tourist site online states:
While Athabasca Falls is accessible and tourist friendly, tourists are cautioned not to leave the designated paths or climb over the guard rails, as doing so entails putting oneself in grave danger. While trying to take better pictures, several tourists have reportedly fallen to their deaths as they have underestimated how slippery the rock ledges are. .
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Live and learn.