Waiparous Creek

Water Valley, Alberta

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The north fork of the Ghost River, named Waiparous Creek by James Hector on December 10th, 1858 and which roughly translates to Crow Indian Scalp, is the most accessible of the three Ghost Rivers. An exploration road takes you easily into the head of the valley. Unfortunately, you're in OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) country so you'll be sharing the road with trail bikers, particularly the section to the Margaret Lake turn-off. Don't let this put you off. The rock scenery is superb and it's easy enough to get off the beaten track. Six fords are problematical at runoff, particularly the first one.

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"The north fork of the Ghost River, named Waiparous Creek by James Hector on December 10th, 1858 and which roughly translates to Crow Indian Scalp, is the most accessible of the three Ghost Rivers. An exploration road takes you easily into the head of the valley.

Unfortunately, you're in OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) country so you'll be sharing the road with trail bikers, particularly the section to the Margaret Lake turn-off. Don't let this put you off. The rock scenery is superb and it's easy enough to get off the beaten track. Six fords are problematical at runoff, particularly the first one."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Water Valley
Distance: 8.4
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: Backpack
Local Maps: 82 O/6 Lake Minnewanka
Driving Directions: Directions to Waiparous Creek

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May 2018