After arriving at Saskatchewan Crossing on Icefield Parkway (Highway 93) in Banff National Park, I decided to travel east along David-Thompson Highway 11 to see Crescent Falls. The waterfalls consists of two cascades located on the Bighorn River in west-central Alberta, Canada. The nearest community is Nordegg. Check the map below for direction and exact location.
In winter, I’ll assume ice climbing is possible for this location.
Driving Direction to Crescent Falls
Traveling east from Saskatchewan Crossing toward Nordegg, there is a huge lake “Abraham Lake” beside the David-Thompson Highway 11. As soon as you travel past Abraham Lake, pay attention to road signs because they’re kinda small. You will encounter a small gas station “Big Horn Reserve Gas Station” for Chiniki First Nation on the right / south side of highway. Directly opposite to the gas station is Crescent Falls access road on the left / north side of highway. (Tips: if you need gas, fill it up at this small gas station because the gas is cheaper and not very busy, compared to Nordegg and Saskatchewan Crossing. Save time and money!! The gas station owner is a friendly Korean.) Distance to Big Horn Reserve Gas Station is 18km from Nordegg and 72km from Saskatchewan Crossing.
Follow the Crescent Falls access road (unpaved gravel) for 6km to get to Crescent Falls viewing platform. No hike is required to see the Upper Crescent Falls. However, if you want to hike down to the base of the falls, there are a series of narrow/steep trails leading to the pool below the upper falls and to see lower falls better. If you want to stay for camping, a large campground is further down the access road, only a few meters from the falls.
Exact location of Crescent Falls is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map (click EXTERNAL LINK below to view map).
Recreational Activities in Crescent Falls Provincial Park include camping, fishing, hiking (front country), and horseback riding. I don’t think ATV is allowed.
Click here for campsite info.