- Difficulty: Easy
- Warnings: NA
- Wheelchair accessible: yes but steep
- High-clearance 4×4 advised to access trailhead? no
- Best seasons: spring, summer, fall
- Distance (return): 0.46 mi / 0.4 km
- Approx. time: 30 mins return
- Elevation gain: 30 m
- Steepest grade: approx. 20%
- Viewpoints: Fraser river and canyon
- Geocache points: Unknown
- Closest bathroom/outhouse: Outhouse during summer
- Cell service? Not comprehensive, but in spots.
- Gear to bring: No potable water on site
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 in late August. See a video here.
Best Parts: You get a very close vantage right above the left side of the falls.
Worst Parts: The slope down from the parking lot is quite steep at first.
Trailhead coordinates: 52.975191°, -119.363978°
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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