Myra Falls

April 26, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

On my drive to Lower Myra Falls in Strathcona Park, the sun was shining but the morning was cold. The temperature sure cooled down from last week. It was only 4*C when I left my place and when I arrived at the parking lot at the south end of Buttle Lake, the temperature dropped to 1*C. I took a jog down the trail and arrived at Lower Myra Falls in less than 5 minutes. There was a lot of water flowing over the bedrock although I've seen greater flows before but the cold temperatures up in the mountains have stemmed the melting of snow. I wandered about over the exposed slippery rock but a lot was submerged under water. A lot of mist was rising up blocking the sun at times so the lighting was nice to photograph but it didn't last long as the heat from the sun dissipated the mist as I headed back up the trail.

A large portion of the bedrock in under water from high spring runoffs

I always enjoy visiting the Lower Falls but needed more exercise so I drove through the Myra Falls Mine site to the parking area for the Upper Myra Falls. The first part of the walk is uneventful as it involves walking on the gravel private road for about 15 minutes before the actual trail head is reached. There was some fallen debris around the entrance and throughout the walk there was about 4 fallen trees across the trail. Some portions of the trail are wet and small creeks are flowing in the forest.

The sun basically killed any good photos as it produced a lot of bright spots in the forest. There was one huge boulder lying near the trail; similar to the one on the Elk River Trail but not quite as big.

Standing beside a boulder in the forest.

The trail is in good shape except for the deadfalls however most are fairly easy to get by. A nice wooden footbridge spans a creek which is jammed by fallen trees and the water spills over them creating nice waterfalls.

I passed the unmarked route which goes down to the creek. The only indication of the path is red markers on trees below otherwise it is not officially marked because the trail is basically nonexistent due to overgrowth and lots of deadfalls. There is no sign to indicate that the trail is there and it is easily missed due to all the debris. Not far from there, the trail eventually heads downhill and I could hear the noise from the Upper Falls. A big fallen tree lay at an angle blocking the path. Since most of the tree was devoid of branches and the bark slippery from water, it was a bit difficult getting over it since the diameter was large enough that I couldn't quite stretch my legs all the way over.

Upper Myra Falls

There is a small platform in the shaded forest and a bench to sit and relax. Upper Myra Falls is not as spectacular as some of the other falls in the park but it makes a pleasant walk in the shaded forest. I contemplated taking the abandon route down to the creek in the forest when I reached the point where it led off but decided against it. As I remembered, last time I sat near the creek, there was a cold draft which arose from the flowing water. It would be nice in summer when its hot but not today.

When I got back to the parking lot, I drove to my favorite spot near the shores of Buttle Lake. I had to slow down for a small black bear crossing the road. It appeared confused at first then started running but not very fast. It hesitated about heading down the steep bank on the opposite side; maybe because it was too steep but it disappeared as I drove by.

I ate my lunch beside the lakeshore and saw that the water level had risen further up along the shoreline. The highest I've seen in a few years. After lunch, I drove to another favorite spot of mine and headed down the steep bank to the waters of the lake then headed along the shrinking shoreline and through some tangled roots of a tree to reach my resting spot. One of the cut trees along the lakeshore formed a partial barrier so I collected driftwood and placed it along the side to provide some privacy and shelter from the wind. Compared to last week, the water level had risen and if it rises anymore, my resting spot could be under water.

All videos and photos taken with a 15mm fish-eye lens therefore there is distortion (curvature) which is a natural aspect of the lens.




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