Three years ago, before the 2013 floods, I had a wonderful hike up Three Sisters Creek and posted the report here. Things have changed, and I can no longer recommend going past the waterfall at 1.8K.
Tessa and I did the hike on Wednesday(May 20), and I am sad to say it’s probably the last time we’ll ever go beyond the waterfall.
It’s still a nice hike to the waterfall, despite the excavation which has completely changed the landscape bordering Three Sisters Creek. As before the floods, it’s quite a challenge to get past the waterfall, but now it’s hardly worth it. The old trail has been destroyed and the creek bed is strewn with boulders and deadfall and is not what I’d describe as pleasant hiking. An obstacle course would be accurate.
I was expecting to see some changes, but the destruction was more complete than I had imagined. Amazingly, even the waterfall has changed course. Read the description of this hike and look at the photos from 2012, then compare to the present day photos.
Tessa and I went as far as the forks at 3K, and not wanting to retrace my steps, we struggled up the drainage towards Ship’s Prow for about 300 metres, climbed a very steep bank, and returned through the forest high above the creek.
We started the hike on the extreme eastern trailhead of the Highline trail at Hubman Landing in Canmore.