With the turn in weather we jumped at the chance to get out hiking. We headed out to Bragg Creek Easter Sunday in hopes of a nice short family walk to get the kids geared up for hiking lots in the summer. We tried to head to Beaver Dam Flats but hadn’t anticipated that the road would be closed beyond Elbow Falls until May 15th. We will head back for that when the road opens.
It was a beautiful day so we had light jackets and runners and hiking boots on. The trail was still covered in a lot of snow that was slushy and muddy in spots as well as slippery. Although my 4 year old managed with runners, my 2 year old wouldn’t have if we hadn’t put boots on him. The kids loved it and there were lots of other families out enjoying the weather but it definitely was not as crowded as it gets in the summer. We avoid this hike in the summer since it can be quite packed!
The falls has a paved trail that runs along the rock and switch-backs along the edge to give you great views below. There are railing, stone walls and nice stone steps built that make it a easy walk. If you head down towards the river there’s a flat trail and several small trails head into the woods back to the parking lot. Washrooms are on site but I didn’t actually check if they were open this time of year.
If you are looking for an introductory hike for the kids that they will find interesting as well as if you have not yet checked this one out (most people will have been here I am sure!) this is a good one. It’s best to get there early in the day to avoid the crowds!
Danielle is mom to a 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son and always looking for fun things to do with the kids. She blogs over at fourdayshome.