Beauty Creek (AB) V

Steep pool drop creek. All of the drops can be scouted on the hike up. For the most part it is possible to pick and choose which drops you would like to run, however a rope is essential unless you have ninja skills to get out of the canyon in certain places, including the take out.

Put in below Stanley Falls (the beautiful ~20m drop at the top of the canyon), which has yet to be run but may be possible. There are 8 drops and slides to the take out.

1. Stanley Falls

2. Double Drop/Cascade - a slide/drop with a ledge halfway down pushing into an undercut river left. Watch your spine at low flows.

3. Lumbarsis - 10m vertical into a pool with an undercut on the left. Once again, watch your spine. After Lumbarsis the river enters a tighter canyon which essentially commits you to the next few drops

4. Sloper - a 5m steep drop into a hole with varying stickiness depending on flow.

5. Cannon Fodder - a drop over a log jam. At really low flows it may just be a log jam.

6. The Second Falls - A super sweet auto boof into a pool if you can catch the left side outcropping.

After this drop it is possible to exit the canyon.

7. Hat-Trick - a triple drop with some mank that torpedoes you out the slot at the bottom into yet another pool.

8. Sketchy triple drop seen in Twitch - 2m verticle into a hole, into a slide, then off a 5m drop into the pool. Exiting the canyon at this point requires at least a hand line.

Below the eighth drop the canyon becomes super tight and extra log choked grade VI. Portage the canyon and put in at the remains of the bridge to get back to the highway.

River Alerts

If this space is blank there have been no alerts posted for this specific river.

Map

The symbols can be clicked on and provide some simple explanations of why they are there. You can also use the symbols to get directions from Google Maps to the put in/takeout. A handy thing!

Please be advised that the location of the parking is correct but the exact take out and put in may be off a bit due to poor google earth resolution and poor kayaker not having GPS. Please improve on this if you have the beta

Run Information

Takeout

From Jasper head South on Hwy 93 for 88Km. The highway will enter a large gravel flats/flood plain. Watch for a pull out on the East side of the highway where you'll see a very tiny hiking sign and 2 culverts directing the low volume grade I Beauty Creek under the highway to its confluence with the Sunwapta River on the West side of the highway.

Put In

From your vehicle at the take out you must hike. Follow the small trail out to the old highway bed and then South to the remains of the bridge over Beauty Creek. Follow the trail upstream for ~2Km to Stanley falls. Enjoy the view and put in below the falls.

Character

Pool drop creeking

Roughly 4km, Half_Day

Gradient

Unknown

Flow Information

Flows in the spring and early summer, mostly due to snow melt. There is no gauge so flow must be assessed in the canyon which is only a 15 minute hike without a kayak.

Low flows are bony, high flows are gnarly. Make your assessment when you see it.

Gauge

No Gauge

Media

Beauty Creek at extremely low flow. Drops featured: Cascade, Lumbarsis, and Hat Trick:

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