Jura Creek
An unofficial path leads along and in Jura Creek, through some awesome canyons.

Axel and I headed out for a short day with some cool geology!


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We followed the creek through the canyon, past the false fault, through the upper canyon, and a little further down the open valley.

The unofficial parking area is just inside the turn for the Exshaw Continental Lime plant.
Parking where you see the creek, the trail starts up the large washout bed.
I strongly recommend going late in the fall when the water level is low, and you can walk right through the creek the entire way.
I came once before, earlier in the year, and we had to view a number of the most awesome canyon sections from above.
Within a few hundred metres, the washout plain narrows to a tiny canyon, remniscient of something you might find in Utah, rather than Alberta.

View from parking area on highway 1A.

Starting up the large washout plain.

Rachel and Axel at the beginning of the creek.

Axel sneaking under an obstacle.

Neatly broken rocks in the wide canyon.

Rachel considers diving into the raging creek.

The canyon narrows.

Axel coming through the narrow part.

Barely flowing creek in the narrows.

Axel walks a log through a deep spot in the creek

One of the logs that enables a walk right through the canyon.

All too quickly, the canyon is over, and the creek opens up again to a wide stream.
For a while there is no visible water at all, as with this wide an area it is all under the rock.
There are some neat outcroppings of rock along the way, but it doesn't get really interesting again until the false fault, a little furhter.

The valley opens again. Loder Peak ahead at right.

Tinted water in a puddle

Great coloured rock breaking out.

Piglet thinks geology is pretty cool.

One of the neat parts of this trail, and the main highlight of frequent geology field trips for a while, is the false fault.
For years students were brought up the creek to view the wonderfuly exposed fault - until someone realized it wasn't.
It's still a very cool exposure with Exshaw shale and siltstone eroded from over Palliser dolomite.

The false fault.

Closer view.

Exposure, and leeching colour in the Palliser.

Awesomely coloured mineral leech inthe rock.

Axel walking up the Palliser side near the creekflow.

Very interestingly, the water flows down the dolomite in a series of pools, which themselves spill out of a mini-canyon.
There were a few pools too deep to cross in the upper canyon, but we were able to climb in in a few places, and look down on the rest.
This canyon is not near as deep as the first one, but the walls are still very cool.

The series of pools from above.

Axel hops along the pools.

Axel looking down at the upper canyon.

Walls of the upper canyon.

Rachel enters the upper canyon.

Upper canyon looks like a luge track...

More luge.

We continued to walk a little further up the valley, but there is nothing else of much interest in the valley bottom,
so we turned around and went back through the canyons.

Morrowmount at the head of the valley.

Loder Peak from our turnaround point.

More tight canyon on the way back.

A windy section of the lower canyon.

Interesting fossilized track.

A fossil of a something!

Photos taken by Axel and Rachel.

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