Jura Creek

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Distance - 3.8km each way Elevation gain - 200m
1.5 hours ascent / 1 hour descent (moving)

Erin, Neil, and I hiked up Jura Creek to check it out for the winter.
The most exciting part of Jura Creek is the first kilometre, as the creek goes through a neat tight canyon.
We put our microspikes on for the ice walking here, and they are useful but not critical.

Starting into the canyon.

Erin and Neil on the icce.

The awesome tight section.

Erin and Neil at the top of the lower canyon.

Hiking through the section many people have to bypass due to water in the summer.

The melting water has formed streams on top of the ice.

Looking down a meltwater hole.

Once past the canyon, the creek opens up into a 2-3km section without much excitement.
There are views of Door Jamb and Loder to the east, and Exshaw Ridge to the west, but not much happens in the creek.
With the warm, sloshy snow, it was somewhat slow going and a bit of a pain at times when we sunk through the snow.
The best route switched back and forth between the snow and rocks, so we took off our spikes and just hiked it.
In colder conditions, the going would be easier with more supportive snow.

Hiking up the creek with Exshaw Ridge above.

The middle section of the creek.

The final section of Jura Creek, and the reason for enduring the boring part, is the False Fault and the Upper Canyon.
The False Fault is an exposure of the boundary between the Palliser Limestone to Exshaw Shale to Banff Formation Sandstone.
It's a neat spot, both for the Exshaw Shale, and the water-carved formations along the limestone.
We hiked up the limestone to get a view of the Upper Canyon just above the exposure, which was snowed in, but still very luge-track.
Especially in winter, the hike up the limestone isn't quite a hike, but if you're comfortable on rock, it's pretty straightforward.

The False Fault.

Erin and Neil hike up the limestone.

Fun rockwalking.

Erin prepares to slide the upper canyon.

Looking down on the Upper Canyon.

The valley continues upstream, but with little of interest.

Hiking back down the rocks.

Erin descends the limestone.

Typical hiking through the valley.

Hiking back down.

Photos taken by Rachel

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