Over thousands of years, the Maligne River has worn deep chasms throughout the limestone canyon – some deeper than 50 metres. It is one of the deepest river canyons found in the Canadian Rockies. Maligne Valley has one of the most extensive “karst systems” in the world. A “karst” is a formation of caves above and below the water level.
Several bridges cross the river allowing hikers to look down into the gorges. The paths were well-worn and easy to traverse. The beginning of the trip was downhill – which seemed pretty easy so our pace was relatively quick. Unfortunately, the uphill return portion was a bit more of a struggle at a much slower speed. I tend to use photo taking as a delay tactic whenever I need a breather. I took 65 pictures during this hike.