Location: Northeastern British Columbia, North of Fort St. John. Turn off Highway 97
(Alaska Highway) onto Upper Halfway Road approximately nine kilometers South of
the town of
Wonowon (mile 101 of Alaska Highway). Proceed for 54.7 km, and then take
Graham River Road. At 64.6 km mark take the road to the right (Upper
Graham FSR). At 96.7 km turn to the right onto Christina Falls Trail
access road. The trail begins approximately 4.5 km after that.
One good river view, a remote mountain view, the canyon by the
Of note: Remote area, no
cell phone signal, brutal mosquitoes, numerous deep and wide mud holes
make this trail hardly suitable for anything but
ATVs, unless the ground
is dry. Mini-swamp on the trail. Dangerous waterfall viewing area. Hiking boots and poles are
Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition)
65 (Hudson's Hope) C4-B4-A3.
Other Hikes Off Alaska Highway:
Trail Hike, Sikanni Chief Falls.
Until we hiked Christina Falls trail, the honour for
being the most exhausting hike belonged to
But Christina Falls now takes the first place in this category hands
down. It took 10.5 hours for a 40+ kilometer round trip, and that's with
a bicycle helping to save some time. Getting around the mud holes,
fighting off the mosquitoes, and a rather hot day made us tired even
before we reached the waterfall. By the time we got back, we were barely
moving. Where's an ATV when you need one...
1. We are on Highway 97 (Alaska Highway) North of Fort
Alaska Highway North of Fort St. John BC Canada
2. Shortly before the town of Wonowon (Mile 101), prepare to turn
onto Upper Halfway Road. The sign would say "Halfway / Graham River".
The next sign would say "Halfway River First Nation".
Highway 97 (Alaska Highway) North Near the Turnoff to Upper Halfway Road
3. Here is the turnoff. Lots of various signs there.
Coordinates: N 56'40'385 W 121'41'642. Zero your odometer after you turn.
Alaska Highway Turnoff to Upper Halfway Road BC Canada
4. Now you are on Upper Halfway Road. There are five
or six cattle guards along the way, which look like prison bars on the
road surface. These prevent cows from going any further, and would give
you quite a jar, unless you slow down to about 10-15 km/h. There are
signs before each cattle guard, giving plenty of time to reduce your
Upper Halfway Road British Columbia Canada
5. Upper Halfway Road has few good views, this being
one of them.
Photo of Upper Halfway Road BC Canada
6. At the 54.4 km mark, there is a bridge across
Bridge Across Halfway River on Upper Halfway Rd BC Canada
7. After the bridge the asphalt ends, and gravel
begins. You are also at a 3-way split. To the left is Halfway-Graham
Recreation Site. To the right is the continuation of Upper Halfway Road.
And straight ahead is Graham River Road, which is where we went to get
to Christina Falls. See the big sign ahead?
Upper Halfway Road Split With Graham River Road
8. Here is that sign up close. A few meters later
there is another sign, which advertises Graham River RV Park further
down. If you are interested in weekly or monthly only
camping with full
hook-ups, showers, laundry, and two VIP cabins, the sign directs you
turn left at km 66, and/or to call 250-772-5034.
Start of Graham River Road BC Canada
9. Graham River Road features mostly smooth gravel
surface. The first few kilometers, though, you are likely to encounter a
lot of traffic, as there is what appears to be a gas plant in that area.
The oncoming vehicles raise a lot of dust - watch out for more vehicles
coming out of that dust rather unexpectedly.
Graham River Road British Columbia Canada
10. The split below came when the odometer said 64.6,
but the mileage marker stated 66. Here you would either turn left onto
Wet Creek Road (Backroad Mapbook calls it West Creek Road) to get to
Graham River RV Park, or turn right to continue towards Christina Falls.
Wet Creek Road Split With Upper-Graham FSR British Columbia Canada
11. The sign right after we took the road to the
right. Now you are on Halfway-Graham Forest Service Road.
Halfway-Graham FSR Start
12. At the 96.7 km mark (on the odometer, anyway)
there is a turnoff onto an FSR which leads to Christina Falls. If you
miss this turn, you won't go too far. Halfway-Graham FSR ends 4.5 km
later, 700 meters past Crying Girl Campground. So, if you find yourself
by Crying Girl, turn around, drive for 3.8 km, and look for this
Christina Falls turnoff.
Coordinates for the turnoff: N 56'27'954 W
Halfway-Graham FSR Turnoff to Christina Falls Trail Access Road
13. There are no signs directing you to Christina
Falls. The first indication that you are going in the right direction
arrives when you turn onto this new FSR and see this sign.
Christina Falls Trail Warning Sign
ATV riders seem to unload their rides at a staging
area right after the turnoff. But we proceeded further.
Christina Falls Trail Access Road
15. About four kilometers later, there is a large
parking area, after which the road deteriorates, and soon ends
completely. So, we parked before this ditch.
Coordinates: N 56'28'605. W
123'01'394. The good news is that, if the road surface is dry, even a low-clearance 2WD would make it
at least to Christina Falls FSR turnoff seen on photo #12. The bad news
is that, unless you have an ATV, you are going to fight this trail, if
it's not dry. And here we are at the end of June already. Perhaps, in
mid to late August the situation would improve for hikers?
Christina Falls Access Road - End of 2WD Access
16. So, we jumped on a bicycle and took off. But not
for long. A few hundred meters later, the first creek crossing.
Christina Falls Trail BC Canada
17. Dismount, take off the boots and socks, cross the
creek, wipe the feet dry, put on socks and boots, move on.
Creek Crossing Christina Falls Trail BC Canada
18. Several minutes later, repeat at creek crossing
Christina Falls Trail Creek Crossing
19. Shortly thereafter, time to do it again. We could
have walked around this mud hole on foot, but it was not possible to do
so while pushing a bicycle, due to the underbrush being too thick on either
Christina Falls Trail Mud Hole
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