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 waterfall.
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 recommended.
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20. Numerous mud holes like this one slowed us down.
Mud Hole Christina Falls Trail BC Canada
21. One hour fifteen minutes into the hike, the first
Lake View Christina Falls Trail British Columbia
22. Soon after that there is a split. Stay right.
Christina Falls Trail BC Canada
23. After that, there is the steepest part of the
trail. The photograph does not quite convey the grade, but it sure is
steep there. Made for quite a challenge pushing the bicycle up on the
Photo of Christina Falls Trail BC Canada
24. Then, you start walking along Graham River, and are
rewarded with this neat view.
Graham River BC Canada
25. This next mud hole turned out to be a
and forced us to go through the bushes on the left.
Mud Hole Christina Falls Trail
26. The arrival of the burned forest. Ironically, the
path was quite dry here, as no tree leaves blocked the sun from taking
care of the mud.
Burned Forest Christina Falls Trail British Columbia Canada
27. Then, there are more mud holes, before the most
dangerous part of the trail arrives - there is a mini-swamp there -
watch out! There are side trails around it, but they are not very
obvious. The ground looks deceptively dry, until it's too late - at one
point, our foot went in knee-deep, and we had to crawl out before finding
drier ground. Most of that swamp is behind us on the photo below, but
here is a part of it.
Swampy Area Christina Falls Trail BC Canada
28. Having survived the swamp, the best mountain view
of the hike is on the left.
Mountain View Christina Falls Trail
29. Alas, this would be the only view of that
mountain. Slightly zoomed in.
30. And, soon after that, a good lake view.
Lake View Christina Falls Trail British Columbia Canada
31. As the mud holes were getting to be too much, we
left the bicycle about four kilometers before the waterfall and started
hiking. One and a half kilometers prior to Christina Falls, there is a turnoff to
Turnoff to Christina Falls
32. There are some other trails nearby, as we are
on the outskirts of Muskwa-Kechika Management Area.
Muskwa-Kechika Management Area Information Stand
33. But, we only had time for the waterfall, so that's
where we went.
Road to Christina Falls BC Canada
34. Finally, five and a half hours after the start, we
have reached Christina Falls.
Coordinates: N 56'32'892 W 123'06'465.
Elevation: 1,016 meters. There is a large flat area there, sufficient to
ATVs. But, alas, the waterfall itself, while quite large, is,
for the most part, obscured by the rock face. And it's better to come
earlier in the morning, as otherwise the sun would be in your eyes when
checking out the waterfall. To see the most of what's available from
this viewpoint, one has to step on this edge - be very careful, as the
drop-off is substantial.
35-36. So, yeah, Christina Falls.
Christina Falls British Columbia Canada
37. Perhaps, there is a way to get a better look by
walking around the canyon, but we had neither time nor desire to go
any further. Nice canyon view, though, eh?
Christina Falls Canyon BC Canada
38. Speaking of the steep drop-off...
Here is Our Video of Christina Falls and The Canyon:
List of Our Videos
Then, there was the most exhausting five hour-long trip
back ever, so, from this perspective, this sure was an unforgettable
hike. Unless the ground is much drier, this trail is not recommended at
all. Unless you have an ATV, that is, and enjoy playing in the mud. In which
case, the view of Christina Falls just might be a cherry on top of your
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