Trip 084 - June 27, 2015 (Saturday)

Christina Falls Trail Hike

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Location:
Northeastern British Columbia. Turn off Highway 97 (Alaska Highway) onto Upper Halfway Road approximately nine kilometers South 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.

Liked: 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.

Other Hikes Off Alaska Highway: Sikanni River Trail Hike, Sikanni Chief Falls.

Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition) Coordinates: Page 65 (Hudson's Hope) C4-B4-A3. The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at BackroadMapbooks.com.

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 good view.


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's quite steep there. Made for quite a challenge pushing the bicycle up on the way back.


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 presented quite a challenge, 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, my foot went in knee-deep, and I 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 the left.


Turnoff to Christina Falls

32. There are some other trails in the area, 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 park 20-25 ATVs. But, alas, the waterfall itself, while quite large, is, for the most part, obscured by the mountain. 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:

A Complete 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 (mud) cake.

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