Location: Northeastern British Columbia between Dawson Creek and
Tumbler Ridge. Approximately 33 kilometers North of Tumbler Ridge on
The waterfall, easy trailhead access off Hwy 52, fairly easy and short path.
No cell phone signal, some logged out areas by the
trail, steep unbarricaded drop-offs near the waterfall, the trail is
slightly overgrown in parts, which might make your feet wet in the
morning or after the rain. Hiking boots and poles are recommended.
Tepee Falls trailhead starts right off
Highway 52, and goes for three kilometers until it reaches the waterfall
and the view of Murray River. It's a good short hike, but, if you go in
the morning when the dew is still on the grass, your feet are going to
get wet without waterproof boots.
1. We are driving South on Highway 52 between Dawson
Creek and Tumbler Ridge. A sign shows where to park for the Tepee Falls
Highway 52 British Columbia Canada
2. Here is that small parking area.
Tepee Falls Parking Area at Highway 52
3. An information board at the parking area shows the map
of the trail.
Tepee Falls Trail Map
4. The start of Tepee Falls Trail across the highway.
Tepee Falls Trail Start
5. At first, the path goes through some young trees.
Tumbler Ridge Hiking -
Tepee Falls Trail BC Canada
6. Several bridges help to cross the wettest areas.
Hiking in Tumbler Ridge Area -
Bridge on Tepee Falls Trail British Columbia
7. Logging has been done by the trail in recent years.
Logging by Tepee Falls Trail BC Canada
8. Leaning on a friend.
View From Tepee Falls Trail British Columbia
9. The path then goes through a mature forest.
Photo of Tepee Falls - Hiking in British Columbia Canada
10. And, soon, it's time to get your feet wet again.
Rain pants kept the legs dry, but the water-resistant hiking
not do the same for the feet. Fortunately, it's a short trail, so having
wet feet aren't likely to have a substantial impact.
BC Hiking -
Tepee Falls Trail
11. Closer to the end of the trail, a warning arrives
to watch out.
Tepee Falls End of Trail Map
12. Soon, there is a split, with Tepee Creek viewing
to the left, and Tepee Falls Trail to the right.
Tepee Falls Trail BC Canada
13. We went left, and checked out Tepee Creek.
Tepee Creek British Columbia
14. Now going towards the waterfall.
Hike in Tumbler Ridge Area -
Tepee Falls Trail British Columbia
15. The first Tepee Falls view arrives a few hundred
meters before the official viewing area. This first viewpoint is quite
dangerous, as there are no railings at all, and the ground is quite soft
there. The view is not as good as from the official viewing area either.
Tepee Falls BC Canada
Here is Our Video of Tepee Falls Seen From the Path:
16. So, we keep on moving. To go straight here would
lead to Murray River viewpoint, and turning left leads to the Tepee
Path to Tepee Falls British Columbia
17. We turned left, and encountered the steepest part
of the trail. Fortunately, there are steps to assist with descent.
Descent to Tepee Falls Observation Area
18. The end of trail sign. It turns out this waterfall
completely freezes in the winter, allowing ice climbers to do their
Tepee Falls End of Trail
19. There are barricades at the official viewpoint to
keep children at bay, but, for the best view, you have to go beyond the
barricades - watch your step, if you would choose to do so, as it's quite
dangerous out there.
Tepee Falls British Columbia
20. This might be better.
Here is Our Video of Tepee Falls From Observation Area:
23. At the viewpoint, there is a rough path to the
bottom of Tepee Falls.
Path to the Bottom of Tepee Falls
Unless you decide to go to the bottom of the
waterfall, the round trip to the viewpoints and back should take just
over two hours. This is an easy hike which leads to neat views - just
watch out for those unbarricaded drop-offs.