Trip 085 - July 1, 2015 (Wednesday)

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Tepee Falls Trail Hike

Near Tumbler Ridge BC


Location:
Northeastern British Columbia between Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge. Approximately 33 kilometers North of Tumbler Ridge on Highway 52.

Liked: The waterfall, easy trailhead access off Hwy 52, fairly easy and short path.

Of note: 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 rain. Hiking boots and poles are recommended.

Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition) Coordinates: Page 58 (Groundbirch) D6. The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at BackroadMapbooks.com.

Other trips in Tumbler Ridge Area: Bootski Lake Trail Hike, Mount Clifford Trail Hike, Cowmoose Mountain Trail Hike, Windfall Lake Trail Hike, Stone Corral Trail Hike, Monkman Falls, Bergeron Cliffs Trail Hike, Bergeron Falls, Nesbitt's Knee Falls, Barbour Falls, Holzworth Meadows Hiking Route, Babcock Falls, Shipyard & Titanic Trail Hike, Boulder Gardens Route Hike, Town of Tumbler Ridge, Kinuseo Falls, Pinnacle Peak Route Hike, Bullmoose Mine Road & Windfall Creek FSR.

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Tepee Falls trailhead starts right off Highway 52, and the trail then 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.

1. We are driving South on Highway 52 between Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge. A sign shows where to park for the Tepee Falls trail.


Highway 52 British Columbia Canada

2. And here is that small parking area.


Tepee Falls Parking Area at Highway 52

3. Information stand at the parking area shows the map of the trail.


Tepee Falls Trail Map

4. The start of the trail across the highway.


Tepee Falls Trail Start

5. At first, you go through some young trees.


Tepee Falls Trail BC Canada

6. Several bridges help to cross the wettest areas.


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 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 boots could 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.


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.


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:

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16. So, we keep on moving. To go straight here would lead to Murray River viewpoint, and turning left leads to the Tepee Falls viewpoint.


Path to Tepee Falls British Columbia

17. We turned left, and encountered the steepest part of the trail. Fortunately, there are steps to assist your 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 thing.


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.


Tepee Falls

Here is Our Video of Tepee Falls From Observation Area:

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21. Nice cliff view nearby.


Cliff View by Tepee Falls British Columbia

22. We then checked out Murray River viewpoint.


Murray River Viewpoint

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.


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