Trip 089 - July 4, 2015 (Saturday)
Babcock Falls Visit
Near Tumbler Ridge BC
Liked: The waterfall, the ability to get to the bottom of the falls, easy path, good access road.
Of note: No cell phone signal, mosquitoes, there is a need to cross an industrial road, the path to the bottom of the waterfall is treacherous.
Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition) Coordinates: Page 44 (Tumbler Ridge) D5. 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, Shipyard & Titanic Trail, Boulder Gardens Hiking Route, Tepee Falls, Town of Tumbler Ridge, Kinuseo Falls, Pinnacle Peak Route Hike, Bullmoose Mine Road & Windfall Creek FSR.
Babcock Falls is a pleasant small waterfall off Core Lodge Road. It's easy to get to the trailhead, and the hike itself takes about 20 minutes. Other than the mosquitoes and an occasional damp spot, there were no issues. However, if you would choose to get from the main observation area to the bottom of the waterfall, you would definitely need hiking boots and poles, despite the entire trip to the bottom taking all of five minutes - it's VERY slippery down there.
1. Check out Boulder Gardens trip report to see how to get to Babcock Falls. The photo below is at the same spot as pictured in photo #8 of Boulder Gardens trip report. Going right at this spot would lead you to Boulder Gardens and Shipyard & Titanic trails, while turning left would lead to Babcock Falls.
2. So, we turned left, and drove on a very good gravel road for about 600 meters.
3. The parking area and the trailhead would be on the left side. Coordinates: N 54'54'515 W 120'58'601. Elevation: 1,345 meters. Driving just a bit further would lead to a cabin and a pit toilet.