Trip 089 - July 4, 2015 (Saturday)

Babcock Falls Visit

Near Tumbler Ridge BC


Location:
Northeastern British Columbia, about 35 kilometers Southeast of Tumbler Ridge.

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.


Babcock Falls Parking Area

4. Shortly after the beginning of Babcock Falls trail.


Babcock Falls Trail British Columbia Canada

5. A sign requests you to be careful, in case there is traffic on the road you are about to cross.


Babcock Falls Trail Industrial Traffic Warning

6. There are several boardwalks on the trail to keep your feet dry.


Babcock Falls Trail Boardwalk

7. Kudos to volunteers who installed these boardwalks.


Babcock Falls Trail Volunteers

8. The path is quite easy, with very little elevation change.


Photo of Babcock Falls Trail Province of British Columbia Canada

9. In just over twenty minutes you are there. Several information placards show interesting facts about Babcock Falls.


Babcock Falls Area in the Winter

10. Babcock Falls from the main observation area. Coordinates: N 54'54'489 W 120'57'718. Elevation: 1,306 meters.


Babcock Falls British Columbia Canada

11. Now with a bit of a zoom.


Babcock Falls by Tumbler Ridge BC Canada

Here is our video of Babcock Falls from the observation area:

12. If you feel adventurous and are properly equipped, why not check out the bottom of the waterfall.


Babcock Falls End of Trail Sign

13. The path is steep, but short.


Path to the Bottom of Babcock Falls

14. In the middle of the path to the bottom of the waterfall, you get what could be the best view of Babcock Falls.


Babcock Falls British Columbia Canada

15. Once you get to the very slippery bottom, the view is not nearly as good.


View From The Bottom of Babcock Falls

16. Looking left.


Babcock Falls BC Canada

17. Lots of water.


Babcock Falls

Here is our video of Babcock Falls from the bottom:

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While hardly a destination by itself, Babcock Falls could be a good side trip when you come to hike Boulder Gardens, Shipyard & Titanic, or other nearby trails.

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