Location: Northeastern British Columbia.
Turn onto Sanctuary Road off Highway 29 approximately seven kilometers Northwest of Tumbler Ridge,
then drive for eight kilometers on a gravel road to the trailhead.
Bergeron Creek canyon, interesting side trails, excellent interpretive
and directional signs, few flies.
Of note: Remote wilderness area,
unbarricaded drop-offs, the waterfall underwhelms. Several creek
crossings required. Bergeron Creek might be impassable. Hiking poles and boots are recommended.
Northern BC Backroad Mapbook (3rd edition)
44 (Tumbler Ridge) D1.
Cliffs Trail Hike.
Map and Brochure of Bergeron Falls Hike - PDF file from wnms.ca.
British Columbia Waterfalls Visits.
Bergeron Falls is a very tall waterfall, which, whether
it was because of the small volume of falling water, the grim-looking
Bergeron Falls Canyon, or both, just failed to impress. However, the hike is still very
worthwhile for several reasons, one of them being a picturesque, if
not very large, Bergeron Creek Canyon. Check out wnms.ca link above,
in order to get a better understanding of the map of this trail, as it
is somewhat complicated.
1. To get to Bergeron Falls trailhead,
turn off from Highway 29 about seven kilometers Northwest of
Tumbler Ridge. Here we are driving
Southeast on Highway 29 (from Chetwynd) and getting ready to turn left
onto Sanctuary Road.
Coordinates for the turnoff: N 55⁰08.315' W
BC Highway 29 at Sanctuary Road by Tumbler Ridge British Columbia Canada
2. Sanctuary Road is somewhat rough for the first few
hundred meters, but then gets better.
Photo of Sanctuary Road near Tumbler Ridge BC Canada
3. Here is the better part of Sanctuary Road.
Gravel Road to Bergeron Falls and Bergeron Cliffs Trailhead
4. There is a split after 6.2 km on the gravel road. Stay left to get to
Bergeron Falls (and Bergeron Cliffs) trailhead.
There is also an abandoned house at this split.
Abandoned House on Bergeron Falls and Cliffs Access Road
5. The abandoned house from the other side.
6. A big mess inside the house.
Big Mess Inside and Abandoned House
7. A former bath.
Bathtub inside and abandoned house
8. A former bed.
Bed inside an abandoned house
9. Nearly eight kilometers after turning off Highway 29, we have arrived
to the parking area. The trailhead is on the left side.
Parking Area for Bergeron Falls and Bergeron Cliffs Trails
10. The trailhead. Both Bergeron Falls and Bergeron Cliffs trails start
Bergeron Falls and Cliffs Trailhead by Tumbler Ridge BC Canada
11. At first, the trail climbs steadily and makes you sweat. In ten
minutes, there is a split. Bergeron Cliffs Trail is to the left, and
Bergeron Falls to the right.
Tumbler Ridge Hike -
Bergeron Falls and Bergeron Cliffs Trail Split
12. Soon, the trail becomes a nice level walk in the forest.
Tumbler Ridge Hiking -
Bergeron Falls Trail BC Canada
13. About forty minutes into the hike, the circular route begins. Two
other signs indicate that it would take 2 hours to reach the top of the
Falls (by going left) and 2.5 hours to reach the base of the Falls (by going
took the right path to go counter clockwise, as recommended by a sign
with an arrow.
Bergeron Falls Trail Start of Circular Route
14. You have an option of viewing Bergeron Falls from above, or going to
the bottom of the waterfall, or both. We did both; though, as the sign
below advises, Bergeron Creek may be impassable. In which case, your only
option would be to go left at the circular route start, and see the
waterfall from above.
Hike in Tumbler Ridge Area -
Bergeron Creek Impassable Warning - Bergeron Falls Trail
15. Ten minutes after the beginning of the circular hike, the path
starts going down.
Bergeron Falls Trail by Tumbler Ridge British Columbia Hiking Canada
16. And, soon, there is a good view of Murray River.
Murray River View from Bergeron Falls Trail BC Canada
17. A ridge walk follows.
Walking on the Ridge - Bergeron Falls Trail - Hike in British Columbia
18. And, shortly, there is a sign explaining why a bridge across Bergeron Creek
where it meets Murray River is not going to happen.
Information Sign About the Mouth of Bergeron Creek
19. We are then directed to follow painted stakes for the next 200
BC Hiking -
Bergeron Falls Trail by Tumbler Ridge BC Canada
20. Here are the painted stakes to follow, as we walk along Murray
River, and then cross a tame (this time) Bergeron Creek.
Bergeron Falls Trail Along Murray River BC Canada
21. A sign directs us back into the woods.
Bergeron Falls Trail
22. Ten minutes later, we are at an intersection. Going right would
bypass the canyon. Going left would lead to the canyon, and would
require some scrambling to rejoin the trail. Scrambling isn't too hard,
but, if you don't feel like doing it, you can always retrace your steps
after checking out the canyon, which is, arguably, the best part of the
Photo of Bergeron Falls Trail BC Canada
23. So, we took the path to the left towards the canyon.
Bergeron Falls Trail Towards Bergeron Creek Canyon
24. Walking along Bergeron Creek.
Walking Along Bergeron Creek
25. A fallen tree across the creek.
Bergeron Creek British Columbia Canada
Our Bergeron Falls Hike Trip Report
Continues on Page 2.
Other Trips in
Tumbler Ridge BC Area:
Trip 094 -
Falls Trail Hike
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