Trip 094 - August 3, 2015 (Monday)

Bergeron Falls Trail Hike

Near Tumbler Ridge BC

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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.

Liked: 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) Coordinates: Page 44 (Tumbler Ridge) D1. The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at BackroadMapbooks.com.

Related Trip: 104 - Bergeron Cliffs Trail Hike.

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 Hike, Nesbitt's Knee Falls Trail Hike, Barbour Falls Trail Hike, Holzworth Meadows Hiking Route, Babcock Falls Visit, Shipyard & Titanic Trail Hike, Boulder Gardens Route Hike, Town of Tumbler Ridge, Tepee Falls Trail Hike, Pinnacle Peak Route Hike, Bullmoose Mine Road & Windfall Creek FSR, Kinuseo Falls.

Related Website: Map and Brochure of Bergeron Falls Hike - PDF file from wnms.ca.

26. Soon after the fallen tree, things get really interesting, as you approach the scrambling portion of your canyon diversion. A sign warns not to approach the other side (on the left side of the photo below) due to falling rocks.


Bergeron Creek Canyon

29. So, here we are. It's not possible to get to the ladder without getting your feet wet. But it is relatively easy to use the stones on the right side to go up, while using your hands to grab higher stones to keep your balance.


Bergeron Creek Canyon BC Canada

30. We are going up. Any missed step here would result in an unplanned swim in Bergeron Creek.


Scrambling the Wall of Bergeron Creek Canyon

31. Almost there.


Bergeron Creek Canyon British Columbia Canada

32. And that's the end of the scramble. If, for some reason, after checking out the canyon you would prefer not to climb this wall, simply turn around and, within 10 minutes, you will be at the split shown on photo #22. Then, just take a path to bypass the canyon.


Bergeron Falls Trail Hike - Bergeron Creek Canyon

33. We have by now joined the canyon bypass path and are getting close to Bergeron Falls.


Bergeron Falls Trail Hike By Tumbler Ridge BC Canada

34. You would need to cross Bergeron Creek three times in short order. All three crossings look pretty much the same. Unless the water level is low, like it was today, keeping your feet dry would be difficult. We managed to do stone-hopping, with hiking poles being essential for helping to maintain our balance.


Crossing Bergeron Creek

35. High grey walls provide a somber hiking environment.


Bergeron Falls Trail Hike BC Canada

36. We turned the corner, and there in the distance it was, Bergeron Falls. Took about 2.5 hours from the start of the hike.


Bergeron Falls

37. Looking up.


Bergeron Falls BC Canada

38. Looking down.


Bergeron Falls British Columbia

Here is Our Video of Bergeron Falls and Bergeron Creek:

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39. Didn't spend much time by Bergeron Falls, and headed back, as there was an option to hike up and see this waterfall from above. Passing by the canyon again.


Bergeron Creek Canyon

40. And this is where the canyon bypass meets with the canyon path right after you climb up the canyon wall.


Bergeron Falls Trail Hike BC Canada

41. Soon comes the split where turning left would lead to the upper waterfall view, and turning right would very shortly lead you back to the split seen in photo #22.


Bergeron Falls Trail British Columbia

42. Should you choose to turn left, the path would get moderately steep. We have met a pair of exhausted elderly folks without any hiking poles, and the husband stated "we bit more than we could chew".


Photo of Bergeron Falls Trail Near Tumbler Ridge BC Canada

43. Ten minutes of huffing and puffing, and you get to seat on a bench and watch Bergeron Falls from above.


Bench on Bergeron Falls Trail

44. This waterfall does look somewhat better from above than up close.


Upper View of Bergeron Falls

45. There are more waterfall views further down the path, as well as these signs pleading not to hurt the hikers below and not to hurt yourself.


Bergeron Falls Trail Warning Signs

46. Arguably, the best view of Bergeron Falls.


Bergeron Falls

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47. So, the waterfall wasn't all that great, but the side trips are quite engaging on this hike. One side trip is off the upper falls view path and is called "Dipper Falls."

48. Here is this mini-waterfall, named after a bird.


Dipper Falls

49. A ladder by Dipper Falls.

50. Another side trip is to Hidden Valley.

51. Hidden Valley features this neat stone formation.


Hidden Valley

The entire hike took almost five and a half hours, and included a massive rain thoroughly soaking us on the way back like no other rain ever before. Bergeron Falls was an underwhelming attraction, but the side trips, especially the canyon, certainly make this a recommended hike.


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