Trip 139 - August 10, 2018 (Friday)

Hixon Falls and Chutes

Near Hixon, British Columbia, Canada


Location
: Off Highway 97 in Central British Columbia, near a small town of Hixon, which by itself is located halfway between Quesnel (to the South) and Prince George (to the North), approximately 60 kilometers from each town.

Liked: Relatively easy access off Highway 97, short easy trails, waterfall view, chute view, no bugs.

Of Note: The waterfall trail is very popular, a high-clearance vehicle may be needed to reach the trailhead, semi-dangerous rock-hopping across the creek is required to get the best views, hiking poles and boots are recommended (highly recommended, if rock-hopping is planned).

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast BC Backroad Mapbook (4th edition) Approximate Falls Location: Page 56 (Hixon) D3. The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available for purchase at BackroadMapbooks.com.

A very pleasant surprise awaits anyone travelling on Highway 97 in Central British Columbia, when they drive through the town of Hixon. Less than four kilometers from the highway, there are two short trails: one to a neat waterfall, and the other to some "chutes", which is a narrowing in a gorge, making creek water flow faster. There is only one such chute with an easy access, but it's a good one. The road leading to both trailheads (they are two hundred meters apart) is gravel, a bit narrow and with steep drop-offs, and contains some potholes which may not be to the liking of low-clearance vehicles. The chutes trail was all ours, as it doesn't seem to be all that popular. On the contrary, within 30 minutes that we spent on the waterfall trail, we have met five different groups of people, the majority of them children, some of whom carried floatation devices to enjoy a cool pool of water below the waterfall. This trail is, in fact, so popular, that a travel advisor recommended it to us when we asked for trails "around Prince George" in the Prince George Tourist Information Centre, 60 kilometers to the North of Hixon. He said it was one of his favourites.

1. We are Northbound on Highway 97, North of Quesnel, on a very smoky day.

2. Once in Hixon, watch for this bridge. You would need to make a right turn shortly after crossing it.

3. And here is that right turn from Highway 97 onto Hixon Creek Road. Coordinates: N 53'25'318 W 122'35'251.

4. Hixon Creek Road's asphalt soon turns into gravel, and is in a good shape, save for some potholes. A high-clearance vehicle may be required. Stay left at the split pictured below at the 2.0 km mark.

5. 3.8 kilometers after turning from Highway 97, make a left turn at this T-junction.

6. The parking area for Hixon Falls would be straight ahead, with the trail starting at the far end of the parking area. Coordinates: N 53'26'890 W 122'33'589. Elevation: 634 meters.

7. It's a short trail, 10 minutes or so.

8. The only obstacle is a short steep descent and climb, which became necessary after this bridge called it quits.

9. Getting closer to Hixon Falls.

10. And there it is, in the distance.

11. A neat natural scene near the waterfall.

12. And here is a pool, so beckoning on a hot day like today.

13. Initially, the waterfall is substantially obstructed by the rock face and vegetation, so hopping on these stones is required to get a good view. This is where hiking boots and, especially, poles, would come very handy.

14. If you do get across, Hixon Falls would appear in all its glory. Looks almost tropical, doesn't it.

15. Zooming in.


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16. Now it's time to visit Hixon Chutes. The parking area for the trailhead is two hundred meters back on Hixon Creek Road. You would drive past this place en route to Hixon Falls trailhead. The trail starts straight ahead - a small opening can be observed in the trees.

17. The Chutes trail has a larger elevation change, that the Falls trail, which hardly has any. That said, the Chutes trail is easy to hike, and it takes about 10 minutes as well.

18. Unlike the Falls trail, the Chutes trail has some fallen trees, so ducking skills are required to reach your destination.

19. The end of the Chutes trail also features a pool of water.

20. The main attraction is the chute which is the easiest to see. Rock hopping is required here as well.

21. Neat.

22. Looking back.

23. And here is a part of what you would need to tackle to see the views above.

Hixon Falls and Chutes are two easy trails which lead to good views. The popularity of this destination is certainly justified.


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