Trip 162 - July 19, 2019 (Friday)
Odegaard Falls Trail Hike
Near Bella Coola / Hagensborg British Columbia
Central Coast of British Columbia, approximately 48 kilometers
East of the town of Bella Coola via Highway 20 (23 kilometers) and then
Nusatsum Forest Service Road (25 kilometers).
Liked: Odegaard Falls, Nusatsum River Falls, a neat forest.
Of Note: Nusatsum FSR is very rough - high-clearance vehicles only, 2WD vehicles may not make it all the way. Creeks are damaging the road at 21.2 and 21.5 km of the FSR. The bridge is out at 21.5 km – creek crossing is required. Logging trucks may be present. Vegetation is too close to the road in some spots – your vehicle would likely get scratched. Some bugs. Hiking poles and boots are recommended.
Cariboo Chilcotin Coast BC Backroad Mapbook (4th edition) Trailhead Coordinates: Page 23 (Turner Lake) B3.
Related Trip Report: 130 - BC Highway 20 (Williams Lake to Bella Coola).
Odegaard Falls cascades several hundred meters down the mountain face.
It is a very impressive sight. But to get to it, one would have to
navigate a complicated Nusatsum Forest Service Road, which may get
washed out at any moment. The logging operation is taking place before
the spots where the creeks are eroding the FSR, so, chances are, if the
road goes, it won't be fixed any time soon. If you do manage to get to
the trailhead, you would be treated to a short (20 minutes) and easy path through a
neat forest. The waterfall then could be easily observed from a bridge.
Or, you may proceed to the end of the trail, though that would require
navigating a steeper terrain. An
additional 25 minutes is all it would take to get to the top viewpoint,
and the total hike would hardly be much longer than 1.5 hours round trip
time. You would definitely spend more time driving on Nusatsum FSR to
and from the trailhead.
1. We are Eastbound on BC Highway 20, with Bella Coola about 23 kilometers behind us, and Hagensborg about 5 kilometers behind. Getting ready to make a right turn immediately before the bridge onto Nusatsum Forest Service Road. Coordinates: N 53’23’292 W 126’27’670. Elevation: 121 meters.
2. The start of Nusatsum FSR. Slides have been cleared, but a washout can happen at any moment. Zero your odometer at the start of the FSR, if you want to follow the mileage markers in this trip report.
3. Nusatsum Forest Service Road is very rough, and driving at speeds exceeding 25 km/h is unlikely. Stay right at the split at 13.5 km mark, pictured below. The sign would say "13 km" very shortly, but it's off by a few hundred meters.
4. There are not too many good views for the first 20 or so kilometers of Nusatsum FSR, but here is a good view from one of the several bridges.
5. Beware of logging trucks. As of the time of writing, there was a logging operation ongoing at about the 11 km mark of Nusatsum FSR. Also, note, that this forest service road is brushed in here and there, so your vehicle would likely get scratched.
6. There is an especially nasty spot, at about the 20 km mark, and it lasts for close to 500 meters - it's very steep there, with loose stones. Here is a photo of an ATV we met on the way back - it's on top of that hill, which we are about to descend. Note the loose stones behind the ATV - the entire hill is made of those, and this is where some 2WD vehicles may not be able to go any further.
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