South-Central British Columbia, approximately 81
kilometers from 100 Mile House via Highway 97 (for 2 km), Canim-Hendrix
Lake Road (for 34 km), Canim Lake South Road (for 25 km), Mahood Lake
Road (for 15 km), and Mahood Lake Road North (for 5 km).
Deception Falls views, a fairly short
and easy trail.
Steep unbarricaded drop-offs at the
best waterfall viewpoints. Hiking boots and poles are recommended. Some
mosquitoes present. The
trail is popular.
Deception Falls Trail is located about five kilometers away from
Mahood Lake Campground of Wells Gray Provincial Park. Once you reach
the campground, a rather rough road leads to Deception Falls trailhead
past Canim River trailhead (which leads to some badly collapsed old
shacks), and Whale Lake trailhead (which leads to a fishing lake). Deception
Falls, which is a part of Deception Creek, is a very impressive waterfall, though it certainly is
overshadowed by the magnificence of
Canim Falls, located less than fifteen kilometers away. Deception
Falls Trail is also more difficult to get to, and more challenging to
hike than Canim Falls Trail. That said, plenty of people hike to
Deception Falls, and this trail is certainly quite popular.
1. We start with the photo of the entrance to Mahood Lake Campground.
This is the same photograph as photo # 15 of that trip report, so
check it out
for directions on getting up to this point from BC Highway 97 near 100
Mile House. The campground itself is to the right, and to the left is
Mahood Lake Road North, which leads to Canim River Trail, Whale Lake
Trail, and Deception Falls Trail. See a dark-coloured sign to the left of the red
sign in the middle of the photo?
British Columbia Wells-Gray Provincial Park Mahood Lake Campground
2. Here is that sign up close. Note, that the indicated distances are
incorrect, especially to the last two trails. It's 700 meters from here
to Canim River trailhead, 1.9 km to Whale Lake trailhead, and 4.9 km to
Deception Falls trailhead.
Mahood Lake North Road Start
3. The roads from Highway 97 to Mahood Lake Campground are fairly
decent, and can be tackled by just about any vehicle. However, Mahood
Lake Road North is much rougher, and is suitable to high clearance
vehicles only (2WD ok).
Mahood Lake Road North near 100 Mile House BC Canada
4. Canim River trailhead is on the left side, 700 meters after the start
of Mahood Lake Road North. The sign says the trail is 500 meters long.
We hiked for over a kilometer and saw nothing of interest. Wondering
what's going on, we went back, and stumbled upon three badly collapsed
and overgrown shacks, about 500 meters from the trailhead. Backroad
Mapbook, indeed, states that the trail leads to "remains of an early
homestead." Alas, the shacks are in such a bad shape that there is
nothing to see. Thus, Canim River Trail could be considered as providing
a way for the fishermen to access the river. That said, the trail kept
going along the river, so who knows where it eventually leads.
Canim River Trailhead off Mahood Lake Road North
5. Here is one of the busted shacks by Canim River Trail.
Busted Shack by Canim River Trail
6. Not much to see.
7. Moving on towards Deception Falls trailhead, Canim River bridge
arrives at the 1.7 km mark.
Canim River Bridge on Mahood Lake Road North
8. A view of Canim River from the bridge.
Canim River British Columbia Canada
9. Whale Lake trailhead to a fishing lake arrives on the
left right after the
Whale Lake Trailhead by Mahood Lake Road North near 100 Mile House BC
10. Mahood Lake Road North splits at the 2.2 km mark. Stay to the right
on the obvious main road.
Mahood Lake Road North
11. Deception Falls trailhead parking area is located at the 4.9 km mark.
Parking for Deception Falls trailhead on Mahood Lake Road North
12. Here is the trailhead, on the left side, like the rest of them.
N 51⁰53.741' W
120⁰29.203'. Elevation: 651 meters.
Deception Falls trailhead - 100 Mile House Hike - Wells-Gray Provincial
13. Mahood Lake Road North continues for another 200 meters, and ends at
the entrance to a private residence.
End of Mahood Lake Road North
14. We returned to Deception Falls trailhead parking area, and
started the hike. Within 30 meters, there is a split - keep going
straight. All the trail distances are based on a GPS odometer and are
100 Mile House Hiking - Deception Falls Trail
15. There is some elevation on this trail, but, overall, it's fairly
Hiking in 100 Mile House Area - Deception Falls trail
16. Fenced-off observation area arrives 920 meters from the trailhead.
Coordinates: N 51⁰54.164' W 120⁰29.141'.
Elevation: 738 meters (87 meters elevation gain from the start of the
Deception Falls Observation Area Wells-Gray Provincial Park British
17. Deception Falls view from the observation area is substantially
obstructed by trees.
Deception Falls Wells-Gray Provincial Park British Columbia
18. But, less than a hundred meters further, there are two access points
to much better observation areas. Beware, though, as those viewpoints are
not fenced-off, and the drop-offs are very steep. The path is also
inclined towards the ravine. Here is the first such observation point.
Wells-Gray Provincial Park British Columbia Canada
19. And Deception Falls is before you in all of its glory.
20. The top of the waterfall with much zoom.
Deception Falls in Wells-Gray Provincial Park British Columbia Canada
21. A view of the gorge.
Deception Creek near 100 Mile House BC Canada
22. The path to the second good observation point.
Hiking in 100 Mile House Area - Deception Falls
23. A Deception Falls view from that area.
Deception Falls British Columbia
Here is our video of Deception Falls from the second
good observation point.