Trailhead Location: Approximately 60
kilometers from the town of Vanderhoof via Highway 16 West, Bearhead
Road, Telegraph Road, Kenney Dam Road, and Kluskus FSR. Located at the
37.6 km of Kluskus Forest Service Road.
Short and easy trail, pleasant path
in the forest, waterfall
views, recreation area by the waterfall.
Of Note: Numerous mosquitoes, steep
unbarricaded drop-offs at the upper viewpoint, some muddy spots,
unstable hazard trees along the trail.
Greer Creek Falls is located off BC Highway 16 West
of the town of Vanderhoof, which itself is located about 100 kilometers
West of Prince George. The back roads leading to the trailhead are in
very good shape. There is plenty of parking by the trailhead, and the
trail is fairly short (about 1.7 km one way) and easy (only 100 meters
elevation change), and leads to a neat waterfall. A bonus is a
recreation area by the waterfall - a picnic table with a pit toilet
provide a respite for hikers. There is a short trail to the top of the
waterfall, but the view from the top is underwhelming and, besides, it's
a very dangerous area due to loose surface, and the ground being steeply
tilted towards the waterfall. There are also steep unbarricaded
drop-offs at the upper viewpoint.
Also, an official-looking note by the trail warns
of hazard trees, which may be dangerous during windy conditions.
1a. We are Westbound on Highway 16,
about 20 kilometers West of Vanderhoof, and
are ready to turn left onto Bearhead Road, where a chip truck is turning
in the photo below. Coordinates: N
54⁰01.541’ W 124⁰18.624’. Elevation: 712 meters. All mileage from this
point on is from this intersection.
1b. Here is the same intersection a few days later.
Hwy 16 Westbound at Bearhead Road near Vanderhoof British Columbia
2. Now driving on Bearhead Road.
500 meters after turning from Hwy 16, Canfor Mill access road (where a
truck carrying lumber is seen in the photo below) would be on
the right side.
3. Bearhead Road - stay left at this
split at the
6.6 km mark.
4. At 8.2 km, Bearhead Rd ends at
Telegraph Rd. Turn left.
5. Now on Telegraph Road.
6. At 17.8 km, Telegraph Rd ends at
Kenney Dam Rd - turn right.
7. Kenney Dam Road.
8. At 19.3 km, Kenney Road meets
Kluskus FSR. Turn left. Turning right would lead to Hwy 16 in 19 km, as
per the sign at this intersection, but that would be further West from
where we turned from Hwy 16 onto Bearhead Road.
9. Kluskus Forest Service Road.
10. Exactly 39 kilometers after
turning from Highway 16 onto Bearhead Road, Greer Creek Falls trailhead
parking arrives on the right side. This trailhead is between 37 and 38
km of Kluskus FSR (mileage markers are placed every kilometer).
11. Here it is. A pit toilet is
located at the end of the trail. A closer (time-wise) toilet is 6 km
further on Kluskus FSR at Home Lake trailhead.
12. Greer Creek Falls trailhead.
N 53⁰46.309’ W 124⁰21.329'. Elevation:
13. This is an easy trail, but
mosquitoes are abundant.
14. Several boardwalks are present
on Greer Creek Falls trail. This one is 40 meters long and is found at 220
meter mark of the trail.
15. And here is a makeshift
16. A small boardwalk at 1.0 km.
17. At 1.4 km, the trail joins Greer
18. A few hundred meters later,
there is a split, with the path on the left leading to the left
viewpoint, and the path on the right to the recreation area and another
viewpoint, as well as the upper viewpoint.
19. At first, we took a path to the
left. The waterfall appeared within 30 meters.
20. Greer Creek Falls.
N 53⁰45.904’ W 124⁰22.457’. Elevation:
1,005 meters (100 meters elevation loss from the start of the trail).
Here is our video of
Greer Creek Falls from this spot.
21. We went just a bit further, and
here is a view from the side.
22. After that, we returned to the
split seen in photo #18, and crossed Greer Creek.
23. Here is the recreation area with
a picnic table, a fire ring, and a nearby pit toilet. Very scenic, if
24. Greer Creek Falls from the right
Greer Creek Falls
25. Zoomed view.
Here is our video of
Greer Creek Falls from the right side.
26. A short but fairly steep path
leads to the upper viewpoint.
27. Now on top. Beware of steep
28. Looking to the right, there is a
neat view of Greer Creek.
29. Just a bit further.
30. Beyond the stones seen above is
a view of Greer Creek Falls from the top. It's not a good view, and it's
tempting to get closer for a better look.
But it's very dangerous
- the ground down there is soft, unstable, and steeply tilted towards
the waterfall - if it starts sliding, things would get complicated in a
31. So, a zoomed view of the top of
Greer Falls sufficed. As already mentioned, it's not that great. The
upper viewpoint can be easily skipped altogether, especially if you
don't have hiking poles and boots.
Despite the mosquitoes, Greer Creek
Falls trail is a very good hike, leading to a fine waterfall. Highly