Distance from Vancouver to the Trailhead:
Approximately 270 kilometers via Highway 1 East (218 km), Boston Bar
Station Road (200 m), Chaumox Road (11+ km), and Nahatlatch FSR (40.3 km).
fairly short and easy trail to an impressive waterfall and cascades, a
sandy beach by the creek near the trail.
viewing areas by the waterfall, stay away from the edges.
Numerous mosquitoes (mostly in the middle of the trail), several fallen
trees across the trail, some wet and/or muddy sections, uneven ground
(hiking poles and boots are recommended).
Mehatl Falls Trail is located in Mehatl Creek
Provincial Park off Nahatlatch Forest Service Road, which starts near
the town of Boston Bar, located on TransCanada Highway 1 between Yale and
Lytton. This easy trail is 4.4 km long and leads to lower and upper
falls, separated by less than a hundred meters. Along the way, there is
a short trail to a camping area by Mehatl Creek, which has a small but
cozy real sandy beach. Too bad about the mosquitoes, which were quite
numerous in that area. There were fewer mosquitoes at the beginning of
the trail, and none at the end, allowing for a good waterfall viewing
experience. There are three main observation areas, and be very careful
in areas 1 and 3, as there are steep drop-offs into raging waters at
1. We are at 40.3 km of Nahatlatch Forest Service
Road. Check out that trip report for directions on getting here from
TransCanada Highway 1 in Boston Bar. This is the same photo as #30 of
Nahatlatch FSR Trip
Report. The parking area is very big, good for 20-25 vehicles, and
is the first such large area from the beginning of Nahatlatch FSR. It's
free too - there are fee-based campgrounds along the FSR before this
Mehatl Falls trailhead is located in the far right
corner, where the red arrow is pointing in the photo below.
Nahatlatch FSR at Mehatl Falls Trail Parking Lot
2. Mehatl Falls trailhead.
Elevation: 326 meters.
Mehatl Falls Trailhead - Boston Bar Trail
3. It's an easy trail, save for a short hill and a
few fallen trees across the path. At 460 meters from the trailhead here
(all distances are based on a GPS odometer and are approximate).
Boston Bar Hike - Mehatl Falls Trail
4. A few wet and muddy sections are there too, but
they are easy to traverse.
Mehatl Falls Trail - Boston Bar Hiking
5. In 20 minutes, there is a pond, where the trail
veers to the right.
Hiking in Boston Bar Area - Mehatl Falls Trail
6. The path along the pond.
Mehatl Falls Trail - Hike in Boston Bar BC Area
7. Not a bad-looking pond.
Pond View - Mehatl Falls Trail in Boston Bar British
Columbia Canada Area
8. After the pond ends, the trail is washed out for a
hundred meters or so.
British Columbia Hiking - Mehatl Falls Trail
9. The general direction of travel is quite obvious,
however, so it is easy to find the continuation of the trail. Here it is at
Mehatl Falls Trail off Nahatlatch Forest Service Road
10. Three large fallen trees would require some
climbing at 1.9 km. There is another set of fallen trees shortly
Fallen Trees on Mehatl Falls Trail
11. At 2.5 km, there is a split.
Elevation: 327 meters. To the right is the
continuation of Mehatl Falls Trail. And, to the left, there is a 50
meter path to a camping area and access to river with a sandy beach.
Mehatl Falls Hike
12. We took a path to the left at first.
Mehatl Falls Offshoot Trail to Camping and Beach
13. Very soon, a neat camping area.
Camping Area by Mehatl Falls Trail near Boston Bar BC
14. The access to the river on the left side.
Mehatl Falls Trail Camping Area
15. And here it is, a real sandy beach. Shame about
the numerous mosquitoes, though.
Sandy Beach by Mehatl Creek
16. Looking the other way.
17. And we are back on Mehatl Falls Trail. At 2.9 km.
Mehatl Creek Provincial Park British Columbia Canada
18. Passing by a large stone.
Mehatl Falls Trail in Mehatl Creek Provincial Park
19. Just a bit further.
Mehatl Falls Hike
20. At 3.2 km, a steep hill might make you sweat, if only
for a hundred meters.
Mehatl Falls Trail - Mehatl Creek Provincial Park
near Boston Bar BC
21. One kilometer later, we are approaching Lower
Mehatl Falls Trail Near Lower Mehatl Falls
22. Here it is.
Elevation: 357 meters (31 meters elevation gain from the start of the
trail). The volume of water was impressive.
Lower Mehatl Falls
23. With some zoom.
Mehatl Creek Provincial Park - Lower Mehatl Falls
DANGEROUS AREA. The Lower Mehatl Falls observation area is
dangerous, with slippery stones and slanted unstable ground. Stay away
from the edges, as the currents by the waterfall are very strong. We
have indicated with a red arrow an especially problematic spot, which is
tilted towards the creek and is composed of what appeared to be loose
sand. If you step on that sand and it starts sliding, it might not stop.
Lower Mehatl Falls Especially Dangerous Spot
Here is our video of Lower Mehatl Falls.
25. The Lower Mehatl Falls is alright, but it's the
Upper Falls which makes this hike. Here we are en route to the second
observation area, located about 70 meters further from the Lower Falls.
Mehatl Falls Hiking
26. From the second observation spot, we can see the
Upper Mehatl Falls (on the left) and Mehatl Creek Cascades (on the
Upper Mehatl Falls and Mehatl Creek Cascades
27. Here are the cascades.
Mehatl Creek Cascades
Here is our video of the Cascades and Upper Mehatl Falls (side view).
28. And here is the Upper Mehatl Falls. Quite a
peculiar sight, with water shooting up, akin to a broken fire hydrant.
Lower Mehatl Falls
29. The Fire Hydrant Falls?
Lower Mehatl Falls Zoomed View
Here is our video of Upper Mehatl Falls.
30. We then climbed to the right of the cascades, and
took a photo looking back.
It's also a dangerous area,
with slippery stones right next to the raging creek - watch your step.