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Flood Falls

Flood Falls

A short trail with minimal elevation gain leads to a high waterfall.

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  • Total Distance: 1 kms
  • Estimated Time: 0.25Hours
  • Average Grade: 16%
  • Trail Type: loop
  • Elevation Gain: 80 m
  • Starting Elevation: 40 m
  • Max Elevation: 120 m

Directions

Follow Highway #1 (Trans-Canada) east towards Hope. Take the Flood-Hope Road Exit #165, initially heading north and away from the Husky truck stop. Turn left on to the small road that parallels the highway, known as Flood Falls Road. Shortly after the turning onto the road, watch for a small pullout on the right with a “Flood Falls Trail” sign. This is the new bypass trail.

To reach the more pleasant loop trail, drive halfway between the overpass and the end of the road to a small gravel spot next to the road which marks the parking area. The trailhead starts across a small creek bed. The creek bed is typically only dry during the summer and autumn months.

Details

Travelers heading towards the small town of Hope via the Trans-Canada Highway have been amazed at the sheer number of waterfalls that seem to cascade down towards the Fraser River on a rainy day. What is not common knowledge, however, is that some of these waterfalls are accessible via trails created by the locals. Flood Falls is one such waterfall.

There are two trails to Flood Falls – a loop trail through a pleasant forest and a shorter bypass trail alongside a creek. The bypass trail was created after the bridge at the original trailhead was destroyed.

Starting at the new “Flood Falls Trail” sign, follow a rough trail through the forest. Throughout the area, overflowing creeks have literally carved out channels in the ground. Keep to the left of the channels, following them upwards for few hundred meters. The trail emerges from the forest at the base of Flood Falls.

Some months of the year the waterfall is a torrent of water crashing down into the pool below with a haze of mist surrounding the area. Be warned, however, that it does dry up from time to time in the later months of the summer. It’s relatively rare when it dries up – typically the waterfall is active year-round. The sheer difference in volume between the extreme spring months and the gentle trickle of late summer is astounding.

If the creek along the road is dry, following the original loop trail is much more pleasant. Instead of starting at the trailhead sign, continue driving east down Flood Falls Road. Watch the forest on your right for a small opening in the trees and gravel patch next to the road marking the trail.

If the creek that runs parallel to the road is dry, descend into it and cross to the other side. A short distance after the creek the trail splits into two directions – it doesn’t matter which one you take, they both wind their way relatively close to each other on their way to the waterfall. The trail is wide and has a minimal grade – it will take all but the most unfit individuals under 20 minutes to reach the waterfall.

The forests surrounding the waterfall are covered with beautiful moss and ferns – worth a visit if you feel a little more adventurous. Coyotes, deer, and other wildlife can sometimes be found quietly roaming through some of the grassy meadows in the area.