Wilson Creek Falls

15050110_1328857397126959_1341076031_n_fotor It’s not every day that my jaw literally drops – today it did. And it stayed that way for quite some time. I was incapable of uttering a single intelligible sound other than “Wow!”

Before Vida and I left for our hike to Wilson Creek Falls, I’d read that it was one of Canada’s most spectacular falls. And I thought, “Really? How come I’ve never heard of them? Even living here, no one talks about them like they do about Della Falls back on Vancouver Island.

But hey – I was curious. Besides, it was a chance to hike. So we met at the New Market in Denver and drove off down a dirt road that got bumpier and narrower as we went along – in other words, a typical Kootenay road. We parked and began our hike – only 1.2 K to the falls. No big deal. We went up and then as we began our descent, the trail got rather sketchy at best. It appeared to have a few switchbacks but it redefined the word “steep.” Not only was it insanely cliffside steep, but the ground was soft and peaty and gave terrible purchase. The trail then proceeded to get worse until I called ahead to Vida. “I’m not going any farther. There’s something wrong here.”

My “something wrong” signal lights were flashing overtime. Impossible that a trail to the “famous” falls could be like this. Washed away, Vida said. True – on a slope like this – but still. And so Vida agreed to turn back, saying she’d return another day and perhaps even do some trail building.

My gut told me to look for another way. We got back to the place where the trail had deteriorated. I looked and looked and suddenly – there – a fork. No – not a fork: just before the trail had become a non-trail was a switchback we had failed to notice. Aha!

We headed down. This turned out to be a real and actual trail anyone could navigate. A bit steep in spots but nothing we hadn’t seen before. And so – down and down (knowing the way back would be up and up) until the falls revealed themselves. Amazing. But it took until we got almost to the bottom where the falls and the full chasm they spewed through came into eye-smacking view that I stopped and gaped. Oh wow!

Honestly – I have not seen anything like this.


I can hardly wait to show them to Simon.

And so, what had started as a fairly icky morning with our first wet snowfall, deep gloomy skies and chilly air, turned into something quite wonderful. As I have mentioned before, it doesn’t matter what the question is, hiking is the answer.

Other things accomplished today: rented my one-week cabin stay in New Denver – it’s a gloomy little place but just something to get through for a week. It will do. And I suspect that part of the gloom was just the chill and darkness of the day. Disneyland would look unwelcoming on a day like this. After that week, the task of really building a home will hit full speed.

Tomorrow, I will show Vida my awesome trail – it won’t be as spectacular as Wilson Creek Falls (few things are) but with a bit of sun and a view, it will be pretty impressive.15050225_1328857330460299_252771818_n_fotor 15058667_1328857443793621_233070776_n_fotor 15086190_1328857500460282_1755944095_n_fotor 15129756_1328857300460302_3809596_n_fotor 15135645_1328857420460290_1385374933_n_fotor

About goodyniosi

Writer, avid(!!!) hiker - living life to the fullest. Love, life, bliss - getting high on getting high (in the alpine that is)
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2 Responses to Wilson Creek Falls

  1. It rips through the canyon wall with an impressive gorge. Thanks for sharing and don’t let Simon see the blog post to keep it a surprise.

  2. goodyniosi says:

    I told Simon what you said and he agreed – he also said you were severely cool for thinking of keeping it a surprise! 🙂

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