Gold Creek Falls
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Gold Creek Falls hike is a great walk for those camping nearby in Golden Ears Provincial Park or visiting Alouette Lake. With an easy, well-maintained path leading to a beautiful waterfall, this makes for a great family hike.
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Route Description for Gold Creek Falls
Start the Gold Creek Falls trail from the parking lot, where a wide path marked Lower Falls Trail will be easy to follow the orange markers all the way until it reaches Gold Creek Falls.
Follow the path as it gradually snakes over small hills, easy enough for even the little ones to conquer. During the warmer months, keep eyes trailed on the bushes lining the path, where blueberries and salmon berries grow wild.
Continue northwards, following the path as it runs parallel to Gold Creek, which runs into Alouette Lake. At times, the trail may veer away from the creek, but you’ll still hear it trickling to your left.
Roughly 1.2 km into the hike, there are a few dirt paths on your left-hand side that will take you directly to the creek for a closer look.
Continuing along the main trail – at 1.5 km into the hike – you’ll spot more small trails on your left. Here, you’ll find nice, large clearings perfect to stop for a picnic or even a dip if you’d like to cool off. If you look up over the treetops, you’ll even spot the mountaintops over Evans Valley.
From the beach on Gold Creek, head back onto the Lower Falls Trail until you come across a wooden bridge, then carry over it until you reach a marker stating you’re 2.5 km into the hike. . Find another small bridge in the middle of the forest and cross over it. Soon, you’ll reach an outhouse and rest area.
Right from the outhouse, embark on a quick uphill climb and you’ve reached the lower falls lookout platform! Glance out over the tumbling water, falling downwards into Gold Creek.
From the wooden platform, you can continue on the trail to the upper falls. Follow the trail as it leads through a switch-back and you’ve already arrived at the upper falls. Here, find a beautiful emerald green pool glistening in the sun. But please, do not swim in the falls, which is incredibly dangerous.
Take in the beauty of the falls and have a rest. When you’re ready, retrace your steps back to the parking lot.
Insider Hints for Gold Creek Falls
- While this trail does have some small hills, the path is well-maintained and is easy if you’d like to bring a stroller.
- Be sure to bring your swimsuit on the Gold Creek Falls hike during the summer, the beach makes for a great spot to cool off on a hot day.
Getting to the Gold Creek Falls Trailhead
Enter Golden Ears Park, follow Golden Ears Parkway all the way to the end. Follow the signs for the Gold Creek Day Area. You will drive over a small, single lane bridge. The Gold Creek parking lot is immediately over the bridge.
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