Matheson Falls

Difficulty
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Easy
Duration
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0.5h
Distance
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1.3 km
Elevation
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50 m
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Matheson Falls

The hike to Matheson Falls is a 1.3 km out-and-back hiking route that will take you along a short, forested path to reach a beautiful cascading waterfall that flows into a small pool of water below. While the trail is short, it does feature some elevation changes and requires a small amount of climbing, meaning that this route will not be accessible for all hikers. The trailhead is located on private property, so treat the area with respect for the owners that allow the public to access the beautiful waterfall.

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Route Description for Matheson Falls

Hiking along the Matheson Falls trail is a short but fun half-day hike near Fernie that will take you through the beautiful forests of this area to the cascading water of the falls. There are some areas along the route that will involve brief moments of climbing, including a portion that utilizes a short ladder. Make sure that you can traverse such terrain before heading out on this hike. While out on the trail, you will experience the peaceful forest setting as you hike alongside a small creek and eventually make your way to the falls. Explore the area to find the best vantage point overlooking the cascading water of Matheson Falls and the picturesque pool below it. After you’ve had your fill of this charming setting, head back down the trail to return to your vehicle.

Getting to the Matheson Falls Trailhead

To reach the parking area for Matheson Falls from Fernie, head southeast on 4 Street for 600 m and turn right on Pine Avenue. After 400 m, turn left on Coal Creek Road and continue straight for 9.1 km, where you will find parking on the left side of the road and the trailhead on the right.

Route Information

  • When to do

    April–November

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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