Helmet Falls Trail to Ochre Junction

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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3.5-5h
Distance
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12.2 km
Elevation
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458 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The Helmet Falls Trail to Ochre Junction is a 12.2 km hike that will lead you through the forests along Ochre Creek to reach the Ochre Junction Campground. While the trail doesn’t take you all the way to Helmet Falls, it covers the initial stretch of the journey, providing a great spot to camp overnight before making the rest of the journey. While out on the trail, you will experience a peaceful forest setting, river crossings, and views of the surrounding mountains.

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Route Description for Helmet Falls Trail to Ochre Junction

Although it isn’t the full journey to Helmet Falls, the Helmet Falls trail to Ochre Junction Campground is a great adventure that will see you cross rushing rivers and take in some pretty amazing views of the valley and surrounding mountains. The trail sets out from the car park and crosses over the silty waters of the Vermillion River to the west, eventually bringing you to a series of unique pools known as the Paint Pots. From here, you will continue through the forest along the waters of Ochre Creek, enjoying the peaceful atmosphere of the forest and views of the surrounding peaks until you arrive at the Ochre Junction Campground. From here, you can either set up camp or turn back to relive your adventure along the trail.

Getting to the Helmet Falls Trail to Ochre Junction Trailhead

To reach the parking lot for the Helmet Falls Trail to Ochre Junction from Radium Hot Springs, drive to the northeast on BC-93 for 84.2 km and turn left.

Route Information

  • When to do

    May-October

  • Backcountry Campsites

    Ochre Junction Camp

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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