Robertson River Falls Trail

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8.0 km
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137 m
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The Robertson River Falls Trail is an 8.0 km out-and-back hiking route in the Cowichan Valley southwest of Nanaimo that will lead you through the forest to a beautiful waterfall. Along the trail, hikers will experience a serene rainforest atmosphere and views of the rushing Robertson River, before arriving at the scenic falls. Hikers looking to get up close to the falls will need to make a rope descent along rocky terrain to reach the edge of the water.

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Route Description for Robertson River Falls Trail

Hiking the Robertson River Falls Trail is a fun adventure through a nice variation of terrain that will make every member of your hiking party feel like a seasoned adventurer. Due to the slippery and technical descent to the falls, this trail is not recommended for young children. Setting out from the parking area, follow the signs for the Traces Main Trail that head into the forest to the south. Follow the trail as it runs parallel to the rushing waters of the Robertson River that you will get the occasional glance of. As you approach the falls you will come to a series of ropes that you can use to descend the rocky terrain and make your way to the foot of the waterfall. After taking in the amazing views of the powerful falls and the surrounding rainforest setting, carefully make your way back up to the main trail and follow it back to the trailhead

Getting to the Robertson River Falls Trail Trailhead

To reach the Robertson River Falls trailhead from Lake Cowichan, head to the southwest on South Shore Road for 6.6 km and turn left on Pacific Marine Road. Follow it for 2.2 km, and you will find the parking area on the left.

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    Older Children only

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    Out and back

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