McPhee Waterfalls Hike
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McPhee Waterfalls Hike

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McPhee Waterfalls Hike

McPhee Waterfalls Hike

Distance: 3.5mi
Elevation: 558ft
Time: 1.5-2h

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The McPhee Waterfalls Hike is a 3.5mi out-and-back hiking route near Castlegar, BC, that will take you along the edge of the Kootenay River to reach a stunning, moss-covered waterfall. Along the trail, you can expect to pass through beautiful stretches of forest and experience scenic views that stretch across the valley. Make sure to travel in groups and bring bear spray, as cougars are sometimes seen along the trail.

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Getting there

To get to the McPhee Waterfalls trailhead from the BC-3 highway in Castlegar, take the exit onto Columbia Road and follow it north for 1.5mi. Make a right turn onto Aaron Road and continue on for 1969ft, where you will turn right onto McPhee Creek Road. In 2.4mi, you will find the parking area and a trail on the left side of the road. On foot, follow the trail north and keep right at the junction to reach the trailhead.

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McPhee Waterfalls Hike
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McPhee Waterfalls Hike Description

The McPhee Waterfalls are a beautiful geological feature near Castlegar that are covered in a thick layer of green moss and are characterized by a strong torrent of water during wetter times of the year. Easily accessible by a short hike through the forest, the area around the falls is a peaceful spot that is perfect for reconnecting with nature.

The trail sets out near the Castlegar Golf Course and heads through the forest around the power substation. Here, the trail will turn to the northeast on a route that runs parallel to the Kootenay River before crossing over the flowing waters of Little McPhee Creek. After a few hundred metres, you will arrive at the moss-covered falls along McPhee Creek and can relax to the sound of the rushing water within the peaceful forest atmosphere. After enjoying the views, head back along the same route to return to the trailhead, while taking in views overlooking the valley and surrounding mountains.



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