Bergeron Falls

Bergeron Falls near Tumbler Ridge, BC


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11 kms
4hours
moderate
Hiking
Summer, Fall, Spring
Tumbler Ridge, BC
User konadawg

Bergeron Falls Hiking Trail. This very rewarding hike leads to Bergeron Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in northern B.C. The falls plunge 100 metres over a sandstone lip into a spectacular horseshoe shaped bowl. Hiking to the top of the falls and back involves a distance of 8.8 km return, takes 3 to 4 hours, and is moderately strenuous. The circular route, completed in 2010, is more strenuous (although rope hand-lines have been placed to help hikers through the steeper parts), and longer (11 kms including the sidetrail to the base of the falls). It is highly recommended. It has much more varied scenery, leads to both the bottom and the top of the falls, and includes impressive riverside, knife-edge and canyon sections. There are kim 1 to km 9 markers along this route, excluding side-trails.

Warning: This trail has huge unfenced dropoffs at the cliff edges. Children and pets should be closely supervised. Some simple scrambling, and negotiation of a rock ledge high above the creek are needed to reach the base of the falls.

Directions to the Trailhead

From Tumbler Ridge, drive north towards Chetwynd on

Highway 29 for 5 km to a right turn onto a gravel road.

The turn is marked with a sign displaying a hiker and ‘8

km’. Follow this road for 8 km to its end in a large gravel

pit. There is a sign at the trailhead.

Trail Directions

From the parking lot, the trail climbs gently through mixed aspen and spruce forests. At 0.6 km, a fork is reached. For Bergeron Falls, take the right fork (the left fork leads to the Bergeron Cliffs). The trail climbs steadily until it levels out on a bench. Just before 1.0km, Vomer Creek is reached. This stream has a small waterfall, which can be seen by heading 10 metres off the trail. Shortly after passing the falls, the trail follows a long cutline through the forest.

At km 2.2 a major junction is reached. Keeping left leads

to the top of the falls and viewpoints, 2 kms further on.

First it passes through an interesting forest of small pine

trees in an old burn area. This is mostly level hiking

except for where the trail descends to cross Bergeron

Creek via a long footbridge (use at own risk and be

aware that there is a huge waterfall downstream).The

trail then ascends and approaches the edge of the cliff,

leading to spectacular viewpoints of Bergeron Falls. A

rope barrier has been placed at the old first viewpoint to

keep hikers away from the unstable cliff edge. For hikers

wishing just to see the falls from the top, continue to the

last viewpoint bench but do not descend further.

Keeping right at the km 2.4 junction is the recommended

direction of travel for the Circular Route (see map). After

a level section this trail descends steadily until it crosses

a clear, spring-fed creek before coming out on a cliff

bank overlooking the Murray River. Close by is an

historic pack trail. The trail then edges along the top of

bluffs (stay away from the cliff edge), with great views of

the river below, before passing along and then

descending a spectacular knife-edge ridge (km 4), which

leads to river level. A side trail gives access to the river

and the mouth of Bergeron Creek. The Circular Route

then crosses the creek via a bridge and heads upstream,

sometimes in the forest, sometimes in the gravel bars.

Soon there is an important junction. Keeping left leads

along a dramatic, rough, 500 metre long side-trail,

through a scenic slot canyon (which involves minor

scrambling and a ledge) to the magnificent scenery at

the base of the falls. This section is best done during

times of low water, and is impassable during floods. Stay

on the north bank of the creek until the falls are in sight,

and then wade across the creek to get right to the falls.

Back at this junction, heading up the slope the trail

climbs relentlessly, past km 5, until it reaches one of the

fine viewpoints of the falls and joins main trail to the top

of the falls described above. Once again, be careful at

the bridge crossing over the creek above the falls.

There are a number of other fascinating features in the

area just above the falls. A favourite is the side-trail to

Hidden Valley, a dry, cool, mossy, steep-sided, linear

cleft that parallels the main cliff edge. An offshoot from

the Hidden Valley trail leads to the bottom of Dipper

Falls, a small waterfall in attractive rocky surroundings

on Bergeron Creek. Scalpel Ridge is another side-trail

from the main trail: it follows a narrow knife-edge ridge

before descending to a forest glade beside the creek.

Bergeron Creek is one of the many tributaries of the

Murray that enter the river valley with waterfalls. These

creeks cut their channels after the ice retreated from the

Murray River following the last glaciation.

On the return trip back to the trailhead, one may link up

with the Bergeron Cliffs by heading further along the

cutline, following this connector trail to meet up with the

trail to the cliffs. The trail climbs steadily, coming out on

top of the cliffs and following along them, with great

views. The cliffs trail is covered in a separate brochure.

© 2010 Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society

Directions:

From Tumbler Ridge, drive north towards Chetwynd on

Highway 29 for 5 km to a right turn onto a gravel road.

The turn is marked with a sign displaying a hiker and ‘8

km’. Follow this road for 8 km to its end in a large gravel

pit. There is a sign at the trailhead.


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