Felkers Falls

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 1.5
Felker's Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Felkers Falls (or Felker's Falls) was seemingly one of the more obscure waterfalls in the Hamilton area even though it was situated in a neighborhood of suburban developments. It was literally as if we parked the car at a city park right across the street from several homes, and just a few minutes walk towards the gorge yielded views of this attractive two-tiered 20m falls. However, the best view of the falls (pictured above) required a bit of a longer walk towards an exposed cliff where we had to be real careful not to get too close to the dropoff, especially with our daughter sharing the experience with us.

From the car park, we followed a walkway labeled the Peter Street Trail before leaving the paved trail towards the trees and the escarpment edge. The view from this area was mostly obscured by foliage so it left us wanting to find a more satisfactory way to see the waterfall. There seemed to be a network of trails that kept going beyond this immediate area though we couldn't say a whole lot more about them since we really focused only on this waterfall. So we then followed along the paved Peter Street Trail following alongside the East Red Hill Creek for a few minutes before the trail then crossed a bridge traversing that creek.

On the other side of the bridge, the pavement went away and we continued following a white blazed dirt trail to the left that was much narrower with a bit more foliage growing and protruding towards the trail. The path eventually curved to the right (just as the escarpment itself was curving) until we reached a small opening where we finally had our opportunity to look down towards the Felkers Falls. The view was sufficiently butterflies-in-the-stomach-inducing that it prompted our daughter to shout "Dangerous!" while we were here as well as whenever she'd see photos of this waterfall after our visit.

The flow of East Red Hill Creek was on the lighter side, but the waterfall itself was still attractive and had some life left despite it being late in the season during our visit in October 2013. We weren't sure if the recent rains revived the waterfall or if it merely clung onto the remains of its cumulative precipitation from earlier in the year. But whatever the case, I'd imagine the falls could slow to a trickle given a prolonged dry period as the watershed didn't seem to be very substantial.

Overall, our visit took 45 minutes, but a large chunk of that time was spent simply taking our time. The walk itself was easily less than 5 minutes. However, we bumped up the difficulty score solely based on the dropoff exposure in order to get that satisfactory view.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Contextual view of the top down perspective of Felker's Falls and the dropoffContextual view of the top down perspective of Felker's Falls and the dropoff
Nearby Felker's Falls was the Devil's Punchbowl Falls, which was a fine place to enjoy the panorama towards Hamilton City as our daughter and someone else's daughter were able to doNearby Felker's Falls was the Devil's Punchbowl Falls, which was a fine place to enjoy the panorama towards Hamilton City as our daughter and someone else's daughter were able to do
About an hour's drive east of Hamilton is Toronto (Canada's largest city), where we got to go up the CN Tower (which was a bit co$tly) and get this view towards Toronto IslandAbout an hour's drive east of Hamilton is Toronto (Canada's largest city), where we got to go up the CN Tower (which was a bit co$tly) and get this view towards Toronto Island
Looking towards the surburban housing neighborhood from the car park for Felker's FallsLooking towards the suburban housing neighborhood from the car park for Felker's Falls

Our initial impressions of this place was that it was like a standard suburban city parkOur initial impressions of this place was that it was like a standard suburban city park

Then, we left the Peter Street Trail into the forested area where we followed the railing on our right towards a mostly overgrown view of Felker's FallsThen, we left the Peter Street Trail into the forested area where we followed the railing on our right towards a mostly overgrown view of Felker's Falls

Looking through foliage towards a partial view of Felker's FallsLooking through foliage towards a partial view of Felker's Falls

Following the paved Peter Street Trail in search of a better view of Felker's FallsFollowing the paved Peter Street Trail in search of a better view of Felker's Falls

Crossing the bridge over East Red Hill CreekCrossing the bridge over East Red Hill Creek

We stayed left at this fork in the trail beyond the bridgeWe stayed left at this fork in the trail beyond the bridge

Looking towards the slight opening with the view of Felker's Falls to the leftLooking towards the slight opening with the view of Felker's Falls to the left

The better view of Felker's FallsThe better view of Felkers Falls

Leaving Felker's Falls and the dropoffLeaving Felkers Falls and the dropoff

Almost back at the car parkAlmost back at the car park


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Top down sweep of the falls from the precarious view on the opposite side of the gorge


Top down sweep through foliage at the easy-to-reach lookout close to the car park


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Heading east on the Lincoln M Alexander Parkway through Hamilton, take this freeway to its end where it becomes Mud St. Follow Mud St towards its intersection with Paramount Dr. Turn left at this light, then drive 500m before turning right onto Ackland St. Drive another 300m on Ackland St (a residential area) towards the car park for the Felker's Falls Conservation Area on the right.

For context, Hamilton was 70km (an hour drive) southwest of Toronto, 73km (under an hour drive) west of Niagara Falls, and 309km (over 3 hours drive) east of Detroit, Michigan.




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ITINERARIES

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TRIP REPORTS

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