Moul Falls

Wells Gray Provincial Park / Thompson Nicola Regional District, British Columbia, Canada

Rating: 2.5     Difficulty: 3
Moul Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Moul Falls was actually one waterfall that we had to work a little to see. Unlike the other three waterfalls we saw in the Wells Gray Provincial Park (Helmcken Falls, Dawson Falls, Spahats Falls), we had to hike about 5.8km round trip.

This waterfall was probably the smallest of the four waterfalls we saw in the park, but it was perhaps the most serene as Julie and I were pretty much alone except for maybe one or two other couples we saw on the trail. The falls featured a somewhat rectangular shape, and we were also told by the proprietors at the Moul Creek Lodge that it was possible to go behind it. That said, they did qualify their statement by saying it was not for everyone, and after seeing the falls for ourselves, we decided against going behind it.

Even though this waterfall did require a little work to see, it wasn't without its perks. First and foremost was that it was a very quiet and tranquil hike where we really felt like we were immersed in the peaceful rhythms of Nature. Of course the flip side to that was the possibility of a bear encounter though we were told only black bears (as opposed to grizzlies) roamed in these parts. Still, that didn't take away from the risks of a bear encounter as they were to be respected and feared regardless of what type they were.

The wide open path dominating most of the hike As for the hike itself, the trail began on a very wide path that appeared to be an unsealed road in its former life. Besides the trail being flanked by lovely trees with Autumn colors (as well as some red-needled pine trees stricken with the pine beetle that haven't died off from the cold thanks to Global Warming), it seemed like there were always private property signs and boundaries flanking us to our right.

At about just under 2km into the hike, there was a sign indicating that the trail continued onto a much narrower path on the left just as we were entering some park boundary. The sign indicated it was only 15 minutes further to the falls from here, but I swore that it took at least twice as long as that.

Basically, this trail descended much more steeply (though still very reasonable) passing by some small cascades along Moul Creek. Eventually, the path reached a fenced overlook of the little gorge in which Moul Falls resided, and we were able to see the very top of the falls from here.

The path continued around the rim of the little gorge on the left. Once we were beyond the fenced overlook area, the trail narrowed even more with some minor dropoff exposure. The trail descended steeply down a combination of inclines and steps before doing one switchback, where there was a bench here as well as a decent view of the falls. After the bench, the trail made one final descent down more flights of steps right to the misty base of the falls.

We were fortunate to have showed up just as the storm clouds had started to clear. Thus, there was just enough sunlight that penetrated the gorge to refract the falls' mist and make a rainbow.

To give you a sense of the time commitment, Julie and I spent about 2.5 hours to do the hiking and photographing. Considering that Julie was pregnant at the time, we had to take our time. However, the trail was quite easy to navigate and did not have too much elevation change so we felt it wasn't too risky from a physical standpoint given Julie's condition at the time.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Angled top down view of Moul Falls from the bench at the switchback during the final descentAngled top down view of Moul Falls from the bench at the switchback during the final descent
Angled top down view of Moul Falls from the bench at the switchback during the final descentAngled top down view of Moul Falls from the bench at the switchback during the final descent
We spotted this deer grazing at the Moul Creek Lodge (nearby Moul Falls), which was a convenient base to do this hikeWe spotted this deer grazing at the Moul Creek Lodge (nearby Moul Falls), which was a convenient base to do this hike
The car park for Moul FallsThe car park for the falls

Julie closing the gate behind her at the trailheadJulie closing the gate behind her at the trailhead

Looks like we a ways to goLooks like we have a ways to go to our goal

Julie on the wide trail to Moul FallsJulie on the wide trail to the falls. The length of the trail allowed us to start noticing the color starting to change in the trees marking the arrival of Autumn

About to leave the wide open road and onto a more typical footpathAbout to leave the wide open road and onto a more typical footpath

This sign claimed it was another 15 minutes to Moul FallsThis sign claimed it was another 15 minutes to the falls

The trail became much narrower on this leg of the hikeThe trail became much narrower on this leg of the hike

One of the cascades we saw on the way to Moul FallsOne of the cascades we saw on the way to Moul Falls

Julie continuing the descent amidst the forested landscapeJulie continuing the descent amidst the forested landscape

The trail continuing to skirt alongside Moul CreekThe trail continuing to skirt alongside Moul Creek

Looking down over the top of Moul Falls and further downstream Looking down over the top of the falls and further downstream

Julie going by a narrow part of the trail with some mild dropoff exposure as we continued towards Moul Falls' baseJulie going by a narrow part of the trail with some mild dropoff exposure as we continued towards the waterfall's base

Julie descending towards the switchback and benchJulie descending towards the switchback and bench

Looking down at Moul Falls from the bench at the switchbackLooking down at Moul Falls from the bench at the switchback

Julie descending towards the base of Moul FallsJulie descending towards the base of the falls

Right at the base of Moul Falls with a slight rainbow on the lower rightRight at the base of the falls with a slight rainbow on the lower right

Julie starting to head back towards the trailheadJulie starting to head back towards the trailhead

Passing by some mushrooms en route to the trailheadPassing by some mushrooms en route to the trailhead

Finally making it back to the trailheadFinally making it back to the trailhead


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Bottom up sweep from the top of the falls ending at the downstream scenery


Top down sweep of the falls with a rainbow at its base


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From Clearwater, drive a little over 21km north on the Clearwater Valley Road towards the well-signed Moul Falls car park. The signposted car park is on the left side of the road.

To give you some general context of the whereabouts of Clearwater, it's 318km (over 3 hours drive) southwest of Jasper, 562km (6.5 hours drive) west of Banff, and 478km (under 5 hours drive) northeast of Vancouver.




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ITINERARIES

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TRIP REPORTS

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