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.
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.
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