Felker's Falls

City of Hamilton / Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada

About Felker’s Falls


Hiking Distance: 400m round trip
Suggested Time: 30-45 minutes

Date first visited: 2013-10-13
Date last visited: 2013-10-13

Waterfall Latitude: 43.20348
Waterfall Longitude: -79.79017

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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.

Felkers_Falls_017_10132013 - Felkers Falls (or Felker's Falls)
Felkers Falls (or Felker’s Falls)

Then, we walked for just a few minutes towards the gorge, which yielded views of this attractive two-tiered 20m falls.

However, the best view of the Felkers Falls (pictured above) required a bit of a longer walk towards an exposed cliff.

We really had to be real careful not to get too close to the dropoff, especially with our daughter sharing the experience with us.

The flow of East Red Hill Creek was on the lighter side during our visit.

However, the waterfall itself was still attractive and had some life left despite it being late in the season during (as we showed up in October 2013).

Felkers_Falls_002_10132013 - The suburban park where we started the short walk to view Felkers Falls
The suburban park where we started the short walk to view Felkers Falls

We weren’t sure if the recent rains revived Felkers Falls 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.

Experiencing Felkers Falls

From the car park (see directions below), 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.

Felkers_Falls_010_10132013 - The footbridge over East Red Hill Creek leading us closer to the best view of Felkers Falls
The footbridge over East Red Hill Creek leading us closer to the best view of Felkers Falls

We noticed that 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, which went 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.

Felkers_Falls_026_10132013 - Looking down at the context of Felker's Falls without getting too close to the edge of the cliff
Looking down at the context of Felker’s Falls without getting too close to the edge of the cliff

The view induced that butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling, which prompted our daughter to shout “Dangerous!” while we were here.

She’d even say that whenever we showed her photos of this waterfall after our visit.

Overall, our visit took 45 minutes, but a large chunk of that time was spent simply taking our time as 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.

Authorities

Felkers Falls resides in the City of Hamilton in the province of Ontario, Canada. It is administered by the Hamilton Conservation Authority. For information or inquiries as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Felkers_Falls_006_10132013 - At first, 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
Felkers_Falls_011_10132013 - Looking through foliage towards a partial view of Felker's Falls, which left a lot to be desired
Felkers_Falls_009_10132013 - Following the paved Peter Street Trail in search of a better view of Felker's Falls
Felkers_Falls_012_10132013 - We stayed left at this fork in the trail beyond the bridge, which took us back towards the brink of Felker's Falls
Felkers_Falls_014_10132013 - Looking towards the slight opening with the view of Felker's Falls to the left. Note that the opening there did not have any fencing to keep you back from the cliff's edge
Felkers_Falls_022_10132013 - The better view of Felker's Falls from that unfenced or unrailed opening
Felkers_Falls_031_10132013 - Leaving Felker's Falls and the dropoff
Felkers_Falls_032_10132013 - Julie and Tahia almost making it back at the car park for Felker's Falls

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We drove to Felkers Falls by heading east on the Lincoln M Alexander Parkway through Hamilton, then taking this freeway to its end where it becomes Mud St.

Then, we followed Mud St towards its intersection with Paramount Dr.

Felkers_Falls_001_10132013 - Our Felker's Falls excursion began at a public park in the suburban developments on the outskirts of Hamilton
Our Felker’s Falls excursion began at a public park in the suburban developments on the outskirts of Hamilton

Turning left at this light, we then dove 500m before turning right onto Ackland St.

From there, we drove 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.

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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