Moul Falls

Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

About Moul Falls


Hiking Distance: 5.8km round trip
Suggested Time: 2-2.5 hours

Date first visited: 2010-09-19
Date last visited: 2010-09-19

Waterfall Latitude: 51.83498
Waterfall Longitude: -120.04975

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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, and Spahats Falls).

It was also the smallest waterfall of the four that we saw in the park.

Moul_Falls_049_09192010 - Moul Falls
Moul Falls

Nevertheless, we felt that the very quiet and tranquil hike required to even reach the Moul Falls immersed us in the forest environment.

In addition to the tranquility and size of the waterfall, 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.

The Hike to Moul Falls

Speaking of the hike to Moul Falls, we had to go about 5.8km round trip.

Moul_Falls_012_09192010 - The wide open path dominating most of the hike to Moul Falls
The wide open path dominating most of the hike to Moul Falls

While the hike was delightfully quiet and tranquil, we did have to be cognizant of the possibility of a bear encounter (though we were told that only black bears as opposed to grizzly bears had roamed these parts).

So we came in with a healthy respect and fear of the bears regardless of what type they were.

Anyways, the trail began outside the Wells-Gray Provincial Park 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, it seemed like there were always private property signs and boundaries flanking us to our right.

Moul_Falls_018_09192010 - After crossing into the Wells-Gray Provincial Park boundary, we still had another kilometer before reaching Moul Falls
After crossing into the Wells-Gray Provincial Park boundary, we still had another kilometer before reaching Moul Falls

We also noticed a disturbing amount of red-needled pine trees that were stricken with the pine beetle that haven’t died off from the cold thanks to Global Warming.

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 the Wells-Gray Provincial 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) as it passed by some small cascades along Moul Creek.

Moul_Falls_026_09192010 - Looking down at an attractive intermediate waterfall upstream from the Moul Falls
Looking down at an attractive intermediate waterfall upstream from the Moul Falls

Eventually, the path reached a fenced overlook of the little gorge in which Moul Falls resided, and we were able to see its very top from here.

The path continued around the rim of the little gorge on its left.

Once we were beyond the fenced overlook area, the trail narrowed even more with some minor dropoff exposure.

We 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 Moul Falls.

Moul_Falls_039_09192010 - Looking down over the brink of Moul Falls just before we continued on the path leading to its base
Looking down over the brink of Moul Falls just before we continued on the path leading to its base

After the bench, the trail made one final descent down more flights of steps leading right to the misty base of the falls.

We were fortunate to have showed up to Moul Falls 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.

Overall, 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.

Moul_Falls_061_09192010 - Julie making the final descent to the base of Moul Falls
Julie making the final descent to the base of Moul Falls

However, the trail was quite easy to navigate and we did not have to deal with too much elevation change.

Therefore, we felt that this excursion wasn’t too risky from a physical standpoint given Julie’s condition at the time.

Authorities

Moul Falls resides in Wells-Gray Provincial Park in the province of British Columbia. It is adminstered by BC Parks. For information or inquiries as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Moul_Falls_006_09192010 - Julie closing the gate behind her at the trailhead for Moul Falls
Moul_Falls_007_09192010 - Looks like we had a ways to go before reaching Moul Falls with the park boundary a little more than half-way there
Moul_Falls_010_09192010 - Julie on the wide trail to Moul Falls. The length of the trail allowed us to start noticing the color starting to change in the trees, which marked the arrival of Autumn
Moul_Falls_017_09192010 - Julie about to leave the wide open road and onto a more typical footpath right at the Wells-Gray Provincial Park boundary
Moul_Falls_022_09192010 - The trail to Moul Falls became much narrower on this leg of the hike as we descended along Moul Creek
Moul_Falls_030_09192010 - Julie continuing the descent amidst the forested landscape en route to Moul Falls
Moul_Falls_032_09192010 - The Moul Falls Trail continuing to skirt alongside Moul Creek
Moul_Falls_042_09192010 - After getting our fill of the brink of Moul Falls, Julie and I then went on a narrow part of the trail with some mild dropoff exposure as we continued towards Moul Falls' base
Moul_Falls_044_09192010 - Julie descending towards a switchback and bench on the way down to the base of Moul Falls
Moul_Falls_050_09192010 - Finally starting a clean look at the Moul Falls though we still had a little more to go to reach the bottom
Moul_Falls_053_09192010 - Another look down at Moul Falls from the bench at the switchback
Moul_Falls_067_09192010 - Direct look up at Moul Falls from its base
Moul_Falls_093_09192010 - Right at the base of Moul Falls, the late afternoon sun started to come out, which yielded a slight rainbow in its mist on the lower right of this photo
Moul_Falls_096_09192010 - Context of Julie starting to head back towards the trailhead after having our fill of Moul Falls
Moul_Falls_109_09192010 - Passing by some mushrooms en route to the trailhead for Moul Falls
Moul_Falls_110_09192010 - A closer look at some of the wild mushrooms growing out of the ground as we made our way back to the Moul Falls Trailhead
Moul_Falls_113_09192010 - Finally making it back to the Moul Falls trailhead

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We’ll describe the driving route from Clearwater to Moul Falls since that was how we began the drive even though we ended up staying at lodge much closer to its trailhead.

From Clearwater, we drove a little over 21km north on the Clearwater Valley Road towards the well-signed Moul Falls car park.

Moul_Falls_004_09192010 - At the trailhead and car park for the Moul Falls, which actually sat outside the Wells-Gray Provincial Park boundary
At the trailhead and car park for the Moul Falls, which actually sat outside the Wells-Gray Provincial Park boundary

The signposted car park was 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.

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


Top down sweep of the falls from the bench at the switchback


Top down sweep of the falls from its base before panning to the left to show some of the scenery downstream


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

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Visitor Comments:

Almost to Moul Falls November 7, 2010 9:05 pm by Muriel - We went almost all the way to the falls, but after the small cascade it seemed like nothing more would be happening. That was a mistake! ...Read More

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