Spahats Falls

Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

About Spahats Falls


Hiking Distance: almost roadside
Suggested Time: 15 minutes

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

Waterfall Latitude: 51.73747
Waterfall Longitude: -120.01662

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Spahats Falls (I’ve also seen it referred to as Spahats Creek Falls) was a tall waterfall pouring out of a narrow hanging gorge and into a wider gorge.

It was said to have a freefall of about 60m in height though its cumulative height could be closer to 75-80m.

Spahats_Falls_032_09192010 - Spahats Falls
Spahats Falls

In fact, its drop compared to the precipitous overlooks skirting the rim of the gorge were so disorienting that we definitely had a little sense of vertigo.

After all, we constantly looked down into the gorge from all around the fenced nature walk around the gorgle’s rim.

The narrow hanging gorge from which the falls came out of was what struck Julie and I as unique about this waterfall.

It was almost as if someone decided to fold the rocks into a very narrow V-shape, then let water feed into it to show off what would happen as the water came out of the fold.

Spahats_Falls_015_09192010 - Direct look across the gorge at the Spahats Falls
Direct look across the gorge at the Spahats Falls

Adding to the mood of our experience was the presence of patchy low-lying fog making it seem like we were some place high up above the clouds.

It almost had that Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon quality to it.

From the fairly big car park (see directions below), it was merely a 5- to 10-minute walk to the Spahats Falls.

We walked through a narrow grove of forest before reaching the gorge rim where the walk then followed to our right eventually reaching the viewing deck.

Spahats_Falls_044_09192010 - Looking in the distance towards the furthest overlooks of Spahats Falls seemingly perched above some clouds
Looking in the distance towards the furthest overlooks of Spahats Falls seemingly perched above some clouds

It was from the viewing deck where we were able to get the full view of the Spahats Falls as other vantage points along the rim had various obstructions to the view.

Authorities

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

Spahats_Falls_001_09192010 - Sign telling us how close to Spahats Falls we were from the car park
Spahats_Falls_002_09192010 - Julie on the short walking trail leading to the gorge rim and the lookouts for Spahats Falls
Spahats_Falls_003_09192010 - Approaching the rim of the gorge (and subsequently the views of Spahats Falls), which was mostly surrounded by fence
Spahats_Falls_005_09192010 - Looking away from the top of Spahats Falls and into the gorge with low fog filling in the gaps
Spahats_Falls_008_09192010 - Julie on the short rim walk leading to the viewing decks for Spahats Falls
Spahats_Falls_011_09192010 - Our partial first look at Spahats Falls with some colorful plant growing in front of it as we continued the walk around the rim of the gorge
Spahats_Falls_013_09192010 - The further along the gorge rim we walked, the more direct the views were to the Spahats Falls across the gorge
Spahats_Falls_017_09192010 - Slightly angled view without as much foliage obstructing the view of Spahats Falls from across the gorge
Spahats_Falls_025_09192010 - Another open and satisfying look across the gorge at the impressive Spahats Falls
Spahats_Falls_027_09192010 - Looking deep into the gorge at the bottom of Spahats Falls and its continuing cascading stream
Spahats_Falls_037_09192010 - Context of Julie checking out the Spahats Falls from one of the designated viewing decks
Spahats_Falls_047_09192010 - On our way back to the car park from Spahats Falls, we got this look down towards an alcove with some little falls trickling through it

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We visited Spahats Falls from Clearwater so we’ll describe the driving route from there.

From Clearwater, we drove just under 11km north on the Clearwater Valley Road towards the well-signed Spahats Falls car park.

The signposted turnoff 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.

Bottom up sweep of the falls and the gorge it carved out


Fixated on the falls


Left to right sweep encompassing the falls while also showcasing the deep gorge


Bottom up sweep from near the top of the falls while looking downstream towards the rest of the gorge and the low-lying fog giving the scene a mysterious feel to it

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