About Spahats Falls
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spahats 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.
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.
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