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: -120.0148

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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 be 60m in height, but one thing was for sure. We definitely had a little sense of vertigo given how we were constantly looking down into the gorge from the fenced nature walk around the main gorge’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 so 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. It almost had that Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon quality to it.

From the fairly big car park, it was merely a 5- to 10-minute walk 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 falls as other vantage points along the rim had various obstructions to the view.

Spahats_Falls_001_09192010 - Sign telling us how close to Spahats Falls we were from the car park
Spahats_Falls_003_09192010 - Approaching the rim of the gorge, which was mostly surrounded by fence
Spahats_Falls_008_09192010 - The short rim walk to the viewing deck
Spahats_Falls_011_09192010 - Our partial first look at Spahats Falls with some colorful plant growing in front of it
Spahats_Falls_032_09192010 - Looking right down into the gorge at Spahats Falls
Spahats_Falls_047_09192010 - Looking down towards an alcove with some little falls trickling through it


From Clearwater, drive 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.

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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