This past weekend, J and I headed into the Burke Mt area with a couple of friends to spend some time hiking and viewing a couple of waterfalls. The forecast was for clouds and the occasional shower. Luckily, we got the clouds but not the showers.
Our objectives were the Dry Crossing and Sawblade Falls, both on Coho Creek which tumbles down between a couple of unnamed peaks in Pinecone Burke Provincial Park.
The hike goes up several shared use hiker-mountain biker paths and old logging roads through several different forested areas with lots of lovely spring flowers along the trails, the most common being false solomon’s seal, star-flowered false solomon’s seal, foam flower, bunchberry, and yellow wood violets.
As it was a bit cool for the season, we also lucked out in not being bothered to any serious degree by our insect friends, although the occasional black fly needed brushing off. After a couple of hours we got to our first waterfall, Dry Crossing Falls.
One of the reasons we picked this hike was because we are still in the Spring run off season here in SW British Columbia and the waterfalls are just gushing spectacular amounts of water. A couple of creek crossings which in summer would be easily transversed required high level ballet type balancing to avoid serious foot and leg soaking! Not to mention avoiding the algae covered slippery rocks!!
From Dry Crossing Falls, we followed a rough route, the Sawblade Bike Trail, further downstream to arrive at what is becoming a fairly common local hiking destination, Sawblade Falls. About 30 minutes or so and we arrived at Sawblade falls.
Our plan was to eat lunch at Sawblade Falls and then head over to a couple of other falls on the way back to the car. What with the cooler weather, and a strong wet cool spray coming off the falls, we found a less exposed area behind a few trees where we could hear them but not see them and hunkered down and enjoyed our lunch. Here’s a video I took of the falls before we ate.
After lunch, and enjoying a last bit of falls viewing, we decided to forego the other falls and made our way back to the car to conclude a lovely day spent with friends and falls. A parting shot of Sawblade falls as we head back out.
Just a bit of warning; if you’ve never hiked this area before, most of these hikes start at a gate that is just a few hundred metres from a gun club so you often hear loud blasts of gunfire while you’re walking. But once you get far enough along, the gunshots diminish and forest sounds take over.
And just because you’ve been so patient, here’s another gusher we visited a few weeks ago in the Squamish area, Crooked Falls. Check out this video, too.
We do like our waterfalls and there are so many lovely ones here in BC.
Until next time,