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Christie Falls (Ladysmith) - Retreads

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Distance
4.78 mi
Elevation gain
587 ft
Technical difficulty
Moderate
Elevation loss
587 ft
Max elevation
513 ft
TrailRank 
69 5
Min elevation
78 ft
Trail type
Loop
Moving time
2 hours 2 minutes
Time
2 hours 56 minutes
Coordinates
1366
Uploaded
March 28, 2019
Recorded
March 2019
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513 ft
78 ft
4.78 mi

near Ladysmith, British Columbia (Canada)

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Itinerary description

Christie Falls, the destination of this hike, are always a beautiful but are especially so in springtime when Bush Creek is in full flow. At the top, the upper falls split in two, rejoining to form lower falls as the creek tumbles down the hill.

On the trail you will pass by the Ladysmith Sportsmen's Club Fish Hatchery. There is a toilet and picnic spot at the fish hatchery site.

There is a lovely pool at the bottom of the upper falls which makes a great lunch spot. Above that, there is a steep ascent to the top of the falls (with in-place rope climbing assist) which is possible, depending on conditions, for a look from the top (not shown on this hike).

The trail is partially along a decommissioned logging road in the shade of trees, partially out in the open along the groomed Trans Canada Trail or in total shade in the steeper sections.
There is one small stream to cross via stepping stones or a log (with rope assistance). There is one relatively steep, rocky section of trail (approx. 10 minutes).

Retreads Hiking Club gives this hike an AVA rating of 2 B.

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Waypoints

PictographCar park Altitude 79 ft
Photo ofLots of parking

Lots of parking

PictographPhoto Altitude 174 ft
Photo ofPleasant walk through 2nd(?) growth

Pleasant walk through 2nd(?) growth

PictographWaypoint Altitude 220 ft
Photo ofWater tank

Water tank

PictographWaypoint Altitude 236 ft
Photo ofPower line road ahead

Power line road ahead

PictographIntersection Altitude 240 ft
Photo ofKeep straight across power line road

Keep straight across power line road

PictographPhoto Altitude 243 ft
Photo ofStart of logging road

Start of logging road

PictographBridge Altitude 282 ft
Photo ofCamus Ridge side trail

Camus Ridge side trail

You could take this side trail to Camus Ridge

PictographIntersection Altitude 253 ft
Photo ofBear left here

Bear left here

PictographBridge Altitude 249 ft
Photo ofYou are now on groomed TCT

You are now on groomed TCT

TCT = Trans Canada Trail(aka The Great Trail)

PictographIntersection Altitude 240 ft
Photo ofDon't turn right!

Don't turn right!

PictographPhoto Altitude 240 ft
Photo ofPhoto

Photo

PictographPicnic Altitude 240 ft
Photo ofPicnic area

Picnic area

& toilet.

PictographPhoto Altitude 279 ft
Photo ofThis section is challenging but with great views

This section is challenging but with great views

PictographWaterfall Altitude 299 ft
Photo ofLower falls

Lower falls

PictographWaterfall Altitude 354 ft
Photo ofLower falls

Lower falls

PictographWaterfall Altitude 476 ft
Photo ofLower falls

Lower falls

PictographPhoto Altitude 492 ft
Photo ofUpper falls first section

Upper falls first section

PictographBridge Altitude 486 ft
Photo ofCrossing to other section of upper falls

Crossing to other section of upper falls

PictographWaterfall Altitude 486 ft
Photo ofUpper falls first section

Upper falls first section

PictographPhoto Altitude 502 ft
Photo ofUp, up, up

Up, up, up

PictographWaterfall Altitude 492 ft
Photo ofUpper falls second section

Upper falls second section

PictographPhoto Altitude 505 ft
Photo ofDown, down, down

Down, down, down

PictographWilderness hut Altitude 456 ft
Photo ofLog cabin

Log cabin

PictographWilderness hut Altitude 456 ft
Photo ofLog cabin

Log cabin

PictographPhoto Altitude 466 ft
Photo ofPhoto

Photo

PictographPhoto Altitude 338 ft
Photo ofPhoto

Photo

PictographIntersection Altitude 272 ft
Photo ofKeep left

Keep left

PictographIntersection Altitude 266 ft
Photo ofIntersection

Intersection

PictographPhoto Altitude 262 ft
Photo ofTrans Canada Trail

Trans Canada Trail

Comments  (3)

  • Photo of Gary Vermette
    Gary Vermette Apr 16, 2021

    Kastz, your trails are great and easy to follow with all the way marks and directions. Thank you for sharing them.
    Gary from Ladysmith.

  • Photo of River Kaatz
    River Kaatz Apr 16, 2021

    Thanks very much Gary!

  • Photo of Gary Vermette
    Gary Vermette Apr 17, 2021

    I have followed this trail  verified  View more

    Nice trail, easy to follow with clear instructions where and where not to turn. Did have a bit of a difficulty on return trip going to the right towards cabin on way back but that's because I was sight seeing quite a bit and made a bit of a mess tracking on the phone app map itself as I was navigating the trail. Return trip on the logging road was not one of my favourite sections as I like being on trails in the woods. Next time I will go back the same way after visiting the cabin.

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