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Rosewall Creek to Therriault Falls

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Distance
2.41 mi
Elevation gain
138 ft
Technical difficulty
Difficult
Elevation loss
449 ft
Max elevation
426 ft
TrailRank 
53
Min elevation
112 ft
Trail type
One Way
Moving time
one hour
Time
one hour 35 minutes
Coordinates
678
Uploaded
June 21, 2023
Recorded
May 2023
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426 ft
112 ft
2.41 mi

near Mud Bay, British Columbia (Canada)

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Photo ofRosewall Creek to Therriault Falls Photo ofRosewall Creek to Therriault Falls Photo ofRosewall Creek to Therriault Falls

Itinerary description

The route shown is the full trail length, from the parking lot north east of Route 19A all the way to the Therriault upper falls area. The trail was recorded just on the return leg. I provide many photos of the trail conditions and notable bits of scenery, including all aspects of the falls and various river crossings on giant logs (caution!).

This deep valley is truly primeval, and you will half-expect dinosaurs to emerge out of the forest or creek. The walls of the canyon are so steep and tree and undergrowth so thick that this is always a cool place to be even on the hottest summer days. You will be hard-pressed to find a sunny spot at which to stop except in the creek.

This trail is labeled as difficult due to many trail hazards, from large trees fallen across the winding trail to narrow sections of the path along slippery drop-offs into Rosewall Creek. You will need to use your hands to safely navigate this trail and some hand-lines (ropes) are provided in some areas to steady yourself against a fall into the creek. At the falls area near the end of the trail, the route is steep and slippery over large rocks. Finding a safe perch for a picnic lunch or resting spot can be tricky, and so take your time in this area and progress slowly. The lower falls are the more beautiful of the falls area and you can save yourself a 15-minute steep scramble by stopping at this spot and not continuing up the trail from there. There are some nice rocks to sit on with a view of these lower falls, but be careful climbing down to them.

Search and Rescue teams are called several times a year to help hikers on this route, and the biggest cause of accidents and usually lengthy (6-hour-long) evacuations by stretcher are broken or twisted ankles. The valley is too steep for access by helicopter. The footing is poor in many locations, so plan to go slowly and carefully, taking as much as 2 hours each way up this 4km-long trail (including stops to enjoy the scenery). A 4-hour round trip is a minimum for the almost 8 km round trip. I also highly recommend hiking boots with good ankle support.

Waypoints

PictographWaterfall Altitude 427 ft
Photo ofTherriault Upper Falls

Therriault Upper Falls

PictographWaterfall Altitude 430 ft
Photo ofUpper Falls Area Photo ofUpper Falls Area Photo ofUpper Falls Area

Upper Falls Area

PictographRisk Altitude 374 ft
Photo ofTrail Photo ofTrail Photo ofTrail

Trail

PictographRisk Altitude 367 ft
Photo ofCross the brook below or walk the log Photo ofCross the brook below or walk the log

Cross the brook below or walk the log

PictographPhoto Altitude 358 ft
Photo ofSteep Upper Trail Area Photo ofSteep Upper Trail Area

Steep Upper Trail Area

PictographRisk Altitude 351 ft
Photo ofSteep Trail Photo ofSteep Trail

Steep Trail

PictographWaterfall Altitude 328 ft
Photo ofTherriault Upper Falls from Approach Photo ofTherriault Upper Falls from Approach Photo ofTherriault Upper Falls from Approach

Therriault Upper Falls from Approach

PictographWaterfall Altitude 308 ft
Photo ofTerriault Lower Falls Photo ofTerriault Lower Falls Photo ofTerriault Lower Falls

Terriault Lower Falls

The best spot for a break and to spread out your stuff to have a meal.

PictographRiver Altitude 299 ft
Photo ofAnother Decent Picnic or Bathing Spot Photo ofAnother Decent Picnic or Bathing Spot

Another Decent Picnic or Bathing Spot

PictographPhoto Altitude 279 ft
Photo ofA Pleasant Stretch of Trail Photo ofA Pleasant Stretch of Trail Photo ofA Pleasant Stretch of Trail

A Pleasant Stretch of Trail

PictographRiver Altitude 256 ft
Photo ofTrail and View to the River Photo ofTrail and View to the River

Trail and View to the River

PictographTree Altitude 279 ft
Photo ofHollow Tree

Hollow Tree

PictographPhoto Altitude 210 ft
Photo ofA Decent Trail...until that fallen log across it

A Decent Trail...until that fallen log across it

PictographTree Altitude 236 ft
Photo ofSome Fallen Logs are easy to duck under Photo ofSome Fallen Logs are easy to duck under Photo ofSome Fallen Logs are easy to duck under

Some Fallen Logs are easy to duck under

PictographBridge Altitude 203 ft
Photo ofA Bridge Across the River...for the daring Photo ofA Bridge Across the River...for the daring Photo ofA Bridge Across the River...for the daring

A Bridge Across the River...for the daring

PictographPhoto Altitude 194 ft
Photo ofA Log to Step Over

A Log to Step Over

PictographRiver Altitude 135 ft
Photo ofA Narrow View to the River

A Narrow View to the River

PictographPhoto Altitude 125 ft
Photo ofThis Log on the trail has a cut-out! Photo ofThis Log on the trail has a cut-out!

This Log on the trail has a cut-out!

PictographTree Altitude 128 ft
Photo ofTree with Fungus

Tree with Fungus

PictographRisk Altitude 128 ft
Photo ofTrail with Drop-Off on the River Side

Trail with Drop-Off on the River Side

PictographPhoto Altitude 118 ft
Photo ofAnother log to Step over

Another log to Step over

PictographRiver Altitude 108 ft
Photo ofRiver's Edge Photo ofRiver's Edge Photo ofRiver's Edge

River's Edge

PictographPhoto Altitude 89 ft
Photo ofEasy Trail Area Photo ofEasy Trail Area

Easy Trail Area

PictographPhoto Altitude 72 ft
Photo ofSome Roots on the Trail Photo ofSome Roots on the Trail

Some Roots on the Trail

PictographTree Altitude 89 ft
Photo ofTree Canopy Photo ofTree Canopy

Tree Canopy

PictographPhoto Altitude 79 ft
Photo ofA Few Trail Obstacles Photo ofA Few Trail Obstacles Photo ofA Few Trail Obstacles

A Few Trail Obstacles

PictographPhoto Altitude 72 ft
Photo ofOpen Area on Trail

Open Area on Trail

PictographBridge Altitude 69 ft
Photo ofAnother Natural Bridge...for the Brave

Another Natural Bridge...for the Brave

PictographRiver Altitude 62 ft
Photo ofA Swimming Hole? Watch the Current Photo ofA Swimming Hole? Watch the Current Photo ofA Swimming Hole? Watch the Current

A Swimming Hole? Watch the Current

PictographRiver Altitude 62 ft
Photo ofLower River Photo ofLower River Photo ofLower River

Lower River

PictographTunnel Altitude 59 ft
Photo ofWalking under Highway 19 Photo ofWalking under Highway 19 Photo ofWalking under Highway 19

Walking under Highway 19

PictographTunnel Altitude 52 ft
Photo ofWalking under the smaller Highway 19A Photo ofWalking under the smaller Highway 19A Photo ofWalking under the smaller Highway 19A

Walking under the smaller Highway 19A

PictographPicnic Altitude 52 ft
Photo ofPicnic Area in Rosewall Creek Park Photo ofPicnic Area in Rosewall Creek Park

Picnic Area in Rosewall Creek Park

PictographCar park Altitude 52 ft
Photo ofParking Area at Rosewall Creek Provincial Park

Parking Area at Rosewall Creek Provincial Park

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