Ammonite Falls From Jameson Rd.

Ammonite Falls From Jameson Rd. near Nanaimo, BC


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5 kms
2hours
moderate
Hiking, Hiking
Spring, Spring
Nanaimo, BC
User Ogoki
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Ammonite Falls is named for the fossils that inhabit the stack of sedimentary layers of rock kept slick by the falls. A brief foray into the rock matrix in the Benson Creek Falls Regional Park reveals a vast number of concretions, ball'o'fossils that can be broken open to reveal ancient life. Most concretions contain merely a protean speck, while others house ammonites, snail-like creatures similar in shape and form to the modern Nautilus. These were very common in Paleozoic and Mesozoic oceans, 400 to 65 million years ago. Many large shells are embedded in the stone of the riverbed (one at least is the area of a Nanaimo bus schedule).

Directions:

Drive - From Jingle Pot Road, turn onto Kilpatrick Road. Take the first right onto Jameson Road. Follow Jameson to the end. There is a paved sideroad to the right called Creekside which goes into a new development. Continue straight on Jameson onto the gravel.
Please be aware that NO PARKING ALLOWED on Jameson Rd!

Jameson Rd is a popular access to Ammonite Falls and Benson Creek Falls Regional Park. Increased parking volumes along Jameson Rd and Creekside Place have caused traffic congestion and unsafe access to driveways.

In the fall 2014 the Creekside Place Community Park parking lot was expanded and upgraded to fit 24 vehicles. Visitors are requested to drive 200m metres down the hill to the parking lot and then walk in.


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By OgokiPosted By: Ogoki  - Mon Feb 01 18:28:45 UTC 2016 Not Rated Upside In the fall 2014 the Creekside Place Community Park parking lot was expanded and upgraded to fit 24 vehicles. Visitors are requested to drive 200m metres down the hill to the parking lot and then walk in.
By RDN ParksPosted By: RDN Parks  - Wed Feb 18 00:05:27 UTC 2015 Not Rated Question Please be aware that NO PARKING ALLOWED on Jameson Rd!

Jameson Rd is a popular access to Ammonite Falls and Benson Creek Falls Regional Park. Increased parking volumes along Jameson Rd and Creekside Place have caused traffic congestion and unsafe access to driveways.

In the fall 2014 the Creekside Place Community Park parking lot was expanded and upgraded to fit 24 vehicles. Visitors are requested to drive 200m metres down the hill to the parking lot and then walk in.

NO PARKING ALLOWED ON JAMESON: Be aware that parking enforcement is in effect and the RCMP is having vehicles towed. More info at www.rdn.bc.ca/parks

ANSWERS are in this forum:   Visiting Ammonite Falls, Nanaimo
By JJ BucknerrPosted By: JJ Bucknerr  - Mon Feb 16 00:08:44 UTC 2015 This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars Upside Short well maintained hike. Downside DO NOT PARK at the top of the street or you will be towed like I was. There is a lot down on Creekside where you should go. I saw several hikers get towed.

By EFlanaganPosted By: EFlanagan  - Tue Jul 15 03:50:56 UTC 2014 This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars Upside Nice and cool hike for those super hot days. Downside Parking at the gate is tight! No space to turn a truck around. The hike in is pretty steep for the one section. Comment Lots of trails that go off of here and connect up. Evidence of campfires. I imagine it's a party spot on the weekends. It would be interesting to explore a bit more, I think there are probably short cuts if you know the area well.

Most of the ropes down to the falls are in decent condition, except for one at the top. If you feel like being a good samaritan bring in some rope and replace it!
By tonka023Posted By: tonka023  - Sun Jun 16 04:31:30 UTC 2013 Not Rated Question My husband and I hiked there today. Great hike, ropes down to the falls were pretty easily navigated. However, these directions are only to the trailhead. There are many paths branching off and few are marked. I found these directions from
http://islandnature.ca/2012/11/ammonite-falls/ very helpful.

Getting There

Getting to the falls is pretty straightforward. From Jinglepot Road in Nanaimo look for either Meadow Road (at the East Wellington Fire Station) or Kilpatrick Road. Both of these will take you to Jameson Road. Drive to the end of Jameson Road (to the right) until it ends at Creekside Road. Park here (don’t drive up the gravel road to the gate, there’s no parking there).
Walk in on the gravel road past a yellow gate and into the Malaspina University College Woodlot
Ignore the first gravel road to the left that goes up hill, continue straight through the managed forest.
Ignore the second gravel road to the right that goes down hill into a recent cut block. At this intersection you’ll see a sign post with a blue Benson Creek Falls Regional Park sign. Continue straight onto the lesser used gravel road.
Shortly after the road re-enters the forest you’ll see a small parking area on the left and another Benson Creek Falls Regional Park Sign as well as a hand made sign which reads Ammonite Falls on the right. A well trodden trail goes up and over a bit of a bank and then starts to descend downhill toward a ridge that follows Benson Creek. You’ll hear it on your left. There are two (mountain bike?) trails that branch off to the left from this trail. One is signed the “Drunken Logger.” Ignore both of these and continue down the hill.
At the bottom of the hill the trail levels out along the top of a ridge that runs alongside Benson Creek. You should see another blue sign for the regional park and a no littering sign along this stretch. It eventually comes out into a bit of an open area near the edge of a cut block. Here look for a trail on the left that follows the ridge (there were two but both joined on the down side of the slope). Keep to the woods and follow the sound of the stream.
The trail goes down another hill to an open area at the top of the falls. There’s an old fire ring here.
Continue through the open area and follow the trail down toward the sound of the falls. It’s fairly steep in the first bit but gets steeper once you can see the falls.
The final section is muddy, slippery and steep. There’s a set of ropes that you can use to assist you on the way down. If you’ve climbed any of the Mayan ruins at Tikal or Chichen Itza you shouldn’t have any difficulties with this section, just use caution and common sense. I don’t like heights but was pretty comfortable with scrambling down with a backpack and a tripod. It compares to the steep sections of the Radar Hill Beach trail out in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
Allow yourself about 40 minutes from the trailhead to the falls.



ANSWERS are in this forum:   Directions to falls
By GpennellPosted By: Gpennell  - Sat Jul 21 02:24:29 UTC 2012 Not Rated Upside Interesting secluded spot.

At the beginning of the hike you walk through a large track of land which includes a bunch of old growth trees. There is a sign indicating that a university owns the lot and it is used for study in some kind of forestry program.
Downside When I went in June 2010 the flow over the falls was minimal.

Making the right turns to find the right road is a bit of challenge. There were no signs to indicate that the falls were along that path.
Comment The slope down to the bottom (which is really the only place to get a view of the falls) is very steep and the collection of ropes that have been left behind by others appear to be pretty haphazardly placed. As I recall it is about a 30-50 foot drop. One slip and you could be in a pretty bad place.


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