Distance is only one way. Climb down the bank from the pullout (about 600 feet) until you reach the old CPR rail bed. Turn left, and follow the rail bed east towards the falls. Very shortly you will come to the trestle that spans the Kettle River. The view is fantastic, but doesn't really prepare you for the awesome spectacle of the falls just ahead. After crossing the trestle, continue east for approx. 700 feet, and start looking for an unmarked cement bridge to the left. Keep your eyes open, as it is in the trees. Once you cross it, take any of the trails, and follow your ears. If you're the adventurous type, there are trails that take you right down to the falls during low water season (summer/fall).
This hike begins at the Christina Lake Tourist Information pullout, just before the Highway 3 & 395 junction.
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Posted By: pmjwright
- Sat Mar 04 00:25:39 UTC 2006
UpsideQuite interesting scenically and historically. CommentAnother trailhead is on Hwy 395 just across the bridge at the bottom of the canyon. This trail is in shaded woods between the railbed/TCT and the gorge. There are many remnants of the old penstocks along the trail.
Until recently there was a picturesque old power plant building just downstream of the highway. Heritage groups were planning to restore the building, and a power company had plans to start generating power there again (which would have ruined the trail and water flow in the canyon). But about 3 years ago the roof collapsed, and the building was then levelled.
For other adventurous types, below the trestle is a nice deep pool, and good cliffs for diving. About 3 km east along the rail bed east is a huge steel bridge over the Kettle River. In 2004 a British Army company built rails and decking on the bridge for safety (and easier biking!)