Difficulty to base of falls: Medium
Difficulty from base to top: Hard
Time to base of falls: 40 minute round trip
Time from base to top: 40 – 50 minute round trip
Distance: 1.6 km round trip to base of falls
Distance: 1 km round trip from base to top of falls
Elevation Change: 100 meter ascent to base of falls
Elevation Change: 170 meter ascent from base to top of falls
Driving Information: From the Wells Gray Tourism Center you will turn right on the Clearwater Valley Road. This road is the only access to the park corridor. Driver for 11.4 km to Spahats Creek Road (Same turn off as Trophy Mountain). Follow this road 4.2 km. At the fork in the road go right on the unsigned Spahats Creek Road. The other road goes towards the Trophy Mountain Medows. Follow the Spahats Creek Road for approx 2 km (google maps says 2.8km). Just before a bridge over silvertip creek you will turn left into an overgrown entry to a Forest Service campground which has some tables and outhouses. The campsite may be full so usually it is best to park on the road and walk the 300ish meters through the camp.
Trail Conditions: The trail is full of roots and is often very muddy and wet. It can be much cooler in this valley so make sure to have layers. Summer time brings out the legendary Wells Gray Mosquitoes so make sure to have some good bug spray with you.
Clearwater Valley Corridor Map
Trail to bottom of Silvertip Falls:
Moderately difficult this trail has many large roots crossing every which way. Because of the tall mountains around, this trail is often wet and has muddy sections. In under 1km you will climb approximately 100 meters in elevation. Easy to follow.
Trail from base to top of Falls:
This trail steps it up a notch in terms of difficulty. Having not been a constructed trail this route has been made bush whacking by the few park guests who want the top view. Quite steep with brush and rock bands this trail can seem bad but the view is worth it. We have been told this trail will be cleared and marked this spring which should make it easier to find.
Disclaimer: Use trails and this information at own risk. Riverside Adventures does not accept any responsibility in the even of an injury or death while hiking these trails. Use of common sense is required while hiking in the mountains.
What to bring:
– Good hiking shoes or boots
– Warm layers (depending on time of year)
– long sleeve t-shirt and pants (mosquitoes)
– Bug spray
– Water (you can refill from Silvertip Creek!)
– Snacks (or a picnic)
– Bear spray (just in case)
– Book on local Flora/Fauna
What to look out for:
– Bears (if you see cubs mama is near by)
– Tripping hazards
– Devils Club (you would have to leave the trail)