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Rainbow Falls

I still remember the first time I was introduced to these waterfalls. I couldn't believe something so beautiful was so easily accessible. I also couldn't believe it took me twenty years of living in The Robson Valley to find out that they actually existed. Although not incredibly powerful, they do stand quite tall - the geological features and the uniqueness of the rock is so fascinating! 

The falls are are located in McBride, British Columbia. An easy hour long drive north west of Valemount on Highway 16. Right before entering the town of McBride (before the bridge), there is a right hand turn off the highway bringing you onto Mountain View Road. Follow this road for 600 Metres. Eventually you will see a hiking sign and a right hand turn onto Rainbow Falls Road. Lastly, follow this road for about 450 Metres and you will see a small parking area on a sharp left corner. Park here and this is where the trail begins.

 Follow the grey line from Valemount. Trail head marked with a red X.

Follow the grey line from Valemount. Trail head marked with a red X.

Take note that there are actually two waterfalls on this short hike. The first of the two can be heard from the trailhead and is only a couple minutes away. The second, and much larger waterfall, is another 10 minute walk to get to the base of the falls. Right after the small falls, you will begin a gentle accent to the top of a hill. This is where you will first lay eyes on Rainbow Falls. If you look along the roots here you will find a trail with a sketchy rope that will help you make the slippery decent to the base of the falls and into the canyon.

 A view of the slippery trail from below. Look closely and you'll see the rope.

A view of the slippery trail from below. Look closely and you'll see the rope.

 The first small waterfall heard from the trail head.

The first small waterfall heard from the trail head.

 The second larger waterfall and baby Thatcher in Tia's belly ♡

The second larger waterfall and baby Thatcher in Tia's belly ♡

The close proximity in which you can stand to the falls is pretty special. Being able to stand underneath the gentle, frigid water feels so refreshing on a hot day. You can also explore further and take a quick walk to the top of Rainbow Falls by following a trail on the left hand side. There are some pretty nice views of the valley up here, but honestly just being at the falls is so much nicer.

I'm a huge fan of seeing how the environment alters with the season changes. Make sure to check them out in the late winter/early spring. There is normally a spectacular ice castle built up underneath. You wont regret going!

 March 2016.

March 2016.

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