Dawson Falls – Wells Gray Provincial Park

Dawson Falls Hiking Trail at Wells Gray Provincial Park - Clearwater, BC, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

July 30, 2012: Dawson Falls


Dawson Falls is one of seven waterfalls on Murtle River in Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada. Murtle River drains from Murtle Lake, passes through 7 waterfalls, and finally joins Clearwater River at Gattling Gorge of Helmcken Canyon (the narrowest section of Clearwater River, about 20m or 66ft wide).

The seven sisters waterfalls in sequence are: McDougall Falls, Meadow Falls, Horseshoe Falls, Majerus Falls, Dawson Falls, The Mushbowl, and Helmcken Falls. Only the last three are accessible by road (Clearwater Valley Road); the former five are accessed by hiking trails.

Wells Gray’s waterfalls are a result of volcanic action, glaciation, and erosion by water. In summer Dawson’s step-like falls are a roar of white water flowing over layers of lava. Water and spray have eroded the thin layer of lava into the back of the “steps”. During the coldest winters, a wall of blue ice forms over the falls—you can’t see the water move, but you can certainly hear it!

Dawson Falls Panoramic Viewing Platform at Wells Gray Provincial Park - Clearwater, British Columbia, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

July 30, 2012: Panoramic viewing platform of Dawson Falls



Close-up View of Dawson Falls at Wells Gray Provincial Park - Clearwater, BC, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

July 30, 2012: close-up view of Dawson Falls

Sideview of Dawson Falls on South Side of Murtle River at Wells Gray Provincial Park - Clearwater, British Columbia, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

July 30, 2012: at the edge of Dawson Falls

Hiking Trail Map

Read this article for various hiking trails to Dawson Falls.


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