Moul Falls hiking trail is one of the popular short hiking trails in Wells Gray Provincial Park. It is very famous because it is the only waterfalls that hikers can walk behind the falls to the other side of the river. The round trip to the falls is only 5km (about 2 hours round trip).
The trail to Moul Falls starts at the 21km mark on Clearwater Valley Road, traveling from Wells Gray Park Visitor Information Centre. Turn at the well-signed parking lot on the left side. Walk through the gate at the north side of the parking lot. The first part of the trail is relatively flat through a woodlot. The second part is a descent down the cliff alongside the falls to the base of Moul Falls by means of stairs. The stairs to the bottom of Moul Falls were built in 1997 by the Neave family who own the adjoining land, Interior Whitewater Expeditions which operates rafting trips on the Clearwater River, and the Friends of Wells Gray Park. The stairs are now maintained by BC Park. During low water seasons, it is possible to walk behind the falls into the large cave that has been eroded by the spray and to the other side of the falls. Swimming may be possible in the pool beneath the falls if the water is not too cold. When I went to Moul Falls in late July, the water currents were still so strong that it was NOT possible to walk directly behind the falls. I could only manage to walk to the side of the falls, and that was it! Next time I’ll probably try autumn season (Labour Day long weekend or Thanksgiving long weekend) and see if the water is not as high and rapid.
According to web elsewhere, there is a foot bridge across Grouse Creek just above Moul Falls; however, I didn’t see any foot bridge!!! After crossing the foot bridge, the hiking trail is supposed to lead to McDiarmid Falls (downstream from Moul Falls) and along the cliffs above the Clearwater River. Did I miss the bridge?!?! ò.ó Or, was it removed?!?! ò.ó Next time I’ll pay more attention.
Exact location of Moul Falls Hiking Trailhead / Parking Lot is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map (click EXTERNAL LINK below to view map).