In the third instalment of our series “the waterfalls of Wells Gray”, we examine Spahats Falls. Spahats is sometimes known as Bear Falls or Bear Creek Falls Spahats and Bear are the same word in different languages.
According to the World Worldfall Database ….”Spahats Creek is the first major stream which is crossed along the Clearwater Valley Road in Wells Gray Provincial Park. Like every stream that flows off the Trophy Mountains into the Clearwater River, Spahats Creek intersects the area’s ubiquitous basalt formations and plunges over the rim of the Clearwater Valley. What stands out with Spahats Creek, however, is the sheer size of the canyon the creek has managed to create. As one approaches the falls from the parking lot the creek churns along in a gorge maybe 75 feet deep, but at the falls suddenly and spectacularly expands and deepens to 400 feet in dramatic fashion, with the waters of Spahats Creek pouring out of a keyhole slot in the amphitheater, plunging over an impressive waterfall. The falls stand approximately 240 feet tall, with drops of 40 and 200 feet respectively, but only the 200 foot drop can be seen due to the shape of the gorge.”
ACCESS TO SPAHATS FALLS
Access to this waterfall is an easy drive off of Clearwater Valley Road (the main artery for Wells Gray Park). The access road off of Clearwater Valley is not plowed into Spahats in the winter but it is a short hike, snowshoe or cross country ski trip into the viewing platform. It is a spectacular visit year round.
If you are passing through and have just a short time, Spahats Falls is only about 15 minutes off the main highway and well worth a side trip.
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