Christie Falls

Christie Falls

8 reviews

  1. Favourite spots!

     (5 / 5)

    Love it here! Great hike that is quite strenuous at times, not the best for the elderly as it has a part where you need to rapel down. Worth it for the waterfall and the view.

  2. Great hike, but be prepared!

     (4 / 5)

    The drive to this area as people in the past have mentioned is quite long and bumpy, I would suggest a truck or hefty SUV. It took us about an hour from thr core of Kelowna. The hike is really beautiful, minus the burnt portions. A word of caution, the ropes down to the falls themselves are sketchy. I would suggest those for experienced hikers, not for the faint of heart. I’ll attach a picture. Worth the drive, and the mosquitoes weren’t even that bad 🙂

  3. stunning if you can find it!

     (5 / 5)

    Picture driving a little farther than you would like… down a gravel backcountry road. Taking care not to take the wrong turn at the many Y’s in the road. Once you read the trailhead you are face with a recently devastated by wildfire forest. Stunning in itself, you get to hike through it until toy reach a steep dirt path downward. Ropes guide you down the dirt path and you turn the corner to ding the most lush canyon, with a 100 foot waterfall in the middle. Truly worth the hike, but not for the faint of heart.

  4. Well worth the trip to the Falls

     (5 / 5)

    Make sure you have good directions to the falls as it can be a-bit confusing. A short hike once you get there but fantastic scenery so bring your camera.

  5. BEAUTIFUL and DANGEROUS

     (5 / 5)

    EVERYTHING you need to know about the infamous u201cChristie Fallsu201d in West Kelowna. nnFirst of all, Google Maps- u201cChristie Falls Trailheadu201d then load the directions on your phone on the satellite view and you’re good to go. There’s an old blog of u201cthe amazing Christie Fallsu201d on Kelowna Now’s website and I would NOT follow these directions listed there- the KM distances are wrong anyways. *Also should mention at this point that hiking shoes or running shoes are definitely mandatory! Hiking this in flip flops is asking for trouble. *Also note that snow is present here until April/May usually! nnGoing in a small car is possible but beware of many potholes and a tougher ride. There is also a steep hill immediately before the parking lot at the end so if you make it this far, I wouldn’t drive up this hill. You’ll know it once you see it. nnThe hike to the cliff side edge is through an old forest fire burnt area. Very cool and sadly beautiful. This is a flat 15 minute walk. Mosquitos are bad in the spring time! Watch out for black bears in the spring and summer! nnYou know once you reach the cliff side edge. The trail ends and of you do happen to walk farther to your right, you’ll see the top of the waterfall when the creek goes over. Do not get close to the edge because it is actually an overhanging ledge!! The mountain is cut back against itself so it is very sketchy. nnThe descent down:nThere are ropes that will help you descend down. It is very steep!! 70-80 degrees down! Bringing gloves would actually be useful. The descent takes only about 10mins or so. At the bottom the waterfall is absolutely gorgeous. In the springtime it is a raging waterfall and in the summer it is reduced to a trickle misting over the edge. You can go under the waterfall if you want but if a rock or debris comes over the edge you will not see it until it potentially hits you with more force than you can even imagine. nnWaterfall and Rope Swing:n-You can walk under the waterfall!! So cool! Walk around to the other side and there are some small caves too. On the far side of the waterfall you will probably find the famous rope swing. Here’s the truth you need to know: it is NOT a rope swing. It’s an old combing rope used by rock climbers. It is not maintained. nnHere’s the real dangers about this waterfall:n-As someone who works in the hospital, I’ve seen first hand multiple people who’ve fallen off the rope swing and nearly died. Below the waterfall are massive razor sharp boulders and when you swing on the rope, you’ll be 20-40 feet above the ground once you swing out away towards the falls. If you fall off or slip you are in great danger. One young man fell off and with his friend they had to climb out by themselves to get cell service. This took 2 hours to get out! Usually climbing back up on takes 15 minutes max. nOn a different day-Another young man fell off the rope swing and had to be rescued by helicopter several hours later while stranded beneath the waterfall with serious injuries. nnThis is definitely a unique beautiful natural wonder of the central Okanagan and because it is off the beaten path and not a park or maintained by the city, not a lot of people come here on a daily basis. I have been here many times so I know it inside and out and I hope you’ll enjoy it as we do and take thought of the risks of the swing and climbing.

  6. Directions

     (4 / 5)

    Was a bit of a drive up, take bear lake road up, instead of turning left to goto bear lake go right, there is a small sign that says ‘christie’ , follow that road, then take the left with the small Canadian Flag on the side of the road. There is a path to get to the falls, however once you hike about 15 minutes it takes you to a steep slope where you need to rope down to get to the bottom of the waterfalls. Beautiful hike, safe for dogs and kids (maybe not the slope part to get to the bottom of the waterfalls, use your judgement). Bring water!

  7. A hidden gem

     (5 / 5)

    This may be one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. Took some time to get there and got lost along the way, but well worth it. The hike down was just as lovely as the falls. The water is cold but very refreshing after the hike down. If you haven’t been, you must.

  8. Fantastic!

     (5 / 5)

    Christie Falls are hard to find but very worth it. The hike down to the falls is difficult in parts but there’s a rope to assist you. Make sure you’re wearing good shoes and take some water.

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