Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles.
The protection of Helmcken Falls was one of the reasons for the creation of Wells Gray Provincial Park in 1939.
This was my first visit to massive Wells Gray. Like 99% of visitors, I drove only the 42km of paved roadway out of the gateway town of Clearwater.
End of the road is the short walk to a viewing platform on the rim of the canyon providing a panorama of the falls and canyon
Helmcken is the fourth highest waterfall in Canada, measured by total straight drop without a break.
Next I hiked to the top of the Falls (other side) on the Rim Trail.
That’s about 3 hours, 8 km round-trip.
There’s no fence along canyon edge so you can climb directly above the river.
Click PLAY or watch some drone footage on YouTube.