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Within Reach: Kittil Falls

Within Reach

Kittil Falls is for the adventurous, but for those willing to explore some dirt roads – it’s well worth the effort. This secluded spot is perfect for an overnight adventure, and boast a handful of recreational campsites campers can pitch a tent at. Every night, you’ll be lulled to sleep by the roaring waterfall.

When you arrive, you’ll see a two-track path into the forest. Follow that for a few hundred metres and you’ll easily find the falls. Here, the wide path ends but a faint trail can be picked up that leads further up the hillside to view the shallow upper pool and a second, smaller waterfall. This area also has an abundance of blueberries and huckleberries.

To access the Kittil Falls rec site, it is best reached by the McGregor Sande FSR (if you are using a Backroads Mapbook, it is simply labelled McGregor). The trip out will take approximately 1.5 – 2 hours depending on the condition of the gravel roads. Drive east from Prince George on HWY 16 to Upper Fraser Road. Turn left on Upper Fraser Road and follow it past the community of Willow River, Eaglet Lake, Upper Fraser and finally a single lane bridge over the Fraser River. Turn right at the junction after the bridge and drive for approximately 1km, then turn left onto Pass Lake Road. Follow this gravel road for 46km, then turn onto the McGregor Sande FSR and drive for about 9km until you see the Kittil Falls recreation site sign on your right, just before a small bridge.

Pass Lake Road is a corridor for backcountry hikes and rec sites. If this is your first time out, take note of some spots nearby as you’ll likely return: the Torpy FSR departs Pass Lake Road and leads to Torpy Mountain; the trailhead for a hike called The Farm is in an overgrown pull-out on the north side of the road in the first corner at Pass Lake; the Pass Lake rec site is at the north end of the lake, easily visible from the road; the access road to Fang Mountain is otherwise unmarked at the 41km sign; at 48km you will find the McGregor River rec site and the deactivated suspension bridge (there is a model of this bridge at the Central BC Railway and Forestry Museum).

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