Derickson Art Water Falls and Camp

Derickson Art Water Falls and Camp

A few of us wanted to go camping this weekend. Since the snow was reported to be at many of the lakes on the highlands, I decided to take a quick jaunt up to the 201 or Okanagan Falls Forest Service Road to just explore the area a bit. The area also happens to be a registered Trapline as well so I promised one of the owners, Ray Derickson, that I would report on any good spots to build a trappers cabin. Near the water falls in the video below would be a nice spot, lots of creeks and water around so securing a year round supply of fresh water shouldn’t be too hard if a well was created. A Gravity fed supply system of pipes could be created as well in this area.

The Trapline Falls, known as “Art Water Falls”, are close by and I am sure would make spectacular frozen columns in the middle of winter. There is a trail that leads to the upper portion of the falls. The trail is a very well used game trail. Many outdoorsmen have probably wandered along the trail as well just like we did in trying to get to the falls for a better look than the road above provides. To get to the base of the falls one has to clamber down a steep section of sidehill but the earth is quite loose and a hiker is able to create solid footholds as you scramble down. interestingly enough, there are about a dozen tires at the base of the falls. It appears that the love of watching things roll down hills is still live and active. I would like to spend a couple of hours to use the tires as steps in an effort to create a more permanent trail down the steep sidehill to the base of the falls.

To Reach the falls, take the 201 heading west off of the Big White Road, Then take Rabbit heading west. After one km or so, you will see a large opening on the south side of the road where a huge tree plantering camp is located. Vehicles of all types were parked along side of the road along with a 100 foot long base camp tent and 8 porta potties. Right after the camp a small road veers to the south and we took that for about one km, drove through a creek and wound up on Joe Rich Rd. We found that Joe Rich Road will go back to Big White Road….i think, and we passed a gravel pit on the way. The gravel pit was after the falls though so if you get there and you didn’t see them back track and look over the hill until you spot them. They would be quite difficult to mis. Here are a few pictures. Hope this post helps you find a nice hiking destination and if anyone reads it and discovers the perfect spot for a trappers cabin, let me know please!

Art Water Falls on Derickson Trap Line on Joe Rich Road

Mission Creek Falls and the Meloe violaceus

Mission Creek Falls and the Meloe violaceus

Hullo everyone! This past weekend I set out to find Mission creek falls…. Sucess! or so I thought untill I went online and read that they were supposed to be 66 feet high….. Still I could have found them , Im almost positive I did. Hiking along the creek to get there well that proved quite the risky business and the penalty for failure was high, I broke uphill, to get to safer ground, and it’s along the ridge that I seen it and my veiw wouldn’t afford a hight estimate. For all those who would like to find it for themselves I have …. you guessed it gps coordinates (supplied at end of post) anywho .. Along with the precarious veiw of the falls along the ridge I had the pleasure , 😐 maybe not the right word, of a couple Meloe violaceus ( blister beetles or oil beetles) mating apparently these bugs after being threatened or scared relese a oily secretion that blisters the skin and can cause poisonings…. so lol don’t touch. Ill upload more pics later

oil beetles

oil beetles

gps coordinates as follows
MISSION CREEK FALLS

 

Decimal Degrees (WGS84)

Latitude Longitude
49.855033 -119.32025
Degrees, Minutes & Seconds

Latitude Longitude
N49 51 18 W119 19 12
GPS

Latitude Longitude
N 49 51.302 W 119 19.215
UTM

X Y
11N 333223 5525095

 

Pic of a cool unused road off the trail used to find the falls!!

Pic of a cool unused road off the trail used to find the falls!!

Mission Creek Falls clarification from a Tracks And Trails Visitor.

We appreciate Tracks And Trails visitor feedback and ideas very much.  Tim’s information about Mission Creek Falls has been very helpful so I will post it here as well (it is already in the comments on a previous post).

Mission Creek Falls: There are actually two sets of falls on Mission Creek and this may be causing some confusion. Gallagher Falls are about 4 Km above Hydraulic and are a set of several cascades. Hogback Falls are about one Km downstream from the Black Mt holding pond and are much more substantial but less accessible. A real adventure finding them but a beautiful hike. It may be easier from the south side. I was through that way about 40 year ago.