This is the scary view of Helmcken Falls, just a few feet from a sheer 140-m plunge into the bowl below. Unlike the main tourist viewpoint, there is no safety fence here, nothing to stop you falling into the maelstrom below. Make no mistake, this was a damn scary place to be – the falls are really loud and intimidating, and the edge of the cliff overhangs slightly. The four of us found that the best way to deal with it was to sit or lie down a few feet back from the edge; that felt much safer. There was a small tree to hang on to which we used to peer over the edge. Still gives me butterflies…
The get a more visceral sense of where this photo was taken check out the short video clip I took: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUmSwOK4tFk
To get here is a 45-60 min walk on a level, forested trail. To be honest, it’s a pretty boring walk but the adrenaline rush of being so exposed more than makes up for that!
Photos of Helmcken Falls really do not do it justice; you have to see it with your own eyes to appreciate the scale and power of the falls and the bowl into which they drop 140 m (460 ft). This viewpoint across the valley is safely behind a fence and offers a fantastic view of the falls. I could have stayed here all day.
One of the problems with photos of waterfalls is that they are static; video helps get a better idea of the scale and movement of the water. This short clip was taken at the same viewpoint as the photo above: https://youtu.be/81rix6hTbo4
The jagged peaks of Mt Hozameen, as seen from the Heather Trail near First Brother in Manning Park. This photo was taken on a snowshoe trip back in Mar 2013 where a group of us headed up the Fat Dog trail and continued up into the alpine to reach the Heather Trail. This was my third attempt at this trail, both previous attempts failing to get this far due to time constraints. It was worth every step.
To me, this mountain is one of the most recognizable features when hiking in Manning Park, though it’s not in the park itself, lying a few kilometres south of the Canada-US border. The closest approach is a little-used trail along a ridge that leads to one of the border monuments (Monument 74), but the view isn’t so good from there as the peaks are significantly foreshortened. I think the best view is from either Lone Goat or Snow Camp mountains on the nearby Skyline II trail.