Sunday, July 8, 2012

Upper Wolf River Falls - Dorion, Ontario

Wolf River
near Dorion, ON, Canada

Wow! This was a truly amazing waterfall experience! After miles and miles of dirt road driving, we finally reached the "trailhead." A short walk had us at the gorge, which then presented the following challenges: steep descent, loose gravel, ladder, rope support, relentless mosquitoes. Still totally worth it. I will be adding some video in the coming days to better give a feel for how powerful these falls are - and I think we caught them after recent rains, the flow was incredible. Video(s) coming soon.
Getting there: There are not signs for this remote waterfall. We made it with few issues in a Kia Spectra, but a higher clearance vehicle would be preferable. From Hwy-17 in Ontario, take Fish Hatchery Road west - it's in pretty good shape, but pay attention to signs as there are several curves/intersections. Around four miles in, take the right turn onto Wolf Lake Rd, and get ready for rougher roads. You're on this road for 12 miles, and will pass over three bridges and by Wolf Lake (impressive views). After bridge #3 (in best shape of the 3) take the trail road to the right for a mile and a half until there's a spot to park. On the right, look for the trail and follow it, taking a left when it splits. At the top of the gorge is a cleared spot with campfire/hammock, look for the path down right around there. At the next split halfway down, left takes you to the rope ladder and falls, right takes you to the top. Good luck!

Overall: Amazing
Hike: Difficult

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