Candle Creek and Triple Decker Falls was something I was not expecting. Hands up if you have ever gone on a hike with doing the bare minimum research for it? And with bare minimum research, I mean looking up what the distance and difficulty were and figured you got this? With this in mind, I'll let you guess how much research was done for this one. As an avid hiker, anything classified as moderate and under 15km doesn't phase me. According to AllTrails, Candle Creek and Triple Decker Falls are classified as a moderate 5km return trip. Easy peasy or so I thought.
"Run wild and free like a waterfall"Anamika Mishra
Time: 3-5 hrs
Distance: 5km return
Trail: There and back
Difficulty: Moderate (quite steep)
What to bring: water, snacks, sun protection, hiking sticks, proper hiking shoes, waterproof case for the phone (if hiking to base).
Road conditions: Accessible by car
Other information: Osprey Viewpoint is a 10m walk offering views over Clearwater River. To get to the base of the falls, walk straight past the bridge (not over) and follow the trail.
I prefer to prepare as much as possible but to give you a little bit of background, Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Columbia ended up being a semi-last-minute adventure (AKA. It wasn't going to rain, so we decided to go). Nevertheless, we quickly researched 'Top Waterfalls to See' and trails that could be completed in the short 2 days we had. It also didn't help that our internet stopped working just after Spahats Falls (along with all our attempts to do a bit more research).
It can be a challenge finding the trailhead as there are no signs along the road unless you have pinned Candle Creek or Triple Decker Waterfalls on Google Maps or are following a hiking app like AllTrails or doing some research on sites like this one. There is just a little pull-off into a hidden parking area before (if going towards Clearwater) or after (~4.5 km coming from Clearwater roundabout) a bridge with enough spots for about 5 cars.
At the start of the trail for Candle Creek and Triple Decker Falls hike, there is a sign warning you about the steepness of the trail and offers poles and sticks to those who need them; however, I would highly recommend bringing your own poles if you have some. One section even has ropes to help you get down and back up.
The fun part starts around the 1km mark as you continue to Candle Creek Falls. If you didn't enjoy walking downhill yet, you sure will now but with the courtesy of ropes. This is the steepest part of the entire hike and unfortunately, the ropes do not go all the way to the end and the last little section will have to be done yourself.