• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    0.8 Miles

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

Easy hike along McLeod River culminating in the biggest of three waterfalls at the end of the trail.

The hike down to the main waterfall (War Falls) is a short one, and it's downhill most of the way. War Falls trail skirts along the McLeod River, which flows from War Lake. There are a couple of viewpoints along the trail to take in the smaller waterfalls along the river. The end of the trail gets you to a platform viewpoint of War Falls. 

During the summer months (July, August and September) in the park you can walk right up to the falls as it is shallow enough to get there. In the spring due to the snowmelt, the river is flowing much too powerfully to get to the base of War Falls. Regardless of what time of year you visit; it's still a beautiful waterfall and a hidden gem. 

Carp Lake Provincial Park is in the remote wilderness of Northern British Columbia, with no cell phone coverage. Please be Bear Aware and Wildlife Aware as there are Moose, Elk, Cougar, Grizzly Bears, and Black Bears in the area. 

Directions: Head North from Prince George on Highway 97 (Hart Highway) to McLeod Lake. There will be a sign in McLeod Lake saying Carp Lake Provincial Park turn off 2km ahead. You'll turn left at the top of McLeod Lake onto Carp Lake Road. There is a reserve a few short minutes after you turn left. If you need or want to you can fill up your fuel tank there. After that, it is about a 32km (19.8mi) drive on Carp Lake Road to the trailhead for War Falls. This part of the road is a gravel road, but well maintained. The trailhead is just after the Carp Lake Provincial Park sign. There is parking to the right and a pit toilet just off into the woods. The google maps directions from Prince George BC to the trailhead can be found here.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Camera and Tripod
  • Bathing suit (July-Aug-Sept only)
  • Sturdy runners or hiking shoes
  • Bearspray
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Loved this mini hike. Can't wait to go back when the water level has dropped to go swimming and take pictures of a more chill waterfall. 👌🏻👌🏻👍🏻

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Kaila Walton Explorer

I grew up on Denman Island BC, Canada and now I am currently based in Prince George. I love hiking, photography and road trips. I'm also a huge waterfall junkie.

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