A view at the upper Moffat falls

A view at the upper Moffat falls

Horsefly waterfall quest launched

Horsefly District Board of Trade has completed a new promotion project for Horsefly.

  • Jul. 12, 2016 1:00 p.m.

Horsefly District Board of Trade has completed a new promotion project for Horsefly.

A brochure has been compiled to promote the five waterfalls in the region.

There are three on the Horsefly River, and two on the Moffat.

The brochure has been designed as a scavenger hunt, to see if participants can find all five in one day.

Horsefly Falls: now referred to as Lower Horsefly Falls, at kilometre 129 on Black Creek Road.

Middle Horsefly Falls: located at km 145.5.  This is the easiest hike — the falls are really close to the road.

Upper Horsefly Falls: km 149.5 at the junction with the 900 road, at the foot of Big Slide Mountain.  Mildly strenuous hike on rocky, slippery ground, so be careful.

Moffat Falls: now referred to as Upper Moffat Falls at km 7 on 108 Road.

There is now a foot bridge over Moffat Creek, and a new viewing area across the bridge and off to the right a little ways.  Easy hike on cleared trail.

It’s a much better vantage point than the old viewing location, where you can see all three streams of water pouring over, and feel the mist rising off the water.

There are also some interpretive signs being installed about the historic Chinese ditch there.

Lower Moffat Falls: located at km 5 on 108 Road.

There is a lovely view point on the way in to this location, with a sweeping view of Moffat Creek and the Cariboo Mountains, near Quesnel Lake in the distance.  The falls is a fairly strenuous hike off to the right from there.

You can view it from up above, however, there is a very steep bank, so be careful, or hike right down to the water’s edge.

You can also see an old mine workings down there.

If you hike into all five locations in a day, you have accomplishment you can be proud of.

At all locations you will see yellow flagging leading the way to the viewing stations.  Remember, there are no safety railings, the trails are rough and slippery, and be bear aware — this is an authentic wilderness experience.

Thank you to the Cariboo Regional District for funding this economic development project, and Ernie and Chase Gruhs and Linda Bartsch for doing the work to make this project happen.

– Submitted by the Horsefly District Board of Trade