Stokes Falls Trail

The trail to Stokes Falls has a number of very attractive features besides the waterfalls themselves. There is a very dense Vancouver Island third growth forest at the start of the trail, a charming but wobbly little moss-covered bridge over a tumbling creek, then mature second growth forest before a steep climb to some groves of old growth forest. A fork in the trail leads to a small camas meadow and then Highway 4. Also of interest, there are a few signs of human habitation along the hike as well. For example, you can find some garden flowers in the area in the spring. If you take the other fork it leads downhill to a second fork. Go right to get to the falls on a steep downhill grade. You will enter a secluded little dell of old growth forest, with one specimen being truly magnificent. There is a small footbridge to cross a second creek just before the falls.

Getting There

Begin by heading half a kilometer up Highway 4 from Coombs Country Candy toward Cathedral Grove. There is a gravel road on the right. Turn onto it and you'll see a big orange gate. Sometimes it is open. If you feel lucky, drive through and take the first left through the plantation. Keep turning left at every fork until you come to a dead end. Look carefully for the trailhead. If you don't feel lucky you can walk this distance. It is only 610m.

Difficulty: 
Moderate (the trail is indistinct at times)
Length: 
80 min round trip (2.0 km)
Vehicle Access: 
2WD
Elevation Gain: 
100 m
Trailhead Coordinates: 
49°15.85900'N, 124°44.02000'W
GPS Map: 

Important

UPDATE - The BC Wildfire Service has declared a ban on all Category 2 fires.  This means anything larger than a campfire (0.5 meters wide and 0.5 meters high) is presently prohibited. The forest is extra dry this spring so please be very careful!

IMPORTANT – Any of the various trails described on this website might be accessed through, or pass over, privately owned land. It is solely your responsibility as a hiker to ensure that you have the appropriate permission from the landowner before travelling on any privately owned land. When travelling on privately owned land, please be respectful and responsible, to help ensure the landowners future cooperation with hikers.  

When travelling on privately owned forestry roads, make sure to stay aware and follow all posted signs. Do not enter any areas that are marked closed for active logging, and never approach any logging equipment. Island Timberlands kindly provides information on access restrictions and other important info on their BLOG.

Whenever you venture into the wilderness it is important that you make someone aware of your travel plans, in the event that an emergency situation occurs. Always make sure that you bring with you appropriate survival equipment when venturing into the wilderness for even the shortest hikes. Be mindful of the difficulty of individual trails, and do not attempt hikes that are beyond your physically abilities or training. The volunteers, and owners, of the Valley of Trails website provide information about trails and outdoor activities in the Alberni Valley, but in no way assume responsibility or liability whatsoever in regards to your safety when venturing into the wilderness. It is your responsibility to stay safe in the Valley of Trails.