Della Falls may be the crown jewel of the Valley of Trails. It has been called the highest waterfalls in Canada. It depends who you talk to and what your definition of a waterfall is. But no-matter what, it's still pretty incredible, and it's a popular challenge to do.
This is a challenging back-county hike for fit people who can carry as much as 15 kg (40 lbs) on their backs for several hours over very uneven terrain. The trailhead is a dock reaching out into a shallow part of Great Central Lake where the water is nice for swimming. To reach the trailhead you'll need to hire a WATER TAXI service. Nearby you will see a forest of old dead trees, drowned when the dam at the mouth of the lake was built. Past the dock in the trees there is room for a large group of hikers. Ambitious people might even consider camping here and doing the whole trail in a day with day packs.
There are things to see along the way on this popular Vancouver Island hike. The first part of the trek is along an old road built by miners in days gone by. Along the trail you will sometimes see artifacts. The first point of interest is Margaret Creek where there are a few rough campsites and an incredible waterfall. When you reach it you'll be almost half way there. Swim if you dare - the water is never warm.
The road continues and gets steeper and in poorer shape, with several old slides trespassing across it. The cable car marks the end of the road. By then you will be almost 2/3's of the way there. Beyond the cable car the trail gets much rougher and more incredible. Monster boulders, huge trees and towering cliffs, avalanche chutes and brush fields. After 1.5 km more hiking you'll notice a small campsite on a gravel bar in the river. By then, it's about 3 km to the falls. Before you get to Della Falls you’ll come to a fork in the trail. The right fork takes you up the incredibly steep wall of the valley to a cirque with a little lake in it - Love Lake. It's from Love Lake that the best views of Della Falls can be had. It's a steep, 1.5 hour, 3 km climb with a 675m elevation difference.
About 250 m past the fork is the best camping in the area. The campsite is quite large and can accommodate a group of 10-12. 900 m beyond is the base of Della Falls, because the rock cliffs bend back out of sight. The falls is a series of plunges down the canyon wall. Enjoy – you earned it!
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