China Creek Falls

China Creek Falls is a true gem that many locals in the Valley of Trails don’t even know about. To be perfectly honest we thought about keeping this one to ourselves…for a moment. The hike itself is a moderate 60 minutes round-trip. There are sections along the trail where you will want to use the ropes along the trail to help you up steep sections, or from falling down even steeper sections. The trail head coordinates are included on this page. Basically, you park near the gate to a large gravel pit, walk down the main road a few meters, and you’ll see a very small trail marked by flags in the tress above. This is a very active industrial area, so please be careful and respectful of the logging traffic.

About 5 minutes into the hike you will hit a fork in the trail (there is a sign marking the fork). If you walk 2 minutes on the right hand trail, you will come to an absolutely stunning swimming hole. If you follow the left fork, you will hike through the second growth forest (with some truly massive trees) along the crystal clear waters of China Creek until you reach the falls. The waterfalls themselves are about 10 meters high and empty into another beautiful swimming hole.

Now that we’ve let the cat out of the bag, please be respectful of this trail and ecosystem. Be sure not to leave any trace. Thank you!

60 minute round trip (4.6 km)
Vehicle Access: 
Elevation Gain: 
20 m
Trailhead Coordinates: 
N 49°11'02.9400" W 124°45'39.6600"
GPS Map: 


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.