hike: big cedar & kennedy falls

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For some reason, either this trail isn’t well-known or people like to keep it a secret! It isn’t a difficult hike, but does involve clambering and crawling under trees and climbing over stuff, which means you do need to use caution especially after the rain when everything is wet and slippery.

All the instructions online for this trail aren’t very clear. Once we finished the trail however, we realized it was pretty straight forward. At the base of Mount Fromme at the parking lot at the end of Mountain Highway, you walk past a big metal gate. Less than 10 metres up the road, take the first right turn into what looks like a dirt ditch but actually leads on to Big Cedar Trail.

When you come across a sign post at a trail fork don’t go up the mountain; rather, stay right. Follow this path to reach Big Cedar, a 600-year-old cedar tree that was the only tree to survive the clear-cutting approximately 100 years ago.

The trail continues north behind the tree up the mountain towards Kennedy Falls. You won’t hear the falls until you get pretty close so don’t get discouraged! There are lots of bright pink and orange ties to keep you on track on this part. Avoid the blue ties – they seem to lead to nowhere. You’ll come across a rock slide about half an hour after the tree and the falls another half an hour after that.

The water is cold, refreshing and beautifully clear. I suggest not trying to clamber down the pools as it can be quite slippery, but the overhangs looking down towards the falls are a nice place for lunch.

The 10km hike took us about 5 hours (3 hours there as we got lost and had to back-track twice and stop for photos along the way, and 2 hours back).

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*Including photos by Nelli

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