In the summer, it is a short little walk up a wide trail near the campground and day use area, working out to about a 2km gentle walk to make the return trip from the day use parking lot.
In the winter, the campground is closed and the access road is not plowed. This means you have to start from the highway and snowshoe or ski down the access road to reach the trail. It is about 4.5km to make the return trip on the access road and falls trail, going downhill to get to the falls and uphill to get back to the highway. Backcountry cross-country skis are a great option because they allow you to glide and stride down the road, then climb back up easily.
RAD adventure tip: the falls take a bit more effort to reach in the winter, but with the frozen falls surrounded by icicles and a dusting of snow, they also become totally magical!
When to go: anytime!
Access: from Revelstoke, drive South on Hwy 23S towards Shelter Bay for 25km. Watch for a highway sign indicating Blanket Creek Provincial Park in 2km. You will cross Blanket Creek and see the large park entrance sign on the left. Turn left off the highway into the park, follow the access road down to the campground area and continue to the large day-use parking lot. Park there and walk up to the falls access trail! In the winter, the access road is totally blocked by snow but the shoulder is plowed a bit wider at the park entrance – this is the winter trailhead.
Distance: 2km return (summer), 4.5km return (winter)
Trip rating: A1
Park entrance from Hwy23S and winter trailhead: N50° 49.880′ W118° 05.553′
Summer trailhead and start of falls trail: N50° 50.081′ W118° 05.334′
Falls: N50° 50.013′ W118° 5.427′