While travelling up or down the inland highway between Horne Lake and Bowser, you drive over Nile Creek. It’s a nondescript overpass without much of a view but, if you are like me, you notice this spot because there is always a bunch of random cars parked on the side. From the highway, there is no real indication of what the car owners might be out doing or why they chose that particular spot to stop. Naturally, the mystery of it all has always made me want to go!
At first, it was just an awesome forest trail. It reminded us both of our adventures at Rosewall Creek and Rina was excited when the noise of the highway finally faded away and all we could hear was the sounds of the forest (for a “forest bath” experience).
We meandered along, following the path and listening to the nearby river flowing. Within about 10 minutes though, the trail turned very “adventurey” (our new word made up just for this trail!) and what followed in the next 2.5 hours was both super entertaining and really fun!
The trail itself follows along Nile Creek and with the rains we’ve had recently the water was high and flowing fast. The trail has lots of muddy spots and is fairly narrow as you go, but is easy to follow and mostly level all the way along. The trail is a there-and-back trail and you just have to keep at it and go as far as you can! All your efforts will be rewarded with an amazing series of waterfalls as you start climbing the steep part near the end 😍
We took our time, enjoying being on a new trail and figuring it out as we went. The adventurey part had us crossing log bridges, scaling over and under various obstacles, hopping from one strategically-placed piece of wood to the next in extra muddy spots, and walking along the whole length of fallen trees.
The people who have carved this trail into the forest need medals for their efforts! It’s simply amazing! It’s because of them that we can all go here to enjoy the forest, creek, and waterfalls but minimize any damage to the forest floor and let the water keep running where it needs to go. While dogs would make for great hiking companions on this trail, I think it’s fairly safe to say that small children and strollers will not likely have good time.
I think we took about two hours walking in and less than an hour walking out. Having gotten the lay of the land, we happily arrived back at the car without incident, well except for some muddy shoes. It was only 4pm when we finished the hike so we had just enough time to swing by our favourite brewery, Loveshack Libations, for a pint to cheers our most adventurey hike yet!
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