Aug 31

September 2016 Lower Chedoke Falls

September 2016 Lower Chedoke Falls

Giant’s Rib Escarpment Education Network’s (GREEN) Waterfall of the Month for September 2016 is Lower Chedoke Falls.

Lower Chedoke Falls is located in Hamilton on the east branch of the Chedoke Creek at the east end of the Chedoke Golf Course off the Chedoke Radial Trail. Lower Chedoke Falls has year round flow with a height of 6m (20 ft.) and a crest width of 11m (36 ft.). It is considered a Curtain type waterfall with three separate waterfalls, which can merge together after a heavy rainfall.

Chedoke Falls is located in the centre of Hamilton however good viewing access to it is difficult.  From Hwy 403 take the Aberdeen Ave. exit and travel approximately 1 km to Studholme Rd. Turn right onto Studholme Rd. and then turn left onto Beddoe Dr. which will take you to the Chedoke Golf Course parking lot. From the parking lot, follow the Chedoke Radial Trail eastward to the most eastern golf fairway. Beside this fairway is the eastern branch of the Chedoke Creek. Follow the Bruce Trail located beside it up the slope to a lookout for Lower Chedoke Falls. It is difficult to see Lower Chedoke Falls from this lookout, thus to get a better view, you then have to carefully trek along the western slope of the ravine about 150 m to Lower Chedoke Falls, where this photo was taken.

By Joseph Hollick