- Difficulty Easy
- Time 1.5 hours
- Round-Trip 4km
- Elevation Gain 40 meters
- Season year-round
- Camping No
- From Vancouver 2 hours, 30 minutes
- Public Transit No
- Dog Friendly Yes
Chapman Falls is a beautiful, multi-tiered waterfall that is located just south of Sechelt on the Sunshine Coast. Most of the views looking directly towards Chapman Falls are partially obstructed, however there are views of the upper section of the falls.
The trail starts at a metal gate and follows a gravel road for 2km. This section is relatively boring as you follow the fairly straight road under some power lines that is used by industry to access the area.
To begin the hike, walk over the dirt mound to the right of the metal gate and begin following the road. You will pass a work site to the the right and the entire section to your left will be protected by a barbed wire to prevent people from entering the quarry.
When you reach the a small building with a sign that says "Chapman Creek Booster Pump Station", walk to the right of the building and follow the trail behind the building. The trail continues as you begin to hear the roar of Chapman Falls up ahead. Peer through the trees to see if you can catch a glimpse of the waterfall and it's multiple levels. There is one viewpoint where the trees are partially not blocking the view. There is no known safe trail down to the bottom of the waterfall as the sections surrounding the waterfall are extremely steep with sheer cliffs.
The trail continues as it reaches two metal bridges. Cross both bridges and, just after the second bridge, look for a trail to the right that leaves the main trail and offers some views of Chapman Falls. Be VERY careful and do not venture too close to the edge as falling into the creek will likely prove to be fatal.
Return to the trail and continue following it uphill until it branches off to the right where there are some views of the upper section of the waterfall and one of the pools along the rocky shoreline. The large metal pipe crosses the creek above.
This is the end of the hike, however the trail does continue along a popular mountain biking trail known as the BLT Trail. There aren't any points of interest for hikers, so it's advised to turn around at this point.
To return, follow the trail back in the direction you hiked, crossing back over the metal bridges and following the wide trail back to the pump house. At the gravel road, begin the long walk back to the metal gate where you started your hike.