- Difficulty Easy
- Time 0.75 hours
- Round-Trip 1.5km
- Elevation Gain 40 meters
- Season year-round
- Camping Yes
- From Vancouver 2 hours, 40 minutes
- Public Transit No
- Dog Friendly Yes
The Homesite Caves Trails is a short hike, through a rugged forest that passes several caves that have formed from water that has carved out the limestone rock. The caves are small and very unstable, so it is not possible to go inside of them, however the trail is still an interesting hike to see how the creek has carved away the surrounding area.
The trail is short and relatively easy, however the terrain is quite rugged in areas, including rocky sections that pass through the creek and several fallen trees to climb over. The start of the trail begins near a spur along the Forestry Service Road (FSR) and ends at the Homesite Creek Campsite. From the campsite, you can walk back down the same trail or you can walk through the campsite and walk back down the FSR.
Starting from the trailhead about 1.6km up the FSR, walk into the forest and follow the trail as it meanders through the forest. The trail slightly descends and you have to carefully climb over a couple of fallen logs. As you walk, look for several caves to the left of the trail. The caves are usually at the bottom of some small hills, where a creek has worn a path through the forest, carving out the limestone. Some are well hidden behind rocks or trees that have fallen and block their entrances.
The trail continues as you make your way through a small valley along the creek until you reach a junction, where a short trail goes to Homesite Creek and a scenic waterfall. After enjoying the view of the rushing water, walk back to the junction and follow the trail up the hill as it heads in a direction parallel to the creek. Another short trail branches off to the right to some smaller waterfalls as you can walk down to the edge of the creek.
Returning to the trail, it goes up a short, steep hill and arrives at the campsite. This is the end of the trail and you can either return via the same trail you took or walk through the campsite to the front gate, then down the FSR back to where you parked.