Washboard Falls in the summer. Photo courtesy of David Piano.
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Washboard Falls is a 5 metre (16 feet) high,
6 metre (20 feet) wide classical cascade waterfall located approximately
100 metres upstream from Tiffany Falls. Sometimes referred to
as Upper Tiffany Falls, it has year-round flow.
Because of its proximity to Tiffany Falls, the two waterfalls
have a shared historic background.
Washboard Falls is featured on Joe Hollick's "Waterfalls of
Hamilton- Autumn" poster. If you own or have access to this poster,
note the children playing in the foreground. Apparently the local
kids know of this waterfall and visit it by crossing over private
property, which is the easiest way to reach it.
Washboard Falls has also appeared on vintage postcards.
How to get there
Driving and trail directions are the same as those for Tiffany
Falls. As of now, however, access to Washboard Falls is extremely
difficult. It is located on Hamilton Conservation Authority lands,
but the only way to reach it - without going onto private property-
is to climb the steep hill to the left of Tiffany Falls and follow
the creek upstream for 100 metres. This climb is very
dangerous and should be attempted only by those who
have proper hiking equipment.
Photos of Washboard Falls
Map with Washboard Falls and surrounding waterfalls. Click to enlarge.
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