Our hiking group did the Rosewall Creek Hike today.  This is a stream / small river that flows from the mountains down into the Ocean about 15 minute drive south of Courtenay.

The weather was comfortable with periods of sunshine and periods of light misty rain.  The hike follows the stream up through a valley of old growth cedar rain forest.  A fairly easy 4 km  hike (each way) on a good trail but hampered by many trees that fell down during the storm last winter.  A bit of a scramble but worth it to get to the falls.

The first waterfall is small but with a fabulous view (see pic on left)

The second and major falls (pic on right )  requires a difficult climb to a vantage point.  The trail continues beyond this viewpoint but no one in our group wanted to risk it.

I love living next to the mountains