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Exploring Mohun Creek on Vancouver Island: How to Get There

Put on your adventure hat, pack the camera gear (pack lightly) and get ready rock and roll. Mohun Creek Trail on Vancouver Island is waiting for you! This beautiful trail has two stunning waterfalls, visitors often get confused over the names. That’s why I’m going to help you out: the first waterfall is Trout River Falls, and the second and taller waterfall is Mohun Creek Falls. Lace up your hiking boots and explore the natural beauty of Mohun Creek Trail!

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What is Mohun Creek Trail?

Mohun Creek trail is a popular swimming hole and photo destination for those looking for an adventure. Most visitors often take the short five-minute hike to admire Trout Creek Falls. However, to get the full experience and beauty of the area. You must hike all the way to the second larger falls, Mohun Creek Falls.

History of Mohun Creek Trail

Before being renamed in honour of Mr. Mohun in the middle of the 1970s, the creek was first known as trout creek. So why do we care? If you do any research on how to find this location Google Map list the trail incorrectly. All trails list the Mohun Creek trail with not access from the Menzies Main forest road. Garmin base camp still calls it Trout Creek falls trail. Yes! It’s confusing. How did I find it I have good friends.

What to expect exploring Mohun Creek

Expect to see picturesque scenery on Mohun Creek Trail. The trail winds alongside of the creek and through lush forests and past two stunning waterfalls: Trout River Falls and Mohun Creek Falls. You will also spot wildlife such as deer, and various bird species. Don’t forget your camera, as there will be plenty of opportunities for capturing stunning photos of the natural beauty along the way.

Overall, you can expect a truly magical experience exploring Mohun Creek trail. It’s an ideal destination for outdoor photographers and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds.

Where is Mohun Creek located?

Mohun Creek trail is a 30 minute drive from Campbell River, Vancouver Island BC. There are 2 ways to access the trail head. One from Morton Lake Provincial parks and the other is from Menzies Main Logging road.

How do I get to Mohun Creek?

From Campbell River – Morton Lake Provincial Park

  • Head north on Island highway 19A towards Seyward
  • Turn left onto Menzies Main – you should see the entrance to a heavy-duty truck repair shop, do not tune into the shop. Follow the pavement
  • Travel down Menzies Main for 9 klm passing over 2 bridges.
  • Turn Right onto Morton Lake Service Rd for 3.2 klm
  • Arrive at Morton Lake Provincial park on the left

From Campbell River – Menzies Main

  • Head north on Island highway 19A towards Seyward
  • Turn left onto Menzies Main – you should see the entrance to a heavy-duty truck repair shop, do not tune into the shop. Follow the pavement
  • Travel down Menzies Main for 5 klm passing over 1 bridge. Park before crossing the 2nd bridge.

Map tp Mohun Creek trail

Hiking Mohun Creek Trail

We started at the Menzies Main; As it’s the quickest route to the two waterfalls. Trout Creek Falls is the first falls you arrive at. It’s only a hop, skip, and a jump from where we parked. The falls are popular for swimming in the summer, so it’s well trodden, the path is uneven, with rocks and roots, so be careful.

After Trout Creek Falls, the Mohan Creek Trail becomes more challenging. The path is steeper and narrower. Stay on this trail for 2 KLM to Mohun Creek Falls. The elevation gain is about 300 feet as the trail follows the eastern side of Mohan creek.

The trail takes you through a dense forest with towering trees and lush greenery. You’ll hear the falls as you hike, adding to the peaceful ambience. As you continue on, you’ll come across several small waterfalls and cascades, providing other photo opportunities.

Best time of the day for lighting.

I always prefer morning light and photographing these two waterfalls is no different. If you’re late, the sun will create hot spots on the falls. You want to be there in the early morning, when the sun is rising. This is when the light will be most vibrant, and the surrounding scenery will be most picturesque. If you’re lucky, the mist and fog may hang around for a while.

Over view of Mohun creek waterfall

Consider the weather conditions

True story – I tried not once but 3 times before I recorded the video for the Mohun Creek Trail. Both times I was rained out. On the second attempt, it rained so hard by the time I got to Trout Creek Falls; I was soaked to the bones.

Checking the weather has its advantages before heading out on any hike. It’s crucial because rain can soak the woods and ferns, making the trail slippery and uncomfortable to walk. The mud can accumulate on your shoes, adding extra weight. The rocks become slippery and can cause you to fall.

Tips for Photography

Selecting the right camera gear

Selecting the right camera gear for your needs can seem daunting, but it’s actually quite easy when you break it down into steps. Here are some tips for selecting the right camera gear for your needs:

  1. Don’t bring too much gear: it’s a long hike and a bit of a climb. You lose creativity when you’re tired”.
  2. Consider the type of photography you’ll be doing: its waterfalls and forest photography, I’m fairly certain you don’t need a 600 mm lens.
  3. Consider your needs: Think about what features are important to you and select camera gear that has those features.
  4. Look at the other photos: Look at sample photos on the internet and Instagram to see what others have photographed.
  5. Talk to other photographers: Get advice from other photographers who have been to the falls.

By following these steps, you should be able to select the right gear for your needs. Good luck!

Composition techniques for stunning shots.

Sometimes when we are photographing waterfalls, we cannot always get the composition we want. It may be of where we have to stand to get the shot. I’ve stood on tree stumps, sat in trees, stood on one foot, leaning over the camera backwards, just to get the shot. For this, I shoot wider than what I need. I can always crop in post.

What techniques can help enhance the composition of pictures?

  1. Look for interesting perspectives and angles: Instead of taking the shot from eye level, consider shooting from a low or higher angle.
  2. Apply the ‘Rule of Thirds’: aligning the subject along one of lines or intersections created by dividing the image into 9 equal parts.
  3. Create a sense of depth: Use a wide-angle lens to capture more of the background or foreground and to create a sense of depth in the image.
  4. Use leading lines: Leading lines draw the viewer to the subject.
  5. Look for patterns, shapes, and textures: Repeating patterns, shapes, and textural elements can help create a pleasing composition.
  6. Balance the elements in the frame: Look for elements in the frame, such as light and dark or big and small.
  7. Incorporate negative space: Negative space can help balance and make the subject stand out.

Mohun Creek trail the 2nd waterfall in the area

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there is a trailhead for Mohun Creek. There are 2 locations to start the hike from. Menzies Main Forest Road or Morton Lake Provicial park

Yes, there are several campgrounds near Mohun Creek. The Mary Lake Campsite, Morton Lake Provicial park, Mohun Beach recreation Site, Pacific Yes Campsite, just to name a few.

Yes, there are two wonderful waterfalls near Mohun Creek; I’m calling them Mohan Creek Falls and Trout Creek Falls.

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