I finally found Billy Green Falls! This is one of those falls that once you know where it is, it is impossible to miss, but my first attempt included wandering up and down the side of the highway without any luck. Hopefully this post helps you avoid being in the same situation!
The thing is, this is a waterfall that is essentially on the side of the highway, so it might not make for an amazing hike if you are looking for something longer, or to have a quiet moment to yourself. But it is nice to have the juxtaposition of trucks, buses, and snow ploughs barreling by while you are enjoying your secret, quite sizeable waterfall!
|This is where the trail starts! If you are walking onto a trail and don't see a waterfall in 2 seconds, it's the wrong trail!|
In fact, the first time I was trying to find Billy Green, I thought it was past a trailhead for the Red Hill Valley Trail, which was down the street on Centennial Parkway. So you could exit out there, and then walk up the street.
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The place where I was wrongfully searching is a good place to park though, if you are comfortable pulling off of the highway. I brought my Dad and husband Jesse to find this waterfall, and we parked on the side of Ridge Road, just past where it meets Hwy 20/Centennial Parkway. Either way, you'll be walking on the side of a highway.
I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it was a lot more scenic than I thought! And it's around a corner, so you do have a little pocket of nature to yourself.
|Jesse being adventurous|
|Photo Credit: My Dad, among some other photos in this post|
|Jesse for scale|
|For once I was too uncertain to brave the ice and rocks - thanks Jesse for these closeups!|
The short, but rocky path.
Since we parked pretty much around the corner from the Devil's Punchbowl we made a quick pit stop there as well. You can find more detailed directions or hiking info here.
|Back into the world|