- Watershed: Morice
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Trail Length: 940m
- Round Trip: 1 hour
- Distance from Houston: 10-30km
- Cell Coverage: Yes
- Use caution when approaching the canyon edge. Watch your footing.
- Cell Service
It’s a mystery as to why a waterfall of this size and so close to town never had a trail to it before! As part of the Houston Hikers Society’s 10 year anniversary we thought it was a worthy site for a new trail. Special thanks to the Initial Attack wildfire crew for helping to cut it out in 2020.
Peacock Falls is an impressive two step falls trucked away in a canyon and surrounded by towering balsam and spruce trees. The trail gradually goes down from the parking area and winds through the forest before the final turn to the viewpoint.
USE CAUTION when entering the viewpoint area. The slopes are steep and people should watch their footing as they move towards the edge. Stay back from the edge and take in the view.
There is evidence of old mining or tie-hacking in the area and the trail passes by the old ruins of a cabin. Even more puzzling, the is existence of an old wooden ladder on the opposite side of the canyon. We’ve posted a picture of it below. Despite your curiosity, DO NOT attempt to get to the ladder from the other side of the canyon, it’s definitely not safe to do so.
However, if you know the story of this ladder (or have a theory) about how it came to be there, or why it’s located in a very unusual and inaccessible spot in the canyon, we’d love to hear about it!
- Head west of Houston on Highway 16 and turn onto the Morice River Road.
- At approx 7 km turn left onto the East Peacock FSR
- Drive through the Hunky Dory mill site, drive slow and use caution
- After the mill site, keep left (don’t go into the rock pit on the right)
- At approx 2 km turn right
- At approx 5.75 km turn right (if you hit the 6 km board you’ve gone too far)
- After about 170 m the trail head sign will be on your right.