Lower Falls Trail
I categorize this hike as easy but with a few modest ups and downs.
50 Kms east of Vancouver you’ll find Golden Ears Provincial Park. 11 Kms north of Highway 7 near Maple Ridge, and yes, you’ll need a car for this one. Once at the National Park, drive up Park Rd past entrances to Aloutte Lake camping grounds (unless you fancy camping). Take note that this time of year the park CLOSES AT 5:30 pm. Also remember that simply driving up there, you’ve gained altitude. It’s always a few degrees colder there than where you’ve come from. On that theme, bring another layer, water, cell phone (yes I seemed to get coverage which surprised me!). Insect repellent’s a good idea, especially when the weather gets warmer. Along the trail there are a few toilets, the kind you wouldn’t want to accidentally drop your wallet or Rolex into!
Time: The poster says allow one hour each way. I stopped to take photos and to explore the beach and it took me 40 minutes one way. You want to add a little time for hanging around and enjoying the view at the waterfall, and remember at this time of year (March),the park closes at 5.30 pm. The drive out will take you approximately 25 minutes. It’s all a bit similar to hiking the Lynn Valley, only there are small climbs and of course a more significant climb to the falls.
Views: In addition to the view at the falls you can also see Blanshard Needle, Edge Peak and Golden Ears and as usual for this part of the world, Cotton Wood, Alder and Cedar Trees, no surprise there. Your walk one way is approximately 3 kms.
The reward: The waterfall has a view point at the end of the trail, but if you fancy a closer view point for a picnic and photo opportunities, climb a little higher and with care, you can safely sit out on the rocks that overlook the falls. That’s certainly my choice. There’s a sign warning you not to swim or you’ll get swept over the edge. I’ve yet to meet anyone over here that would be dumb enough to jump in just above a water fall, but at home…………..:-)
For more information: Call the City of Maple Ridge 604-463-5221
Nice Ezy one here.
Driving eastwards out of Maple Ridge you’ll see signs on the right for Kanaka Regional Park. Drive across the rails and you’re there at the car park next to the Fraser River. A word of caution, car park has a reputation for break ins so leave nothing on display.
We walked east from car park after the mini ox-bow we came to the watch tower, and just continued along path. Elm trees to the left Fraser River on the right. Last did this walk around 5 years ago. Pathway much improved, no more mud. It’s a pleasant walk eastwards, but after 30 minutes you’ll come to the fence that surrounds the logging company that impedes your progress. Shame about that:-( And , it must be said we saw no wild life on our 1 hour 20 minutes walk.
So when you reach the fence, no choice but to return the way you came. This is just a gentle stroll with lots of interesting history to read en-route. Rather than return straight to the car park, at a gate go straight through and continue to the bridge and the look out point.
Neat well kept paths, trees covered in moss, an aesthetically pleasing wooden bridge and plenty to read, all attributes that make this worth a Sunday afternoon stroll after lunch.
Great view points.
Back in 1927 these Boom Boys were working on the logs. We can still see this on the Fraser today.
That’s all for now folks:-)
Just off Austin Avenue, Coquitlam you’ll find Mundy Park. Many well mapped trails, you can’t get lost, well not in day light. Our walk was to stick to a combination of the Perimeter Trail and the Interlaken Trail.
Starting at the car park up Hillcrest Street near the sports ground is as good a spot as any. A little bit of up hill, nothing significant and in 1 hour .20 minutes walking slowly (friend recovering from operation) our walk was complete. Lots of trees a few open spaces and some small lakes, it’s a great place to walk the dog, enjoy a bit of off road cycling or go for a jog. There may be a few bears, but I’ve never seen one.
We started walk from Hillcrest St. car park. The playing fields are here, always lots of activity all year round.
We took a clockwise route around the Perimeter and Interlaken Trail. Lots of maps and trail signs en-route you can make your mind up as you walk round.
So many signs and maps, you can’t get lost in daylight:-)
To Start walk, drive 4 miles down the Harris Rd from Lougheed Highway. In other words, if driving in a Maple Ridge direction, turn left on Harris at the gas station.
Although there are many points of access to the dykes in Pitt Meadows, most people tend to stop off before this option. Ranches and farms will be on your left the river on the right. To venture in the other direction is interesting but a shorter walk, as it comes to a dead end quite quickly.
This is the only part of the dykes pathways that I’ve spotted a bear! Well, Donna spotted it while I was following it’s prints. I would’ve probably followed the prints with my head down until I bumped right into the nice friendly Black Bear 🙂
You’ll see, local businesses, horse ranches and farms, house boats, a variety odd boats some rather scruffy and semi-submerged (bit of a mess really), and the Pitt Meadows boat club on the other side of the river.
Its a comfortable 2 hour walk at average walking speed. Keep going to you reach Harris Rd, then turn round and come back, or not. If you decide to cross the Harris Rd and continue you’ll have an interesting choice of which side of the river to continue on. Look at some of my other blogs to help with that decision:-)
We saw Osprey’s and Eagles on this hike, very impressive!
This hike is the Loop Trail, but rather than follow the loop, we came back the way we came. In my categories, this makes it “Lazy Easy” 🙂 On the ever present maps it’s a green trail, which is Easy
We were short of time with the car park shutting at 5pm and us turning up at 3pm, we decided not to risk getting the car locked in.
From Mountain Highway, make your way to Lynn Valley Rd. if driving. Easily accessible by bus (228 from Sea bus) after you get off the ferry to the North Shore. The bus station will be immediately in front of you.
Driving past Peters Place on the right continue on Lynn Valley Road. Peters Place is one of the bus stops, you can walk down there for hikes starting at the suspension bridge, also nice little restaurant and plenty of parking. But, we’ll go on up Lynn Valley Rd to a left hand bend, the road looks like it ends here with a great little cafe come shop on the left. The café is worth a visit my favorite, apple pie and ice cream. So don’t take the road round, just drive straight down the narrow road that leads to the Varley Trail. There are three car parks, you might want to resist parking right at the end, guess what, you’ll get there and it’ll be full, you’ll have to turn round. Well, all extra exercise is welcome:-)
The creek looks totally fresh as it passes underneath. Time given for the full Loop is around 2 hours, so half the loop is around an hour. What I love about this walk is it’s as attractive in the winter (if not more so in snow) as in the summer. I love the wooden bridges.
Not a bad idea to dress up warm, even though it’s just a short winter walk, the temperature can drop quickly in the afternoon.
You can follow the trail up to Norvan Falls and beyond, and that hike we’ll follow on another day. However on this short walk after about 5 kms there’s an opening Third Debris Chute. Go to the top and turn right for the Loop (not covered today), or just turn round and back to the car park. A nice easy quick walk! I didn’t have a dog for this walk but if I did, I would mind the company of this fellow – last photo 🙂
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly writing challenge: “Hindsight is 20-20.”