Golden Ears – Lower Falls Trail

Lower Falls Trail

I categorize this hike as easy but with a few modest ups and downs. 

Start of Park Rd, Entrance to to Golden Ears Regional Park

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! 

The Lower Trail

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

IMG_20150228_143638[1]IMG_20150228_151037[1]IMG_20150228_145604[1]

The Cedars

The Cedars

Moss

Moss

The Lower Trail

Pathway, well kept a few minor hills

Pathway, well kept a few minor hills

The beach, worth exploring for a few minutes

The beach, worth exploring for a few minutes

The falls, no paddling!

The falls, no paddling! Just over 3 kms from car park allow 45 minutes to an hour one way.

Wonderful clear water and fresh mountain air

Wonderful clear water and fresh mountain air

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s