Explore the most popular river trails near Coquitlam with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nicely groomed, nice woods and river. I guess it’s meant for locals as no obvious signage to the parking area from the road. No signage for how the loop went and we had to guess a bit to get back to our car.

I went with a 5 year old and a 2 year old ....cant take a stroller so we didnt reach the falls but really nice walk

It's was really nice, and we had lots of fun! We saw different little places to swim and enjoyed the nature.

walking
1 month ago

It's a good nature walk. Normal pace took me 43 minutes one way. It was nice to hear the river the whole way thru as it helped calm some nervous energy.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views at lake. This is a westcoast trail its not Garibaldi. tough slog if camping over night. 5 star views, 2 star trail. We stayed over night it was 6 hours up with a heavy pack. Quite, not much traffic.

hiking
1 month ago

City Park, not worth doing if you are looking for exercise. very busy, a good date hike! but not something to plan a day around

loved it

Great trail to see nature. In late July there are plenty of bears as well as the road migration.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful place , easy for beginners !

hiking
1 month ago

low elevation easy trail. but a great summer trail with the river to cool off in.
the falls have a pool below it if you feel courageous enough to jump in.

Nice little hike through the woods. No markers what so ever and tons of side trails, so bring your Alltrails for the GPS map! Nice little view at top!

hiking
1 month ago

Heads up: The picture posted by Wendy Lee of the woman sitting in the blue water by the large rocks is not at the lake, that is at Widgeon Falls (2.9 km walk up a trail from Widgeon Campsite).
Myself, my bf and two of our friends hiked up to the lake and spent a week there. I believe the km is inaccurate... we measured it to be only 10-12 km (lost gps signal here and there). The first 8 or 9 km are deceiving, it seems like a nice walk up trail and old logging road which would have been much easier of I wasn't carrying gear for a week on my back.
You will pass two waterfalls, I recommend refilling your camelbak at the second waterfall before you begin the hard part (again, we were carrying a lot of gear so we went through a lot of water).
Shortly after the second waterfall, the hard part begins. I'm an amateur hiker, so I really struggled through it for the first bit before I got the hang of climbing over tree roots with a 60lb pack on. You gain about 400 metres of elevation in the last 2 or 3 km so it's needless to say it's quite the steep incline. Lots of climbing, and there are 3 sections where there is rope to aid you in scaling across large rock.
Once you get to the top there is a gorgeous viewpoint, (technically there are two). Great place to rest before the trail heads downward to the lake. It's about 15 minutes to the lake from there.
Due to me being out of shape and an amateur hiker, it took us approximately 8.5 hours to hike up and 6.5/7 to hike down. Other's we ran into said it took them 7 hours, some said 5 hours.
The lake is stunning, crystal clear water, nice and clean too, we spent a fair amount of time swimming although it was pretty cold two of the days we were up there fog rolled in... I will upload some pics of that. It looked beautiful even in the fog/clouds.
The fishing is great in the smaller lake about 2 minutes from where we set up camp. I caught an 11 inch rainbow trout and fried him up for dinner one night.
10/10 will do again :)

terrain is boring/urban BUT lake is stocked with fish and so in addition to ducks there are often cormorants and sometimes an eagle or two so that makes it a go to place when you just must find a bird or two

on Crystal Falls

2 months ago

We did this trail early in the morning and it was still busy. It was a nice walk although there were lots of puddles and the trail was narrow through a few stretches. When we got at the falls it was super busy. No way you could take a picture without having strangers in the background. lol
I would do this again in a few years maybe.

Good shape trail. Not very well marked, but good experience

2 months ago

Great Hike for kids.

2 months ago

If your looking for something really easy this ones for you!

It’s nice cause it’s really shady, and right beside the bustling river

The Fall is a bit small but a waterfall none the less

I went it early July and it was still really muddy

Keep your dogs on leash at the top of the falls, mine went to the top and she slipped and slid all the way down... luckily she didn’t get hurt

If your looking for a nice easy hike this ones for you

But if your looking for something more challenging you will want to look at other trials in the area

walking
2 months ago

Let’s be honest, this is a nature walk, not a hike but the waterfall reward makes it worth checking out for the veteran hikers. Parking was hard to come by on this holiday Monday and the trail was quite busy. There were loads of people in flip flops and although the trail was very muddy, they did just fine. The falls themselves are pretty but way too many people for my liking to visit on a weekend. I’ll stick to the more challenging hikes to thin out the herd.

2 months ago

short good hike. I like to start from Oxford st rather than Shaughnessy st.

hiking
2 months ago

Great off leash area for my dogs. Good socialising with other dogs.

walking
3 months ago

Nice river access for dogs. A little muddy. Easily accessible. Can be crowded on a weekend.

walking
3 months ago

Beautiful falls, only takes about 45 minutes to walk there (at a decent pace). Super easy, more of a walk than a hike.
Perfect outing for young families too, if you want to get out and enjoy nature without going overboard and having to carry your child half the way.
We went yesterday when it was quite hot out so it was perfect to cool off in the water once we reached the falls.

3 months ago

Pretty nice and easy trail. Encountered a black bear about halfway through the way back and it seemed used to being on the trail.

3 months ago

It’s nice and easy walk. It’s hard to believe this pristine water fall is located just backyard of residential area. I live in the area for over 25 years and lately it became too popular and seemed it has lost its tranquility.

3 months ago

Very easy and good for all fitness levels. 35 minutes each way. Loved walking next to the Coquitlam river....very therapeutic

hiking
3 months ago

Great spot for a quick and easy hike!!
Was fairly busy, but not "too" busy.
stopped for a snack at a little pool just off trail and watched some Steelhead smolts. Really neat to see the local ecology! There's some info at the trailhead regarding salmon spawn and what fish are in the river, so to actually see and be able to identify them was a treat!

There are also lots and lots of smaller trails offshooting from the main one. almost followed one out, until I realized it certainly wasn't the one I came up on.
I'll explore them another time for sure!

Only downside is that, as there are no garbage bins or toilets... you'll have to find a spot to squat.
Not hard to find one; there's lots around, but you might notice if someone's been there before you.
Seeing toilet paper left behind anytime I stepped of trail was rather disappointing.
If you do gotta go, bring your remnants with you please.

was good had a good afternoon with fam even saw a lil bear on the trail

hiking
4 months ago

It was a beautiful day for this short hike! The water is running high right now, so be careful around it, but the mud has nearly all cleared up during our hot spell. Easy, pretty hike to the falls!

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike to start off the hiking season. It’s pretty easy hike with not a lot of hills. Children can complete this hike with out a problem. Can get really muddy after a rain fall.

Load More