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

4 days ago

long hike be prepared to be challenged and see amazing views i did no5 summit due to not enough water and hiking the day before to panaroama

11 days ago

Challenging, but awesome hike! I hiked it once last year and then again on July 13th of this year in one very long day. I don't recommend rushing this hike. It's so beautiful at the top. Take your time and soak it all in. I am planning on hiking it again by myself this coming Thursday (Sept. 13th) if anyone would like to join me.

Killer hike but the view is a priceless payoff!

Hiked on Tuesday did it in 12 hours took our time enjoyed the views. My recommendation is to take 5 L of water, you don’t want to get cramps. Been looking at Golden Eras out my kitchen window for 20 years and finally did it! Well worth the bee sting. Very challenging hike with ropes and ladders. Makes you conquer your fears that’s for sure.

18 days ago

The trail was quite busy & there was a lot of trash along it so it shows just how well used it actually is. It was mostly frequented by teens. The walk along the river was nice & the falls itself was spectacular! The water was warm & was very refreshing. I felt like a new person after swimming around in it for a while.
I'll be going back for sure.

Fun hike. We hiked mid-week, started at 10 am, and didn't see anyone on the trail until near the end. Accurately rated as Moderate. We started at the North Beach Campground parking lot and hiked in a counter-clockwise direction. The East Canyon Trail goes along what appears to be an old logging road for quite a while, which makes it easy to follow. The West Canyon Trail has a steep up and down segment, hugging the side of the canyon wall, just west of the Creek. Going counter-clockwise allowed us to go uphill over what seemed to be the steepest grade; downhill is hardest on our 60+ yr old knees and ankles. Either direction is not a problem as long as you go slow. A hiking pole helps in this area. We use the off-line map feature but others have noted to look for the surveyors tape or ribbon markings on the West Canyon Trail to help with confusing areas.

Like the previous reviewer, we deviated from the loop a bit by continuing on the East Canyon Trail up to the Hiker's Beach and wading across Gold Creek there, rather than crossing at the bridge. This was a fun diversion. By mid-August the creek was only about 25 ft wide and was less than 12 inches deep at this point.

25 days ago

Third time doing the west canyon trail, camped on panorama ridge on one of the nice wood tent-pads. Make sure to bring lots of water because from just before alder flats to the ridge there is none, in my experience there is usually running water at the emergency shelter. All in all this hike is doable as a day trip or overnight and has a great work / reward ratio and I highly recommend.

Did this hike last Saturday 30th June, was actually quite dangerous and very difficult to see/manuever at the top with the snow, we had poles and boots which were a must. Couldn't find the hut or anywhere to camp so we had to turn back probably just before reaching it. I'd recommend waiting until the snow melts and doing this hike in late July through September.

Nike, challenging day hike. Very foggy up top so will be doing this again on a clear day. Took our group just a bit under 5 hours to get from parking lot to summit with a few water and picture breaks. Puppy made it to emergency shelter with ease but I backpacked her up to the peak and down. Crossing snowfield was not necessary as we could easily go around what was left of it. Pretty easy up to Alder Flats and getting steeper after that. I drank almost 5 liters of water and it wasn’t that hot so bring lots of water.

A challenging hike but so rewarding. Beautiful old-growth forest and lots of pools for a refreshing dip. We had the lake to ourselves and there was no traffic on the trail.

1 month ago

done this trail 1/2 dozen times. pays to be in shape. it's a slog of not. the elevation gain is pretty steady after Alder Flats. make it an overnight at the top because you simply cant beat the views. I've done it I as fast as 8 hours return and as a two night trip. would recommend this to anyone wanting a challenge. love this park!

One day hike, very hard but the view is worth of the pain

Quite the grind but breath taking views for the last 2km to the top. Snow minimal and only after the hut. Can be avoided for the most part. Poles or crampons can assist but manageable without.

This was a lovely hike, without too terribly many people and with some decent elevation gain and neat features on the West Canyon side of the trail. The little offshoot we took to Hikers Beach was fun, where we found some sandy areas that you could easily camp on beside the creek. We hiked around the loop East to West but next time I think i’d just do an out and back along the West Canyon as it was more pleasurable for me with the interesting rock/ wooden steps and a bit more difficult terrain. Nice viewpoints on areas of the trail up into the mountains. Really great that there were many offshoots from the main loop for exploration. Will be back to try it in a different way again, perhaps to get up to Golden Ears peak next time with an overnighter! Took us (relatively fit 37 F/39 M) with a couple breaks, about 2.5 hours total.

2 months ago

If you come back on the West Canyon trail it is much better to make this a loop instead of out and back. Great views.

Easy hike without too many people. The trail to upper falls is easy to miss. The trail is also overgrown and a bit of an ankle challenge. But I found it to be very well marked with ribbons.

very nice trail. Confusing at times to figure out which trail to take, not marked well.

2 months ago

Amazing view from the top! I didn't summit as I didn't have the gear for climbing up all that snow, but it was an amazing view of Pitt Lake and the surrounding mountains (even Mt Baker in Washington) from the emergency shelter and campsite.

This hike kicked my ass. I would absolutely not recommend it if you're afraid of heights as there is quite a bit of scrambling to the top. Also, bringing a dog is a really terrible idea in my opinion, though I did see a couple people with them. It's a miracle the dog made it down in one piece.

It's an adventure getting to this spot. Past Halfmoon Beach its quite the slog through over growth and blow down. You'll need to know how to route find, track, and find markers through the bush. The tracks on this website aren't 100% correct either. It's not 29km and you won't be traveling in straight lines like the alltrails .gpx data shows. I'd say the actual distance is 36km and it took me 12 hours to do, there and back.

Check out my youtube channel, I made a video of the trip.

Way to many people and dog poop everywhere all over the trail, so bad it smells everywhere you go. this isn't a hike it's a walk. parking is slim to non! dont go on long weekends or weekends. weekdays late afternoon are the best times if your into nature walks around litter and poop.

did this trail in 2017 with my two teenage children was a tough go getting past all the blowdown 10 Km in but we made it don't I dont recommend the trail unless your experienced and have a GPS for back up as its very easy to loose your way trail is not well marked after you cross gold creek and ascend up to hector ferguson Lake some beautiful old growth when you get deep into the trail its a tough grind for the last 400 up to the lake but a great time if your a strong hiker.

This was a nice and easy jaunt on trails that are mostly old logging roads/rail lines. Starting from the East Canyon Trailhead, take two quick lefts and the rest of the trail is relatively intuitive to follow.

Powered up to the summit today (July 2nd). Reached the summit in trail runners. Probably could have used crampons or micros after Alder Flats as it got a bit icy but still made it. Trail is in good shape just be prepared to get wet in the snow and for any weather, was sunny at the bottom but at the top was raining and couldn't see anything but fog. Great workout otherwise. Bring water, but fill up on that icy fresh run off, don't worry, it's safe and delicious.

Hiked this trail on the May 5th and camped on the ridge. There was still a lot of snow on the trail that stoped us from climbing the summit. Definitely will go back to finish it.
I don't know how people are talking about going up in runners! you definitely need a good pair of boots. There is no water source after alder flats but you can melt snow. after alder flats there is 45 min of hike on a dry creek which I was not a fan of, you need a good ankle support for it.

Gold Creek Falls is an excellent location to enjoy the coolness of the water and the excitement of the trails.

2 months ago

Camp on the ridge if the weather or snow is still heavy, then summit without packs. Proper gear, poles, microspikes. If you want to soak in the experience, stay overnight. So many do this trail unprepared. Best hiking experience in lower mainland. Option to take the east canyon to the gold creek crossing, save your energy for when it really begins after Alder Flats. I break this trail into 3 parts. Parking Lot to Flats, Flats to the Shelter, Shelter to Summit. Enjoy, stay safe!

2 months ago

This could be a 5 star hike if not for the trail. It's not been maintained and now forms a creek so you are walking over a lot of boulders making the ankles kinda sore. recommend over-nighting. its a long ways to go in one day and you'll miss the sites.

2 months ago

Completed this hike on June 15th and 16th, 2018. I camped on Panorama Ridge for the night very close to the emergency shelter. The camp ground was still completely covered in snow. There was however some exposed rock near the shelter, which was a convenient place to sit and cook.

The hike up was quite challenging. It was very mellow until Alder Flats then started to climb quite substantially. The trail was snow free until about 80% of the total distance, just before getting to the top of the ridge. The trail is well marked and it is easy to follow the footsteps in the snow. The snow was fairly deep still up on the ridge and the last 2km was quite challenging. There was a section just before the emergency hut that is quite exposed and it is a bit sketchy, it did feel quite risky to cross it with my 35lb pack.

The way down was hard through the snowy sections as it was easy to slip and sink in the deep snow. I did lose the trail once just before the ridge and ended up almost lost down a steep valley. I did however find the trail again by retracing my steps to the last trail marker.

There is no water source up at the top other than melting snow or finding a drip.

The total trips took me around 4.5hrs up and 4 hrs down with minimal breaks.

This is a great trail and definitely could be done as a day hike. Staying up at the top was a amazing experience though. The view in the morning after waking up from the most peaceful sleep, and the sunset were the highlights for me!

3 months ago

Amazing 360 view was able to reach the summit with hiking poles and boots, shorten poles as ice axes and climbed up. If you thought the ridge was nice trust me try your best to go further. A decent amount of snow once you’ve gotten past the part where it starts getting really steep but nothing you shouldn’t be surprised of if you’ve been hiking recently on any high peaks. I saw people doing it in runners but i guess its totally up to the person, i would recommend using poles and crampons to make it easier but doable without. The only negative of this hike is the amount of flies, once you start getting some decent elevation you start getting SWARMED bug spray helped but you would have to reapply constantly,almost unbearable but fight through it and it’ll all be worth it. Have fun and a safe trip
-June 17th

3 months ago

Nice easy walk to the falls, also known as lower falls trail. Only took 30 mins to get to them. Relaxing to sit on the rocks at the falls

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