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The beginning of the trail has snow still but once you get past the picnic area at the lake the trail is all clear. Finding the falls was slightly difficult as the trail signs are all down right now but using the map on here I was able to find them, there is some fallen trees and debris on the trail to falls, be careful.

Beautiful look outs, very well marked trail, good for any skill level, easy to find trail head with lots of parking.

Seriously recommend this hike. Well signposted, good trail .... and those views oh my! Not 1 but 3 or 4 breathtaking viewpoints along the way, and stunning Arbutus trees everywhere. Love this hike. Good size parking lot at trailhead. Good family hike.

Great even in early spring

3 days ago

Hiked it march 17 looks like construction at the bottom is nearly complete this was a Saturday so no activity. If you came on a week day not sure they would let you up. The hiking was great, snow starts around the 500-600 M range but not a problem getting to the look out. I did not attempt the lake deep snow.

another amazing day!!!!

Park at the visitors centre. Snow shoes may be a good idea. Was warm out and the trail was starting to break up. Fell through the snow up to our knees, once up to my hip. Still doable in boots. The falls are beautiful with the snow and runoff.

Wonderful challenge! No two steps are the same. Be prepared to use your mind, body, and spirit for this hike. There are some really cool views of the Howe Sound and Shannon Falls.

4 days ago

Really peaceful and easy walking trail.

5 days ago

Great trail to take out the pup. Definitely muddy but fun none the less. Relatively easy.

5 days ago

Very cool hike through woods with occasional view of the strait. View at end is awesome. Be sure to read the full story behind Ripple Rock and the way the Canadian government blew it up. That story is amazing and an engineering marvel.

8 days ago

It was difficult to find the road to the trail head, but once we found it we had a great difficult hike in the deep snow! snowshoes helped a ton!!

Very beautiful! Nice short loop.

8 days ago

Loved this hike! I would definitely recommend having some hiking experience and good foot wear.

8 days ago

Easy hike. But can get mucky in the fall/winter especially when crossing the little streams.

Still snowy this time of the year, but a gorgeous day. Couldn’t get to the last bit of the trail, but we enjoyed our 8.2 km trek. Pupper friendly!

9 days ago

Unbelievable view from the lookout. Used snow shoes for the first time near the top and it was lots of fun. Fell down a lot coming back down in the snow (I’m relatively inexperienced) but it was super rewarding and an all around great experience. Took me almost 4 hours up at a leisurely pace and 1.5 down.

9 days ago

Great hike. Nice place to chill at the opposite end.

Wonderful escape from the city and it's so close! I ran the blue trail today and found it well marked and so beautiful! Will do again.

on Cypress Falls Hike

11 days ago

Really nice short hike and great for dog walking.
When you start from the parking lot the trail it is very easy and clear. You will come to a point where you can continue slightly left along the trail (West side of the river which is the route shown on this site) or cross a wooden bridge. If you stay on the path and do not cross the bridge it will be easy to follow orange markers. The trail remains wide and quite easy, it likely will take an hour or so to complete out and back style.

This is where people get confused:
If you cross the bridge and take the East side of the river there are markers for a short distance to a fork and then the trail gets much more difficult and is not well marked. If you go right at this fork you will meet up with a rocky path that resembles a creek. This will head up to a fence with a gate and connect to the service road in only a couple of minutes. If you head left at the fork you will parallel the river on a slippery (most of the year) and narrow trail. This is the trail some commenters refer to as being sketchy and on the edge of a cliff. It is more difficult than the West of the river trail, and I would watch little ones on this trail. This is also the route that leads you to the old car wreck. Shortly after the car wreck you reach the service road and a large, wooden bridge. You can do the trail as a loop, connecting the West and East trails with the service road.

This is a very pretty and green trail; however it needs better signage and a trail map, as I think most people assume they should cross the wooden bridge near the start of the trail leading to confusion!

Its really hard to remember your in BC when walking through this rainforest. It takes you to a place that you envision being so far away! Easy walk and kids absolutely love it (moss on everything is a huge deal apparently :) Can't wait to go back

mountain biking
13 days ago

I was able to bike the majority of it, last bit got a little too bushy and muddy (early March). Would definitely walk it again, bicycling would probably be much better in the summer.

was amazing an awesome views

15 days ago

Easy walk. Great to get the family outdoors. A little hidden gem. Can’t wait to go there in the summer and catch some of the water pools. Car a coyote while on the trail

Very beautiful and moderate trail!

Loop B is still close

16 days ago

Lots of snow through the whole trail. Was relatively easy going up following some old track marks that was left before from fellow hikers. The snow was packed down for a good portion of the uphill logging road. Roughly 2.5 kms up the snow became quite deep requiring a bit more effort to continue on the trail. Would recommend crampons for slippery conditions. Lake was covered in snow but was a nice reward at the end. Walking back was fairly easy and took us under an hour. Would love to return in the summer to see it without all the snow.

W.C.T. Is a rewarding and challenging trek that you'll never forget. Live your life around your tide-tables and you won't be forced to stay inland. Walk the beach, catch some whales playing in the distance and enjoy the sometimes desolate but always humbling beauty of western Canada's most famous backpacking gem. Oh, I almost forgot, TAKE MORE TIME than you think. Some folks only get to do this once in a lifetime. Tack on an extra day or two to your plan if you can spare the time. You'll enjoy the whole trip infinitely more when there's no rush and all the time in the world for pictures and trail-side stops. Remember to look up and around. Due to this trail's degree of difficulty, one can get into the habit of always looking at where you'll step next, missing out on everything that's cool. Hike with caution but try to break the habit of always staring at your feet early-on in the hike, get on out there, and make some life changing memories.

Great dog walk

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