Cedar Tree Trail and Kennedy Falls Trail

MODERATE 66 reviews

Cedar Tree Trail and Kennedy Falls Trail is a 9.3 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Upper Lynn, British Columbia, Canada that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.3 km
ELEVATION GAIN
422 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

river

views

waterfall

muddy

old growth

hiking
3 days ago

Amazing. Very wooded trail & heavily forested.
Back-country Trail & NOT official, therefore not maintained !

Was pouring the whole way & had been raining last few days, so not the best time to visit perhaps for many. Muddy, large puddles, slippery, etc. But then having said that, on the bright side all the streams were boasting great roaring flows (& yes many streams to cross & lots of tree roots, large stones. Be careful sometimes the sturdy looking log/root/stone wobbles unexpectedly while the precarious looking one performs surprisingly stable !!).

I was doing the hike alone & then also rushed it coz started late. Gate closes 7pm.
Full return from Kennedy Falls took exactly 3.5 hrs BUT I would strongly recommend taking the time to do this. And that's the whole point anyways. Or else can be quite painful on joints and also dangerous. Typically 4.5 hrs would be reasonable.

---Proper foot wear---Proper foot wear---Proper foot wear--..........IS A MUST !!!

For rainy days need to be adequately prepared. Poncho worked best for me along with highly water-proof hiking boots. No real place to sit & picnic, etc. More like a full walk return hike with almost no stopping. Of course the falls at the end are completely worth it. However during drier times, might be possible to find a clearing or two enough to take rest but do need to carry a mat or something along to lay on the ground.

Definitely not for the casual hikers out there.
Need to be aware of surroundings & always on the look-out (mostly for correct foot placement but I've read in other reviews that Bear sightings have occurred).
Trail marking wise I would say not bad but not super easy either. Sometimes did have to look around for the next one. So better always to start early while daylight lasts. You really don't want to be caught in this place after dark.

Would do it again at the slightest chance !!

hiking
30 days ago

Great hike through cedar forests. Very easy hike until you get to the area with a rope, then it becomes more challenging with difficult terrain and crossing a few rocky stream beds. Watch your step. The falls are worth it, can take a dip so bring your swimsuits!

1 month ago

A beautiful trail! Bear sightings, so make sure you have your spray and bell ;)

1 month ago

Moderate trail mostly made challenging because there are a lot of roots and rocks so you have to watch your footing. Lovely waterfalls. Was nice to do on a hot day as the forest is nice and cool.

1 month ago

really nice forest with huge wonderfull trees and the waterfall at the end is amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, just be sure to follow the orange squares/diamonds. There is one steep part where there is a rope to assist you in descending and ascending, but it is very short (about 5 meters). The falls are beautiful and it’s not as busy as other trails.

hiking
2 months ago

I did this hike in December with a friend. It was pitch dark for a few hours in the early morning. The scenery is stunning. Many streams to cross. Easy to get lost, I would not recommend doing it on your own unless you are very experienced. A headlamp really helped to spot the distant trail markers; their reflection saved us a few times! A very rewarding trek.

2 months ago

Great trail which leads to enjoyable freshness of the waterfall. Started on Sunday June 24, 2018 at 10:30 am with friends from work and completed in 4 hours. The parking lot at the trailhead was full, so had to park downhill on a street which added 15-20 min to the hike. Got reasonably tired, but not exhausted. Great exercise!

2 months ago

This trail is not as strenuous as the Grouse Grind nor Stawamus Chief but it was more exhausting, especially on the hamstrings and feet. The payoff at the end is the gorgeous falls, which, when you get there, is the perfect place and time to eat a snack.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful cedar trees and gorgeous water falls took 4-5 hours round trip.

3 months ago

Good moderate 3 hour round trip hike accessible by transit.

hiking
3 months ago

probably my fav hike i’ve done! waterfall is gorgeous! did it in the snow a few months ago, it was definitely a challenge due to the weather. would love to do it again after it all melts. easy to get lost for sure tho!

hiking
3 months ago

Moderate indeed. But good trail and really liked the waterfall! Took about ~4hrs

3 months ago

Fun trail. Took us ~4 hours round trip

3 months ago

Absolutely loved doing this trail. It’s one of the most dynamic hikes I’ve done.
Relatively untouched.
Note: it is unmaintained so rocks and roots are plenty. Can get slippery from mud and many stream crossings.
Follow the markers. People have marked the trail for a reason... it would be easy to get lost out there.
When you get to the big tree, look to your left to keep going up. There’s a relatively steep section at this point... I promise you, it’s worth it!
Head up to Kennedy falls. You’ll hear the water gushing. The falls are absolutely stunning.
I sat and had some food before continuing back.
It gets quite cold and slippery near the falls from the water spraying FYI.
Water is cold, but mighty refreshing!
I’d love to do this hike again.

4 months ago

I really enjoyed doing this hike!

4 months ago

Did it today. A bit scary as not many people in this trail. But worth checking in here.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike to an amazing tree with spectacular spring falls !

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike to do when its raining. Not too busy and not to hard. It was muddy and wet but well worth it. The big tree is amazing! The water fall at this time of year is impressive.

11 months ago

Awesome hike on a rainy day. Got pretty wet and muddy, slipped a couple times. My crew was pretty quick and we went to the falls and back in just over 2 hours. Ran some of the way. Falls are beautiful. Lots of area to dip in the water on a hot day. Interesting trees, and not just the big cedar. Loved it.

hiking
Thursday, September 07, 2017

This is a great and fun hike, varying terrain and not too difficult. The trail isn't marked as well once you get past Big Cedar but keep your eye out and you'll be fine.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

This is an awesome hike. We had light packs and did it in 3.5 hours with a quick dip in the waterfall. Such a beautiful reward at the end

hiking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

This is mainly a mountain biking area and the first part of the trail is shared but not an issue.
It's a great hike with some ups and downs and beautiful old growth forest. It's 12 km return to the parking lot.
The Falls are beautiful and the rocks are very slippery so be careful. The other creeks were dried up when we went but it would be interesting to see them in full force.
I imagine snowshoeing would be great here.
We parked in the 3h lot and did not get ticketed. Maybe luck?

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

A lovely easy hike through the forest. No views are available on this hike however the crystal clear waters of Kennedy Falls are worth the hike.

We saw some trail runners with their dogs, if you do want to run it just be aware of the many loose rocks and trees roots along the path.

Just a side note, recently the car park at the trail-head has limited the duration to 3 hours. This trail can be complete in under 3 hours however if you're looking to take your time I'd suggest parking in the neighborhood near by (a lot of the parking is permit based so just be careful)

hiking
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Great hike. Variety in terrain. Relatively quiet, a low traffic trail when we did it in Mid May. Highly recommend

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