Crystal Falls

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Crystal Falls is a 6.1 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.1 km
ELEVATION GAIN
108 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

muddy

washed out

Located east of Vancouver in Coquitlam, Crystal Falls is a scenic waterfall that drains into the Coquitlam River and is along a short, easy hike trail. The area is also popular with dog walkers and mountain bikers and the route can be very muddy for several months of the year, including small small From the unmarked trailhead on Karley Crescent, walk into the forest, down the short slope, and along the path as it runs parallel to the Upper Coquitlam River. The trail dips down to the edge of the river before climbing back uphill and continue northward to the falls. Continue walking as the route weaves its way along the shore and through the scenic, moss covered forest. After about 40 minutes, there is an old blue pickup truck abandoned on your left. From here, it's about another 15 minutes up the trail, crossing several more small streams, and finally arriving at a larger creek where Crystal Falls sits just a few meters further upstream. The area can be quite busy during the warmer weather months, so choose a place to sit and enjoy a snack while taking in the sights and sounds of the waterfall. Once you're ready to head back, walk down the trail, crossing the small streams, past the old pickup truck, and eventually out to the neighbourhood where you started your hike.

5 days ago

Rad hike!

hiking
7 days ago

Very easy; a lovely walk in the woods.

26 days ago

Great short trail with a rewarding end. Muddy af due to rain but i love it

hiking
1 month ago

Good easy hike, not much of a challenge, kid friendly.

2 months ago

Nice and Easy Trail, can get a little muddy after rain, wear boots and you should be fine. It’s an unmarked trailhead in a residential area. Great views of the river.

3 months ago

Bring boots during wet season.

hiking
3 months ago

Straight, easy trail although pretty muddy with streams and big puddles to cross this time of year. The falls are impressive. You can climb up to the top but I wouldn't try it in wet, muddy conditions. Bring waterproof boots!

3 months ago

Awsome local hike I couldn't believe to have such gorgeous Trail nearby with such a massive waterfall too bad my phone ran out of juice and I couldn't take so many pictures:)

3 months ago

not a very long hike. falls are small. trail a bit noisy due to many trucks on other side of river.

3 months ago

Absolutely amazing hike, the people who we met were friendly. The falls were astonishing.Highly recommended.

3 months ago

Another great hike. Can get very muddy after a rainfall.

4 months ago

Did this with our 2 girls (4 & 6). The kids had a blast watching the spawning salmon, navigating shallow streams across the path, climbing on the rocks near the waterfall, and searching for the old car hidden in the forest. It was a nice fall day with lots of friendly people along the trail. I would recommend this for families and people wanting to get out for a easy trail walk.

hiking
4 months ago

it is so nice and easy for walking.

4 months ago

it is very

4 months ago

Easy and tree covered most of the way. Seems most people are with dogs when we went. Coming back it was easy to take a wrong trail branch. Keep your head up and go right. Parking is on the street at the trail beginning. GPS sent us on the other side of Coquitlam River in error. Trail is on the East side of the river. The falls is small and disappointing but worth the exercise.. 9000 steps!

hiking
4 months ago

Good hike, very muddy in some areas ( June 2017) so wear good hiking shoes if going during wet weather. Trail is in a wooded area and gets dark pretty fast after sunset, watch out for bears as well!

hiking
5 months ago

Not overly busy as it was raining but with decent tree cover it wasn't much of an issue. Some muddy patches and the occasional spot where water flows over the trail but there is usually logs to help cross without getting wet. Wear some good shoes and keep an eye out for bears as they frequent the area

hiking
5 months ago

Heavily trafficked is an understatement. Don't expect any peace on a warm day, especially at the falls. I didn't even bother with a picture there were so many people there. The trail is decent enough, as wide as a sidewalk in a lot of places, yet somehow people still manage to crowd you when you meet. Not one dog was on a leash, but they were all friendly...so that's good I guess? Long story short, I've done it once and won't be back.

Great trail for walking, running. Was a bit busy on a weekend afternoon. Bring a bathing suit if you want to go near the waterfall and dip in the lagoon.

6 months ago

Great easy hike. Can be busy during peak hours on sunny days. Trail gets very mucky and muddy after a rain.

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