Norvan Falls

MODERATE 130 reviews

Norvan Falls is a 16.9 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near North Vancouver District, British Columbia, Canada that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
16.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
498 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

river

waterfall

rocky

snow

16 hours ago

Great hike, not challenging in regards to the terrain but the length does make it a challenge. Beautiful forest walks, boardwalks and a stunning waterfall makes this a fabulous hike destination.
We walked the road back instead of the Baden Powell, which seemed to be easier for the route back.

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike! Beautiful waterfall at the end

hiking
16 days ago

Loved it! All trails tell you to park in residential area but there’s a nice picnic area parking closer to the trail head. Starts out quite easy for the first 4K then gets more difficult but still moderate. It’s about 7k each way to the falls but we recorded 17 after the extra walk to the car. If you want to swim in the falls there’s some tricky rock spots so just be careful overall wonderful hike with gorgeous changing scenery. Note ***Once you reach the small suspension bridge follow the stream up to the falls.

hiking
16 days ago

definitely a longer hike about 13 miles roundtrip, the 2nd part is quite rocky with somewhat difficult sections. the views of the tree covered mountains and clouds resting on them is quite magnificent, and it's pretty much a rainforest throughout the hike. the waterfall was cool. dog friendly trail. overall was a great day, great workout! it took about 4-5 hrs.

hiking
1 month ago

Good hike today. Not too many people on the trail. I would avoid it on the weekend.

trail running
1 month ago

Fairly easy route for a trail run. The first bit is fairly flat and smooth, while the second part gets a bit more rugged. It's a great trail to run with your dog since there is water along the entire route so they can cool off easily along the way.

1 month ago

Our family did yesterday June 23rd . First part to the Water Fall was easy , after Suspension Bridge was medium then hard but very beautiful and fun .

hiking
2 months ago

Did this today Jun 18/18.
This to me was a pretty hard hike considering I did one in Pitt Meadows earlier in the morning. Maybe if I only did this then it would've been a little less stressful on my ankles. quite a long hike.. about 6.5km in and 6.5km back some rough terrain but also some straight paths.. waterfall is amazing and while ur there, dip ur foot in the freezing water.. it'll help with sore ankles like mine. lol. would definitely do it again!

hiking
2 months ago

Good hike I enjoyed it

hiking
2 months ago

A great day at the trail.. I highly recommend this and I would suggest to go as early as possible to beat the crowds...
lovely views and not technical at all. 5hrs return and spend at least 30 min at the falls, absolutely worth it. All dogs welcome . went June 9. 2018 great walk ..

2 months ago

The first half is just a normal trail then progressively harder more challenging. Good hiking boots are required unless you want to turn an ankle. If your young and in good shape you’ll have no problem but if your 70 like me and still in good shape expect a few sore muscles the next day.

hiking
2 months ago

Its a pretty good intermediate hike in my opinion. The view of the waterfall is well worth it in the end. I did this hike last weekend. Just so you know there are two ways to get to the falls one that is just plains and the other one has some elevation and rocky paths that you would need to cross. If you are looking for some challenge in this hike then I recommend taking the latter path which is very well marked as well. Enjoy the waterfalls

2 months ago

If you enjoy a very long walk then this would be the trail for you. If you are an avid hiker who likes climbing then this isn’t. It’s a really beautiful, well marked, flat trail with one short area of incline and a few switchbacks. There is a waterfall at the end but I wouldn’t say it’s worth the long walk in. The extending trails that allow for the harder hikes are still closed due to snow but once they open then make sure to bring extra snacks and water as the first part is already about 7km in. I gave this one 3 stars as I enjoy the views at the end but for those who don’t mind not seeing a view then you would probably enjoy this one.

hiking
2 months ago

We did this hike in late May ! awesome hike . It's a long hike but keeps you interested. The view of the falls is worth it !

hiking
2 months ago

Ok, if you’re looking for a killer hill climb and a big cardio workout this isn’t the hike. If you want to get a good workout with a beautiful reward, I highly recommend the relatively flat hike to Norvan Falls following the Cedar Mills trail. I did this hike right after climbing Lynn Peak so perhaps my legs got about more out of it than others. I also visited on the first day after the long weekend and there was no one at the falls when I got there. A rarity for sure. Great spot to sit, relax and enjoy a well earned trail beer!

hiking
3 months ago

Busy trail but well maintained - lots of trail runners .

3 months ago

Great trail. Really good taken care of

hiking
3 months ago

Fantastic trail. The falls were great. Love this park.

3 months ago

Very easy walk through the forest with gorgeous views of the forest. Anyone who is able to walk quite a while will be able to complete his trail. The water was flowing very fast when my friend I went which limited our view of the falls, however, the view of the falls wasn’t too impressive.

4 months ago

Great workout but dont have high expectation for the waterfall. Can do the lynn loop instead if you want something shorter.

hiking
4 months ago

As of March 31 there is still a large amount of snow on this trail, largely concentrated between about the 3-5km mark. It's hard pack and was passable while moving carefully in normal hiking boots (had to slide a couple of short sections) but would recommend spikes if you have them. Quite a lot of melt run off in the area as well so waterproof boots are a must.
Surprising past the 5km mark the snow pretty much entirely cleared up all the way until the falls.

backpacking
6 months ago

Great hike, would recommend

hiking
7 months ago

Left the Lynn Headwaters at noon and made it to Norvan falls by 1:45. Easy hike with lots of little streams to cross. Had lunch at the falls and started heading back at 3 PM. It was a little tight, but we made it back to the headwaters by 5 PM. We took the easier low trail on the way in and the more difficult high trail on the way back. I would recommend doing it the other way around.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike to start with. Easy and fun

hiking
8 months ago

Did this today, Nov 25 for the first time. Love it! Ran and hiked it. This is not a mindless run. Lots of roots, rocks, stream crossings. It's challenging and forest is beautiful. Moderate rating seems right. Can't wait to do again in all seasons!

trail running
9 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike/ run...... I ran down cedar mills trail and then up .and back .... it's nice to have a scenery change from close to water to up in the woods then a clearly marked path to lead you to the falls.

hiking
10 months ago

Great easy hike, just long. It’s 7.5km each way for 15km total. The falls are beautiful and today we had it to ourselves. The trails are well marked as half of it is more on a gravel road. Parking lot was closed still, so we had to park in the residential areas in Lynn Valley. Only thing that’s hard about this hike is the length, but very unnoticeable elevation gain. It took 4-5 hours at a leisurely pace from the residential lot.

hiking
11 months ago

great trail. did with my 7 and 10yr old. definitely a workout if you take the headwaters trail high route. had a nice feet soak in the river afterwards.
wheww

hiking
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Did this hike few weeks ago with friends and loved it.
Below is a video I made of it!
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hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Beautiful hike, I would start early so you can spend few hrs at the water fall, breathtaking nature, in its finest... bring sandwiches, snacks and bear spry... make it an 8 hrs day... make every second count... coz it's just beautiful...love nature. Enjoy

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