This is a nice and easy trail, perfect for those who are out to catch some fresh air and relax, for joggers and bikers. Since the trail follows the Coquitlam River, a sound of the purling water accompanies you all the way to the Crystal Falls, even when you are deeper in the forest.
If you decide to take this trail in September, as we did, you will be rewarded with magical autumn colours, and joyful play of sunlight and shadows through the tree branches. There is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but there are Crystal Falls at the end of the trail, with clear water sliding down the wet and shiny rocks. It is a perfect spot for a break, before you turn back, or continue to Burke mountains.
Drive up the Shaughessey Street in Port Coquitlam until you get to its end at Karley Cres. The whole area is under development, but this is as far as you can go. The entrance to the trail, going down to the Coquitlam river bank, is not marked, except for the blue sign, which says ""MOTORIZED VEHICLES INCLUDING MOTORBIKES PROHIBITED""
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Posted By: newtrailseeker
- Wed Oct 30 03:22:54 UTC 2013
UpsideNice for a quick walk, area around falls is neat including a 'natural staircase' of tree roots DownsideNot long enough close to houses in some parts Can be muddy spring/fall CommentUsed this as a warm up to hike up Burke Mountain via Bullet Dodger mountain bike trail
Posted By: -Alam-Almithal-
- Mon Feb 02 01:42:50 UTC 2009
UpsideBeautiful forest, wonderful river and beyond the waterfall is a path seldom travelled by other people, for 2 weeks after it snowed my tracks where the only human footprins that went past the falls. DownsideThere's civilization across the river and within earshot the entire way, and just parallel to the falls there's a large quarry project underway, very noisy and very disruptive of the peace of the forest. There's a riflerange up the mountain that you can sometimes hear gunfire from. CommentIt's a nice trail, with some good swimming holes during the summer, but it would be nice if humanity could stop growing and stop expanding into the forest, I want real jungles, not the concrete sort.
Posted By: Urban trekker
- Wed May 24 00:37:17 UTC 2006
UpsideAn easy walk or bike ride to a great little falls. Falls were roaring with spring runoff on my last visit. DownsideMuddy trail and garbage on the trail and especially at Crystal Falls. Crossing the creek at the Falls can be a problem during high water.
Posted By: linslux
- Fri Apr 28 15:59:48 UTC 2006
UpsideThe falls are beautiful. On the right side of them, tree roots form an almost perfect staircase. Make the climb to the top and see the amazing little private forest, and a small ravine. Worth the climb. DownsideThe trail is nearly dominated by bikes, as there is a bike ramp spot built to the side of the trail about halfway in. Just be cautious. Also, trail is a bit "urban" for the first ten minutes, be prepared for the feeling of being in someone else's backyard.