Lower Falls Trail

Lower Falls Trail near Maple Ridge, BC


This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars
3 kms
2hours
easy
Hiking
Spring, Winter, Fall, Summer
Maple Ridge, BC
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This is the easiest trail in Golden Ears Provincial Park. It is an easy 1 hour (2.7 km) walk along Gold Creek to Lower Falls. The rocky beach about 20 minutes in is a beautiful spot to rest and relax. About halfway to the falls, part of the trail has been washed out and re-routed. If you stop at the bank of the creek and turn to look southwest, you get a great view of the mountains overlooking the creek.

Directions:

From Vancouver, take the Lougheed Highway (Hwy 7), and turn left onto Dewdney Trunk Road. Turn left on 232nd and then follow the signs to Golden Ears Provincial Park.


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By mapleguy3844Posted By: mapleguy3844  - Mon Apr 07 11:07:11 EDT 2014 Not Rated Upside The falls at the end Downside A walk Comment I haven't been on this trail for a couple of years. What a disappointment to find a flat 4 metre wide path of crushed gravel from start to finish. Big plastic pipes to move the water so people don't need to get their feet wet with piles of unused gravel scattered beside the uprooted plants and logs that got in the way of the upgrade. This was never a "real" hike but you never felt disconnected from the forest in the way this raised gravel bed provides. I hope they never improve another trail here, I'd much rather slog through some wet patches and dodge the slugs than walk on a pedestrian sidewalk.
By toothpastechicaPosted By: toothpastechica  - Sun Jul 21 17:37:40 EDT 2013 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Easy, clear trail, lots of water access, waterfall Downside Lots of people, short Comment I love doing this trail with my "non-hiking" friends to get out and get them into the trails without asking for a lot of commitment, its a fun easy trail with some great views and lots of places to dive in. This time we spent some time above the falls at the "pool", jumping in and swimming in the very cold water. Be careful though as when the water is higher or if your not a strong swimmer it could be quite dangerous. (Someone died going over the falls earlier this year). It took us 35 minutes to get up at a relaxed but not slow pace.
By ismithPosted By: ismith  - Fri Apr 16 14:17:34 EDT 2010 Not Rated Question Does anyone know if this is stroller friendly? If not... any suggestions for a nice scenic hike that kids 4 and 5 could do?

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By granolapherPosted By: granolapher  - Sat Dec 12 20:37:03 EST 2009 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Not too busy. Downside Nothing. Comment The falls are beautiful in the winter... and no crowds!
By Trev&CathyPosted By: Trev&Cathy  - Sat Apr 28 04:17:02 EDT 2007 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Close to home and is a nice easy trail. Good for a nice relaxing day out.
By bueffixPosted By: bueffix  - Fri Jun 09 16:20:51 EDT 2006 This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 4 out of 5 stars Upside Beautiful hike, nice scenery, and very easily accessible. Downside Busy, but people were nice (except some guys who climbed the barriers and were horsing around right on top of the falls) Comment I uploaded the GPS data. It is scetchy, but you definitely don't need it for the actual hike. Maybe it helps you find the parking lot.
By linsluxPosted By: linslux  - Sun Apr 23 16:30:57 EDT 2006 This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars Upside Amazing view of Gold Creek during entire hike. Well maintained trail, the rocky beach is spectacular, and there are many places to cut off the trail to tiny lookouts to the water. Downside Trail has slight muddy bits. Comment If at the Gold Creek parking lot, you take the Canyon trail, there is a section about 1km in where you can cross back to the Falls and take this trail as your return. Better views/access to the falls area and more scenic trail.


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