Another of Peggy Moire's all season river walk and bird sancturary (and probably Blackberry) park walks. Peggy is an old-time member of the North Shore Hikers from the 50's that lists Minnekhada as one of her favourites, as a moderate place to hike with lots of distractions and birdlife. She describes it as "beautiful" with a few inclines, and lots to see. The area is very diverse, as the map shows.
Info here: Minnekhada Regional Park is a great find. It used mostly by Coquitlam locals so it is not really well traveled. The park with the lodge has several different trails to explore. Some are harder than others and a few around the marsh areas are wheelchair accessible.
Marsh area trails provide a great way to see the bird life in the area. This are is close to the Pitt River ? Addington Marsh Wildlife Management area and the Widgeon Creek Estuary. So the marshes in the park proper attract birds that use this flyway. Tonnes of waterfowl and other avian species frequent the park in every season.
If you are into bird walking and a bit of solitude experience this area. Its on the eastern side of Coquitlam between the Coquitlam River and the Pitt River. You'll find it easy by traveling north on Coast Meridian and turning left on Victoria Drive. See Map
You have additional options to walk or bike the dykes that fringe the Pitt River on either side of the Deboville Slough and out to the Pitt River shore.
Another option is to cross the Pitt River Bridge and walk or bike the eastern dyke system of the Pitt River.
And what's great about this area is that you always have the backdrop of the peaks of Golden Ears Provincial Park watching over your journey. The most southerly triangular peak is Blanshards Peak (1560metres) with Golden Ears(1706m) and Edge Peak(1645m) behind.
You can easily spend a day in this area.
To get there, from the Lougheed highway, turn North on Coast Meridien and travel 2.5 km to Apel Drive, Follow Victoria Drive for 1km to the crest of the hill and make a deliberate left turn to continue on Victoria Drive. Travel NorthEast for 3.5km to the park entrance off Quarry Road.
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Posted By: granolapher
- Fri May 01 18:35:22 EDT 2009
UpsideClose to town, well maintained trails.
DownsideNothing besides a few bugs
CommentThis is a pretty well maintained, easy hike, with a decent view from the high knoll. The first bridge on the mid-marsh trail (just before low knoll) was broken.
Posted By: evgenykravchenko
- Sat Jul 21 19:24:14 EDT 2007
Upsidegood hike to take your kids, but avoid the low knoll and the high knoll when going with children. Feels like you are far away from civilization.
DownsideBoring, no spectacular views, bears in the area, lots of rocks that you can trip on, pretty uneven terrain
CommentThe total distance is about 6km not 10km, but because of the uneven terrain it takes around 2h-2.5h to do the loop, including the high knoll and the low knoll. Nothing spectacular on this hike, there are several view points, but they aren't very interesting. You pretty much get to see the marsh from various perspectives. In terms of difficulty it's average, I wouldn't call it easy, especially taking into account the uneven terrain, and if you are planning to do the high knoll it's quite a workout for a good 5-10 minutes.
Posted By: linslux
- Sun Apr 23 16:34:48 EDT 2006
UpsideLots of options for trails...the High Knoll is exceptional, but a bit of a cardio workout for about 5 minutes right before the payoff.
DownsideVery crowded, even in the Spring. Since it's generally an easy trail, it's quite kid-friendly - if you catch my drift.
CommentGreat little trail for a day trip. Many places along the trail to take a breather and listen in to the trees.
Posted By: Bobbie
- Mon Nov 01 12:50:44 EST 2004
Upsidegreat trail for novice wanting to start to experienced looking for a quick trip. About 1.5 hours round trip to the High Knoll. Stunning views.
DownsideNone! late fall though, be prepared, there are bears in the park as there were a few day old prints I came across.
CommentThis is a beautiful trail that has some excellent views of the Fraser Valley. I went Oct 31st at 8:30am, and it was the best time to go. Trail was empty until it was time to turn around, and the fog was lifting off the marshes and outlying areas. Typically West Coast. Easily one of my favorites.
Posted By: toad
- Wed Jul 09 22:57:26 EDT 2003
UpsideGreat Dog trip, cool veiw from high knoll
Downsidebusy, busy, busy
Commentgot married at the lodge, so i'm partial to this park.
Posted By: Urban trekker
- Sun Apr 13 09:38:53 EDT 2003
UpsideGood any time of the year - in spring not as busy as summer - a number of trail loop options are available.
DownsideNone on this trip unless you want the lodge open all the time.
CommentDid a 2 hour loop of the park trails - great mix of forests, marsh etc.