Cypress Falls is a relatively easy hike/walk to a spectacular canyon featuring shooting water falls. A good lower elevation hike, it is an easy West Vancouver destination for families and those out for an easy hike.
This is an ideal Spring time hike as it is below the snowline, and, perfect any time of the year in fact. Most people are not as familiar with this part of Cypress Provincial Park but it will delight the local and visitor alike with it's waterfalls, and pockets of old growth trees.
If you use the map on trailpeak, you will note that you are making your way to Cypress Creek. Once you cross the creek (wooden bridge) you have Cypress Falls on the left, and a whole network of trails for eploring the creek at higher elevations. Some of the larger trees in the area that you will see on your descent to the falls are over 400 years old and have survived indiscriminate logging in the area some seventy or eighty years ago. Lots of ferns, fir, and cedar, typical of the Northwest raincoast.
Wandering the network of trails in the area can take a few hours, and you can hike upwards for a while before coming back down to see the falls, however, the falls can be reached in just a half hour for those who want to get there first.
A good place to park is at the first switchback on the road to the Cypress Bowl ski area. Driving from Vancouver, exit the upper levels Hwy 99 when you see the sign for Cypress Bowl Ski area. Drive past the "Deer Ridge" condos on the left, and, into the park, passing by the maintenance yards on the right. Continue on to the first switchback, and looking to the left, you will see a small parking area. From there, follow to the second point (not labelled, visible as a yellow dot) on the attached map, along a paved service road. As you climb the paved road somewhat, for a kilometer or so, you will see a sign simply marked "trail" on the left. Follow this another kilometer or so, until you descend and cross the creek using a wooden bridge. If you stay immediately left, you will see a fence, and the small trail next to it leads you directly to the falls (see vicinity of point 5). If you follow our markings (points 7, 9, 12, 15, 19 on our map) you get a bit more of a hike, and the circular route brings you back to the falls. After point 19, continue down the switchback on the trail until you hear the roar of rushing water get louder. You will see a wooden fence keeping you off the ledge of the canyon. Very impressive.
If you click on "Download GPS" you will see a nice preview of the GPS points. If you have a GPS unit, you can download this file into your unit, and compare as you walk -- although this trail is not that hard to find, the entrance is a bit tricky.
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Posted By: jenniferpedraza
- Mon May 30 02:43:30 UTC 2011
UpsideYou can hike this trail most of the year. Fairly easy, dog friendly, beautiful views of the canyon and waterfalls Downsideparts of the trail aren't marked. CommentThis is a great hike to do for the entire family. Tall trees and the sound of the water rushing down the canyon below is all you hear. The falls are photo worthy!
Posted By: Alexandria
- Tue Jan 25 05:55:35 UTC 2011
Upsidebeautiful falls & transit-able Downsideglobal lack of markers/blazes/tape...anything :-( Many reviews on other hiking sites share the same sentiment. CommentWho is responsible for marking the trail? I won't be able to find it again without a seasoned C-Falls hiker :-( After much searching, I found this map which helps: http://www.findfamilyfun.com/cypressfalls.gif
Posted By: drkayak
- Mon Nov 03 02:32:02 UTC 2008
UpsideNice hike for a rainy day (or any day) beautiful falls & canyon. DownsideDue to the foliage, it's somewhat difficult to see the 2 falls unobstructed. Crowded trails with lots of people walking their dogs. CommentThis is a great hike to do if you only have an hour or two. It's definitely not strenuous and the river and both falls are quite nice. I'd say this hike is similar to lynn canyon, but probably not quite as nice and has no stairs if you like that. The trail does have a lot of areas right next to the canyon, so be careful if you're with kids as you definitely don't want them getting too close to the edge. Having said that, we saw at least one family with small kids on the trail.
You can explore most of the trails in about 2 hours if you walk at an avg pace.
We actually came by public transit, unlike many of the other visitors here. Initially we thought it would be difficult to get to but it's actually quite easy: take the 253 from Park Royal and get off at Woodgreen/Woodburn (or as the driver to let you off near the park). There's a small sign showing you where to go to get to Cypress Falls park. There's a small street called Woodgrove Pl. The park is right at the end of this street.
The one thing to be careful about is timing - on weekends the 253 only comes once every 2 hours so take note of the times! It comes more often during the week. If you miss it you'll have to walk to Marine Dr. to catch the 250 which is about a 30 minute walk away.
Posted By: chillinvan
- Sun May 02 04:26:24 UTC 2004
UpsideThis is a pretty hike that is easily accessible and not too long. DownsideThe trail on the west side of the creek is not clearly marked. There is often a lack of undergrowth to distinguish the borders of the trail, plus there are several trails branch off to the west, further confusing things. The best method is to stay close to the creek (without getting too close to the edge of the cliff, of course!). If you find yourself on a trail that is getting further from the creek, you need to make your way back. CommentThe upper falls is getting hard to see in its entirety as the vegetation grows, but it's still visible.
Posted By: Urban trekker
- Mon Feb 03 04:19:16 UTC 2003
UpsideA great area to explore if you just want to get some exercise and kill an hour or so - okay in winter or after a good rainfall as the falls will have a greater flow. DownsideLack of proper signage. CommentThe shortest way to view the upper falls is to drive all the way up Woodgreen Drive until you see a sign and playground called Cypress Trails - park there and follow the gravel to an old road that heads into the forest - the most direct trail to the falls is the third distinct one branching off to the right - it will take up to the upper falls in about five minutes.
Posted By: PrimeTime
- Thu Aug 01 14:23:08 UTC 2002
UpsideA good short hike through some beautiful forest DownsideThis can be a busy trail on weekends and with the high useage the trail surface in some areas is rough CommentThere is a better access point for the trail with more parking. Take the Caulfeild exit off the upper levels highway and turn right onto Woodgreen Drive. Take the third road to the right onto Woodgreen Place. Go to the end of the road and continue into a gravelled parking area in the park. The trail starts at the east end of the parking area. Go left and continue up the trail.