Cypress Falls - Comments

3.7 3.7 out of 5 - 10 reviews

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Espy from Vancouver writes:

Loved it! Not crowded like most hikes around Vancouver, was nice not to have to share hike with tons of people. Was just myself and my boyfriend. It can be a bit confusing to navigate but we found the map helped a lot. We ended up hanging out in a pool at the upper falls, was amazing!

Posted: July 5, 2015 06:23:27 PM PST

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Philip from Vancouver writes:

Really poorly marked trail! Stay away from the east side of the river! We accidentally went to the east side of the river and followed a really difficult trail with uneven terrain, slippery ground with almost no view of the river. Even after we eventually made it back to the trail described here, the waterfall is really nothing compared with many other waterfalls on the north shore (e.g. Brothers creek, Big Cedar and Kennedy falls).

We also came across the abandoned vehicle on the east side trail, and were wondering whether it fell down there from the road up above.

One nice thing about the this trail is a wooden bridge shortly after you start. The temperature there is substantially lower than anywhere else in the city during hot summer days (like today). We spent lots of time there playing with water and enjoying the cool wind.

Posted: June 25, 2015 09:05:22 PM PST

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C. Smith from North Vancouver writes:

Worst trail on the North Shore. Not marked, Dog Crap Bags eveywhere. Don't waste your time!!

Posted: May 12, 2015 05:09:27 PM PST

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sunshowers from Vancouver writes:

The trails in this park are terribly marked, so our experience was quite different from that in the main writeup.

Once you get a bit past the wooden bridge over the first small waterfall, the trail kind of goes all over the place. There are lots of fallen trees over the trail, at times obscuring the path. Often, the trail narrows to nearly nothing and looks like a dead end. At one point we found ourselves at a fork. One direction looked like a wide path, leading up the hill. The other was a very narrow path leading through ferns and bushes. We picked the wider path, as it seemed more traveled, and it ended up leading to nothing. At another point, the trail we were following led to a very steep scramble up a dirt slope. It was too steep to come back down, so we kept going up and ended up on a gravel road. From there we kept walking up the hill until we got to another bridge where you could see the big waterfall.

Getting closer to the big waterfall was a bit risky. There's a rocky portion that you can actually cross, directly above the waterfall, but climbing over the slippery, muddy rock covered in wet leaves and moss was scary. The trail back down the river from that point was also quite steep and narrow. There were parts where the loose dirt trail was no more than a foot wide, with a near vertical drop to the river.

I'm not sure what path we took, but casual hikers or those with small children should beware that it's easy to end up in hazardous terrain should you lose the trail in this park. It's not all "easy" hiking.

Posted: May 4, 2015 12:42:58 PM PST

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AK from Vancouver writes:

Just walked west of side trail from south start @ parking up to Hydro road.
Proceeded uphill on Hydro road until we saw mother bear and 2 with larger cubs feeding alongside road within 20 feet.
Turned back and hiked east side of trail down.
Watch for old wire along east trail.
Spectacular scenery!

Posted: April 26, 2015 03:23:46 PM PST

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pseudocanuck from Vancouver writes:

To say this trail is badly marked would be a lie - it basically isn't marked at all. I got lost several times but ultimately I found my prize! Just listen for the sound of rushing water in your search for both falls but otherwise I highly recommend just getting lost in your own adventure here. There are a lot of trails in the forest. Took me 46 mins to do the whole loop not including stops for photos. The maps drawn by an earlier poster (www.findfamilyfun.com) was ultimately the best guide however I wasn't sure if I was supposed to go beyond what looks like a parking lot/gate on the service road so I ended up backtracking and going down the hillside closer to the creek again. Still managed to weave my way through to see the huge old trees though. Lovely hike to do on a rainy Monday.

Posted: April 13, 2015 04:19:53 PM PST

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James from B-town writes:

We and my lady did this trail early this afternoon and we found it a GREAT change of pace from the summits we've been doing. It was really fun just to explore and follow the creek up a at a leisure pace.

I came here to see if someone else had written about the abandoned car near the wood bridge. But no one seems to have seen it, or found it noteworthy. Does anyone know anything about how that old car came to get there?

Posted: March 28, 2015 09:46:07 PM PST

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Carolyn from Bowen Island writes:

I was wondering if the nelson creek forest service road continues from the cypress falls area all the way to horshoe bay and is it rideable in all places?

Posted: March 1, 2015 08:13:21 PM PST

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RT from Vancovuer writes:

I wouldn't classify this trail as easy. It is quite steep and the ground is very uneven with quite a few obstacles. I would recommend to take the route to the left when entering the private property through the opening in the fence, as the lower path is a bit dangerous to navigate. It would also be helpful to have a few signs here and there, as there is no obvious trail to follow. Other than that, the setting is very natural and you will get a good workout. I just wished the city would maintain is a bit better.

Posted: February 15, 2015 05:02:38 PM PST

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Justin from Richmond writes:

I did this hike mid-week as it was classified as a short and easy hike.

Getting to the trail was quiet easy with GPS. There's a small parking lot just before the start of the trail. Before getting started, I would highly recommend reading the description of the trail before the start of your hike as the trail itself is quite poorly marked. It's fairly easy to stray off course.

Getting to the lower falls is quite a short hike. I never got to the upper falls as I was lost and the sun began to set.

I would hike Cypress Falls again now that I've read the description of the trail.

Posted: August 5, 2014 01:20:56 PM PST

Ross from North Shore writes:

Did this today with my 4 year old daughter - really nice hike and interesting enough considering its an 'out + back' route. Some amazing trees, lovely river views and some of the friendliest dogs (and owners!) we've come across.
Great family / beginner loop - just use the river as your navigational guide and don't worry about the lack of trail markers.

Posted: May 17, 2013 08:37:52 PM PST

Alexandria from Vancouver writes:

I'm curious to know how long it would take to walk to Eagle Lake from the Eagle Bluff Road. Is it even accessible by foot?

Posted: October 5, 2012 11:19:48 PM PST

Shaz from Vancouver writes:

Did this as a fall hike, and found it beautiful in there. Lots of interesting terrain, with some uphills which we really liked. Not hard to find your way around at all after reading some of the posts here if you keep the waterfall as your point

Posted: October 5, 2012 06:26:03 PM PST

richard from vancouver writes:

absolutely loved the hike. I actually enjoyed the unmarked trails. Made it an adventure, and made the trip longer and more worth while. We actually ended up looping through it twice in a row, having two completely separate paths.

Posted: August 22, 2012 12:26:07 AM PST

John Walker from North Vancouver writes:

My wife and I are fairly experienced hikers. Found this hike to be very pleasant. We were back at the parking lot in just over an hour.

Maps and other instructions here not quite as clear as might have hoped so here's some further thoughts.

- Take right hand fork at first opportunity (minutes out of parking lot). Leads along creek for best views of 1st falls, which are only about 10 minutes from parking lot.

- Take west side trail for best views of creek and especially 2nd falls (20-30 mins further on).

- 2nd option is to cross bridge and continue on trail to Eagle Lake access road. From here, turn north for about a km to bridge across creek. Pick up west side trail to go back, just the other side of this bridge

- 3rd and not really a good option is to take 2 nd option above and then take a trail leading off left from that a few minutes after the bridge. This travels down to the creek and then up along its east side. However, this this is not a trail for the faint-hearted or stumble-footed! Not many benefits either as the views are not nearly as good as those from the west side.

I have provided an improved map at
http://www.jbwalker.com/images/Cypress Falls Trail.jpg

Posted: July 30, 2012 11:29:30 AM PST

Dale from Vancouver writes:

I'm a novice hiker and thoroughly enjoyed this hike! I can't believe how close to the city we have magical hikes like this to enjoy. I found a new happy place along this hike!

Posted: June 26, 2012 07:26:28 PM PST

Douger from West Vancouver writes:

Beautiful and a bit dangerous in some spots. A few trails have been newly marked with pink tape. Easy to get yourself turned around up there, but as others have suggested, just keep the river within ear shot. Dog walkers frequent this area.

Posted: April 20, 2012 09:07:48 AM PST

Payam from Vancouver writes:

The trails are very poorly marked especially on the east bank (almost nonexistent actually) so mind your path to keep from going in circles. I came across a very basic map which I think is a better route to follow than the one described here.

http://www.findfamilyfun.com/cypressfalls.gif

Posted: April 17, 2012 08:57:39 PM PST

Susan C from Burnaby writes:

This was a very nice hike. (we are not experienced hikers)
Thanks to Alexandria for the map, it really helped.
We headed up on the east side of the river and down on the west side. The trails on the east side of the river were easy to follow and easily led us to the service road. This road led us to the upper falls and the trail was little steep but worth it. Interestingly there is an old car stuck in the trees on the east side of the upper falls. A couple told us that it was from a car accident in the 1960's. The trails on the west side of the river were harder to follow but its ok because you can orientate yourself with the river and there didn't feel any threat of getting lost (just head down!).
The trees and moss are amazing! Both waterfalls were great too.
We really enjoyed the hike.

Posted: August 1, 2011 10:10:50 AM PST

Chuck from Vancouver writes:

We did this hike on Victoria Day. I would agree the trail isn't particularly well marked but there always seems to be a path to follow which is somewhat obvious. While there are other paths it seems they always re-join. Keep river right to get to the falls and you won't have any trouble finding them.

For a better view of the falls continue on to the service road and then head down the trail marked by the BC Hydro Blue poles. It is a little steeper and a little slick because of the mist from the falls but worth the view.

The hike really is quite short so we continued up the service road to the reservoir. You can't actually see it but there are some nice views. The road/path splits at one point where the TransCanada trail crosses. You can take either as they'll re-join a short distance later.

Posted: May 27, 2011 09:28:25 PM PST

Walley from Richmond writes:

There are some great views past the fence of the second set of falls just before the service road bridge. There is a tighter and steeper trail heading down towards a bit of a ledge with a great viewpoint of the second falls that is just off to your right after the fence (be cautious). There is a pole there as a marker as well. To get to the fence there is a very obvious main trail you can follow fairly easily. Either way if you follow the river upstream, keeping it to your right, it is very easy to get to the fence.

The right side of the falls contains less obvious trails and more difficult terrain and you will have to cross at some point so unless you are okay with getting a little wet and adventurous stick to the left.

Posted: May 21, 2011 12:09:18 PM PST

Shark from Vancouver writes:

Did the hike yesterday with a group of friends. We'd agree with the other posters that the trail is not easily marked.
However, with a little intuition you can still find your way around, and there are numerous other trails that will lead you through some amazing forest scenery. A plus for the more adventurous hikers are a few rope-assisted descents to the riverbed. Had a great time overall.

Posted: April 4, 2011 10:19:36 AM PST

Alexandria from Vancouver writes:

After some digging, this is a great map since the trail is not marked for the most part: http://www.findfamilyfun.com/cypressfalls.gif

Posted: January 24, 2011 09:46:04 PM PST

Alexandria from Vancouver writes:

I agree with the frequent sentiment of the trail not being well (safely!) labeled. Which organization is responsible for providing markers/blazes/tape...oh, just anything please?

Posted: January 24, 2011 09:02:24 PM PST

Carly from Vancouver writes:

My husband and I went on this hike this afternoon with out 6month old berner puppy. If you are looking for a trail or a path to hike, you will end up frustrated. In many places the trail seems to split into 3 or 4 possible directions, some of which just die off. We both hike in the backcountry and thus like trails that aren't over maintained but this was confusing. We disliked doubling back to choose the next, hopefully longer, adventure. This trail could benefit from either a map or pamphlet at the trailhead or a few small signs or markers along the way.

That said, the noise and view of the first falls is quite awesome. The second falls was a bit difficult to find, less water but a full view, worth the wandering. Overall, this was a great place to visit, explore and simply walk around in. With altered expectations we would definitely go back.

Posted: December 10, 2010 06:13:47 PM PST

annie boudreau from tracadie NB writes:

very nice hike!! the 2 second waterfall is amazing!

Posted: August 20, 2009 09:41:36 PM PST

Colin from North Vancouver writes:

Just did this early this morning. Wonderful hike, to get to the second falls after the bridge, stick close to the right hand side to get to the fence. It's a really nice hike a little challenging for those used to simple trails. It's cool near the water so be sure to wear layers :)

Posted: May 2, 2009 04:52:54 PM PST

Jason from North Vancouver writes:

A short hike but lovely, mossy forest hike in West Van. The first waterfall was only 5 minutes from the parking lot but the 2nd one was quite far up and we ended up loosing track of where the trail was several times. If you get to a fence, you've gone the right way and it's only a short hike beyond the fence.

Tried to find a view of the water from the other side of the bridge but didn't have any luck.

Posted: April 4, 2009 06:58:35 PM PST

Julie Smithson from North Vancouver writes:

The trees and the moss that covers them are so amazing. We are so fortunate to live near areas like Cypress Falls where trees grow big and healthy in their natural environment.

A short and easy hike but very scenic. A perfect weekend morning hike so you have the rest of the day free.

Posted: April 7, 2008 10:00:34 AM PST

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