The Gold Creek Falls is a short hike that is perfect for the beginning of the season or in combination with a camping trip to the Golden Ears Provincial Park.
From the parking lot, head down towards the trail and start following the wide trail up a gradual hill. Layers of moss blanket the forest floor as you make your way through a typical west coast rainforest.
After hiking for about 15 minutes, you will get a glimpse of Gold Creek on your left. Continue along the trail until you reach a clearing that offers views of Alouette, Edge, and Blanchard Mountains.
As you begin to make your way uphill, you will start to hear Gold Creek Falls as you get closer. The view of the falls above can be fantastic, particularly in the spring season when the runoff from the surrounding mountains is surging downstream. After taking in the view and mist from the falls, continue up the trail to the next viewpoint at the top of the falls.
After enjoying the upper viewpoint, make your way back down, past the falls, and head back towards the parking lot and campsite.
How to get to Gold Creek Falls
Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver: 1 hour 30 minutes
Gold Creek Falls is located in Golden Ears Provincial Park near Alouette Lake in Maple Ridge. To get to the park from Vancouver, take Highway #1 eastbound and take Exit #44 (before the Port Mann Bridge) toward Pitt Meadows / Maple Ridge. Head straight through the lights and continue along the Mary Hill Bypass. Turn right onto Lougheed Hwy and continue over the Pitt River Bridge towards Maple Ridge.
At the major intersection of Lougheed Hwy and Dewdney Trunk Road, turn left and continue until 232nd Street. Turn left on 232nd Street and continue for just over a kilometer, watching for a small park on your right. Just after the park, turn right onto Fern Avenue. Continue winding your way along Fern Avenue as the houses disappear and trees begin to appear. You have now entered Golden Ears Provincial Park. Continue along the road, passing the turnoffs to Alouette Lake to the last parking lot. The trail begins next to the parking lot.
View a map of Driving directions to Gold Creek Falls.
Camping at Gold Creek Falls
Gold Creek Falls is located in Golden Ears Provincial Park which is a popular camping destination offering both vehicle access camping and walk-in camping.
Dogs at Gold Creek Falls
Dogs are allowed on the trail to Gold Creek Falls but must be on-leash within 1km of the Parkway Road. Dogs can be off-leash beyond 1km on trails within Golden Ears Provincial Park. Please pickup after your dog and dispose of all waste in the bear proof garbage bins near the parking lot or campsites.
Toilets at Gold Creek Falls
There are toilets near the parking area but none along the trail to Gold Creek Falls. Toilet facilities are also located at the three drive-in campsites in the area.
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