4.41 out of 5 - 22 reviews

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Ali M from Vancouver writes:

Nov 27 2016 around 4:00 pm saw a mama bear and two babies while hiking back from the falls. Smaller than a grizzly but not sure if black or brown bears. We were a group of two + a dog and made it by safely, however were initially quite scared as they were not visible to us until we turned a corner and then bam there they were just a few metres in front of us. Also we thought they would have been hibernating at this time.

    Posted: November 27, 2016 08:04:07 PM PST

    Richard Donnan from Waldheim writes:

    This was great hike. It took just over 1.5 hrs. I hiked it in the pouring rain and got total soaked. It was amazing. Does anyone know how high Crystal Falls is in Coquitlam.

    • Crystal Falls photo
    • Crystal Falls photo
    • Crystal Falls photo

      Posted: October 28, 2016 05:11:08 PM PST

      Sam from BC writes:

      Curious how deep is the hole?

        Posted: August 19, 2016 11:52:29 PM PST

        Michelle from Langley writes:

        Great hike, only took us 45min each way ( about 2h round) Kind of hard to find as there is no sign saying Crystal falls but if you follow the address you will see an opening into the forest and just follow the path. Fairly easy to walk not much up hill, we went a few days after it rained and they're were quite a few mud puddles we had to jump around. The falls was beautiful, there were some spots to sit down and an area where you could put your feet in the water. Easy for kids and great for dogs (on leash)

          Posted: August 15, 2016 08:52:08 PM PST

          Judith from Port Coquitlam writes:

          Easy hike on a beautiful sunny day. No wild life sightings, but not surprising given the number of people around and on the trail.
          There are now 2 ground wasp nests to the right of the falls on the trail you would use to climb above the falls. Our dog was stung as was my husband and many others.
          Lovely easy hike close to home!

            Posted: August 14, 2016 04:07:00 PM PST

            Cec L. from Vancouver writes:

            Nice trail, definitely watch out for the mud. We saw a large black bear crossing the trail about 10 minutes in from the trail head, so stay aware on this trail.

              Posted: July 27, 2016 12:30:06 AM PST

              Caladan from Port Moody writes:

              Great easy hike with the kids (July 1st). Just a quick note that there is a ground wasp nest in the roots along the trail to the right of the falls. This is the trail you climb/hike up to get above the falls (not before the falls). It is on the right side of the trail but you can get around it to the left. Just something to be aware of as one of the people I was with got stung a few times. I scratched "wasps" on a large rock and left it at the nest and warned anyone I saw on the way out. Great little hike though so don't let this deter you!

                Posted: July 2, 2016 01:32:51 AM PST

                Peaches152 from Ladner, BC writes:

                Did this hike a couple weeks ago on a Saturday morning.

                The trail head is well marked. There was a nice lady standing at the entrance when we pulled up, and she motioned that there was no parking left on the little street, and to turn around and go back across the main drag there. So we found a spot under a tree just a couple hundred metres away from the beginning of the hike.

                Our hike was less than 6kms round trip, according to my GPS tracker. The terrain is easy. A child (5yrs+) could do it no problem. A mother/ father could do it no problem with a baby bjorn/carrier. It's a bit rooty in places, and it's definitely a woody path, so keep that in mind. There's not much elevation, if any at all. We were in and out within an hour and a half. We started at 10am or so, and were out and gone by 11:30. I'm not the world's most fit, nor am I the least fit. I'd say I move at an average pace.

                What a GORGEOUS and strong waterfall! It was a nice day, there hadn't been much rain in the week previous, so there weren't TOO many puddles. There were a few, though. You have to either Jack be nimble, Jack be quick over and around, or if you have the right shoes (which you should have), you can just step through them. There were a couple streams to cross that you had to be smart about as there's no bridge or marked crossing, or you could just stomp through them. They weren't so deep that they'd get your ankles or anything.

                My one caveat was the amount of tourists at the waterfall. WOW. Granted, it was a nice Saturday in early June, of COURSE there's going to be many people on this very easy-going trail. But I wasn't prepared for the absolute cacophony of people and out of place sounds that were there once we got to the falls. My hiking partner was quite put off by the tour group that was up there. They were loud, they were shovey, they were like locusts. They just totally took over the entire falls, I'm absolutely surprised I got a photo of the falls without anybody wearing bright blue in the shot as well. They had whistles, and they would call out and whistle to each other the entire time we were there. Although I believe a whistle is absolutely necessary to have while hiking, I do not believe it is necessary to use if not lost or in danger of animal attack. It would have been a much nicer time if there had been less locusts crawling and yelling and whistling all over the falls. So. Maybe if you feel the same way, perhaps a nice weekday jaunt should be in the cards for you.

                Also, for those who are new to hiking, or new to any kind of walking in crowds whatsoever, it is customary for you to move over and let people pass if they are walking behind you. There's no need to feel like you must move faster, just pull over and let people who are quicker than you pass. That goes for any sidewalk/ path/ road. If you are walking/riding/driving 2-4 people across the path/road, others can't get around you. Be aware of what's going on, and do the considerate thing, let people pass.

                I gave it 4 stars because the falls are absolutely delightful, but the hike wasn't challenging enough, keeping in mind that we drove an hour each way to do it. It did give me an idea as to what level of hike I'd like to do in the future. Less easy hikes, more harder hikes on Saturdays. I figure there will be less tour groups on harder, longer ones on the weekend. I think my logic is sound. ;) lol

                Here's a video of the falls and a photo taken along the trail.


                  Posted: June 12, 2016 07:44:00 PM PST

                  Jen from Vancouver writes:

                  Visited Aug 5th. No animal sightings. Did not see the pick up truck that was described in the trail description. It was an easy hike, with a few small "creeks" that could be easily crossed, but shoes may get wet. It was shorter and easier than expected.

                    Posted: September 16, 2015 05:57:55 PM PST

                    Char from Saskatoon, SK writes:

                    Did this hike on August long weekend (no animal sightings) and again on a rainy day last year in May. Both times it was very enjoyable. The trail is super easy but it can get busy.

                      Posted: September 9, 2015 04:54:29 PM PST

                      Robyn Petrik from Port Coquitlam writes:

                      We went around 6pm on July 31st, no bears to be seen.

                      It was our first time on this trail, and my app recorded it as 6km round trip, which walked in an hour and 15 minutes. The falls were really pretty, though probably smaller than usual due to the lack of rain this summer. You can keep heading up the trail beside the falls. It's a tricky climb, but the views tucked around the rocks were definitely worth it.

                      I don't think I'd ever head too far out of my way to hike this trail, but since we're only 5 minutes away, we'll probably be here on a regular basis.

                        Posted: August 1, 2015 04:20:26 PM PST

                        Katie from Vancouver writes:

                        Mostly writing here to update the bear warning. An adolescent black bear was seen tonight (8pm on July 23rd) on the trail about ten minutes from the road. Easily scared away with our large group and not approaching it.

                        Other than that, trail was beautiful and well maintained. The falls were very pretty and I will definitely be going back again.

                          Posted: July 23, 2015 08:20:03 PM PST

                          Zac from Port Moody writes:

                          My trail app reported this route at just under 6km return.

                          The bear and cougar warning signs are still up, but we, nor anyone we talked to, saw these animals around lunch time on July 7. We made it to the falls without problem.

                          You can't see the truck from the main trail, we explored a few little off-shoots in order to find it.

                          The south end is popular with people lounging in the river, and there is plenty of litter and dog waste on and around the trail. If I were to do it again, I'd take some gloves and a garbage bag for the way out.

                            Posted: July 8, 2015 09:28:01 AM PST

                            Wendy from Surrey writes:

                            Beautiful trail along the river. Enjoyed the hike with our three dogs until about 40 minutes into it, the big black momma bear and her cub appeared on the trail 30 feet in front of us. She sat down on the trail and didn't move while the cub wandered around. We slowly backed up and headed back to our vehicle. Never got to see the falls.

                              Posted: July 6, 2015 11:18:48 AM PST

                              Mark from Richmond writes:

                              Nice, well-travelled trail. Best in the summer to avoid big mud puddles. Seems shorter than it really is, as you get caught up in the scenery. Lots of wildlife if you look hard enough. Minnows in every pool you pass, and crayfish too. Saw the warning sign about the bears and the cougar but they must have taken the day off.

                                Posted: June 28, 2015 01:08:00 PM PST

                                Alec from Coquitlam writes:

                                Thanks Robyn for the bear updates. Same happened to us two weeks ago for Cougar warning signs.

                                Is there any local phone or websites for such animal warning before heading to trail?!

                                  Posted: May 25, 2015 04:06:31 PM PST

                                  Robyn from Port Coquitlam writes:

                                  Went to hike Crystal Falls for the first time today, but a sign was posted at the trailhead stating that there was a bear in the Crystal Falls area and it was reported to be 'charging' hikers. Not being very outdoorsy and bear savvy, we decided not to risk it. We'll check it out another day later on in the summer!

                                    Posted: May 23, 2015 08:09:20 PM PST

                                    Emilyy from New Westminster writes:

                                    Nice easy hike with a good waterfall payoff that's easy to access from Poco. It can get very muddy, so good footwear is needed. Scrambling up the top of the falls is fun to check out the forest above. Can often hear sounds of the quarry in the valley below. Find that there are a lot of parties up there, which is fun and all, but people always leave their trash... which really sucks.

                                      Posted: February 21, 2015 01:11:59 PM PST

                                      Clee from Ridge Meadows writes:

                                      Got introduced to this beauty hidden gem this past summer and been going back every since. Nice in all types of weather with a quick refreshing dip in the waterfall at the end. Very muddy in the rainy season!

                                        Posted: February 9, 2015 12:18:47 AM PST

                                        Dianne from Vancouver writes:

                                        I love this walk and have done it many times. It's beautiful in both the sun and rain! If it's raining, or has been in the days before, be prepared to get wet! I often wear my rain boots on this walk. Depending on the rainfall, you might be walking through little streams that can be more than ankle deep. Some you can jump over, some you cannot. I prefer wearing my boots and enjoying all the water! The falls are always gorgeous and a perfect little escape right in the city.

                                          Posted: February 5, 2015 06:43:32 AM PST

                                          Jacqueline from Coquitlam writes:

                                          My kids, ages 13, 10, and 8, and I did this trail a couple of days ago. It was wonderful!! The kids had a great time as did I. It took us two hours from start to finish. It should've only been 1 and a half hours though, we took a wrong turn and started uphill. We turned around and managed to find the main trail back. There are definitely muddy parts and streams to walk or jump across but they all added to the "adventure." Lots of Skunk Cabbage growing in the marsh.

                                            Posted: March 26, 2014 09:33:33 AM PST

                                            Hammer, Bubbles and Shelby from Surrey writes:

                                            its 2013, grew up in coquitlam since age 4, hmmmm that's 49 yrs ago? Ive been to various spots along the river over the many years and always heard of "the falls". I went with Bubbles and shelbydawg in the middle of a month long heatwave. Gorgeous old growth trees, trail was exceptional in the hot season, many stops to swim for shelbydawg. More of a beginners hikeing trail but well used and very pet friendly. We will be back, shelbydawg is already planning next weekend I'm sure. One precaution may be the dogs on slippery rockface once you get to the falls.

                                              Posted: July 28, 2013 05:45:18 PM PST

                                              C Macie from Coquitlam writes:

                                              Beautiful walk along the river. Trail can be muddy with a few stream crossings sans bridge. Walk is just a bit over 3 km ONE WAY and takes about 50 minutes one way.

                                                Posted: November 10, 2012 04:14:05 PM PST

                                                Cosine from VANCOUVER writes:

                                                Hmmm... 3km sees wrong, my pedometer says 6km.. 3 each way?

                                                  Posted: October 7, 2012 10:15:39 PM PST

                                                  Peach from Vancouver writes:

                                                  Went this morning. It rained a little earlier in the week but was dry the last 2 days. There are still large puddles and parts of the trail are muddy. I find it fun trying to make my way across some of the puddles, stepping on rocks or walking on logs, without getting my shoes wet.

                                                    Posted: July 28, 2012 04:18:28 PM PST

                                                    Dylan from Port Coquitlam writes:

                                                    Its a nice trail to go on during the summer, dont go on it if it has rained because there are large puddles

                                                      Posted: March 6, 2012 02:30:15 PM PST

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