- Difficulty Easy
- Time 0.75 hours
- Round-Trip 1.6km
- Elevation Gain 60 meters
- Season year-round
- Camping No
- From Vancouver 1 hour
- Public Transit No
- Dog Friendly Yes
Mamquam Falls is a scenic waterfall in Squamish, BC, that follows a trail along the river before looping back through the forest. The waterfall and canyon area are beautiful and the short walk can be done most times of the year.
The hike can be done as a loop and this description follows the route in a counter-clockwise direction. Walk to the metal gate next to the parking area and continue past the gate, heading down the hill. The short walk takes you down to a bridge over the Mamquam River. When you are standing on the bridge, you are standing over Mamquam Falls, however the waterfall is not visible from the bridge.
Do not cross the bridge (you can walk onto it and look at the view), instead, just before the bridge on the left side, walk to an area where there is a clearing. In that clearing, a trail starts and goes into the forest, immediately descending through the forest. Continue to follow this trail until you reach a wooden platform on the right with a view of the river and Mamquam Falls. There is a building used by the power company on the other side of the river, so the view is not quite as spectacular as some photos may show but it's still a beautiful view of the canyon.
After enjoying the view, continue hiking along the trail heading in a downstream direction. The trail weaves its way through the forest, offering views of the river as you pass through the often lush forest. The trail eventually reaches a short trail to the right, where you can walk right to the river's edge.
Continue hiking along the trail and it reaches its end at a turnaround for vehicles. This area is often locked by a gate, however it is sometimes used as a kayak put-in on the Mamquam River. After enjoying the view, follow the gravel road that leaves this area and head up the steep hill. The road will eventually pass a metal gate and return exit into a clearing, returning you to the parking area where you began your walk.
How to get to Mamquam Falls
Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver
Mamquam Falls is located in Squamish, BC. To drive to the trailhead, you will follow the Mamquam Forest Service Road and Powerhouse Road. Cars are able to drive on these gravel roads but good tires and taking it slow are recommended.
From Vancouver, drive to Highway #1 and head westbound, driving towards Horseshoe Bay. At Horseshoe Bay, merge onto Highway 99 Northbound and head towards Squamish.
As you approach the town of Squamish, just after passing the Sea To Sky Gondola, look for the entrance to the Mamquam Forestry Road on the right. Turn right onto the gravel road and drive for about 3.7km. At a junction, turn left and follow Powerhouse Road (not marked) until you reach a metal gate. Just to the left of the metal gate is a parking area where you can park your car.
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