- Difficulty Intermediate
- Time 5 hours
- Round-Trip 14 km
- Elevation Gain 195 meters
- Season year-round
- Camping No
- From Vancouver 40 minutes
- Public Transit Yes
- Dog Friendly Yes
A waterfall located in the lush green forests of Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, Norvan Falls is the perfect hike that can be completed just about anytime throughout the year.
From the parking lot, walk across the Lynn Creek Bridge to the map on the other side and sign in on the registration board. Head to your left and continue walking along the creek as it hugs the river and continues through groves of second growth Cedar. This area was logged in the early 1900's and many remnants from those days still remain along the trail, including an old logging cart where trees are growing out from, old rusty saw blades, and other tools.
The first 1.7km is along a wide gravel road which is part of the lower Lynn Loop Trail. As you continue past a junction, the trail becomes narrower and you pass over several small streams, pools of mud, and around small groves of trees. This section of the trail is known as the Cedars Mill Trail. The area is frequented by locals walking their dogs, however the further you continue away from the parking lot, the fewer dogs and people you run into.
After the first 4km, the trail opens up into a clearing known as a debris chute. Walk to the left towards the river and take in the views and the rushing water continuously flowing over the rocks as Goat Mountain towers overhead. From this point, head up the rocky debris towards the sign post. Turn left and continue your hike by entering the forest along the Headwaters Trail.
In the wetter seasons, the next 2.6km can have several muddy sections. The surroundings are rich with moss that blankets the forest floor and hangs from tree branches. Again, an old bucket and some rusty old tools left over from the logging operations can be seen alongside the trail.
The sound of rushing water will signal that you are getting closer to Norvan Creek. As the creek becomes visible, a rugged steel suspension bridge crosses the creek to your left. Instead, go right and walk along a trail that follows the creek uphill. After a few hundred meters, Norvan Falls becomes visible from the trees as the water drops into the creek below. Backtrack a few steps and find the path that takes you down to the rocky edge of the creek where you can get the best view and find a place to stop for lunch.
After taking in the falls, descend back down towards the trail and head left back along the route you came from. When you reach the debris chute, if you are running out of time or just want to finish your hike, you can go right and down over the rocks and follow the trail that you took originally alongside the river. If you have a bit of extra time and want to continue through the beautiful forest, go left and continue along the Headwaters Trail. The trail weaves its way through the forest for about 2km before reaching a viewpoint on the right of Mount Fromme. Continue a short distance past the viewpoint to a junction and turn right, following the trail downhill and eventually back to the Lynn Loop Trail alongside the river where you passed through earlier in the day.
Continue along the wide gravel road back towards the trailhead. When you reach the signboard, don't forget to deposit the other half of your sheet before heading back to the parking lot.
How to get to Norvan Falls
Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver
Norvan Falls is located in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park in North Vancouver. To reach the start of the trail, take Highway #1 to the Lynn Canyon Exit and follow Lynn Valley Road northbound. Continue past the shopping center and past the turnoff to Lynn Canyon Park. Where the road turns left, continue going straight along the narrow road to the last parking lot. If there is no parking here, backtrack about 500m to the overflow lot and walk back towards the main parking lot.
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Transit Access to Norvan Falls
From downtown Vancouver, take the Seabus across to North Vancouver and at the Lonsdale Quay bus loop, take bus #228 to Lynn Valley. You will want to get off of the bus near the end of the route at Dempsey and Lynn Valley Road. Let the bus driver know where you are going and they can stop at the location.
After getting off the bus, walk down the paved road into the forest towards the parking area and the start of the trail.
Note: The bus will take you as far as the hairpin turn and you will have to walk the remaining distance along the narrow road to the yellow gate. Ask the bus driver for the best bus stop to get off at.Plan Trip With Public Transit ›
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