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Liam from North Vancouver writes:

Went on this hike on 13th of Feb only to find that the suspension bridge was closed due to "snow danger" there is no snow danger and there was no warning of closure at the head of the trail so was very disappointing. There was a warning that areas beyond Norvan falls was closed but nothing about closures before the falls. On a typical year I can understand a closure but there is no snow this year.

    Posted: February 14, 2024 12:08:50 PM PST

    Ted from Burnaby writes:

    Great hike, trail in good condition. If you opt to take the Headwaters Trail instead of the Cedar Mill Trail, there is a bridge that is out but the detour around is well marked. The sign indicates that it isn't passable during rainy periods but during an August heat wave the creek was nearly dry and made for an easy and fun scramble around the damaged/decommissioned log bridge.

      Posted: August 20, 2022 05:27:09 PM PST

      Tim from Vancouver writes:

      Small but pleasant fall; an accessible all-season hike. No snow to speak of yesterday though there was evidence of a thin crust of ice on some mud. The wide, flat Cedars Mill trail gets quite busy with dog walkers.

        Posted: January 10, 2021 09:26:53 AM PST

        Nancy from Vancouver writes:

        Hiked April 19, 2019. No snow.

          Posted: April 24, 2019 09:13:03 AM PST

          Julia from Vancouver writes:

          Gorgeous trail. We took the Clearwater trail up, which was considerably difficult due to tree roots and extremely muddy. If you take the old Cedar Mills trail, the hike is extremely easy. The road to the parking lot is closed so we tacked on a few extra kms from the rice lake trail.

          Unfortunately more and more irresponsible people take their dogs up and we encountered 3 bags of dog poop left on the trail as well as one fresh dog poop.

            Posted: April 22, 2019 09:38:07 PM PST

            Julia from Vancouver writes:

            Gorgeous. We took the Clearwater trail up, which was considerably difficult due to tree roots and extremely muddy. If you take the old Cedar Mills trail, the hike is extremely easy.

            Unfortunately more and more irresponsible people take their dogs up and we encountered 3 bags of dog poop left on the trail as well as one fresh dog poop.

              Posted: April 22, 2019 09:35:25 PM PST

              Andrew Zo from vancouver writes:

              Went up on march 31st. There are still a lot of snow / ice about half way through the trail, quite slippery. Though we saw a lot of trail runners. (i have no idea how they running in this icy condition)

              Got to the trail head 15min before 9AM on a sunday and was able to find parking easily. The whole hike was very quiet in the morning. Though it was very cold, gloves highly recommended. The hike was very easy. Can be done in 3.5hr (round trip) if you don't stop.

                Posted: April 1, 2019 09:25:28 AM PST

                Don Juan from Vancouver writes:

                Snowy and icy conditions, but still a fairly easy hike with only a few sections requiring a bit of extra focus to ensure you don’t slip or fall. Took us about 4 hours to complete with 20 mins or so being spent at the falls, eating lunch.

                We went up at 930am and the trail was very quiet, only encountered a few people. On the way back (around 12pm) there were tons of people heading towards the falls, so start a bit early if you prefer solitude.

                Also, don’t use Norvan Falls as the location in google maps as it’ll take you down the wrong road, near capilano. Google Lynn valley road instead as that’ll take you right near the entrance to the park and it’s just another 5-7 minutes more along that more narrow road.

                Overall we really enjoyed it and the hike was fun, but challenging enough that we felt a bit tired after. The snow was starting to melt a bit, so if it doesn’t get colder soon it may become slushier and wet over the next few weeks.

                • Norvan Falls photo
                • Norvan Falls photo
                • Norvan Falls photo

                  Posted: February 17, 2019 04:57:51 PM PST

                  Cathy from New West writes:

                  Sign up sheets would be a good idea as mentioned in the article but have never seen any on any of the BC trails. Why would they write that?

                    Posted: February 6, 2019 03:12:59 PM PST

                    Sarah from Burnaby writes:

                    Hiked this on January 5th, 2019. The first time we had done a hike from this trailhead and weren’t familiar with parking - arrived early but misunderstood a sign that said ‘no public parking beyond this point’ and parked on a residential area side street. There were in fact a number of parking lots down the winding road with lots of room to park arriving around 9 am in the winter.

                    Because we made the mistake with parking, added on a few km and our hike in the end was 18.5 km so quite long. Finished in 5 hours exactly, a group of women beginner/intermediate hikers.

                    There was some snow but micro spikes weren’t totally required for us, though probably would have made some sections easier. A number of creek crossings but the rocks weren’t slippery when we went so we were able to cross all of them with dry feet for the most part, but make sure to test first! The first crossing was the most difficult. Only had a couple falls with no injuries, most common slippery culprits were wet logs and compact snow.

                    Lovely hike! Not too difficult given very little elevation gain, but quite long and a workout with trekking through slippery/slushy snow. Better in the winter I suspect since it was probably a lot less busy. Lovely view of a roaring waterfall as a reward. Starts to get a bit more crowded with trail runners later in the afternoon.

                    • Norvan Falls photo
                    • Norvan Falls photo

                      Posted: January 6, 2019 11:59:27 PM PST

                      Jenna from North Vancouver writes:

                      We did this hike on 30th December - took us 4.5hrs with a half hour break at the falls for some food and raven spotting. There was more snow than we expected so some parts of the small bridge crossings were slippery where snow had been packed down and turned icy. But not so much snow that the trail wasn't visible and easy to follow. Parts of the trail were slippery where snow had been packed down also.

                      The creek crossings were a little hairy but not unmanageable at all - just bring extra socks and wear waterproof hiking boots!
                      It was chilly (3 degrees at the parking lot) but beautiful and, as it was a nice day, the trail was well populated but not busy.

                      We were all beginner/intermediate hikers and found this just challenging enough. It is more of a long hike than a challenging hike and by the time we got back to the car we were very much looking forward to taking our shoes off and being warm again.

                      • Norvan Falls photo
                      • Norvan Falls photo
                      • Norvan Falls photo

                        Posted: January 2, 2019 09:59:23 AM PST

                        Niels from Vancouver writes:

                        I did this hike in the rain, took me 3h return (I'm a fast hiker). This hike is fairly easy with not that much elevation gain. It was very muddy in parts but the waterfall was even more beautiful in the rain. Signs are very clear

                          Posted: September 15, 2018 06:40:26 PM PST

                          Lindsay from Vancouver writes:

                          Beautiful hike however we had to cut it short due to mama bear + cubs in the area. Recommend bringing along bear bells or spray. There were multiple cougar sightings in the last week and multiple warnings on the hike. Be prepared and keep your dogs on leash!

                            Posted: August 5, 2018 07:58:59 PM PST

                            Taylor from Vancouver writes:

                            Went early June. Very busy trail. Not very strenuous in difficulty, more like a long walk. Waterfall was nice, but there are much better trails that are less busy, with better waterfalls.

                              Posted: June 22, 2018 10:03:25 PM PST

                              Marissa from Port Coquitlam writes:

                              I hiked to Norvan on May 28th and it had perfect conditions. It took about 1hr 45mins there and with a total of around 4 hours until I was back at the car as we had stopped for photos and snacks. The trail feels like it goes on foreved but I would call the difficulty easy. It was more of a long forest walk on rocks and roots than a hike but the length still gets in some decent exercise.

                              I would do this one again forsure!

                                Posted: May 30, 2018 11:10:36 AM PST

                                Cassandra from Vancouver writes:

                                Attempted to hike this on March 12/2018. I say attempted as we were not preparedfor the significant amount of snow considering this is a year round hike. I would not recommend doing it without snow shoes or crampons. We made
                                It to the debris chute and had to turn back. I’ll def go back in late spring or early summer and try again.

                                  Posted: March 18, 2018 09:18:54 PM PST

                                  S. S. from Victoria writes:

                                  Did this hike Jan 27, 2018. Trail from about 3km marker was very muddy and slushy, lots of slush falling from trees. Some places were very slippery and waterproof boots were not waterproof after 2 hours. The falls and river were covered in beautiful snow so it was a nice reward. Took 5.5 hours due to poor conditions. Despite the info saying 14km (7km each way), our various devices figured it to be more like 16 round trip.

                                  • Norvan Falls photo

                                    Posted: January 27, 2018 08:58:59 PM PST

                                    Marie-Josee from North Vancouver writes:

                                    Nov 20-- getting closer to winter we encountered some snow and had to pass alot of full, rushing creeks. both our boots were waterproof and got completely wet by the end of the hike but the falls were so beautiful with a bit of snow and lots of water coming down. The snow did slow us down a bit too.

                                    • Norvan Falls photo

                                      Posted: November 20, 2017 09:15:16 PM PST

                                      Roger from Vancouver writes:

                                      Very neat sunlight effect on way back from Norvan today.

                                      • Norvan Falls photo
                                      • Norvan Falls photo

                                        Posted: November 11, 2017 12:55:15 AM PST

                                        Dimitar from Bulgaria writes:

                                        Sept 17. The falls were a cool destination but maybe not worth the 3 hour hike there. The hike itself is not very interesting, but the trails were very well kept.

                                          Posted: September 17, 2017 12:57:28 PM PST

                                          K.C. from the mean streets of cambie/broadway-olympic village writes:

                                          Hiked Aug 19, 2017 ... started out at 330 from Rice Lake gate parking lot,. As upper middle age 300+ pound beginner hiker, this was my biggest undertaking to date. Route return timed out at 4hrs 30mins an 17.8km parking lot to parking lot (husting at pretty much my not being chased by a bear max). (brilliant GPS geo-tracker.org app works on Android well past cell signal limits times you out too - I moved 3hrs 51mins and rested the balance) Lynn connector from Rice lake gate to headwaters is basically a gravel road you could drive a truck down, as is the lower Lynn loop to Cedar Mills trail head which narrows and is more hike like with roots and rocks and very nice boardwalk improvements and info signs along the way. Debris chute Headwaters trail to Coliseum mtn Jct and Norvan falls and the Norvan Creek suspension bridge is a step up for beginners. Very passable in Aug with several of the unimproved mini creek crossings bone dry your shoes stick to the rocks but i imagine they would be tough in wetter conditions. Passed last other hikers coming home well before the 6km marker so highly recommend my start time as i had falls alone to myself on arrival. Then turned and hustled back as fast a possible. trails downhill are tricky for trip hazards if your rushing. Had a few stumbles but no spills. With sunset 830 got cold on walk out - light cedes in valley sooner and temp drops noticably - still was OK with no layers and soaked in sweat but chilly. Rice lake lot is perfect with restrooms with soap and water and water fountain with bottle filling and dog level (i dont have dog but seems nice)

                                            Posted: August 20, 2017 01:06:02 AM PST

                                            Kelsey from Surrey writes:

                                            The falls were so beautiful! Just a heads up, I saw a black bear this morning around 9:00 am on the trail. It passed in front of us on the trail and then it kind of sounded like growling from the bushes. A warning to other hikers to be safe! Probably took us 1 hour and 45 min to get to the falls and we were speed walking and about the same to get back. Worth the hike!

                                              Posted: August 7, 2017 09:10:02 PM PST

                                              Eric from Richmond writes:

                                              This is a really nice hike to a beautiful waterfall. The overall trail elevation does not go up much but the trail does roll up and down a lot. And there are a lot of rocks on the trail all the way. Wear shoes with good support. Just before you get to the falls, be sure to turn left on the trail to check out the Norvan suspension bridge. You can go over it but no further as this is the start of the Hanes Valley trail and it is still closed. When you do get to the falls, be sure to schedule time just to sit and relax as this waterfall might be the best. There is a fallen tree across the water just in front of the falls which you can sit on and get hit with a lot of mist. On the way back, be sure to take the opposite trail than the one you came in on to get the full experience. (Cedar Mills one way and Headwaters Trail the other)

                                              • Norvan Falls photo
                                              • Norvan Falls photo
                                              • Norvan Falls photo

                                                Posted: August 1, 2017 09:02:46 PM PST

                                                Diego from Vancouver writes:

                                                Did this hike at the beginning of the month and loved it. It wasn't too hard but definitely not an easy trail.
                                                I'd say an intermediate but a lot of fun.
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                                                  Posted: July 25, 2017 09:24:25 PM PST

                                                  Joven from Surrey writes:

                                                  Hiked this one today. Not a 5hrs hike, i did it for 3hrs and 15mins back and forth. Love the view. This one is very easy its just far but really easy

                                                    Posted: July 5, 2017 12:46:29 AM PST

                                                    Kyle from VANCOUVER writes:

                                                    I'm tackling this hike on Saturday June 17. Can anyone advise if gravel is encountered anywhere en route or in the parking lot? One of the hikers cars doesn't do gravel.

                                                      Posted: June 11, 2017 01:06:57 PM PST

                                                      Kara from Vancouver writes:

                                                      The road leading into Lynn Headwaters Park is currently closed so you need to park and walk in to the trail head, this added about 4km extra round trip so something to be aware of. Beautiful trail, well maintained and easy to navigate. Falls at the end are a nice payoff, would definitely recommend this hike.

                                                        Posted: May 29, 2017 09:34:07 AM PST

                                                        Ashton Hamilton-Smith from North Van writes:

                                                        Hiked the trail for the first time with a group of 6 people, it took us about 4 hours. All the snow was gone but it was a little muddy in some spots. Not sure if i'd do the trail again but it was still fun.

                                                          Posted: May 28, 2017 10:28:44 PM PST

                                                          Simon from Surrey writes:

                                                          What a great way to spend a sunny day! May 25. Left from Lillooet rd trail head so added some time to an allready long hike. Probably better to start from Lynn Valley rd trailhead. Nice that you can loop, add a liitle more challenge on the way up and take an easier way down. Falls were awesome.

                                                            Posted: May 26, 2017 02:00:21 AM PST

                                                            Brenna from Vancouver writes:

                                                            Went on this hike May 21,2017. Great weather! A little wet soil in some spots but overall not bad!

                                                              Posted: May 21, 2017 10:42:53 PM PST

                                                              ash from vancouver writes:

                                                              Has anyone done this hike recently. I'm thinking about doing it this weekend but wondering if there is still snow or if the trail is very muddy.


                                                                Posted: May 17, 2017 12:34:05 PM PST

                                                                Lion Tamer from Vancouver writes:

                                                                Did this hike on February 17th.

                                                                Trail was covered in half-melted snow, ranging from a foot or two deep to three feet or so on the bridges and such. The snow and ice crumbled beneath our feet, as we would discover new creeks secretly running underneath the snow. In total, we counted 19 creeks that required crossing from the debris chute to the falls.

                                                                This trail gains points for a few reasons. Firstly, there isn't so many easy trails that venture this far into the hills, which is nice, it looks and feels fairly isolated. Secondly, the waterfall is impressive to behold. Lastly, despite all the snow, the trail is incredibly well marked and always easy to find.

                                                                While the trail is usually a "year-round", I would not recommend until the snow melts more. The trail felt quite unsafe, we had two very fit and balanced people fall pretty hard. The Lynn Loop itself, however, was just fine, only the extra 6km return to the falls was an issue.

                                                                Lastly, the road up to the parking lot is closed, however you can walk the extra 1.5km. I took a look at the road damage, it looked pretty bad, so I imagine this won't get fixed until early summer at the earliest, but who knows.

                                                                • Norvan Falls photo

                                                                  Posted: February 21, 2017 08:23:57 PM PST

                                                                  M from Kaunas writes:

                                                                  Did the hike on the 28th of January. The trail was covered in snow from start to finish. The snow gets quite soft, especially for the last 4 kilometers as you approach the falls. Be careful and watch your footing or you'll end up breaking through the compacted layer and knee deep in snow. Not too difficult on the legs, just takes patience and time to navigate on the wet snow. Be sure to take the Headwaters Trail either on the way to the falls or back, it is most definitely worth the extra 50 minutes and is much nicer than the Cedar Mill trail that follows the creek.

                                                                    Posted: January 28, 2017 04:43:23 PM PST

                                                                    Ed from Vancouver writes:

                                                                    Hiked this route on the Sunday of Labour Day weekend. We arrived at 11 and the parking lots were crazy! Eventually found a spot several hundred meters from the start.The walk itself is surprisingly flat, in the shadows of the big hills surrounding it. The trail is really well constructed and goes through a nice variety of forested sections. Lots of other people (and dogs) along the route, but it felt nowhere near as crowded as the Grind, Sea to Summit, etc.

                                                                    This is not a hike for views, it would be ideal for hot days where you want to be in the shade and take a dip. We went with a dog and baby and it worked great for us. It took us almost 5 hours with lots of breaks.

                                                                      Posted: September 5, 2016 07:16:40 AM PST

                                                                      L&l from Vancouver writes:

                                                                      This is okay but not one of my favourite routes. More a walk than a hike; there is minimal elevation and plenty of bridges and boards to make heading into the woods more pleasant for some. For me, due to the lack of a challenging ascent, its more of an annoying walk over rocks and roots with no opportunity to get the heart really going (unless you want to run it). Do Lynn Peak at a hearty pace if you want to feel "exercised" when you get back to the parking lot.
                                                                      Pros however include the nice places to stop along the water to grab a snack while your dog takes a dip, the suspension bridge, and sitting under the falls.

                                                                        Posted: August 1, 2016 06:51:00 PM PST

                                                                        Runner from Kamloops writes:

                                                                        I ran the trail on July 31. It was a Sunday of a long weekend and was not that busy on the trail itself. Parking however was. This added a couple of KM to the round trip. So what was to be 14km was 16km - no worries but just a heads up.

                                                                        It took 2 hours which included some time looking around at the falls and the little suspension bridge at the end.

                                                                        Great trail run - enjoy.

                                                                        If you want a bit more of a challenge run counter clockwise on Lynn Loop and continue on the upper section to the 3rd debris shoot and then onto the falls. I did that as well the other day and had a great time ;) but becomes less of a run this way.

                                                                          Posted: August 1, 2016 11:28:56 AM PST

                                                                          Tia from Langley writes:

                                                                          As a hike I would not recommend this to someone who is into hiking at all. There is no way I would classify this as intermediate other than perhaps for the length. I would however do the trail again as a run. The view is average but would be pleasant enough for a lunch stop. Just nothing spectacular. If you're the type that carries along your Starbucks on a "hike" then you might find this intermediate, otherwise just expect a somewhat pleasant walk in the forest

                                                                            Posted: May 29, 2016 09:35:36 PM PST

                                                                            Sampige from Richmond writes:

                                                                            We did the hike on May 22nd . It was great ! Loved the views especially of Debris Chute.
                                                                            This website is awesome !

                                                                              Posted: May 23, 2016 01:06:42 PM PST

                                                                              C from Vancouver writes:

                                                                              How are the creek crossing in the latter half of the hike after the debris chute? I was thinking of going up there next weekend (April 3 or 4) but didn't know how high the water levels are - are gaiters necessary? Or will my hiking boots suffice?

                                                                                Posted: March 29, 2016 02:33:38 PM PST

                                                                                Eskat from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                Hiked Jan 2/2016

                                                                                Beautiful hike! There is snow up there right now. The Lynn Loop portion of the trail is very icy in parts at the moment, so be prepared. Once your on the trail to the falls, the snow is not as packed, and has been cleared enough that hiking boots will suffice. The falls are beautiful with all the snow and ice around them, as are the mountains!

                                                                                Also, if you are taking transit, you can also catch the 210 instead of taking the Seabus and transferring at the quay. I got off the bus on McNair Drive and took part of the Baden Powell trail down to the Headwaters... about a 10 minute walk downhill. :)

                                                                                  Posted: January 3, 2016 09:29:56 PM PST

                                                                                  nina from van writes:

                                                                                  does anyone know if there's snow up on the trail right now?

                                                                                    Posted: November 27, 2015 02:57:04 PM PST

                                                                                    Rob from Pitt Meadows writes:

                                                                                    Nov. 5/15.
                                                                                    Sun was out and looked like a good hike.
                                                                                    Great mix of scenery from riverside to west coast forest. Nice and quiet once past the chute. Not too muddy given early Nov.
                                                                                    If your into extreme, this will be a nice jog. If your not a regular hiker, this is very doable with a great appreciation for the area. Definitely would have been something to see around the turn of the Century when logging was in full swing.
                                                                                    Hike safe, be prepared, leave no trace.

                                                                                      Posted: November 5, 2015 10:40:06 PM PST

                                                                                      Helen from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                      Great hike, highly recommended!

                                                                                      This was listed as 5hrs, when we got there the trail map board listed it as 6hrs round-trip, but we were able to complete the trip in just under 4 hours including a lunch break.

                                                                                      The beginning of the hike while on the Lynn Loop Trail is much busier but once you get past this portion, you get more of the trail to yourself. We started at 9:00am and the first 3 parking lots were already full - but this is expected for a sunny weekend.

                                                                                      Lots of friendly dogs and runners along the trail. There is a variety of different terrain which was great. It was well-marked and there is no way of getting lost.

                                                                                      Perfect weekend adventure!

                                                                                        Posted: September 13, 2015 03:40:48 PM PST

                                                                                        Megan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                        Very enjoyable hike. Took my small dog here last Friday afternoon with the intent of only doing Lynn Loop, but somehow we managed to go all the way to the falls.

                                                                                        Initial 1 or 2km are relatively boring, just following a wide gravel road. Also many more hikers in the area.

                                                                                        The 3 km to Norman Falls is the interesting part. No real ascents or descents, but it kept my dog interested. Markers go up to 5km then suddenly stop? Before that point there are 0.5 km markers. Nevertheless the trail is incredibly easy to follow, no way to get lost along there.

                                                                                        The falls weren't incredibly impressive but it's a nice spot to stop for lunch.

                                                                                        Highly recommend the trail! Easy to follow, relatively quiet once beyond Lynn Loop, dogs can be off leash :)

                                                                                        Lots of parking available, although first parking lot tends to fill up quickly. If you park at the second (or third) lot tack on an extra km to the hike - it's a nice trail leading to the main gate, nicer than just walking on the road.

                                                                                          Posted: August 19, 2015 08:48:09 PM PST

                                                                                          Aa from Delta writes:

                                                                                          There were nice break points during the hike where there would be small waterfalls and eventually you will reach the top and find a large waterfall that gives nice photo opportunities. The overall hike was very easy (even on the difficult route) but there isn't any washrooms after the start and it took about 7h including detours. It's overall a simple hike with tree roots and rocks along the paths but it is quite lengthy and makes you're feet sore.

                                                                                            Posted: July 18, 2015 08:59:14 PM PST

                                                                                            Matt B from Richmond writes:

                                                                                            Nice mix of easy trail for the first half and climbing over rocks and roots for the second. Did round trip in 2.5 hours at a steady pace along the easier lower loop / cedar mills trail.

                                                                                            It's super dry out there right now, hardly any flow in norvan creek, and all the creek crossings in the last 3km were dry. The falls are nice but I will have to come back after a heavy rain to see what they look like when it isn't unseasonably dry.

                                                                                              Posted: June 30, 2015 10:15:34 PM PST

                                                                                              John Soanes from Langley writes:

                                                                                              Thursday's fun and games took us to a familiar spot, Norvan Falls. We took an alternate route via the Lynn Loop / Headwaters Trail which adds a very little distance or elevation -- but a lot more ups and downs into the mix.

                                                                                              The volume has dropped substantially since our last trip up here. There are also signs of possible contamination in the streams due to a recent plane crash. You may want to pack all the water that you need.

                                                                                                Posted: June 14, 2015 11:29:00 PM PST

                                                                                                KC from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                We chose the intermediate route up, great workout with ~ 260m elevation and rocky terrain, missed with gorgeous and peaceful forest scenery. Some lovely sections of newer boardwalks and a quaint log bridge crossing. Norvan falls is worth the hike, a nice classic waterfall, with boulders to scramble to get closer. We watched some folks take a dip (very cold) with some entertainment.

                                                                                                There are two routes options:

                                                                                                Easy: if you take the lower loop to the end and go right to join up to Headwaters Trail, then Norvan Falls Trail. Minimal elevation, lots of roots and some rocky terrain.

                                                                                                Moderate - Intermediate (~ 260m+ elevation, extra .5km one-way): if you take the upper loop, Headwaters Trail to reach Norvan Falls Trail. Upper loop of the trail has approx ~260m elevation with some rough terrain sections which needs proper hiking shoes, easy to roll ankles as it puts lots of strain on them through out. This is a much prettier scenic route, the extra effort is worth it, especially if you brought a camera.

                                                                                                We choose to take upper loop up (through the forest where it has less people and forest scenery), then descent via the lower loop for stops along the river to dip our tired feet. 4.75 hrs walking time. and 1.75 hrs total rest time (a few breaks on the rocky uphill, waterfall picnic lunch, and river bend dip)

                                                                                                We noticed many folks missing the turn off to Norvan Falls Trail... When you arrive at the T junction at around 7k mark, hang a right, away from the metal bridge.

                                                                                                  Posted: May 19, 2015 10:02:57 AM PST

                                                                                                  Sarah from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                  Clarification - the more challenging portions mentioned below were encountered on the beginning of the Headwaters trail. Hikers can also continue along the Cedar Mills trail for an easier hike.

                                                                                                    Posted: May 14, 2015 10:34:39 PM PST

                                                                                                    Sarah from Richmond writes:

                                                                                                    Hiked this trail on May 14th. This trail is definitely on the easier side of intermediate - the initial portion past the main drag has some stairs and a few moderate switchbacks. The rest of the trail was more of an enjoyable walk. The ground was quite dry and the falls were beautiful!

                                                                                                    For those unfamiliar with the area - make sure that if you take the Lynn Canyon exit off Highway 1, turn right off of William Ave to continue onto Lynn Valley Road northbound. The exit does not turn into Lynn Valley Road.

                                                                                                      Posted: May 14, 2015 10:30:28 PM PST

                                                                                                      Louise from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                      November 22nd, 2014. Perfect fall day.

                                                                                                      Since this is the rainy season I recommend hikers to wear good hiking boots and warm socks. This time of year you'll find lots of water/ mud on the trails and the water is high when you cross several creeks in the last 3 km section after the 3rd debris chute. So unless you like hiking with cold wet feet...

                                                                                                      We reached the falls in 1:45 minutes and walked at a reasonable pace. We were pleasantly surprise at the view and had a great lunch and check out the metal suspension bridge leading to grouse before heading back. Today, we saw at least 15-20 hikers/runners heading to the falls. In total we walked 15km from the parking lot and the trip took us 4:10 min to complete.

                                                                                                      It's worth it and I will do it again in the summer and go for a dip in the river!
                                                                                                      Happy trails :)

                                                                                                        Posted: November 22, 2014 06:42:59 PM PST

                                                                                                        DD from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                        I've hiked this trail once (a few years back) and run it twice in the last few months. Always a very peaceful retreat into the woods.

                                                                                                        If you go during the winter/early spring you will see hardly any people. Remote and lovely.

                                                                                                        Not much elevation gain, but somewhat technical if you are running. Took us about 2 hours with multiple water stops for the dogs.

                                                                                                          Posted: July 21, 2014 01:29:32 PM PST

                                                                                                          Pat from Montreal writes:

                                                                                                          As a 24 year old in good shape, I would classify this hike as easy. What makes it worth 5 stars in my book is that along the way you can jump into the river. I also went under the fall situated at the end of the hike. If you are doing this hike between June and August I recommend bringing a swimsuit. The trail is relatively flat, but was expected.

                                                                                                            Posted: July 13, 2014 09:51:13 PM PST

                                                                                                            Vee from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                            I hiked the trail on May 31. It's in great condition and was dry all the way to the falls. My dog and I took four hours to do the hike including a lunch break and scramble around the falls.

                                                                                                              Posted: June 2, 2014 07:57:15 AM PST

                                                                                                              Jamie from Oakville writes:

                                                                                                              Is there snow down to the trailhead? Does anyone know? I would like to go up cross country skiing.

                                                                                                                Posted: February 28, 2014 01:28:10 PM PST

                                                                                                                Jonny from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                Just hiked this today and it was wonderful. easy, but longish for a day hike, but we still loved it. we doddled and took photos a bunch on the way to the falls and still got there and back in about 4.5 hours. would definitely recommend this.

                                                                                                                  Posted: February 2, 2014 10:27:25 PM PST

                                                                                                                  Tanner from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                  In response to Sandys questions; there is absolutely no snow when I hiked up there on Saturday, January 18th.

                                                                                                                  We got the falls in about 1.5hrs. Had a lot of time to kill so a friend and I explored up above the falls. It's quite easy to get to the top of Norvan Falls. Still with a lot of extra time we decided to continue following the creek up the mountain to see what lies above. At a point you will have to stick to the creek. We zig-zagged back and forth between the creek edges and after about 30 minutes we reached a huge waterfall. Far more spectacular than Norvan Falls. Don't think it would be possible to reach it during the run-off season so now is a good chance. Highly recommend venturing up there; but be careful. Here is a picture of the waterfall we found...


                                                                                                                    Posted: January 19, 2014 05:22:40 PM PST

                                                                                                                    Sandy from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                    Does anyone have feedback if there is snow along the lower or upper trails to Norvan Falls?

                                                                                                                      Posted: January 15, 2014 07:40:49 PM PST

                                                                                                                      Donald from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                      Completed slightly over 2 hours today and had a chance to explore a bit past the metal suspension bridge after the falls as well. Trail becomes barely visible after 1 km and decided to turn back to the falls.

                                                                                                                      Overall trail to the falls were clear today. No muddy areas, but still have to be careful of moist wood platforms which can be very slippery!

                                                                                                                        Posted: August 22, 2013 08:19:27 PM PST

                                                                                                                        Michael Xie from Surrey writes:

                                                                                                                        Any bugs on this trail?

                                                                                                                          Posted: August 17, 2013 08:50:39 AM PST

                                                                                                                          Karen Sheehan from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                          John, the trail on the other side of Norvan Falls continues as the Hanes Valley Trail- there are lots of trail descriptions around for it. A step up from Norvan as a challenge and most people do it one way, taking the gondola down from the top of Grouse. You can walk out along Fromme Mountain but....why? Have fun!

                                                                                                                            Posted: August 3, 2013 07:34:37 AM PST

                                                                                                                            John Soanes from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                            My wife and I took our mutt to Norvan last Thursday. Took almost 5 hours; our dog’s pension for jumping in the creek at every opportunity added some time. It’s a nice, fairly easy hike, relatively uncrowded and largely in the shade. The “leash optional” is great bonus.

                                                                                                                            Just below the falls there is a sign that says Grouse Mountain is 9KM. Can anyone provide details; difficulty, gain, endpoint/trailhead, etc. (and a name) for that trail?

                                                                                                                              Posted: July 9, 2013 12:00:07 PM PST

                                                                                                                              Claire from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                              This is a great hike for those wishing for a break in steep hikes but still enjoy a challenging walk. I did this today (Canada Day) and was not busy at all. The Falls are worth the hike and 7km and great lunch stop on a hot day. My mother and I took 2hrs to reach the falls and 1.5hr to return, well short of estimated time (but this site consistently over estimates by 1.5hrs IF you are already fit and used to hiking weekly). Enjoy!

                                                                                                                                Posted: July 1, 2013 07:01:31 PM PST

                                                                                                                                Alex from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                I've done this hike yesterday, Saturday, in a little bit less than 4h. It's a pretty awesome hike, a nice walk through the woods that gets to a beautiful fall.

                                                                                                                                The trail is very well marked. The hike can be done in running shoes. There are plenty of people with dogs walking on the trail so you'll never feel that you're lost :).

                                                                                                                                Be prepared for a good walk as the trail has 14km.

                                                                                                                                  Posted: May 26, 2013 09:16:42 AM PST

                                                                                                                                  Caitlin from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                  Hiked this on April 8th, there was barely any snow left, although still lots of mud on the trail. Finished the hike in around 4 hours with a stop at the falls for lunch.

                                                                                                                                    Posted: April 13, 2013 07:05:37 PM PST

                                                                                                                                    George from vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                    Thought this is a boring hike as each section is easy trail with minimal elevation, it turned out fun with unexpected challenges: partially covered by snow/ice, mud, and scattered rocks, plus needs on crossing a few streams. Hiked on Apr.1 - still ~1km was covered by compressed snow after a few days of sunny weather @ 14C. Appropriate hiking shoes are needed for the slippery sections with mud, snow, and stream. Didn't find much from the Cedar mill; and the old time forest shows the beauty of BC. Norvan fall is in full power while the snow is melting. Good time for picture!

                                                                                                                                      Posted: April 2, 2013 10:10:07 PM PST

                                                                                                                                      Caitlin K from Cloverdale writes:

                                                                                                                                      Wondering if anyone has done this recently? Doing this in a week or so and wondering what the snow is like?

                                                                                                                                        Posted: March 13, 2013 12:33:25 PM PST

                                                                                                                                        matt from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                        hiked up there on January 11/2013.
                                                                                                                                        nice light walk 6km up.took my time looking around about 2 hours up and 3 back like i said was just fooling around.If you really wanted to rush its a quick walk.there is about 3 feet of snow.

                                                                                                                                          Posted: January 12, 2013 08:53:54 PM PST

                                                                                                                                          Sandy from West van writes:

                                                                                                                                          We got up to the falls in 1 1/2 hours. It's not that hard, and we are in average shape. It was a good workout anyway. Spent an hour just exploring and relaxing before heading down. No bugs. Few people. I would go again on a hot day and chill out near the falls. It must be pretty spectacular during spring run off.

                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 23, 2012 10:57:48 PM PST

                                                                                                                                            Jeff from PoCo writes:

                                                                                                                                            I would recommend bringing something to ward off the flies. There were a lot of flies, quite a nuisance.

                                                                                                                                            We did this hike in a group of 4 fit people. The hike was easy-intermediate. The falls water was cool and refreshing.

                                                                                                                                            Not a crowded trail which is a plus. If you want a little challenge, do not take the Cedar Mills trails (left) as it's just a flat gravel road. Follow the headwater trails instead.

                                                                                                                                              Posted: August 12, 2012 10:43:27 PM PST

                                                                                                                                              Richard from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                              I hiked this on August 1, 2012... nothing out of the ordinary to report, but on my way back I passed a park ranger who was carrying two large metal signs. He was opening up the back country (i.e. beyond Norvan Falls)... so it's officially open now, I believe.

                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 2, 2012 03:54:41 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                Alan W from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                Hiked Norvan Falls today. The trail is well marked and in good condition. A very gradual hike with easy gradual terrain. A good portion of the trail is also shaded, so this is a great hike on hot days.

                                                                                                                                                  Posted: July 18, 2012 11:38:54 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                  Taralyn McEachern from North vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                  I hiked this on May 29th, 2012 and it was great. I regrettably left my dog's brown leather leash at Norvan falls and decided to run the trail a couple of days later to try to locate it. I have not found it and if anyone knows of its whereabouts, please let me know, it holds a significant amount of sentimental value. It's a good trail run but watch out for the rocks; my ankles got a couple of good rolls in there.

                                                                                                                                                  The dog leash is light brown, leather and is braided in two parts. You may have found it amongst a pile of pistachio shells. Please email me if you know where it is: [email protected]

                                                                                                                                                    Posted: June 3, 2012 10:55:55 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                    Nuwan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                    We did this hike on 1st May 2012. This is very good and relatively easy hike as seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeJlUCXIzPY&feature=relmfu

                                                                                                                                                      Posted: June 2, 2012 12:28:15 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                      dave from surrey writes:

                                                                                                                                                      Did this on the 24th of May. It had just rained but the trail didnt have much mud. Still well marked, and once you get past the first third of it, which is a high use area, it gets to be a lot better (and by better I mean less people, and a more natural trail). Finished it in 4 hours.

                                                                                                                                                        Posted: May 27, 2012 10:48:14 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                        Kimberly from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                        We did this hike on May 12. The trail was in good condition - dry and well marked all the way to the Falls. It is a good choice for trail running. There are a lot of unleashed dogs that can be a nuisance if they are not behaving. The trail is closed right when it is ascending to Coliseum Mountain. The waterfall is beautiful. This is a great first hike of the season to get warmed up. Overall an easy hike.

                                                                                                                                                          Posted: May 14, 2012 10:20:55 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                          Nuwan from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                          We did a part of this hike on 1st May. This small video will give you an idea about the trail: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeJlUCXIzPY

                                                                                                                                                            Posted: May 9, 2012 10:42:15 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                            Sid from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                            Hiked this one on April 7th. Beautiful weather, sunny with a gentle breeze. Some sections are quite muddy (but as the last post said, nothing that boots can't handle) particularly beyond the debris chute, with a fair amount of packed snow in the open areas. We did it in 4.5 hours, stopping for picture opportunities. The falls were pretty good, despite what others say; obviously it's not going to be Shannon Falls, but it's still a good one.

                                                                                                                                                              Posted: April 8, 2012 11:37:59 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                              Yup its me from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                              Did this hike in February, still snow on the ground in some places (nothing that impedes the hike though). Started off a bit late so didn't make it all the way to the falls. Bit muddy but nothing that a pair of hiking boots won't fix. Great place for a hike with the dog.

                                                                                                                                                                Posted: February 20, 2012 10:20:17 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                Rob Chan from Van writes:

                                                                                                                                                                Did this today, only took 3 hours. Was slightly slippery most of the way there.

                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: January 15, 2012 12:53:44 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                  eddy from brotworscht city writes:

                                                                                                                                                                  Pardon me! 5 hrs for 14 km? Must surely be the one way distance, right? Beautiful scenery though. Hope to get there one day.

                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: January 10, 2012 06:41:15 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                    Irena from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                    This is a great hike for beginners, it is not too challenging because you don't go uphill as much.
                                                                                                                                                                    Did it November 19. The weather was nice, not a lot of snow, but it was cold so bundle up!

                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: November 30, 2011 07:06:36 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                      Andrea from Port Coquitlam writes:

                                                                                                                                                                      Hiked this trail on Saturday, Nov. 12/2011. Started the hike in the rain, which turned to snow and ended in a winter wonderland. A lot of mud and water along the trail, so good boots are a must...gaiters too if you have them. Still a great hike.

                                                                                                                                                                      Not too difficult, but still took us 4.5 hours with a short break for lunch at the falls and the odd photo op. I would do it again. And as the others say, the sign at the beginning says 11 km, but it really is 14-15...keep walking past the 6.5 km sign...you've still got approx 15 mins to go.

                                                                                                                                                                      One more thing...on the way into the Park, just keep following the signs to Lynn Headwaters Park...that's where you want to be. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: November 15, 2011 12:11:00 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                        Marcus from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                        This hike is great, don't listen to the nay sayer. The falls are beautiful.

                                                                                                                                                                        Also, do not believe the sign at the entrance to the park. It is NOT 11.8k, it is definitely 14k. The last sign you pass before turning left up Norvan creek (only about 0.3k from there up to the falls) is 7km back to the parking lot. I too was wondering if we had missed the turnoff. I am not sure how such a discrepancy of distance can be posted by the park, it is misleading and potentially could mess up someone's day.

                                                                                                                                                                        The trail is easy, only a couple of areas where you have to descend into debris chutes and back out. when you get to 6.5km sign you'll know you are close. That is why it's awful that they tell you it's 11.8 - because when you get to 6.5 you think you have gone too far. I guess parks don't do good math (7km * 2 = 14k!!)

                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: October 10, 2011 11:10:07 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                          Mike from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                          I doubt it - it says it's a year round trail with minimal elevation gain. Sounds like a good one.

                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: August 1, 2011 01:15:14 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                            Ashley from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                            Just wondering if there is any snow on the trail.


                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: July 31, 2011 09:13:19 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                              Beverley Hooper from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                              Great hike to Norvan Falls Saturday June 18th. Super time, 2.5 hours in and out.

                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: June 20, 2011 10:03:49 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                Mark from Burnaby writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                Hiked Norvan falls today (June 10th, 2011) for the first time. It's posted everywhere that Norvan falls is an 11.8km hike roundtrip, except on the last sign post along the trail that says the hike is 13km roundtrip. Not a big deal, but when I got to the 6km marker I started wondering if I was on the right trail. Just keep going past the 6km marker and you'll get there. The weather was miserable this morning, but it was still a good hike. The trail is clear for the most part (a few muddy sections). If you decide to take the Headwaters Trail on the way back, just be warned that this trail is NOT like the trail you hiked on the way up. A few steep sections, alot more muddy sections, and a bit more tricky. Also a short, steep switchback section to lead you back to the original trail.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: June 10, 2011 05:07:06 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                  Rosanna from Armstrong, BC writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                  Did this hike today (mid May 2011) in great weather! The trail condition was great, only a few muddy patches that are easily avoided and no snow. For myself, I would not rate this as a good scenery hike. It's a nice fast hike in that there are no true hills or switchbacks so it's pretty much on the flat, but Norvan Falls isn't worth the 7 kilometres required to get there. I got more of a thrill out of the scary little suspension bridge than the falls and the scenery at the Third Debris Chute. Do the hike for the hike, not the falls and enjoy the forest. :) There's some really nice variation in the foliage along the trail, especially if you go via Cedar Mills Trail and there are some unique little sections in the trail's substrate, like a few parts where it is made up of corduroy.

                                                                                                                                                                                  This trail is moderate with a few easy stream crossings, but it's not intermediate. There isn't much of a reward at the end, so if you're trying to get your kids into hiking, don't bring them on this one. Take them to Garibaldi or Whistler, where there's more bang for your buck. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: May 17, 2011 09:59:34 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                    Rob from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                    Did the hike today up to the falls, trail a bit wet but quite nice. Perfect rainy day hike today.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: May 2, 2011 09:08:36 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                      Matthew from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                      I did the Norvan hike as recent as Friday, April 22. The trail is now pretty much clear in terms of snow. There is still some snow around Debris Chute but it doesn't prevent you from continuing on to the falls. I'd be a little cautious getting to the top of the falls though as the Coliseum Mtn. trail is still closed.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Happy Hiking!

                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: April 26, 2011 01:34:41 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                        Gregoire from Vancouver writes:


                                                                                                                                                                                        i did the trail today (6th of April) and it\'s still snowy and really snowy after 4km (debris chute). But untill Debris chute, the trail is really beautiful.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Awesome website by the way...

                                                                                                                                                                                          Posted: April 6, 2011 07:31:51 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                          Peter from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                          I hiked this trail (or part of it) on Sunday, April 20, 2011 and it was virtually impassable beyond Km 4 (debris chute) because of icy snow.

                                                                                                                                                                                            Posted: March 22, 2011 03:02:07 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                            Julie from North Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                            Does anyone know where the giant Hemlock is? It is supposed to be somewhere on Norvan Creek. Does anyone know more specifically where it is?

                                                                                                                                                                                              Posted: November 16, 2010 10:53:20 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                              phil harvey from Santaquin, Ut writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                              Wow, fantastic Pictures and an interesting blog, I have started a Utah hiking blog at Hikling Utah Trails

                                                                                                                                                                                                Posted: August 3, 2010 01:27:15 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                Rich Allen from Salt Lake City, Utah writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                Nice trail run. Some mud splashing and rock hopping, but overall a great trail to run. Can run it in about 90 minutes round trip.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Posted: April 27, 2010 09:46:52 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                  tag2010 from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Norvan Falls is a great hike year round. It is well maintained and was in great shape on my last hike - Jan 2010. The lower part (Lynn Loop Trail) is an easy hike and you can always just do that if the weather is not agreeable or if you're running out of daylight. The upper section is a little more challenging but the view of the falls at the top is well worth it. Give yourself 3 hours if you're really chugging along otherwise 5 hours if you're on a more leisurely pace. You'll meet lots of friendly people and dogs on this hike and you'll come home with a great experience.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Posted: February 3, 2010 05:41:28 PM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Erin from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Walked to the falls on Sunday June 9. No snow! Though lots of the higher trails seemed to be closed still. We started out at Lynn Canyon Park (the bus driver was certain that was where we wanted to be) but it was a nice walk from Lynn Canyon to Lynn Headwaters, so no problem.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Posted: June 10, 2009 09:54:52 AM PST

                                                                                                                                                                                                      grace from Vancouver writes:

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Went there today, May 2, 2009. It took 5 hours. And this is with heaps of snow on 90% of the trail, which was a lot of work and treacherous at times. The last bit of trail before the falls was dry. Falls were big and beautiful. But if you want to avoid the snow (which I'd recommend) I'd wait till it melts - maybe in July!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Posted: May 2, 2009 05:14:19 PM PST

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