• Difficulty Easy
  • Time 0.75 hours
  • Round-Trip 2km
  • Elevation Gain 75 meters
  • Season year-round
  • Camping No
  • From Vancouver 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Public Transit No
  • Dog Friendly Yes

Steehead Falls is a beautiful waterfall located just off the Reservoir Trail that loops around Hayward Lake in Mission. The hike to the waterfall is a short 1km each way route that is perfect for families or just a quick walk in the forest.

From the parking lot area just down from Dewdney Trunk Road, follow the trail downhill and continue past the map board of the Hayward Lake area. At the first junction go right and within less than 1-minute, go left at the second junction following the Reservoir Trail south.

The trail passes through a scenic forest and crosses a couple of bridges where the water has a steady flow, depending on the time of year. After crossing the second bridge, the trail veers to the right and wraps around to the left, continuing downhill. Watch for a sign on the right side of the trail at a junction marking the route to Steelhead Falls.

Leave the Reservoir Trail and walk down the trail towards Steelhead Falls, watching your step as you make your way down the wooden steps. Within a few minutes, you reach a wooden platform with a spectacular view of the waterfall.

After enjoying the falls, follow the trail back up the stairs, returning to the Reservoir Trail. Go left and walk back the way you came, crossing the creeks, until you reach the junction. Go right at the junction and left at the second junction, walking back up to the map board and parking lot where you began.

How to get to Steelhead Falls

Estimated Driving Time from Vancouver
1 hour 20 minutes

The trailhead to Steelhead Falls is located just off of Dewdney Trunk Road, east of Stave Lake Dam. The small parking lot is just down the hill from the road and provides access to the Reservoir Trail.

Driving from Vancouver, make your way to Highway #1 and head eastbound through Burnaby. Just before the Port Mann Bridge, take Exit 7B towards Pitt Meadows / Maple Ridge along the Mary Hill Bypass. Follow the Mary Hill Bypass for about 7km and veer right, heading across the Pitt River Bridge into Pitt Meadows.

Now on Lougheed Highway (Highway #7), follow the highway through Pitt Meadows to Maple Ridge. Stay in the left lane and turn left onto Dewdney Trunk Road. Drive along Dewdney Trunk Road for the next 24km, passing the neighbourhood of Maple Ridge known as Haney before leaving the urbanized area.

When you eventually reach Stave Dam, cross over the dam and follow Dewdney Trunk Road up the winding road on the other side. About 1km after the last turn, slow down and watch for a sign to a parking lot on the right. Drive down the steep road to the parking area where the trail begins at the far end.

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Additional Info

Camping at Steelhead Falls

Camping is not permitted at Steelhead Falls.

Dogs at Steelhead Falls

Dogs are allowed on the trail to Steelhead Falls. Please ensure to pick up after your dog and make sure your dog does not venture too close to the cliffs near the waterfall.

Toilets at Steelhead Falls

Outhouses are located at the start of the trail, just down from the parking lot. There are no other toilet facilities along the trail to Steelhead Falls.

Dogs, Toilets and Camping

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