Hike to Cypress Falls

Trail Name: Cypress Falls Trail

Distance (roundtrip): 3km

Time (roundtrip): 1.5 hours

Elevation: 130 metres

The Cypress Falls trail is a fairly easy hike through old-growth forest along a creek that leads you to Cypress Falls in West Vancouver. There are actually two sets of falls, the first of which is just a short walk from the parking lot where you can view the falls from a platform. Continue along the trail where you will come across a wooden bridge; however, rather than crossing the bridge, I would recommend continuing on the left bank of the creek up to the upper falls.

Further up this trail you will pass through a gate which marks the boundary of the Cypress Falls Park. Feel free to pass through the gate because although the falls are on land owned by the British Properties, the trail is open to everyone. Not long after passing though the gate, you will get your first glimpse of the powerful falls. It is worth stopping here for a quick snack break while enjoying the falls or continue on the trail until you reach a logging road. Follow the logging road to the right until you see a small path that will take you back to the falls for a closer look. But be careful not to get too close to the cliff edge.

You can either return back the way you came or continue along the logging road, across a metal bridge where you can hear (but not see) the falls below. You can continue along the road until you reach a small path that you will take you back through the forest to loop back to the same wooden bridge that you passed at the beginning of the hike.

Getting There: The trail is most easily reached by car from Vancouver in about 20 to 30 minutes depending on traffic. The trail can be reached by bus but it will likely require at least one transfer to get to the #253 Caulfeild bus which will drop you at Woodgreen Place, a 2 minute walk from Cypress Falls Park.

Facilities: There is a small gravel parking lot with an outhouse. There is also a small playground, tennis courts and a baseball diamond at the beginning of the trail.

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