Lower Falls Loop Trail
The Lower Falls Loop Trail is an easy 5.8 km out-and-back route in Golden Ears Provincial Park that offers hikers some beautiful views of the majestic Lower Falls of Gold Creek. The route utilizes the East Canyon Trail to reach the falls before turning south on the return loop as it meanders alongside Gold Creek. This is a fun half-day hike to introduce yourself to the beauty of Golden Ears Provincial Park.
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Route Description for Lower Falls Loop Trail
The Lower Falls Loop Trail travels along the beautifully forested trails of Golden Ears Provincial Park as they make their way to the Lower Falls of Gold Creek. Because of the forested nature of this hike, scenic views are hard to come by, but the vantage point at the falls is truly spectacular. From here, hikers will see a scenic woodland backdrop that stands in contrast to the rushing waters of Gold Creek as they crash over the rock formation of the falls. This may be a short hike, but it is a perfect route for an easy and enjoyable day in the outdoors.
From the parking lot, pick up the trail as it heads west and meets up with the East Canyon Trail. Take this to the left to begin your journey toward the Lower Falls. After 2.2 km of hiking through the dense forest and crossing over several mountain streams, you will arrive at a trail junction to your left. Follow this trail as it descends down to the viewpoint for the Lower Falls. After taking in the sights, follow the path south on the Lower Falls Trail as it winds alongside Gold Creek.
From the vantage point at the falls, the trail will continue for another 2.6 km through the forest with the sound of the rushing water following closely on your right. Keep on this trail to make your way back to the starting point of the hike at the Gold Creek parking lot, having completed the Lower Falls Loop Trail.
Getting to the Lower Falls Loop Trail Trailhead
To get to the parking lot for the Lower Falls Loop Trail from Mapleridge, head east on Dewdney Trunk Rd and turn left onto 232 St. Keep on 232 St for 6.0 km to enter Golden Ears Provincial Park. Drive along Golden Ears Pkwy for 13.2 km to reach the Gold Creek Parking lot on your left.
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