Mundy Park Trail
The Mundy Park Trail is a densely-forested hiking path through Coquitlam’s largest park and has little elevation change, making it a great hike for children or beginner hikers. Follow along the Perimeter Trail as it skirts the outside of the park and passes by two lakes. Due to the many sports facilities within the park, this is a great route to pass the time while the kids are at softball practice or to take the dogs for a long, shady walk through the forest.
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Route Description for Mundy Park Trail
If you are looking to hike along the Mundy Park Trail, it is best to arrive early, as parking spaces can fill up quickly due to the popularity of the park as a recreational space. The easy to navigate trails are also popular with dog walkers; however, it should be noted that the area around Mundy Lake is off-limits to dogs because it is a sensitive habitat for a variety of wildlife species.
This trail is a great half-day option for young hikers or outdoor/sports enthusiasts looking to take advantage of Mundy Park’s many facilities. The 435-acre area is Coquitlam’s largest park and is named after the original land owner George Munday, although no one quite knows why the name was altered. The park is home to a wide variety of sports facilities, including a lacrosse box, sports fields, an outdoor swimming pool, a disc golf area, and playground. It is also the home field for the Coquitlam Reds of the B.C. Premier League. If you are looking to get out and enjoy some beautiful hiking trails surrounded by a variety of wildlife, before joining some friends for a pick-up match of soccer, then the Mundy Park Trail is the perfect route for you.
Setting out from your car, head to the northern corner of the parking lot, where the Nitinat Trail runs through the forest alongside it. Follow the trail to the right, where you will soon reach a junction with the Perimeter Trail. Take the trail to the right, and you will immediately be met with another junction for a trail leading around Mundy Lake on the Lakeside Loop. This is an optional detour with some nice views of the lake. If you choose to follow this short trail, make sure to keep an eye out for the various species of birds that inhabit the area as you meander along the forest trail that skirts around the shores of the lake.
After completing the full loop around Mundy Lake, return to the junction with the Perimeter Trail, following it left as it continues through the trees and passes over Mundy Creek twice. From here, the trail will follow along the southern edge of the baseball diamond before turning left at the junction and continuing south through the forest for 250 m.
When you reach the next junction, follow it to the left to set out along the southern edge of Mundy Park. The trail will begin a gradual descent as you pass by several muddy pools in the forest. After travelling 550 m along the trail, you will reach a junction with the Waterline Trail that dissects the park from north to south. Keep straight to continue on the Perimeter Trail.
In 500m, you will reach a four-way intersection in the trail. Follow the path to the left to travel along the eastern edge of the park. As you reach another junction along the forested trail, you will have the option to take a short detour to the right to catch a glimpse of the picturesque Lost Lake. After taking in the views of the lake, head back to the Perimeter Trail, following it to the right to continue north along the well-maintained path.
The trail will merge briefly with a paved pathway before veering to the left and back into the tree cover. Turn left at the next junction and continue on straight as you make your way along the northern side of Mundy Park. Once again passing by the Waterline Trail, continue following the signs for the Perimeter Trail to eventually make your way south toward Mundy Lake.
Travelling along the trail, you will soon approach the initial junction with the Nitinat Trail. At this point, you can go right to return to the parking area or make use of the many sports facilities that can be found within Mundy Park, adding some extra outdoor fun to your day.
Insider Hints for Mundy Park Trail
- Take a detour along the Waterline or Interlaken trails that dissect the park to explore its interior and add some extra distance to your hike.
- Most of the trails are dog-friendly, except the area around Lake Mundy. This is due to its sensitivity as a habitat for various species of wildlife.
- This trail can also be used for bikes, so keep an eye out if you are travelling on foot.
Getting to the Mundy Park Trail Trailhead
To get to the Mundy Park trailhead from Coquitlam, head southwest on the Lougheed Highway/BC-7 W and take the right exit onto Chilko Drive. Continue on for 2.3 km before turning left onto Mariner Way. From here, turn right onto Austin Avenue, following it for 1.4 km, where you will make a right turn onto Hillcrest Street. Continue on Hillcrest Street for 800 m, making a slight right turn into Moody Park, where you will drive around the outdoor swimming pool to reach the parking area for the trails.
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