Steelhead Falls
Steelhead Falls

Steelhead Falls hike

East of Vancouver
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Steelhead Falls hike

Distance: 1.2mi
Elevation: 203ft
Time: 0.5-1h

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The Steelhead Falls hike is an ideal year-round trail with little to no snow due to the low elevation. The waterfall is spectacular and has upper and lower viewing platforms, making the Steelhead Falls a great option for families and solo hikers alike

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Getting there

From Maple Ridge, follow the Dewdney Trunk Road east all the way to Hayward Lake. The trailhead parking lot is on your right-hand side, shortly after a hairpin.

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When to do

Any season

Backcountry Campsites

No

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Out and back


Steelhead Falls
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Route Description for Steelhead Falls

Start the Steelhead Falls hike right from the parking lot, past the wooden gate and onto the gravel pathway. Right away, you’ll notice the trail splits, follow the signs right for The Reservoir Trail After about 40 yards, you’ll come to another junction. Head left, following the well maintained trail towards Steelhead Falls.

Pass underneath power lines and arrive at a small bridge leading over Brown Creek. Continue straight from here, heading slightly uphill until you reach a large creek.

This is Steelhead Creek and the waterfall is just below this flowing water, but there is a bit more hiking to do to reach it.

Cross over another bridge, then wrap around Steelhead Creek, continuing on the Hayward Reservoir Trail now. Once you reach the next split, follow the signs for Steelhead Falls, following a smaller, dirt path back towards the creek.

From here, the path descends quickly and you will come to a flight of stairs. At the bottom of the stairs, there is a viewing platform of the upper falls.

Stop here to kick back and relax, maybe snapping a few photos of the family on the viewing platform. When ready, head further down the second flight of stairs to reach the next viewing platform directly in front of the falls.

Enjoy the view of Steelhead Falls and retrace your steps back to the parking lot when ready.

Insider Hints

  • If you want to hike further, you can continue to walk the length of the Reservoir Trail (out-and-back: 5.0mi) or loop all the way around Hayward Lake by connecting to the Railway Trail on the west side of the lake (11.2mi).

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Jessie Illumin 9 months ago

Great family hike. The trail was fairly easy and simple. Perfect for quick morning trips. Splendid atmosphere and environment.

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Kat Colada 2 years ago

Easy hike worth pushing through. There are amazing things to see and discover along the way!

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Macky O. 2 years ago

The falls are not the biggest or best you will see, but it's still worth visiting. There are lots of places to go fishing along the way too.

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Jessica G. 2 years ago

Great place! Bring lunch and spend time taking pictures. There are some interesting rock formations along the entire hike.

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Suzane L. 2 years ago

Easy hike for hikers of all ages. Just take it slow, and you will be rewarded with amazing views in the end. 10/10 would recommend.

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