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Experience the magical waterfall on the Crooked Falls hike, located in Upper Squamish. Wander through peaceful forests on this challenging hike, then take in the beautiful view of the Sigurd Creek tumbling down the mountain face.
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Route Description for Crooked Falls
To start the Crooked Falls hike, park your car next to Ashlu Creek and find the yellow sign on a utility pole that says Sigurd Trailon, where the trailhead begins. The initial stretch sets out on an old logging road, heading uphill. This section of road has large, loose rocks, so watch your step.
About 12 minutes into the hike, the trail will level out and become a wider path, though in the spring, the road can be quite muddy.
The road suddenly veers right and upwards, once you hit the corner, you’ll arrive at the Sigurd Trail which is marked in the trees.
From here, the trail inclines at a gradual pace. Follow the orange markers until the trail levels out again, keeping eyes to the right where you’ll find a mossy rock wall that is quite interesting to see up close.
Take a look to your left and you’ll notice a beautiful viewpoint overlooking the Squamish River and surrounding mountain range. Just past the lookout, the path will sharply turn right, taking you uphill into a thick forest.
The trail becomes trickier from this point on with rocks and roots littering the trail, watch your footing as you head almost entirely uphill from this spot, until you reach the falls.
Another few meters in, another viewpoint will emerge, this time on your left-hand side overlooking a large portion of Squamish. Continue uphill and if you spot orange markers in the tree off-trail, ignore those and keep following the orange, square marked trail.
At times, you may need to use your hands to help pull you up, but not too worry, it shouldn’t be too difficult. Take your time.
After about an hour and fifteen minutes, you should reach a junction. Spot the yellow sign tacked to a fallen tree pointing you towards Crooked Falls, to the left. You’re almost there!
Listen to the roaring, rushing falls as you approach. You’ll likely hear them before you see them. Suddenly, enter a clearing to take in the majestic falls. If you head to the right, slide down a slippery trail to see a sideview of the falls. To look directly at the falls, head left to drop down to two natural platforms.
From here, carefully peak over the edge to watch as the water ‘crooks’ down the rockface. On the leftmost platform, proceed with caution as you will get wet from this spot by the waterfall’s mighty spray.
Enjoy the falls, refuel, and retrace your steps back down to your car.
Insider Hints for Crooked Falls
- Crooked Falls is usually hikeable year-round. Spring is the best time to see the falls during the runoff. It’s a classic hike to leave for the shoulder seasons.
- While not difficult based on kilometers, this trail can be tricky due to some technical terrain and very slippery areas. This route is not recommended for beginner hikers.
Getting to the Crooked Falls Trailhead
Drive north along Highway 99 to Squamish. Turn left onto Squamish Valley Road, across from the entrance to Alice Lake Provincial Park. From here, it will be about 25.0 km to reach the trailhead. Most of the drive from here is on the paved, Squamish Valley Road, but the final few kilometers will be on a gravel forest service road.
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