Wow, I am really slacking the posts for hikes/trails/walks etc. This hike is HIGHLY recommended for the summertime. Super fun but you have to get there early.
Recommend being there at 7:45AM as it opens at 8AM. The line already forms before it “officially” opens. There are limited kayaks, so you have to hurry!! If you have your own then you’re good. The next best time to come is probably late afternoon like 2-3PM when people are heading back from there.
- Kayak for an hour or less (if you’re synchronized with your squad)
- Hike for an hour or so
- Hang out/swim play/lunch etc
- Hike back for an hour
- Kayak back for an hour
You’re looking at spending roughly 5 hours there!
- Water Shoes or flip flops for the kayak part
- Shoes for the hike
- Bathing Suit
- Waterproof gadgets for recording awesome footage!
***** 5/5 trail hands down.
NOTE NUMBER ONE: do not search up crystal falls on your Google Maps. It will take you along side on the road .. literally .. but you won’t be able to see it because of all the trees etc. You have to search “Karley Crescent” and park at the residential area..
The end of the trail is anti-climatic. The waterfall/stream is very yellow and dirty looking… It seems like there’s something in the stream that’s making it all yellow and it also had stuff forming in the water.
Time: It’s a short/flat-ish trail but it was very muddy .. maybe because we went the first day it was sunny. Took about 30 minutes 1 way maybe?
Difficulty: It wasn’t hard at all. Just very muddy..
Crowded-level: There were a lot of dogs on this trail because it’s dog friendly.
Overall, I probably wouldn’t recommend this to others unless they want a “lazy” trail with a small waterfall at the end for the ‘gram.
Time: 40 minutes to go up (to the first lake)
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate – some parts were really steep so going up was a tiny bit tricky but going down was probably the most I’ve ever struggled… You really have to use your legs to go down for some parts of the hike
Crowded-level: Popular – we went early so it wasn’t packed at the viewpoint. Going down though, we bumped into a lot of people who were going up so there were a lot of delays in certain parts because we had to step aside and let them go by etc.
The drive was longer than the hike so I probably wouldn’t do this hike again anytime soon (unless we are going to all the way to Green Drop Lake).
Highly recommend you go at least once!!
Quick Video: https://youtu.be/EPGR-ekJRaY
OH. MY. GOODNESS. The last time I did this hike was in Grade 10 for PE Leadership. I forgot how difficult it was, but I definitely remembered how long it takes. There was still a lot of snow at the top/end and it was quite tricky to maneuver around it. Going back was more difficult as we had to climb up a steep of snow when we were going up… My leg fell into the snow and into the glacier water. Boy was it ever cold!!! Luckily it was super hot so my shoe/sock dried really quickly. It took us about 2 hours 45 minutes to go up and about 2 hours and 30 minutes to go down (for a few of us).
Next time (if there ever will be a next time), I will be more prepared. I did not bring anything but a mars bar and ONE water bottle….. During the hike I was regretting it. When we got there, I guess I was glad. Going down the hike, it felt forever so I started to regret again. On the ride home, I felt relieved I had spent the day hiking with good company! You can see this hike put me on an emotional roller coaster.
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Originally wanted to go to Deep Cove but due to an accident/massive delay in the traffic flow, we had to reroute and go elsewhere. Decided to go here even though we had no idea what it looked like or how long it took. We did not expect it to be such a long trail….
It took us 2.5 hours round trip – pretty much one big circle around the outer layer of SFU Burnaby.
There were a lot of trees in the way of the view / docks as we traveled along the path. A lot of people were going the opposite way as us so we thought we were going the wrong way … There are A LOT of different trails that you can start from and you will pass by other trails that people walk on.
We started on the Trans-Canada Trail behind the playground at Burnaby Mountain Park (right by the Horizon Restaurant). There were two routes (going up or going down) so we chose the route that went up thinking we would get more viewpoints.
Eventually we finished the Trans-Canada Trail and moved onto the Cougar Creek Trail. After the steep trail, we continued along Barnet Trail which was flatter and easy on the ankles … We passed by a Bike park which led us to a parking lot where we continued on the Mountain Air Trail. Then to get to the Burnaby Mountain Park Parking Lot faster, we had to take the Velodrome Trail which was the 500 stairs path.. Then we had to take the last trail which was the Pandora Trail back to the parking lot. However, there are TWO pandora trails.. You either turned left or right. We didn’t know and saw the first Pandora Trail sign which made us turn RIGHT and we ended up in a neighbourhood with nothing left… Had to backtrack and past where we came from and up a step where we saw another post saying this is also the Pandora Trail..
TL;DR – Trans-Canada Trail from Burnaby Mountain Parking Lot -> Cougar Creek Trail > Barnet Trail > Mountain Air Trail > Velodrome Trail > Pandora Trail > Back to the top of Burnaby Mountain Park
A little sad that the best view was at the top of Burnaby Mountain Park (where we started), but also a little proud we didn’t give up and turn back!
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Went early so going up was a tad foggy and/or dewy and there were A LOT of mosquitoes.. If you have low patience with bugs, I wouldn’t recommend coming here. Almost made it to the top but unfortunately had to turn around.
Hope to return here with people who are motivated to get to the top and soak in the view / accomplishment ….
Crowded – low
View – meh – didn’t make it to the very top
Difficulty – slightly higher than medium…