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.
Time: The lookout was 1 minute away from the parking lot. The small trail that had no loop around so you have to back track or walk through the residential areas/roads but you get to pass by the nice scenery/semi private beach..
Difficulty: Not difficult at all. There’s not really a proper trail here. From the parking lot, the best view is at the “lookout” which is just a couple steps away.
Crowded-level: The lookout wasn’t too crowded when we went but the park/beach side was very popular – especially with scuba divers.
Overall, I probably wouldn’t come here for the trail – but for the “beach/park” portion.
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
It was more confusing than we thought. Before you get onto the suspension bridge, there’s a pathway on your left that leads you to the Baden Powell Trail which takes 1 – 1.5 hours (no thanks). Then after you pass the suspension bridge, you can either turn left or right. Going right will take you to the Twin Falls / Bridge and going left will take you to the 30 foot pool area /trail.
The last time I was here, there wasn’t man-made pathways. Now, there is a lot of man-made pathways which makes it very friendly for everyone. There’s a lot of dogs and they’re supposed to be on a leash most of the time. I think the only exception is when they play in the water by the river. However, others would say otherwise. We saw two men get into a verbal argument about the dog being on the leash. The dog owner said, “how is my dog supposed to swim with a leash on” and the other guy took photos of the dog without the leash / swimming in the pool. Some people just need to chill out and lighten up about some things. #smh
Even though it was a hot day, we were covered by the trees so there was a lot of shade – which was nice.
Highly recommended for lazy people. The other trails that we didn’t go to are probably for the advanced hikers / not-so-lazy people… 🙂
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After many rescheduling, I was finally able to attend the Tulip Festival in Abbotsford – on the last day too!
I definitely don’t recommend going on the last day. It looked pretty disappointing as many tulips have been harvested so there were missing patches here and there. Pictures are very deceiving. It’s not as big as it looks in the photos.
Walked all the way around the outer paths of the field and I managed to take some deceiving photos at selective areas of the field.
I would probably go here in the first couple weeks that it opens and put up with the crowd..
Abbotsford Tulip Festival
Address: 36737 N Parallel Rd, Abbotsford, BC V3G 2H5
The sunshine was calling me out to do a casual stroll around Deer Lake. We did the Deer Lake Trail in under an hour with the occasion stops at the benches to enjoy the sunshine, lake, and turtles!!!!! There are so many things to discover when you walk this flat and easy trail.. Take your time and enjoy every angle of the “lake”.
Crowded – 👌: a lot of owners with their dogs or elderly people enjoying a stroll around the lake
View – 👌👍: a lot of beautiful spots to sit and relax and soak in the sun and scenery
Difficulty – 👎: was super duper easy because it was flat with a man-made walk way.
Definitely would go again after kayaking!!