Cypress Falls – Table of Contents
- Hike Introduction
- Hike Statistics
- Map and Elevation
- Hiking Route Description
- Directions and Parking
- Hike rating
- Free PDF Download
Cypress Falls Introduction
Cypress Falls Park is a lesser known, yet impressive area of forest in West Vancouver. A walk through the trails of Cypress Falls Park takes you amongst some of the biggest trees you can find on the North Shore. The 300+ year old giants are rivaled only by the trees of nearby Lighthouse Park.
As Cypress Falls Park sits at a lower elevation, this hike is accessible year-round and is family-friendly. It is a great hike to save for an overcast or rainy day. Spring is the perfect time of year for a hike to Cypress Falls.
Cypress Creek carves its way through the park and provides two impressive waterfalls. The hike described below will take us to both the Upper Cypress Falls and Lower Cypress Falls.
The trails within the park are poorly marked, and there is more than one route to reach the upper falls. Below is only one suggested possibility, but please be aware some navigation will be needed on this hike as you cannot rely on trail markers.
Cypress Falls Hike Stats
Distance: 3 km
Elevation Gain: 120 m
Highest Point: 300 m
Time Needed: 1.5 hours
Type: Partial loop
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Est. Driving Time from Vancouver: 30 minutes
Trailhead Coordinates: 49.352047, -123.240833
Cypress Falls Hike Map and Elevation
Cypress Falls Hiking Route
From the gravel parking lot, just above the baseball field, walk east along the path towards the trees. The path drops down onto the trail within the forest and immediately begins going north, to your left.
After a short way, you’ll notice the trail splits down to your right. You can go that way to the Lower Cypress Falls, but it will be easier to stay on the wide, upper trail. It’s only a 5 to 10-minute walk to reach Lower Cypress Falls. When you reach the lower falls, there are two places to view the waterfall. The first is from a viewing area by a wooden fence just below the main trail, where you get a full view of the falls crashing down into the canyon.
The second view is from the concrete platform directly above the falls itself. It’s impressive to see the powerful torrent of water from such close range.
The lower falls itself is a good destination for a quick outing with young kids. The trail to this point is wide and relatively flat. However, both falls have dangerous drops into the canyon, so be sure that everyone keeps their distance from the edges.
Once you’ve had your fill of the lower falls, it’s time to carry on. You’ll notice a wooden bridge just north of the lower falls, which crosses over Cypress Creek. You can go over the bridge to reach the upper falls if you want, but it will take some extra time and distance. The forest through that direction is spectacular, but it can be a little tricky finding your way to the upper falls from that direction.
Instead of taking the bridge, find the trail that goes up the hill to the left of the falls.
There are several trails that branch out in this area, and none are clearly marked. There is more than one way to reach the upper falls. Generally speaking, though, you want to continue walking north, with the creek on your right.
Follow the trail up to the top of the hill, and you’ll come to an area behind some houses. As you climb the hill you’ll start to notice just how large some of the Cedars and Douglas Firs in the park really are. Keep following the trail and it quickly comes out onto a gravel road. Go right and follow the road up behind a few more houses. At the top of the road you’ll come to a water pump. Beside the pump the trail will dart into the woods again. Get back on the trail and follow it back downhill. Soon, you’ll hear the sound of the rushing creek again.
Within a few more minutes you will come to a junction. To your left will be a bridge, and to your right will be a metal fence with a gate. Go to the metal fence. There is a sign here warning that you enter the area at your own risk of injury. Go through the gate and follow the road up. You will come out to a gravel road under a power line. Follow to the right, underneath the power line. About 100 m up the road on your right there is an unmarked trail. Follow this trail back into the forest. If you end up crossing over a bridge under the powerline you’ve gone too far and have missed the trail.
Once off the powerline road, you’ll hear the waterfall on your left. It will look like the trail carries down to the right, but make sure you find the trail that tucks off to the left, towards the falls.
The view of Upper Cypress Falls will be partially obstructed by trees and branches. You can climb down the trail a little, with extreme caution, for a better view if you wish.
The depth of the canyon is impressive. The sound of the roaring water, lush forest and view of the waterfall make this a hidden gem of the North Shore.
When you’re ready you can retrace steps back to the parking lot. Alternatively, you can follow the trail to your left from the top of the falls if you want to make a partial loop. Going this way, you would keep Cypress Creek on your left (at least so you can hear it most of the time). The trail will eventually connect back to the lower falls. From the lower falls you can retrace your steps back out the final stretch.
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Directions and Parking
To get to Cypress Falls take Highway 1 westbound from Vancouver. Take exit #4 and turn right onto Woodgreen Drive. Take your third right onto Woodgreen Place. At the end of the road, there is a gravel parking lot adjacent to a baseball diamond. Park and begin your hike here.
Google Map directions are here.
Outdoor Vancouver and Reader’s Hike Rating
Editor's and Reader's Hike Rating
- Variety of the terrain - 65%65%
- Views and scenery - 75%75%
- Not too crowded - 80%80%
- Overall 'fun factor' - 70%70%
Cypress Falls Park draws hikers to its massive old growth trees and two different waterfalls. The hiking is relatively easy and kid-friendly. The park sits below the snowline in the winter, making it an ideal shoulder-season hike, or one to save for a rainy day.
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