High Falls Creek

May 10, 2004

High Falls Creek is located in the Squamish Valley area, north of the town of Squamish. Take Highway #1 (Trans Canada Highway) west bound towards Horseshoe Bay and take Highway #99 (Sea to Sky Highway) northbound. Continue past the town of Squamish and just beyond Brackendale, watch for the turnoff on your left to the Squamish Valley Road.

Follow the Squamish Valley Road until just after a bridge, you reach a junction. Zero the odometer on your vehicle and go left to continue driving along the Squamish Valley Road. Continue along this road until 22.5 km later you pass a pumphouse. Approximately 1km later, at 23.5km, you arrive at a bridge that cross High Falls Creek. Don’t cross the bridge but instead park in the space at the side of the gravel road. The trail begins a short distance over the bridge, up the road on the right side.

High Falls Creek can be a dangerous hike for those that do not use caution or are afraid of heights.

From the parking area, walk across the bridge and continue a short distance on the gravel road until you reach a sign and trail markers that mark the route to High Falls on the right. Follow this trail and enter into the forest. The sound of the High Creek can be heard through the trees.

There are ropes along the trail to pull yourself up through the steep sections. A short side path leads to a view of the falls and the steep canyon wall on the opposite side. Take in the view while being careful not to get too close to the edge.

The trail opens onto a rocky bluff with a stunning view of the Squamish Valley. The Squamish River below weaves through the valley while the glacier-covered slopes of the Tantalus Mountain range stand tall behind.

Squamish River

The trail cross a large green moss-carpeted bluff before entering the forest

The path then passes into a small forest of trees before reaching a junction. Go right at the junction and walk a short distance downhill to a view of the upper falls from above.

The steepest sections of the trail have past as you now can see several views of the Squamish River and Valley below. Continue following the trail as it passes through a forest of Douglas Fir and Western Cedar trees.

As you continue your hike, the trail weaves along side steep cliffs and a thick forested area, then through a second generation growth area that was logged in the 90's.

Eventually, the trail reaches a boulder field. Scramble up and over the rocks to a gravel logging road above. From this point, go left and walk up the gravel road to where the high point is just a short distance away. At the corner is a log bench overlooking a view of the Tantalus Mountain Range in the background.

Continue along the gravel road as it slowly makes its way back down towards the valley, enjoying several scenic views of the Squamish River as you go.

After walking for just over 5km, the gravel road meets the Squamish Valley Road that runs next to the river. Go left and walk about 20 minutes back to where you started your hike

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Roundtrip length: 12 km (7.45 mi)
Time: 5.0 hours
Elevation gain: N/A

Driving distance from Vancouver: 104 km (64.62 mi)

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