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When it comes to what to do in Vancouver when it rains, going for a hike in the forest is always a good choice. Cypress Falls Park in West Vancouver is a short and easy hike in Vancouver that has an impressive waterfall at the end too. If you’re looking for a hike in Vancouver, check out the rest of this post for more information on the Cypress Falls hike.
Cypress Falls Park
Cypress Falls Park in West Vancouver has a couple of very impressive waterfalls tucked away in the woods. It’s just a few hundred meters from the highway but you’d never guess once you step into the forest!
A great hike with kids in Vancouver, or a rainy day hike, enjoy the falls and admire the 300-year old Douglas and Cedar trees.
Thanks to its low elevation, the Cypress Falls hike is snow-free pretty much all year round.
Cypress Falls hike, Vancouver
This easy trail begins at a small parking lot where you’ll follow the trail out towards the forest.
Make a left and follow the sound of rushing water as you begin to climb gradually uphill. You’ll come to a junction pretty soon at which you’ll take another left.
As you continue, make sure to enjoy the trees and the sound of the water getting closer. Soon you’ll see a wooden bridge to your right, the bridge takes you above lower Cypress Falls and gives you a great view of the river rushing below.
Leave the bridge the same way you entered it and take a right to continue uphill.
You’ll come to a steep hill and then reach a chain-link fence with a large warning sign. Going past this fence takes you out of Cypress Falls Park, the terrain is a bit steeper but it’s not dangerous per se. Just don’t get too close to the edge anywhere near the falls or go past the fences.
As you continue the sound of the waterfall will get louder and louder. Then, you’ll come to a viewing area where you can enjoy Cypress Falls in all its glory!
Head back down through the forest the way you came or spend some time searching for the Cypress Falls car wreck which is said to be nearby.
How to get to Cypress Falls Park
Take the Sea to Sky Highway and exit at exit 4 to Woodgreen/Caulfeild Drive. Turn right at the stop sign onto Woodgreen Drive. Turn right onto Woodgreen Place, which leads to the parking lot and trailhead.
Even on a rainy weekend morning, the parking lot was busy! There’s limited parking available outside of the main parking lot. Given how short the hike is, it’s likely you’ll get a spot if you’re prepared to wait 10 minutes too.
Cypress Falls trail statistics
What to know before you go
- Best time for Cypress Falls Park: Good all year round.
- Be adventure smart: Remember to respect the terrain, environment, and other users while you are enjoying the trails. Follow the three Ts—trip planning, training, and taking the essentials AdventureSmart is a great resource to help you get informed before heading outdoors
- Pack your 10 essentials.
- Take bear spray, you’re hiking in bear country! And remember your bear safety tips.
- Remember to leave no trace.
- Cypress Falls Vancouver is dog-friendly.
What to pack for hikes near Vancouver
Make sure you look at these packing lists for your Cypress Falls hike.