Woodland Walk Trail
walk along overgrown road to falls
||7.8 km (return)
||2.5 - 3 hours
||Linear - Return
From Highway #7 (Lougheed Highway) in Port Coquitlam, turn north on to Coast Meridian Road. Follow Coast Meridian north for 5 km and up a hill. Turn right on to Harper Road, following signs for the Hunting and Fishing club. Continue as the road transitions to gravel and park near the gated road loading into the park on the right, just before the gun club.
The C38 bus operates from Coquitlam Station to the Port Coquitlam area daily. Get off at the "David at Oxford" stop (#53803), then walk east for 500 meters on David Avenue to Coast Meridian Road. Turn left on Coast Meridian and follow it 1.3 km to Harper Road. Continue on Harper road for 2 km to the park entrance, a walk of approximately 50 minutes from the bus stop. An alternate walking route is to turn right off of Coast Meridian on Highland Drive to Argyll Street, then head up Argyll to a short path that goes up to Harper Road. For bus schedules and information, visit the Translink website.
From the park entrance, hike up the main road, go left, then left again (about 15 minutes to second intersection). There is a sign at this last intersection and the trail is well marked from this point on. The trail follows a service road to Pritchett Creek (15-20 minutes). Ford the creek and continue north on the overgrown road. After about ten minutes, the trail splits into upper and lower loops, which meet up again about five or ten minutes from the falls at the end. The upper loop is trail, the lower loop is overgrown road. There is a short connecting trail between the two loops about halfway along. The upper trail is mostly level but goes uphill a bit at one point. The recommended route would be to take the upper loop through the forest and past many 1st-growth stumps. As you're hiking up the upper loop trail, about 5 minutes after fording a small creek, watch for a newer flagged trail leading off to the right. Follow this newer trail for about 5-10 minutes and you will come up the back way to a good viewpoint of Coquitlam Lake. Once satisfied with the views, you can follow the flagging to the right (north) down a very steep grade. This will take you out a few steps away from trail's end at the roaring Coho Creek. The old road used to continue across this creek, but the bridge is now out. Just to the right of the broken bridge stands a giant old Douglas Fir. You can climb around behind it and down to get a closer view of the falls. Your return can be via the lower loop (old road) which will route you past one of the largest stumps you are likely to see in the area. The balance of the return trip is a little less scenic but still a pleasant, easy hike.
|Harper Road gate / park entrance
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|Junction with Lakeview Trail (side road)
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|Junction with Woodland Walk Trail (side road)
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|Junction with connector to Coquitlam River Trail
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|Woodland Walk splits to the start of a loop
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