Gold Creek Lookout

Maple Ridge, British Columbia

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At the southern tip of Golden Ears Park, the Alouette Valley provides numerous trails for hiking and horse-riding as well as lakeside camping and picnic sites. Trails extending northward on both sides of Gold Creek take the hiker into a peaceful valley guarded by the towering peaks of the Golden Ears massif. The second-growth forest of western hemlock, western red cedar and Douglas fir was once the site of B.C.’s largest railroad logging operation, and many relics are there to be seen today. In the valley bottom, maples, cottonwoods and various shrubs make a colourful display in autumn. The easy 45-minute walk to Lower Falls in the east canyon is popular with families, as is the inviting river beach along the way. The longer walk described here, on the west side of the creek, is the beginning of the climbers’ route to the Golden Ears. Your destination can be the lookout, with its view of the upper Gold Creek valley, or a creekside picnic spot below the lower falls.

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"At the southern tip of Golden Ears Park, the Alouette Valley provides numerous trails for hiking and horse-riding as well as lakeside camping and picnic sites. Trails extending northward on both sides of Gold Creek take the hiker into a peaceful valley guarded by the towering peaks of the Golden Ears massif. The second-growth forest of western hemlock, western red cedar and Douglas fir was once the site of B.C.’s largest railroad logging operation, and many relics are there to be seen today.

In the valley bottom, maples, cottonwoods and various shrubs make a colourful display in autumn. The easy 45-minute walk to Lower Falls in the east canyon is popular with families, as is the inviting river beach along the way. The longer walk described here, on the west side of the creek, is the beginning of the climbers’ route to the Golden Ears. Your destination can be the lookout, with its view of the upper Gold Creek valley, or a creekside picnic spot below the lower falls."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Maple Ridge
Distance: 4.5
Elevation Gain: 475 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: Allow 3.5 hours
Season: Best April to November
Local Contacts: Golden Ears Provincial Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Gold Creek Lookout

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May 2018