Region: The North Shore (http://www.vancouvertrails.com/regions/the-north-shore/)
Time: 5 hours
Distance: 14 km
Elevation Gain: minimal
Dog Friendly: Yes (http://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/norvan-falls/#dogs)
Public Transit: Yes (http://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/norvan-falls/#transit)
Approx. 40 minutes from Vancouver (http://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/norvan-falls/#transportation)
FYI - please bring water with you, and a snack if you wish. I wouldn't drink the creek water, as Garry mentioned. Although there is a tap just before the foot bridge I don't know the quality of the water there either.
This trail parallels Lynn Creek for quite awhile and is well marked all the way (and well used) following old logging grades. The trail gradually moves away from the creek. At the end of 7 km of fairly easy hiking you come to Norvan Creek and here a right turn and a short hike up the hill brings you to the falls. (http://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/norvan-falls/#transportation)
Easy terrain, long gentle grade from start to finish. And a beautiful waterfall at the end to relax at. The trail is mostly a rolling hike through a nice, airy forest. This trail, and the first half of the Headwaters Trail carries on like this until the Third Debris chute. After the junction, the trail is pretty straight and unexceptional. No need to look for trail markers.
Norvan Falls is a worthy sight. The creek is pretty easy to walk in, so you can get quite close to the falls and enjoy the cooling mist. You can hike to the top of the falls if you like, just don't fall over the edge.
Return via Headwaters to Cedars Mill/Lower Lynn Loop. These two trails parallel Lynn Creek all the way to the park entrance. The trail is very flat but it does have many access points to the creek. This made for a fast return trip.
- Former member
Tess: at Lynn Headwaters Regional park at the very top of Lynn Valley Rd.
We will congregate at the notice board by the ranger station and washrooms, before the bridge.
Sorry, I'll have to bow out of this. I just cannot find this paved road that people tell me about, though I'm sure it's there and it's obvious to everybody else, and now I don't have the time to find it before the hike. I will suss it out sometime soon, and maybe I'll be able to join you the next time this hike is offered.