This years first Spring hike was to Big Cedar and Kennedy Falls in North Vancouver. We headed out early on a the Good Friday holiday and were at the trailhead just as the ranger was opening the gate at about 8:00am.
Hike Info:Rating: Moderate Distance: 10 km Elevation Gain: ~150 m Highest Point: ~500 m Time Needed: 4 to 5 hours Type: Out-and-back
The trailhead is located at the top of Mountain Highway in Lynn Valley. Follow Mountain Highway up as far as you can go and you will end up at the parking lot. There is plenty of parking in the morning but it’s best to be there early because there is also many mountain biking trails in the area and it can fill quickly on summer days. In the parking lot there are also toilets (but none along the trail).
Getting to Big Cedar and Kennedy Falls Trail:
Once you pass the gate by the bathrooms, continue up gravel road for about 500 meters. Keep walking up the road until you see a gravel trail dropping down to your right, marked as Cedar Tree Trail.
Take that trail, and follow it to the left. After a few minutes you’ll come to a junction and be sure to stay right at the Kirkford trail junction and continue along for about 3.5km’s till you reach the Big Cedar.
The trail was still pretty wet and muddy this time of year so we decided to stop at the Big Cedar and have a quick snack before turning around and saving the hike to see Kennedy Falls for another trip.
Good to Know:
You’ll want to make sure you have good hiking shoes for this one. You will pass over nearly a dozen different streams/creeks along the way and the trail can be quite muddy in spots depending on the time of year you go.
The trail is marked with Yellow markers on trees along the way but while the trail to Kennedy Falls is well-established, there can be considerable deadfall so you might need to go off track a little bit to go around. Just keep an eye out for the yellow markers if you go a little bit off track.