Happy Friday everyone and welcome back! Today I’ll be sharing my quick hiking guide to Norvan Falls in North Vancouver. I find waterfall hikes to be especially beautiful, often because of how massive the waterfalls are! Norvan Falls in particular is a stunning waterfall and a beautiful hike worth the trek.
How to Get There
This trail is located in Lynn Headwaters Regional Park in North Vancouver, BC. Note: as of last weekend (May 2017) the access road for the day use parking lot is closed to vehicles. In order to access any hikes in the park, we had to find street parking in the nearby neighbourhood and walk 1.4 km or about 20-30 minutes along the access road to the trailhead. Just FYI :). Parking will re-open eventually but according to the metro Vancouver website, its unknown when that will be.
When to Go
Norvan Falls hiking trail is open year round. I recommend going in early spring when the hike is less busy or on a hot summer’s day so you can reward yourself with a refreshing dip in the water! The water level was quite high when we went last weekend, so we weren’t able to hike to the base of the falls. All the more reason to go back again this summer!
Norvan Falls Trail Facts
The hike to Norvan Falls is an intermediate level like that is steep in some areas. It’s a 5 hour, 14Km round trip hike.
There are two trails you can take to reach the Norvan Falls trailhead. I wish we had realized this before! We got some extra exercise in last weekend :). You have the option of following an hour long (one way), fairly easy trail up to the Norvan Falls trailhead. This trail is called the Varley Trail which then turns into the Lynn Loop Trail and Cedars Mill trail to get to the junction. The junction is a clearing (also known as a debris chute) and it’s where you’ll connect with the trailhead to Norvan Falls. The second route option is taking the same trail mentioned above but connecting to Headwaters trail and continuing along Headwaters trail to the junction. Headwaters trail was quite steep and difficult and took us about 2 hours to complete. Both routes will lead you to the Norvan Falls trail head. You can find the trail map here.
Once you reach the clearing, it’s about another 1.5 hours of hiking to reach the falls. So worth it!!!
What to Bring
This hike is long, so make sure to bring plenty of water, snacks and a lunch. I like to bring either Clif bars or trail mix as a snack and usually a sandwich and some fruit for lunch. And some chocolate of course! It’s a good idea to dress in layers even in the summer. The temperature tends to be cooler in the trees so I recommend bringing a light outer layer (also in case of rain!). The trail is quite muddy in some areas so it’s a good idea to wear hiking boots if you don’t want to to get your running shoes muddy.
Thanks so much for reading! I’m going to be doing a series of posts coming up this summer all about the best waterfall hikes in and around Vancouver, so stay tuned! Be sure to subscribe to my blog if you haven’t already to make sure you never miss a post! Have a great weekend 🙂 xoxo Candice