Kanaka Creek Regional Park is located in the middle of Maple Ridge. I can’t believe how many times I’ve driven by and never knew it was there !
The highlight of this park is the cliff falls formed from sandstone. Over many years, running water has carved a deep canyon and interesting rock formations. Be very careful if you get close to the creek – the rocks are very slippery. There is also a nice network of trails that take you around the park and it’s mostly under the shade of large trees, so it’s great for hot days !
This park is similar in features and geology to Whatcom Falls Park in Bellingham, Washington.
Here are the stats for the loop I did today…
Distance: 2.1 km
Time: 1 hour
Low point: 63 m
High point: 104 m
Elevation gain: 41 m
Trailhead/Parking: 49° 12’ 46.2” by 122° 31’ 34.4” (Google Map)
Before heading out on your hike, make sure you are well prepared. This means, having the TEN ESSENTIALS. It is also important to leave a trip plan (route details and estimated return time) with someone you trust.
Bring your smartphone, fully charged and put it in airplane mode while hiking. I always bring back-up battery packs for extra piece of mind. It is highly recommended that you bring a GPS device; I use my smartphone with a GPS app (Backcountry Navigator). The GPS will work in airplane mode. Learn how to use it before your hike.
For anyone new to hiking, there is a rule to which hikers follow; it is called “Leave No Trace” or LNT. The concept is generally to pack out what you pack in and respect nature, so all future visitors can enjoy what you have enjoyed.
To learn more about LNT, please check out this BLOG by a certified LNT Trainer.