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Crooked Falls Hike near SQUAMISH, BC

The ideal short yet challenging spring or fall hike. Spectacular views of the Squamish River Valley en route to an up close and personal encounter with Crooked Falls.

Distance: 6.4 km return
The distance from the Ashlu Road parking area to Crooked Falls is 6.4 km return
 
Difficulty: Moderate

Despite being rated as moderate expect some challenging grades and terrain.

Conditions to expect:

  • rooty and rocky surfaces
  • overgrown roads
  • steep terrain
  • possible blow down to navigate through

Time: 3-3.5 hours return

It is an approximately 3 hour round trip from Ashlu Road Parking lot to Crooked Falls.

Elevation Change: 431 m

The overall elevation change (from lowest point to highest point) is approximately 431 m

The elevation gain (one way) (the cumulative 'ups' over the course of the trail) is approximately 636 m

The elevation loss (one way) - (the cumulative 'downs' over the course of the trail) is -291 m

The maximum slope you will encounter is approximately 73%.

The average slope is about 24%.


ELEVATION PROFILE

Elevation profile of the Crooked Falls Hike near Squamish BC

High Point: 482 m

The high point is 482 m.

Season: April - November

Season is typically April - November, however due to its low - ish overall elevation, you may find it to be open year round. Check conditions in the area before you set out.

Other notes: dogs, camping etc...

Dogs

  • yes

Camping

There are no camping areas along the trail, however there is a Recreation Sites and Trails Campsite nearby.
 
The Squamish Riverside Campsite has 9 tent pads, tables, fire rings and 2 outhouses.
It lies beside the Squamish River, close to the Ashlu Creek. It is popular for fishing. 

Trail Head Coordinates

  • N49.91046° W123.32257° (lat/long)
  • NAD 83 Z10 U 476839E  5528725N (UTM)

Crooked Falls Hike Trail Map

From Sigurd Trail Trailhead on Ashlu Road to Crooked Falls viewpoint.


Google Maps (click image below)

A Map of the hike showing the trail from Ashlu Road to the Crooked Falls viewpoint


Elevation Profile

Crooked Falls Hike near Squamish, BC

Elevation profile of the Crooked Falls Hike near Squamish BC

Crooked Falls Hike

near Squamish, BC

This moderately difficult, 6.4 km hike is the perfect short yet challenging adventure. You'll experience stunning views of the Squamish River Valley and of the spectacular Crooked Falls.
 
If your timing is right, and the runoff is high, the falls will put on a fabulous show for you. A great hike for spring or fall.
 

An image of the Crooked Falls Waterfall at the end of the Crooked Falls Hike near Squamish, BC

Crooked falls during spring runoff

Hike Statistics

Distance: 6.4 km return
Difficulty: Moderate
Time needed: 3 hours return
Trailhead: Sigurd Trail Trailhead on Ashlu Road
Elevation change: 431 m
High point: 482 m (prior to the falls)
Max slope:73% (a small drop down a few rocks and roots)
Average slope: 24.5%
 

What you can expect on the trail

Expect a moderately challenging  single-track trail
 
You'll encounter many steep rocky and rooty sections.
 
Some portions have large, loose rock and cobble.
 
Expect a few flatter sections but mostly steeper terrain
 
This trail is well marked with orange blazes in the trees.
 
The trail is predominantly forested.
 
At the time of writing this, there was no marker at the trailhead. See the Directions section for a photo of the trailhead (to make sure you're at the right place :).
 
A portion of the Crooked Falls trail

Single track, rocky, rooty trail section

A section of the hiking trail to Crooked Falls that shows the large, loose, and rocky terrain.

Large, loose rocky section of the hiking trail to Crooked Falls.


Highlights you’ll remember

Scenic forested trail
 
Panoramic views of the Squamish River Valley
 
A few crazy-big fir trees.
 
Random huge boulders.
 
Dripping moss walls (in the wetter seasons)
 
Crooked Falls - there are two ways to view the falls. You can catch a glimpse from the side or get a full frontal view (and shower) from front on.
 

View of Squamish River Valley from the Hiking Trail to Crooked Falls

View of Squamish River Valley from the Hiking Trail to Crooked Falls

 
 

Dogs

are permitted.

Camping

no
 

Pit Toilets

no

Getting There

From Squamish, you’re looking at about a 36 km trip to the Sigurd Valley Trail Trailhead.

Driving time - about 40 minutes.

The bulk of the commute is on the paved Squamish Valley Road.

The Last 2.5 km is on a well maintained gravel Forest Service Road (Ashlu Rd). 4x4 is not required.

Get driving directions here.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Directions to Crooked Falls Hike

(Sigurd Trail Trailhead)

The Basics

From Squamish, you’re looking at about a 36 km trip to the Sigurd Trail Trailhead.

Driving time - about 40 minutes.

The bulk of the commute is on the paved Squamish Valley Road.

The Last 2.5 km is on a well maintained gravel Forest Service Road (Ashlu Rd). 4x4 is not required.

The Details

From Squamish, head north on BC-99 for about 10 km

Turn Left onto Squamish Valley Rd (across from the turnoff to Alice Lake Campground).

Follow the Squamish Valley Road for 24 km

Turn left onto the gravel Ashlu Road (crossing the Squamish River)

You’ll pass the Squamish Riverside Campsite

Continue on Ashlu Road for 2.4 km

Just before you reach the trailhead you’ll cross two more bridges over the Ashlu Creek.

The Map

Click map below to get Google Maps directions from your location

Map of Directions to the Sigurd Valley Trailhead

The Parking

Cars parked along the side of Ashlu Road at the trailhead for the Sigurd Trail (and trail to Crooked Falls)

Parking at the Sigurd Trail Trailhead along Ashlu Road

The Trailhead

Rocky trail at the trailhead of the Crooked Falls Hike near Squamish,BC

Crooked Falls/Sigurd Trail Trailhead

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Crooked Falls Hike near Squamish, BC - at a glance

The ideal short yet challenging spring or fall hike. Spectacular views of the Squamish River Valley en route to an up close and personal encounter with Crooked Falls.

Basic Stats

6.4 km return
moderate difficulty
steep, rocky, rooty sections

3 -3.5 hours
431 m elevation change

 

What to Expect

old logging road
single - track path
some steeper grades
rocks, roots

great waterfall
mostly forested

Trailhead

Approx. 37 km or 40 mins North of Squamish, BC

See "Directions" Tab above

Link to google map directions here

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