Woodland Walk to Sawblade Falls: Port Coquitlam, BC
Hiking Key: M~2~ST~V~CC~WF~R~LC
Length: 8 Km's Elevation: 180 m Pit Toilet: No Dogs: Yes
We did this hike in the spring...It was wet, muddy, slippery, deadfall & snow near the falls: I do think it's more of a dry day kinda hike...I also recommend gators & microspikes for some of the snowy parts.
Drive to Harper Road and park near the yellow gate at the top of the road. The trail enters the forest on the left of the gate. Right away you will see a memorial of a 25 year old as you start your hike. You will also hear the gun range; which is loud.
Follow the trail as it weaves it way gradually going up along some old growth forest. There are some pretty amazing stumps that once stood tall. Now you can stand inside them and marvel at their beauty!
The trail emerges onto a gravel road. A sign post says, Woodland Walk that enters the forest. Go back into the forest and follow this trail as it carries onto the FSR.
Once at the FSR branch there's a SP that reads, Woodland Walk Loop Trail-go left. Follow the FSR to a vechile brdige that is over Prichard Creek. It's quite a beautiful sight. Keep in mind this is active logging.
Follow this road along and you will see the trailhead on your right (it's well marked). It says Woodland Walk Loop Trail/Upper Trail-turn right.
Walk along this trail and at your second intersection you can take the lower falls trail (Woodland Falls) or the upper trail (Sawblade Falls). The Woodland Falls is a gentle walk and at the falls it was a short but steep down to the falls. They are little and if you can get along on the rocks you can see them a little better. If you choose the upper falls it climbs gently at first but then steeply. Once you can see the falls the trail will descend down a short but steep section where you can see the falls. They are beautiful!
Once you have seen them head back up the trail carefully and down to the junction. We took the Lower Falls and along the Lower Loop Trail and followed it out to the gravel FSR. Once there go left and over Prichard Creek bridge. Go along the Woodland Walk Trail that leads back to the road and right away a non marked trail back into the forest. Take this trail that takes you back down to where you parked earlier. Happy & safe hiking!