May 17 , 2013
The weather is warming up and I’m enjoying being outside more and more. We were fortunate for last month’s hike to Crystal Falls on the Coquitlam River – it was a sunny day but the trail was still muddy. This time, I expect trails to be a bit more dry and the weather to be more predictably sunny and warm. I’ve chosen one of my favourite local spots – Minnekhada Regional Park – for the May hike. It is tucked away in east Port Coquitlam and has some great views overlooking the Pitt River. Details below.
Minnekhada Regional Park – May 19
Meeting Time: 9:30am, depart 9:45am
Duration: approx. 2.5 to 3 hours (depending on the walking speed of those with the shortest legs).
Directions to meeting point & parking: Park trails fan out from the large Quarry Road Entrance. From Lougheed Highway in Coquitlam, turn north on Coast Meridian and travel 2.5 km to Victoria Drive. Follow Victoria Drive for 1 km to the crest of the hill and make a deliberate left turn to stay on Victoria. Travel northeast for 3.5 km to the park entrance on Quarry Road. See map below for details.
Stroller friendly: No, the path is not smooth. It’s best to bring a baby backpack.
Things to bring: water, snack, hat, friends.
Things to know: dogs must be leashed in the regional parks, and bear sighting are common – just keep that in mind. If you have bear spray, feel free to bring it.