Hiking: Big Cedar & Kennedy Falls (Vancouver, CA)

It’s been a couple of weeks since the last hiking adventure. There was a little jaunt into the woods on Dog Mountain, with a dog, on another hazy morning in Vancouver. The smoke from the wildfires has lifted since the last excursion up Mount Fromme.

This week it was time for a bigger adventure to check out a big tree and a waterfall, also with a dog.

Sounds like my sort of morning.


Big Cedar & Kennedy Falls

The Big Cedar & Kennedy Falls trail is a 10 km round trip across the eastern face of Mount Fromme. There is an elevation gain of 150 metres and the recommended trip time is 5 hours.

Big Cedar map

This trail is accessed from the Mount Fromme carpark. My friend and I did it the hard way and traversed the downhill mountain biking track a little too early before we picked up the trail. I don’t suggest this as there is great potential to have a mountain biker slam into you at full speed. Not the best way to start the morning.

The easiest way is the follow the gravel road of the Old Grouse Mountain Highway up the hill from the carpark for maybe 10 minutes, keeping an eye out for a trail marker on your right, indication the Big Cedar Trail. You will cross a bridge a short way into the trail, which is a good indication you’re going in the right direction.

The trail is clearly marked in most places and the trail is generally easy to follow. The terrain can be quite rugged, with some steep slopes and precarious declines on the way, that a hand rope is required. Our dog companion was able to negotiate the rope climb section, but not without some assistance. There is a steep drop off adjacent to this section, so it pays to take caution for yourself and your canine companions.

It took around 50 minutes to reach Big Cedar. Since of canine companion was continually adventuring far ahead of us, causing us to stop frequently for her to come back, we might have got there a little quicker.

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Gracie returning from a bush bashing expedition to check on us

Big Cedar is hard to miss, and is a great example of what the Old Growth Forest would have looked like.

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Balance beam practice in front of Big Cedar. Points deducted for hand on tree.

It took around another hour to reach Kennedy Falls.

There were a number of muddy sections, and the precarious rope section also, leading up to the Falls. If you have a canine companion, I advise you to keep them close if they are prone to rambunctious behaviour.

After another hour or so, a couple of balance beam logs, and a rise in elevation, you are at Kennedy Falls.

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Kennedy Falls. Trail finishes to the left of the photo.

That’s a wrap

So despite being lost early on and not following the magnificent directions provided on Vancouver Trails, it was a wonderful hike through the wilderness, especially on an early morning in the sunshine. The hike was enough to get the blood pumping, and peeking through the trees towards the other side of Lynn Canyon left you with a feeling of being deep in the wilderness while being so close to home.

As we sat down for a meal break at Kennedy Falls, the crowds started to filter in. We played spectator to an Instagram Boomerang shoot that never seemed to capture the perfect shot, and decided it was time to leave them to it after letting the feet soak in the cool waters of the falls. The trek back saw us pass groups of 10 and above at regular intervals. It seems talking at a conversational volume was not on the menu for these intrepid explorers.

This hike is great with a canine companion that is sure footed and either able to be carried, or big enough to negotiate some rather steep and precarious tree roots. You can be sure you’ll meet other dog parties on the trail, so if your mate is not a fan of canine interaction, keep that leash handy.

The trail is easy to follow back with all the magnificent trail markers at regular intervals, like the one pictured above. Once back to the gravel highway, give your mate a high five for a job well done.


Be sure to check out Vancouver Trails if you live in the area to get the low down on all the best hikes in South West British Columbia.

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Happy hiking everyone.

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