Coquitlam Crunch

Easter weekend in Canada means a four-day weekend, so on Friday I ran over four miles and then today did a great hike that I can only attribute to my husband. I was nursing my stupid arm this morning, and he asked, “Hey, you wanna go for a hike?”

We walked about two miles to the Coquitlam Crunch area. It’s a lot of stairs, and then beyond the steps is another kilometer of uphill. Once up at the top, there’s a trail over to the right, where we started the long switchback descent back to the valley. Standing on top of the city was beautiful though. The trail led to some interesting places: a small path lined by blackberries on one side and a forest on the other. In the forest was a lot of rushing water, since it’s spring runoff. After a while we got to a bigger woodland smelling of cedar and pine and fir; Morgan said it reminded him of a Tolkien forest, all magical and mysterious. Nobody else was up on these trails at all.

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At the top of the Coquitlam Crunch
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Back down the trail a bit with a view
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Spring runoff

The whole thing was about 15K. We did stop at Brown’s for a drink and some dinner on the way home. From there I ran the rest of the way home. The elevation was about 1,200 feet altogether.