Coquitlam : Coquitlam Crunch Trail

There was still a bit of summer weather left, so this weekend, my friend and I decided to do the Coquitlam Crunch!  I have never heard of the Coquitlam Crunch before, in fact, I haven’t been to Coquitlam in a very long while …

The Coquitlam Crunch Trail is 4.5 kilometers round-trip with an elevation of 244 meters.  The trail is surrounded by housing on both sides and underneath power lines.  There are also a few crossroads between the paths.  It had some steep areas but overall, it quite comfortable compared with the Grouse Grind.  It is also a dog friendly place =)

Coquitlam Trail Crunch
Coquitlam Crunch Trail

I came to Coquitlam from Vancouver so I took the 160 bus bound for Port Coquitlam and got off at Coquitlam Center stop.  There is a stop closer to the trail but I was meeting my friend at Coquitlam Center first.  I actually ate Brunch there (McDonald’s McChicken and a Wave’s Latte … if you can call that brunch).

Coffee before the hike
Coffee before the hike

I got to Coquitlam Center a little before 11 AM and though the mall was opened, the stores weren’t and it was very quiet ….

In any case, we walked on the Barnet Highway from the Coquitlam Center back towards the Vancouver direction.  We eventually turned into Runnel Drive via the Lansdowne Dr.  On Lansdowne Drive, there was a tree with fruits! Somehow I’ve never see these in Vancouver .. I thought they were lychee or something but it’s orange inside..

fruits growing on trees!
fruits growing on trees!

Actually, before we got to the entrance of the Coquitlam Crunch, there is another park and the last washroom before the start of the Crunch .. Warning: there won’t be another washroom until you come down.

Entrance of the Entrance
Entrance of the Entrance
the park before the entrance
the park before the entrance

The last washroom – it actually smelled like the portables I used to go to classes in back in elementary school …

the last washroom
the last washroom

The path to the trail … and we still haven’t start yet!

path to the trail
path to the trail

Prior to the Coquitlam Crunch Trail is a community garden and the Sunflowers there were so gorgeous!

Community Garden
Community Garden
Sunflower
Sunflower

Looks like they are getting for Halloween …

pumpkin
pumpkin

Finally, we were ready to start the trail!

at the start!
at the start!
Coquitlam Crunch
Coquitlam Crunch

The Crunch has a mixture of paths and stairs and even both in some cases.

The trail
The trail

There are also a basketball court and large green area for like… Frisbee throwing etc…

Fields
Fields
basketball!
basketball court with a view 
more paths
more paths

There are signs along the way, hoping to encourage you to keep going …

signs
signs

I actually felt that the bottom part was more difficult than the top, just because the top flattens out a bit.

path
path

I was talking to my friend and then suddenly she said… “we’re here at the top!”.  We hit another road but it was actually the end of the trail!  I was expecting a platform with a view of Coquitlam but really the crunch is just for exercising … it is like running bleachers.

End of Coquitlam Crunch
End of Coquitlam Crunch
HIking Trail sign
Hiking Trail sign

The view from the top … and the walk down for us.

The top
The top
grassy-land
grassy-land

Actually, it wasn’t as though there was no view … the sky was very gorgeous and there were wild flowers and fruits growing in bushes next to the trail.

view
view
view
view
fruits
blackberries~
path down
path down
stairs
stairs
crossroad
crossroad
the sky
the sky

We walked straight back down the way we came up and then went for lunch at Sushi Town.  It’s a very popular place and the waiters and waitresses were so busy that you write your own name and number of people on the waitlist. The price was fairly decent … my friend ordered an Alaskan Roll for just $4.25, and even after tax, it wasn’t even $5.

Red Roll for $5.95
Red Roll for $5.95

We were served by Krazy Kayden .. lol … He was quite nice tho 😛

receipt
receipt

.. and as we only made 12,000 steps and burnt on 500 calories, we had to continue on to our next location for more Sunday workout – Lafarge Lake!

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