Trip 054 - August 4 & 9, 2011 (Thursday & Tuesday)

Crooked Falls / Sigurd Creek Trail Hike

To Crooked Falls (Thursday) and Sigurd Peak (Tuesday)


Distance From Vancouver:
About 102 km - 65 km via Highway 99 North to Squamish Adventure Centre, then keep driving straight on Highway 99 and turn left onto Squamish Valley Road 9.6 km later, then drive for 23 km to Squamish River FSR, and turn left onto Ashlu Main 1.2 km after that. Sigurd Creek Trailhead is on the left side of the road 2.4 km after turning onto Ashlu Main.

Liked: Crooked Falls, several forest scenes, view from the top of Sigurd Peak (albeit it was very foggy).

Of note: Remote wilderness area. Tough trail (to Crooked Falls), becomes very tough en route to Sigurd Peak. There are several very steep and slippery sections. Not falling down, especially on the way back, would be hard. Hiking boots and trekking poles are highly recommended (to Crooked Falls) and are essential (to Sigurd Peak). Numerous aggressive mosquitoes in the second half of Sigurd Peak trail.

Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Backroad Mapbook (2010 edition) Coordinates: Page 21 (Phantom Lake) G2-F3. The latest edition of Backroad Mapbook for this and other regions, as well as GPS maps, are available at BackroadMapbooks.com.

103 Hikes in Southwestern British Columbia (2008 edition): hike #24 (Sigurd Creek). The latest edition is available at Chapters.ca.

Related Website: Squamish District FSR Conditions.

Subsequent Trip: 065 - Second Trip to Crooked Falls.

Other Trips in Squamish Area: Squamish River Forest Service Road Washout, Mamquam Lake Trail Hike, Squamish River FSR Ashlu Main Hike (second trip), Second Trip to Crooked Falls, Squamish River FSR A-Main Branch (first trip), Brandywine Falls Provincial Park, The Squamish Spit, Black Tusk Trail (Garibaldi Provincial Park), Squamish River Forest Service Road E-Main Branch, Shannon Falls, Squamish River Forest Service Road, Squamish Valley Road, Railway Heritage Park, Downtown Squamish BC, Stawamus Chief Trail Hike.

Sigurd Creek Trail starts off Ashlu Main forest service road. Check out Ashlu Main trip report for details on how to get to the trailhead. After about an hour into the hike, there is a split. To the left is the trail to Crooked Falls, which we visited on August 4th. To the right is the trail to Sigurd Peak, which we hiked on August 9th. This trip report combines both of these hikes.

1. Here we are on Ashlu Main FSR, and Sigurd Creek Trailhead is seen on the left side.


Ashlu Main Forest Service Road British Columbia Canada

2. The beginning of the trail. A small yellow sign tells you what it is.


Sigurd Creek Trailhead

3. At first, you are walking up an old logging road.


Sigurd Creek Trail Province of BC Canada

4. But soon, you enter into the forest and stay there.


Sigurd Creek Trail British Columbia Canada

5. Twenty minutes into the hike, there is a decent view.


Photo of a View from Sigurd Creek Trail

6. A few minutes after that, another good view may even include Mount Garibaldi, if it is not covered in clouds.


Mount Garibaldi From Sigurd Creek Trail Province of BC Canada

7. This very large stone is a featured attraction in a fairly interesting forest.

8. Even before the main split, some parts of the Sigurd Creek Trail are very steep.


Sigurd Creek Trail

9. It takes about an hour to reach the main split. To the left is a 15 minute path to Crooked Falls. To the right is an extra 2+ hour very strenuous hike to Sigurd Peak.


Sigurd Creek Trail and Sigurd Peak Trail Split BC Canada

10. Crooked Falls impressed by the sheer water volume, and by being right in your face. The observation area is very close to the waterfall.


Crooked Falls British Columbia

Here is our video of Crooked Falls:

A Complete List of Our Videos

11. After checking out the Falls, we went back and departed. In five days, we returned, reached the main split seen in photo #9, and turned right. The weather, alas, was much cloudier, and that affected the views from the top of Sigurd Peak. There are a few more splits after the first main one, but the signs to Sigurd Peak will guide you. Several minutes after the main split, there is another viewpoint, though it is starting to become overgrown, and would likely be completely blocked by the trees in a few years.

12. Good river view from this viewpoint too.

13. Sigurd Peak trail after the first main split is one of the hardest and most dangerous we have hiked. I would not recommend hiking Sigurd Peak without very good hiking shoes, trekking poles, and the ability to fall down safely. There are numerous very steep and long stretches, where the path is covered with wet dirt, which easily gives way and makes you fall down, especially on your way back.


Sigurd Peak Trail Province of BC Canada

14. An interesting forest scene along the way.


Sigurd Peak Trail British Columbia Canada

15. It takes about 3.5 hours to get to Sigurd Peak from the beginning of the trail. The peak was completely snow-covered. The views were mostly hidden by the fog, but what we could see promised something very impressive to be discovered on a sunny day.


View from Sigurd Peak Province of BC Canada

16. Nice mountain view appeared soon after we started descending.


Sigurd Peak Trail View

Sigurd Creek Trail to Crooked Falls is a moderately challenging hike, which is recommended for the good viewpoint views and the Falls. Sigurd Peak Trail is only for experienced, well-equipped hikers, who do not mind falling down and getting bruised on the trail.

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