the crunch

The Crunch is a hiking trail that goes from the base of Westwood Plateau up to Coquitlam’s Eagle Ridge Drive. It’s only just over two kilometres one way, but the walkway rises 280 metres — the equivalent of walking up an 80-storey building.

From the top there’s a view of Metrotown and Burnaby Mountain if you walk a little further and there’s always someone on the trail. In the summer it’s preferable to hike early morning when there’s at least 40% shade. By mid-morning, it’s too hot and sunny.

Along the lower part of the trail

A downside, is hiking close to power lines. And of course, there can be bears along the trail. Someone once told me they were hiking and ahead of them was a bear following another hiker.