$7M Upgrade Could Turn Coquitlam Crunch Trail Into Grouse Grind Alternative

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There are a number of great hikes within the lower mainland; however, few compare to the Grouse Grind in terms of physical intensity.

With that in mind, the Coquitlam Crunch Trail has always given been a fantastic hiking choice within Metro Vancouver. The trail sees approximately 7,000 visits per month during the low periods up to 52,000 visits per month during peak use periods in the spring and summer months. Now, the popular trail is about to get even better.

Last night the City of Coquitlam fully endorsed phase one and two of a four phase plan that proposes major changes and improvements to the trail. What’s more, the extensive plan will make the popular trail even more challenging and aesthetically appealing.

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The first phase, already approved prior to last night’s meeting, will cost approximately $2.5 million. Next, the second phase, set to commence this year, received endorsement for its $1.5 million changes.

The third phase involves a whopping $3 million and was approved in principle by council. Lastly, phase four’s final design and budget were also approved in principle but the logistics have yet to be determined.

Coquitlam Crunch Trail

Photo: City of Coquitlam

Coquitlam Crunch Trail Changes

Phase One:

Crunch Trail Improvements

  •  Washroom Facilities – Lansdowne Drive (south) – A serviced washroom facility located to service the users of the trail, community gardens and stairs would be ideal. A few options will be investigated to seek the best location.
  • Paved Parking Lot – An expanded, paved 6o car parking lot is proposed to replace the existing 30 car gravel parking surface to better accommodate the visitors to the trail, community garden, and lacrosse box.
  • Paving of Access Driveway on Lansdowne Drive to Parking Lot – The paved entry road will replace the existing gravel road leading to the paved parking lot, complete with dedicated pedestrian pathways.
  • Reconfigured Community Garden – The increased footprint of a new parking area will require shifting and reconfiguration of the community garden area further north. This can be accomplished with minimal cost, as materials can be re-used. The community garden can be expanded as part of this reconfiguration to increase the number of plots beyond the current 26 plots to accommodate the growing wait list.

Phase Two: 

Guildford Way to Runnel

  • Twinned trails to offer a looped circuit
  • Signage, trail markers, and information kiosk
  • Furnishings
  • Improve connection to existing play area.

Phase Three: 

Crunch Trail South

  •  30 car paved parking at the trail head
  • Washrooms
  • Information kiosk
  • Granular trail and wood stairs
  • Look outs
  • Signage, trail markers
  • Access to drinking water
  • Furnishings.

The project is expected to be completed by 2023.

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