5 Reasons the Coquitlam Crunch is a Great (or Better) Option to the Grouse Grind

Those of us who live in the Tri-Cities know full well what ‘doing The Crunch” means, and the popular hiking trail is slowly becoming a favourite of fitness pleasure seekers from other neighbouring cities as well, even those living east of the Port Mann Bridge. According to the City of Coquitlam, during the summer the trail sees as many as 50,000 visits per month.

You don’t have to convince us as to why we love our local hiking trail, but Lower Mainland Grouse Grind enthusiasts should know these five reasons we think The Crunch is tops and is certainly worth a visit!

  1. The Coquitlam Crunch is free! Yes free. You can even park for free and enter the trail at four different crossing streets, letting you choose your circuit.
  2. The Crunch is more centrally located in the Lower Mainland versus the Grouse Grind in the North Shore.
  3. The Coquitlam Crunch is open year round! Although winter snow means watching what footwear you use, the Crunch is always open.
  4. The Crunch is for all fitness levels! There’s no pressure that once you are on the trail, you can’t turn around and head back down.  Anyone can. You can leave the trail at any point. You can go at your own pace, and stopping anywhere along the trail will not bother anyone else.
  5. The Crunch offers a variety of workout options! It’s no wonder it’s a go-to spot for local fitness instructors. With two sets of stairs – and a total of over 890 steps, the Crunch is perfect for those wanting to crush stairs to their heart’s content or offers a bit of both stairs and trail for a longer climb providing more variety because this popular fitness destination is a 2.2 km climb with over 240 metres in elevation change.

If you are a Crunch newbie, welcome to the experience, and if you’re interested in finding something to train for, SAVE the DATE for the 10th annual Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge on Sunday, Sept. 8! This charity event has three categories:  the Stair Master; the Make It or Break It 4-hour challenge, or for those wanting to go at their own pace, the Recreational.

We’ll see you at The Crunch!

The Stair Master is one component of the Coquitlam Crunch Diversity Challenge and takes place on the west 437 stairs of the Coquitlam Crunch (Photos: Joep Olthuis)

 

 

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City to Celebrate the Coquitlam Crunch on July 24

The City of Coquitlam is inviting Crunchers to pop by during your lunch break on Tuesday, July 24 as they celebrate the completion of the new stairs on the Coquitlam Crunch trail.

Now featuring two sets of stairs – and a total of over 890 steps – the Coquitlam Crunch provides a great, free recreational fitness circuit for those who like to challenge themselves with stair repeats.

About the Celebration

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Time: 12 – 1 p.m. with Opening Ceremony at 12:15 p.m.
Location: Coquitlam Crunch, Lansdowne Drive
Cost: FREE
RSVP to the Facebook event page to receive a reminder.

From Guildford Way, head north on Lansdowne Drive and park along the street just past Scott Creek Middle School. Parking is also available in the gravel parking lot just south of Lansdowne. Make your way up the new stairs to join us for the opening celebration at 12:15 p.m.

Event participants will be offered a refreshing frozen treat (while quantities last). Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear.

The Construction Project and Future Improvements to the Coquitlam Crunch

In the summer of 2017, the City undertook the construction of a new watermain on Westwood Plateau in order to better serve the Coquitlam residents in that area.

Because the watermain ran the length of the Coquitlam Crunch trail – and there was demand for more capacity on the trail – the City undertook the construction of a new, permanent second set of stairs. The second set of stairs allowed users to continue to ‘Crunch’ throughout the construction project.

The new stairway on the east side of the Coquitlam Crunch features a generous 3-metre (10 foot) width to accommodate two-way traffic and larger groups.

In January 2018, City Council supported further upgrades to the Coquitlam Crunch and approved, in principle, a multi-year plan that provides a vision for significant improvements along the route, including the addition of several new washroom facilities, new paved parking lots, viewing areas, outdoor exercise equipment, safer pedestrian street crossings, signage, and other trail amenities. The detail designs and budget approval for Phase 1 of the multi-year improvement plan are anticipated to go to Council later in 2018.

To find out more, visit www.coquitlam.ca/parkplanning.

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City of Coquitlam Launches Crunch Survey – Possible New Trail Route

Organizers of the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge are delighted to see that the City of Coquitlam has issued a survey for residents in the area, and Coquitlam Crunch Trail users to provide feedback on the use and improvements of the popular hiking trail. The city landmark is also the location of the Coquitlam Crunch Challenge which runs each September – this year on September 9th!

Feedback will be received between May 9 – 28, and the City is also asking for feedback on a new trail route within the BC Hydro right-of-way from Dewdney Trunk Drive to Mariner Way.  Survey answers will be used to guide future improvements to the trail system.

Give Your Feedback on the Coquitlam Crunch Trail.  It will only take 5 – 7 minutes and responses will be kept anonymous.
Take the survey at www.coquitlam.ca/crunchsurvey

The Coquitlam Crunch is a popular and somewhat challenging hiking trail within the BC Hydro corridor, running from Runnel Drive up to the top of Westwood Plateau at Eagle Mountain Drive. During the 2.2 kilometre hike, the trail gains 242 metres in elevation – approximately 81 storeys and includes a staired section with over 400 timber stairs.

The Crunch is part of the City of Coquitlam’s trail system, which includes more than 100 kilometres of multi-surface trails and includes a portion of the Trans Canada Trail.

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