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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Feedback Supports Expansion of Coquitlam Crunch

COQUITLAM, BC, Oct. 2, 2017 – One of Coquitlam’s most popular trails – the Coquitlam Crunch – could soon see improvements and expansion based on recent public feedback.

The Coquitlam Crunch is a 2.2 km (794 foot) trail with 242 metres (794 feet) in elevation gain. During busy summer months, the trail sees as many as 52,000 visits per month and “doing the Crunch” has become synonymous with Coquitlam. The trail attracts locals as well as users throughout the region. The most popular portion of the trail is the steepest, where more than 400 stairs connect lower Lansdowne Drive to upper Lansdowne Drive.

In spring 2017, the City conducted surveys to gain feedback from Crunch users. The response was unprecedented and more than 1,700 respondents provided feedback that revealed top desired improvements including: washrooms, site furnishings and support features such as benches and drinking water fountains, and trail improvements to address loose or slippery trail surfacing and stair sections.

City staff have developed preliminary plans to prioritize improvements with implementation being spread over four phases in a five-year plan with an anticipated budget of $7 million for phases one to three. Detailed plans and budget will be provided as part of each future phase.

In addition, the Crunch is currently benefiting from improvements due to a new watermain being constructed along the trail route. In order to maintain accessibility for users, a new, permanent second set of stairs has been constructed and is expected to be open in Oct. 2017.

Improving and enhancing the trail will take the Crunch to another level, offering a more broad recreation experience to residents, as well as becoming a regional destination amenity supporting tourism and economic development.

Next steps in this process include developing a final Coquitlam Crunch Expansion Plan for Council consideration later in 2017. With Council support, phase one of the expansion could take place in 2018.

For more information, visit www.coquitlam.ca/parkprojects.

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