The Ladner Creek Trestle hike leads to an old abandoned railway bridge in the middle of scenic forestry and over the top of Ladner Creek. It’s part of the historic Kettle Valley Railway!
The hike to Ladner Creek Trestle takes around 30 minutes. There are some steep parts on the hike but it’s totally worth it!
The Ladner Creek Trestle trail is around 2 hours from Vancouver and is located just past Hope along the Coquihalla Highway.
If you are getting directions from Google Maps make sure you search Ladner Creek Trailhead! If you search Ladner Creek Trestle it doesn’t take you to the start of the trailhead.
Continue on the Coquihalla Highway from Hope until you reach exit #202 toward Portia where there is a U-turn route. Follow the U-turn until you get back onto the highway towards Hope.
The road to the trailhead is 3.8 km from the U-turn so drive slowly. Just before a bridge, you will see a green sign that says, Ladner Creek. The turn-off is just to the right.
On the gravel road, park on the left in the open area. Since we left early morning we were there around 8:30ish and no one was around! Perfect time to do this hike!
I was really confused about where the trailhead started. Even though I did some research on where the start of the trailhead is, it wasn’t that clear!
Just before the pole that has the pink ribbon on it, you will see a pile of rocks and a hill but no clear path. This is where you start climbing. Apparently, this is a well-trodden path but I wouldn’t say it is.
All you need to do is make it to the top of the hill and rock pile through the bushes and spiderwebs. You will need to climb over trees and up steep areas of terrain so make sure you’re wearing the proper footwear.
Once you reach the top you will then be on a proper walkway path. Take a left, continuing away from the highway. Keep walking along that path until you reach a caved-in tunnel with the year 1949 engraved at the top of it.
Take the trail to the left of the tunnel (this area is steep but there are wires to assist your climb). You will then get your first glimpse of the railway bridge.
Unfortunately, the bridge has been fenced off so no one can walk along the railway anymore but there is a great place you can go for an awesome photo!
Using the wires you can navigate down the rocks to the right of the first viewpoint. Be careful not to slip here because you could fall off the cliff! To the left, once you get down there is another lookout, again be really careful because there are no railings and the rocks aren’t sturdy.
Although the trail is challenging at times the view at the end of the Ladner Creek Trestle hike is AMAZING!