Now that I have renewed my commitment to physical fitness the following news pleases me no end –
After undergoing a renovation, the popular Coquitlam Crunch was officially re-opened over the weekend, just in time for Move for Health Day.
The Coquitlam Crunch is a popular and somewhat challenging hiking trail in the BC Hydro corridor, running from Guildford Way 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.
As the Crunch has gained in popularity, enhancements were needed to ensure safety, especially on the steepest portion of the trail.These enhancements, funded by the City of Coquitlam, included:
- Drainage improvements
- Installation of over 400 new timber stairs
- Enhanced way finding and informational signage.
The new stairs cover 295 lineal metres, and took approximately 9,000 heavy gauge fencing staples to assemble.
The Crunch is part of the City of Coquitlam’s trail system, which overall totals more than 90 kilometres and includes a portion of the Trans Canada Trail. It was originally part of the “Green Links” initiative, which dates back to the mid-1990s.