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Poco Trail

The Poco Trail is one of the most popular rides in Metro Vancouver. It’s flat, off road, and scenic…the perfect combo for a great day. The trail circles Port Coquitlam weaving through parks and on the dykes of three rivers: Coquitlam, Pitt, and Fraser. The route has many starting points and is Skytrain accessible.

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Rider Alert: March 2019:

Part of the Poco Trail has a detour.  Thanks to blog reader Shaun for this update: “The entrance to Colony Farm after the Red River bridge is closed. The re-route along Pitt River Road and Shaughnessy was a bit sketchy as there was no shoulder or bike lane.” And reader Marnie says, “My kids rode on the sidewalk away from  the fast-moving cars. It was quite a climb up Shaughnessy.”  

Note that a new trail is being built along the Metro Parks/Sheep Paddock Trail, but won’t be open for another year, so riders will have to follow this detour on a busy street with a hill.  (I rode the sidewalk):  East on Pitt River Road, RIGHT/South Shaughnessy, RIGHT/West into Colony Farm at first unmarked trail, or second marked entrance to Colony Farm.

~ A blog reader writes: “Another route is through Riverview, but the gated entry is tricky and crossing Lougheed is scary, but here it is:  West on Pitt River Road over the red bridge, ride on MUP side path, at Lougheed use crosswalk, walk bike on narrow path on safe side of cement barriers.  Enter narrow side of yellow gate, up Sorrel St, LEFT/S Pine Terrace, LEFT/S Cape Horn, cross lights and enter Colony Farm Park.”  (I have added these two routes to the blog map – zoom in.)

** Update 26July2019 from blog reader Steven:  “I was out for a ride on the Poco Trail & saw the City has updated their alternate route signs all around the route.They have also updated their own site with the same new updated route info.”  Check this one out – two new routes on the map which I have not explored yet.  Let us know what you think!

**** Should you wish to write a letters of concern regarding these non -kids-or-seniors-friendly- detour they can be addressed to Mayor and Council of Port Coquitlam, Chief of Kwikwetlem First Nation and Metro Parks.

Just saying … maybe we should all avoid the Poco Trail until the Sheep Paddock Trail is open next year! There are so many other places to explore in Metro Vancouver  ~ Colleen  

Eagle returning to nest with food — along the Pitt River dyke. Keep your eyes open for eagles, herons, and hawks on this ride.

Oliver Road near Minnekhada – if bears are out, turn around and give them space.  *** Alert – this section is closed while the bears are there!

Hyde Creek Trail with crunchy fall leaves. Keep your eye open for salmon spawning in September and October.

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