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Hiking in Vancouver Coast & Moutnains
 
Hiking

As the story goes, the greater Vancouver area has over 3500km of hiking trails. Just for the sake of arguement lets just say this is true. We're talking something bumping up against the Appalachian Trial contained within a postage stamp of an area. That's eight months straight, of ten to twelve hour days, pounding the trail. That's two pairs of really dead hiking boots. Whoa! We better get started!

Start with some easy trials close by in Stanley Park, then head over to Burnaby Mountain for lots and lots more. What about the Sea to Sky or that crazy Grouse Grind!

 
Goat Mountain hiking trail, Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver.
 
When you look out beyond the trails of North Vancouver, you see rugged, beautiful wilderness for hundreds of miles.
  The Grind will give you a great baseline if your a speed hiker. Now head up Hwy 99, stopping at the dozens of trails along the way and well... take a hike. Other options? Head east and visit Golden Ears, Manning, the Stien or Skagit Provincial Parks for dozens and dozens of more trails. Imagine! This is only the beginning, your're not even warmed up yet.
 
Note: Don't let the proximity to Vancouver fool you the coast mountains have some true backcountry and you should ensure your equipment and skills are a match for the area. Baden Powell Centenial 71 Trail
 
 
Sea to Sky Trail This is a work in progress and what a piece of work it is. Winding its way through some of the worlds most breathaking scenery the trail is spectacular. With plans to go from south of Squamish, through Whistler, Pemberton and then on to D'Arcy this is a hell of a ride. The section from Squamish past Whistler is already open and the rest will be completed shortly. You can access the trail in several area for short rides or you can attempt the whole 150kms. The trail is multi-use.  
Whistler in the summer transforms into a hikers heaven with trail starting at the peak were you'll hike to glaciers to the base were hundreds of miles of trail connect the landscape.
 
  • Sunshine Coast Trail This scenic wonder stretchs from Sarah Point in the north to Saltery Bay in the south. It is an excellent extended backpack or you can hike sections of it from various access points. If you're looking to do the whole thing, be prepared, it's 180km of tough wilderness and worth every minute. There are over 20 designated campsites to choose from along the way, those in the northern section are very evenly spaced. Other Sunshine Coast Trails - Contact the Powell River Visitors Bureau

Other Sunshine Coast Trails - Contact the Powell River Visitors Bureau

  • Blackwater Trail - Intermediate/Expert, 3hrs, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Browne Creek - Easy, 3hrs, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Conshee Trail - Easy/Intermediate, 3hrs, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Mud Lake Trail - Intermediate, 4hrs, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Sweetwater Trail - Intermediate/Expert, 3hrs, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Suicide Creek - Intermediate, 4hrs, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Suicide Pass - Intermediate/Expert, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Willingdon Beach - Easy, 1hr, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Willingdon Creek - Easy, 1hr, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
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    Cultas Lake Provincial Park

    • Teapot Hill Cultus Lake Provincial Park, Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountains5km return / Difficulty: Moderate
    • Seven Sisters 3km Cultus Lake Provincial Park, Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountains / Difficulty: Easy
    • Edmeston Road/Road 918 2.5km Cultus Lake Provincial Park, Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountains / Difficulty: Easy
    • Giant Douglas Fir Cultus Lake Provincial Park, Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountains. As the name implies the trail leads to a old growth Douglas Fir / One and half hours return
    • Maple Bay - Intepretive Nature Trail Cultus Lake Provincial Park, Lower Mainland/Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountains

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    • Hollyburn Mountain Trail - 6km, Strenous, Cypress Provincial Park, North Vancouver, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • Howe Sound Crest Trail - 30km, Very Difficult, Cypress Provincial Park (Partially), North Vancouver, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • Baden-Powel Centennial '71 Trail - 41.7km, Expert, Cypress Provincial Park (Partially), North Vancouver, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • Black Mountain Loop Trail - 2.5km, Cypress Provincial Park, North Vancouver, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • Lodge Trails - Cypress Provincial Park, North Vancouver, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
    • Yew Lake Trail - 1.5km, Easy, Cypress Provincial Park, North Vancouver, Vancouver Coast and Mountains

    Skagit River Trail An extended hike which follows Skagit River throught the park. There is wilderness camping along the trail.

  • Skyline ll Trail- - 12.5km (one way), Difficult, Skagit Provincial Park, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Centennial Trial The trail connects the Skagit River Trail and the Skyline II trail. It runs parallel to the Silver/Skagit Road which is the parks main road.
  • Silver Daisy Trail Running along side the silver daisy creek it runs to the summit of Silver Daisy Mounatain and connects into the trail system in Manning Provincial Park.
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  • Diamond Head - 35.5km (total), Sea to Sky, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Black tusk/Garibaldi Lake - Moderate to Difficult, Garibaldi Provincial Park, Sea to Sky, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Cheakamus Lake - 17.5km (total), Moderate to Difficult, Garibaldi Provincial Park, Sea to Sky, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Singing Pass - 9.5km (total), Moderate to Difficult, Garibaldi Provincial Park Sea to Sky, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Wedgemount Lake - 7km, Difficult, Garibaldi Provincial Park, Sea to Sky, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Lightning Lake Loop - 9 km, easy - long, Manning Provincial Park, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Lightning Lake Chain - 12km, Easy - very long, Manning Provincial Park, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Castle Creek/Monument 78 Trail - 12km, Easy long, Manning Provincial Park, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountains. Hope. Length of Trail: 12 km one way
  • Strawberry Flats/Three Falls Trails Description: This trail makes a 2 1/2 to 3 hour loop including arriving at a downhill ski area and passing falls,l then makes its descent to trail's end. The total elevation change is 125 meters. Use Topographic Series Maps, Scale, 1:50,000, sheets 92H/02 (Manning Park) and 92H/03 (Skagit River) ) and 92H/07 (Princeton). These will cover most of the park and recreation areas that you'll need to hike in this area. Length of Trail: 9 km return Level of Difficulty: Easy - Long
  • Heather Trail - 21km, Moderate - Very Long, Fraser Valley, Manning Provincial Park, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Windy Joe Mountain Trail - 15km, Difficult - Long, Fraser Valley, Manning Provincial Park, Vancouver Coast and MountainsHope
  • Length of Trail: 15 km return
  • Pacific Crest Trail - Fraser Valley, Manning Provincial Park, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Monument 83 Trail - 16 km one way, Moderate, Manning Provincial Park, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Poland Lake Trail - 8km one way, Moderate, Fraser Valley, Manning Provincial Park, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Length of Trail: 8 km one way
  • Bonnevier Trail - 29km one way, Moderate - Very Long, Manning Provincial Park, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountians
  • Grainger Creek Trail - 19.5 km one way, Difficult - Very Long, Manning Provincial Park, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and MountainsHope
  • Skagit Bluffs Trail - 5.6 km one way, Difficult, Manning Provincial Park, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountians
  • Frosty Mountain Loop trail - 29.2 km round trip, Difficult, Manning Provincial Park, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Length of Trail: 29.2 km round trip
  • Skyline I Trail - 20.4 km round trip, Difficult, Manning Provincial Park, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Skyline II Trail - 12.5 km one way, Difficult, Manning Provincial Park, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
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  • Mike Lake Trail - 4.2 km, Easy, Golden Ears Provincial Park, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and MountiansMaple Ridge
  • Alouette Mountain Hiking Trail - 10km, Strenous, Golden Ears Provincial Park, Vancouver Coast and Mountains Maple Ridge
  • Mensies Trail - 9km, Golden Ears Provincial Park, Vancouver Coast and Mountains North Vancouver Maple Ridge
  • Lookout and Loop Trails - 2.5km, Easy, Golden Ears Provincial Park, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and MountainsMaple Ridge
  • Length of Trail: 2.5 km
  • Viewpoint Trail - 3km, Easy, Golden Ears Provincial Park, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and MountainsMaple Ridge
  • Incline Trail - 1.2km, Moderate, Golden Ears Provincial Park, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and MountainsMaple Ridge
  • Incline Trail- 5km, Easy, Golden Ears Provincial Park, Vancouver Coast and MountainsMaple Ridge
  • Golden Ears Trail - 12km, Strenous, Golden Ears Provincial Park, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Coast and MountainsMaple Ridge
  • Lower Falls Trail - 2.7km, Easy, Golden Ears Provincial Park, Vancouver Coast and MountainsMaple Ridge
  • Alice Lake Provincial Park- Brackendale
  • Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park- Brackendale Pemberton
  • Black Mountain Loop Trail- North Vancouver
  • Dinky Peak Trail- North Vancouver
  • Elsay Lake Trail - Mount Seymour Provincial Park, Lower Mainland, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Emory Creek Provincial Park- Hope
  • First Lake Loop - Dog Mountain Trails - Mount Seymour Provincial Park, Lower Mainland, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Flower Lake Loop Trail - Mount Seymour Provincial Park, Lower Mainland, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Goldie Lake Loop Trail - Mount Seymour Provincial Park, Lower Mainland, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Grouse Mountain- Vancouver
  • Horse Trail - Mount Seymour Provincial Park, Lower Mainland, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Kane Valley- Merritt
  • Kettle Valley Railway-
  • Lynn Headwaters- Vancouver
  • Mount Seymour Trail - Mount Seymour Provincial Park, Lower Mainland, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Mystery Lake Trail - Mount Seymour Provincial Park, Lower Mainland, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Old Buck Access Trail- North Vancouver
  • Old Buck Logging Road - Mount Seymour Provincial Park, Lower Mainland, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Old Cabin Trail - Mount Seymour Provincial Park, Lower Mainland, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Perimeter Trail - Mount Seymour Provincial Park, Lower Mainland, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Pinecone Burke Provincial Park- Port Coquitlam
  • Porteau Cove Provincial Park- Squamish
  • Sargeant Bay Provincial Park- Sechelt
  • Stawamus Chief Provincial Park- Squamish
  • The Mushroom Parking Lot Trail - Mount Seymour Provincial Park, Lower Mainland, Vancouver Coast and Mountains
  • Trans Canada Trail - Maple Ridge
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    Interactive Map of the Squamish

    Forest District Shows the Following Trails

    • 1.Black Mountain Trail
    • 2.Howe Sound Crest Trail
    • 3.Deeks Lake Trail (North)
    • 4.Diamond Head Trail
    • 5.Lake Lovely Water Trail
    • 6.Garibaldi Lake Trail
    • 7.Helm Creek Trail
    • 8.Cheakamus Lake Trail
    • 9.Singing Pass Trail
    • 10.Wedgemount Lake Trail
    • 11.Joffre Lake Trail
    • 12.Stawamus Chief / Squaw Trail

    For up to date information call the following Provincial Park offices:

    South Coast Region -1-604-924-2200
    Garibaldi District -1-604-898-3678

    Other Trails

    The following unmanaged trails are also included on the map.

    • 1.Mount Roderick Trail
    • 2.High Falls Creek Trail
    • 3.Place Creek Trail

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    Forest District Trials - Vancouver Coast and Mountains

    Chilliwack Forest District

    • Sumas Mountain Trail - 12km, 700m elevation gain, joins Chadsey Lake Loop Trail, lookouts, Contact Chilliwack Forest District
    • Denham Trail - 6.2km, around Weaver Lake, Contact Chilliwack Forest District
    • Harrison Lookout Trail - 2km, 350m elevation gain, difficult, lookouts, Contact Chilliwack Forest District
    • Mount Outram Trail - 7.5km, 1760m elevation gain into the alpine, lookouts, Contact Chilliwack Forest District
    • Eaton Lake Trail - 6.5km, 880m elevation gain, difficult, Contact Chilliwack Forest District
    • Williams Peak - 5.5km, 1400m elevation gain, difficult, Contact Chilliwack Forest District
    • Mount Cheam Trail - 3.8km to peak, elevation gain 632m, lookouts, Contact Chilliwack Forest District
    • Elk Thurston Trail - 7.3km, 1010m elevation gain, Contact Chilliwack Forest District
    • Centennial Trail - 14km along the Chilliwack River, Contact Chilliwack Forest District
    • Vedder Mountain Trail - 5.7km, elevation gain 375m, Contact Chilliwack Forest District
    • Devils Lake Trail - .3km to lake, Contact Chilliwack Forest District
    • Rolley Falls Trail - 2km loop, elevation gain 130m, water falls, Contact Chilliwack Forest District
    • Hoover Lake Trail - 3.8km to Hoover Lake, 300m elevation gain, Contact Chilliwack Forest District
    • Ford Mountian Trail - 1.7km, 900m elevation gain, lookouts, Contact Chilliwack Forest District
    • Campbell Lake Trail - 4.8km, 610 elevation gain, difficult, Contact Chilliwack Forest District
    • Stave Falls Interpretation - 1.65km, 150m elevation gain, easy, Contact Chilliwack Forest District

    Squamish Forest District

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    • Lions Trail (Binkert Trail) - 15km out and back, 1280m elevation gain, lookouts, Contact Squamish Forest District
    • Deeks Lake Trail - 14km out and back, 1190 elevation gain, campsites, Contact Squamish Forest District
    • Utopia Lake Trail - 20km out and back, 1390 elevation gain, campsites, Contact Squamish Forest District
    • Petgill Lake Trail - 9.5km, 640m elevation gain, lookouts, Contact Squamish Forest District
    • Brohm Lake Trail - 1.5km loops, easy, mountain biking, lookouts, Contact Squamish Forest District
    • Brew Lake Trail - 13km out and back, 1200 elevation gain to alpine meadows, campsites, Contact Squamish Forest District
    • Cal-Cheak/Brandywine Trial - 8km, easy, lookouts, Contact Squamish Forest District
    • Brandywine Meadows Triails - 10km out and back, 670m elevation gain, Contact Squamish Forest District
    • Rainbow Lake Trail - 18km, elevation gain 825m, campsites, Contact Squamish Forest District
    • Gaint Cedars Trail - 4km out and back, 150m, mountain biking, Contact Squamish Forest District
    • Tenquille Lake Trail #1 - 12km out and back, 450m, climbing, campsites, Contact Squamish Forest District
    • Tenquille Lake Trail #2 - 19km, 1460m, difficult, climbing, campsites, Contact Squamish Forest District
    • Owls Lake Trail - 7km, 140m elevation gain, campsites, Contact Squamish Forest District
    • Mount Ronayne Trail - 34km out and back, 750km elevation gain, climbing, campsites, Contact Squamish Forest District
    • Lizzie Creek Trail - 10km, 640m elevation rise, climbing, campsites, lookouts, Contact Squamish Forest District
    • Gold Rush Trail - Contact Squamish Forest District

    Hiking in Whistler

  • Burnt Stew - Expert, 2.2km, elevation gain, Overlooks of the Fitzsimmons Valley
  • Harmony Lake and Loop - Expert, 5.5km, elevation gain 125m, Works its way through the alpine, excellent viewpoints.
  • Harmony Meadows - Intermediate, 2.6km, elevation gain 50m, Overlooks Harmony Lakes
  • Glacier Trail - Easy, 2.5km, elevation gain 150m, Overlooks the Whistler Glacier.
  • Little Whistler Trail, 3.8km, elevation gain 265m, Viewpoints of Black Tusk in Garibaldi Provincial Park
  • Musical Bumps - Expert, 19km one way, elevation gain 200m, Connects to the Singing Pass Trail for backpackers.
  • Paleface Trail - Easy, 1km, elevation gain 85m, Short but climbs a lot, nice overlooks.
  • Ridge Lookout - Easy, 1.2km, elevation gain 85m, Short but climbs a lot, excellent view.
  • Village Descent - Intermediate (Down), Expert (UP), 10km one way, elevation gain 915m, Meanders down the mountain, making use of the ski trails, some excellent views of the valley.
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