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Vancouver Hiking - View of Howe Sound from St Mark's Summit

Vancouver is surrounded by seemingly endless hiking trails and mountains to explore.  Massive parks line up one after another.  Mount Seymour Provincial Park, Lynn Park, Grouse, Cypress and the enormous Garibaldi Provincial Park all contribute to Vancouver being an incredible hiking paradise.

Black Mountain - Vancouver Hiking TrailsBlack Mountain can be reached from two different trailheads.  The trailhead from Cypress Resort and the original trail off Marine Drive halfway between Horseshoe Bay and Lighthouse Park.  The Cypress Mountain Resort is the newer, shorter and easier way to access Black Mountain and Eagle Bluffs.  Located just a short and very nice, 30 minute drive from downtown Vancouver, the Black Mountain and Eagle Bluffs trail begins next to the Cypress Mountain Resort chairlifts.  The well marked trail branches away from the chairlift to the left and quickly ascends into the deep and beautiful forest.  Follow the clear signs to Eagle Bluffs.  The route can be done in a circle route, so try to take the other route on the way back for variety.  Black Mountain is a short side trail off this circle route.  Allow yourself 3-4 hours for the 8k return trip.  The elevation gain is 350m in 4k.  Expect to need snowshoes Dec-May.  During these months use caution as snow may obscure the trail markers and combined with bad weather can very easily make you lose the trail.  Cypress Mountain is an access point for several beautiful Vancouver hiking trails.  Hollyburn Mountain is a short and easy hike that begins near the Cypress Mountain cross country skiing area.  The Howe Sound Crest Trail extends from the Grouse Mountain Resort parking leading to several amazing mountains.  Mount Strachan, St Mark's Summit, Mount Unnecessary and The Lions are all within hiking distance from here.

Why should you hike to Black Mountain via Cypress?

Black Mountain has great views of Howe Sound from a fairly relaxing and short trail.  Starting from Cypress Resort means you have less elevation to deal with then if you hike from the original trailhead.  The drive to Cypress is beautiful and scenic making the drive to the trailhead half the fun.

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Brunswick Mountain - Vancouver Hiking TrailsBrunswick Mountain is the highest peak in the North Shore mountains.  Located in the beautiful Cypress Provincial Park, Brunswick Mountain is among several other prominent summits on the amazing Howe Sound Crest Trail.  You can reach Brunswick from the Howe Sound Crest Trail if you begin your hike from the Cypress Mountain Ski Resort, however reaching it from the trailhead in Lions Bay is much shorter.  This trailhead is also used to reach The Lions, Mount Harvey and Mount Hanover.  The trail is challenging as you gain considerable elevation in a short distance, 1550 metres in just 7.3k.  The trailhead to Brunswick Mountain is a bit tricky to find.  It is located in the nice little town of Lions Bay which is 40 minutes to an hours drive from downtown Vancouver, or 30 minutes south of Squamish.

Why should you hike to Brunswick Mountain from Cypress?

Brunswick is a very challenging hike that rewards you well with amazing views of Howe Sound.  Located near the iconic Lions, you have a close-up view of them from a side most never see.

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Burnaby Lake - Vancouver Hiking TrailsBurnaby Lake has a series of trails that add up to 9k if done in a circular route around the lake.  There are in fact 19k of trails in the park.  The various trails include the 2.6k Cottonwood Trail, the 1.8k Brunette Headwaters Trail, the .8k Avalon Trail which connects the Burnaby Equestrian Centre with the Southshore Trail.  The 3.4k Southshore Trail, and the smaller trails, Conifer Loop, Spruce Trail Loop and the Pavillion Trail.  Take a look at the Metro Vancouver map to plan your hiking at Burnaby Lake Regional Park.  The easiest place to start hiking in Burnaby Lake Park is to start at the Nature House on Piper Ave.  From the Lougheed Highway in Burnaby, turn south on Brighton Ave, then right on Winston Ave, then left on Piper Ave.  Burnaby Lake is often alive with activity.  Whether on the water or around it.  Over 400 types of creatures live in the area.  Bald eagles, ospreys, herons, beavers and ducks are all frequently seen.  Hiking and birdwatching are the main draws to the park, however, canoeing, rowing and kayaking are also done here.  The Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club and the Burnaby Lake Rowing Club practice here.

Why should you hike to Burnaby Lake in Vancouver?

Burnaby Lake is scenic nature reserve teeming with wildlife and beautiful to walk around.  If you enjoy seeing wildlife, the park has plenty to see.  If you like to enjoy a quiet walk in a park, the 19 kilometres of trails allow you to immerse yourself in nature where the non-human creatures far outnumber the humans.

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Burnaby Mountain - Vancouver Hiking TrailsBurnaby Mountain, just 30 minutes east of downtown Vancouver has a nice network of popular trails with fantastic views of Vancouver, Burrard Inlet and beyond.  The trails link to the wonderful Trans Canada Trail.  The Trans Canada Trail when completed in 2017 will stretch from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific and up to the Arctic Ocean.  When completed it will be a 23000 kilometre multi-use, hiking/biking/walking trail that spans North America.  The Burnaby Mountain trails are all fairly easy and well laid out.  All combined the trails probably add up to less than 10k, so expect to wander around for 1-3 hours.  Parking is free and there is a beautiful restaurant with amazing views called Horizons Restaurant which you shouldn't miss.  From downtown Vancouver, take E Hastings.  After about 25 minutes it will become the Burnaby Mountain Parkway.  Take a left onto Centennial Way.  Parking is free.

Why should you hike Burnaby Mountain?

Burnaby Mountain is a beautiful oasis of trails with great views everywhere you look.  The great network of trails are wonderfully manicured and several strategically places seats, surrounded by trees are perfect for relaxing in the sun.

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Coliseum Mountain - Vancouver Hiking Trails Coliseum Mountain is one of several beautiful hikes in the Lynn Valley's beautiful Lynn Headwaters Regional Park.  It's not terribly difficult, but it is very long.  12 kilometres from the trailhead to the summit.  Although the first 7 kilometres are along the very easy Headwaters Trail with little elevation gain.  The final 5 kilometres is at times challenging, but manageable by most as there is only a few short sections of scrambling terrain, but certainly not technical.  The route is well marked along the way with flagging tape, so the main safety concern is the distance of the trail.  24k roundtrip will take most hikers 8+ hours, so be prepared with lots of food and start early.  At a decent hiking pace you should reach the summit in 4.5 hours and take 3.5 hours back to the trailhead.  But of course that doesn't count the amount of time taking in all the views from the top or the various stops along the way.

Why should you hike to Coliseum Mountain in Lynn Valley?

Coliseum Mountain is a challenging hike to some stunning views.  The trail feels as though you are far from civilisation and there are several nice sights along the trail to the summit.

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Crown Mountain - Vancouver Hiking TrailsCrown Mountain, visible from downtown Vancouver, towers behind Grouse Mountain.  It was appropriately named due to its crown shape over 150 years ago by an English captain charting the area.  This very challenging hike offers some phenomenal views from its summit, deep in the North Shore Mountains.  There are three main ways to reach the amazing Crown Mountain.  As it is located near Grouse Mountain, the most direct way to reach it is via Grouse Mountain.  You can either hike the Grouse Grind for free or take the SkyRide for $25 (return).  From the Grouse Mountain Chalet the hike to Crown Mountain is 9.4k return and should take about 5 or 6 hours to complete.  If you hike/run the Grouse Grind as well then add 2.9k to the journey there and 3.5k to the return (via the BCMC trail adjacent to the Grouse Grind) to get back to your car.  The third and most challenging way to access Crown Mountain is by beginning and ending at the Lynn Headwaters Regional Park trailhead.  This is a tough, but amazing 20k (one way) route to Crown Mountain through the amazing Lynn Valley.

Why should you hike to Crown Mountain in Vancouver?

Crown Mountain is a very challenging hike with breathtaking views.  The views look like something out of Lord of the Rings with rocky peaks all around and green meadows in between.  Challenging enough to make dinner back at Grouse Mountain all the better.

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Cypress Falls - Vancouver Hiking TrailsThe beautiful Cypress Falls trail has two nice waterfalls to see as well as an impressive forest of old growth Cedars and Douglas Firs.  The trailhead to Cypress Falls Regional Park is located in West Vancouver, just off the Sea to Sky Highway(99).  From the trailhead to the lower falls is easy to follow.  There are quite a few smaller trails that join the main trail leading to various connecting routes to the main trail.  Always stay on the main trail to avoid getting lost.  When you reach the lower falls the main trail splits in two.  You can either back up and continue again on the main trail heading up the west side of the creek and leading to the upper Cypress Falls.  Or you can cross the creek and follow the trail to an amazing, old growth forest.  Continuing through the forest will lead to a gate and fence.  Turn left here and you will connect back on the trail to the upper Cypress Falls.  The roundtrip hike to both the lower and upper falls is about 3k and is very family friendly taking about an hour to complete.  Another beautiful trail close by and also fairly easy and family friendly is the wonderful Lighthouse Park, just a short drive away on Marine Drive.  Both Cypress Falls and Lighthouse Park can be done in an afternoon.

Why should you hike to Cypress Falls?

Cypress Falls is a hidden little world of giant trees and picture-perfect streams and waterfalls.  The park is a great example of a British Columbia coastal rainforest.  Wet, cool, clean air, huge trees, and every centimetre of ground teeming with life.  You invariably think every time you visit the park that it is surely one of the most serene and relaxing places in the world.

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Deek's Peak - Vancouver Hiking TrailsDeeks Peak is at the far north end of the beautiful Howe Sound Crest Trail which runs from Cypress Resort 29k away.  The trailhead near Porteau Cove is the access point for both Deeks Peak and Deeks Lake. It is a steadily uphill hike as you gain 1615 metres in just 8k.  The trail is also very overgrown and strewn with fallen trees.  A multi-day hike in this area via the Howe Sound Crest Trail where you can hike a couple or all of the amazing peaks.  Brunswick Mountain, Mount Hanover, Mount Harvey and The Lions stretch off into the distance eventually leading to Cypress Mountain 29k away.  Backcountry camping is possible in several phenomenal sites along the trail.  None of them are sanctioned or maintained so don't expect any facilities but there are countless streams, waterfalls and lakes to put a tent by.

Why should you hike to Deeks Peak in Vancouver?

Challenging and infrequently hiked, Deeks Peak has amazing views of Howe Sound.  Part of the Howe Sound Crest Trail, Deeks Peak one of several highlights of a multi-day hiking trip from Vancouver.

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Deep Cove - Vancouver Hiking TrailsAt the far end of the Baden Powell Trail, in the cute town of Deep Cove is home to the fantastic Deep Cove Lookout trail.  Also known as Quarry Rock and the Grey Rock Trail, the Deep Cove Lookout Trail is amazing.  The wonderful trail crosses numerous creek bridges to get to the impressive lookout with views of Deep Cove and Indian Arm far below.  Indian Arm is a 20k fjord that cuts deep into the mainland.  The slopes on either side are heavily forested and steep and therefore have seen little human development as compared to the heavily populated regions nearby.  The hike is fairly relaxing.  There is free parking off Panorama Drive and the trailhead is marked with a Baden Powell Trail sign.  The first kilometre sees most of the 160 metre elevation gain and from then on it is a relaxing walk in the woods the the beautiful lookout.  Dogs are welcome on the trail and there are washrooms at the parking lot.  Deep Cove is a very pretty coastal town full of nice shops and restaurants as well as a nice pier and marina to wander around in.

Why should you hike the Deep Cove Lookout trail in Vancouver?

Deep Cove Lookout is a wonderful, relatively easy, yet beautifully varied trail through the wilderness of Deep Cove.  The lookout viewpoint is always sun facing and on a sunny day you will not want to leave.  There always seems to be something going on down on the water.  Boats cruising back and forth and sometimes people crab fishing off the dock.  Deep Cove is one of many places in Vancouver that an astounding number of locals have not ventured to see, and Deep Cove Lookout has got to be the best way to see it.

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