Coliseum Mountain - Vancouver Hiking Trails
Coliseum Mountain is one of several beautiful hikes in the Lynn Valley's beautiful. It's not terribly difficult, but it is very long. 12k from the trailhead to the summit. More than half of that, 7k is along the very easy Headwaters Trail. The final 5k is at times challenging, but manageable by most. 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 include marvelling at the views from the top or the various stops along the way.
If you are an avid trail runner, you will love the Coliseum Mountain trail. Few people, tremendous views and a challenging distance. Give yourself 2 hours up and 1.5 hours down if you keep a good pace. There are plenty of water sources to fill up on water along the route as well as an inviting, very small lake near the summit to jump into.There are a few amazing stops on the way to the summit of Coliseum Mountain. The first big one is Norvan Falls, 7k from the trailhead at Lynn Headwaters Park. This beautiful falls is the sole destination for many people to this park, and when you see it you will know why. A beautiful falls at the end of a beautiful trail along Lynn Creek.
The next amazing sight along the trail, further up towards Coliseum Mountain is within the mighty old growth forest the trail ascends into. Once you hit the old growth, and you will know when you have, keep your eyes out for trail markings to your right at Norvan Pools. This will lead you to Norvan's Castle, one of the world's largest Hemlock trees.
At the summit of Coliseum Mountain you have tremendous views all around. Vancouver, the nearby Crown Mountain, Goat Mountain, Mount Fromme, Lynn Peak and Cathedral Mountain. As well as the more distant Lions at a much less recognizable angle. The imposing mountain, just north of Coliseum is Mount Burwell, less than an hours hike away and yet another beautiful peak in the amazing Lynn Valley. The map below is the one found at the trailhead to the park.
Directions to Coliseum Mountain
Lynn Headwaters Regional Park is located in North Vancouver, about 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Take Highway #1 from downtown Vancouver and then the Exit #19 Lynn Valley Road. Follow Lynn Valley Rd for 3.5k to Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. Park at this trailhead or one of the overflow parking lots.
Follow the popular route to Norvan Falls by the Headwaters Trail. At Norvan Falls you will be taking a right, ascending quickly to Coliseum Mountain another 5k away. Remember that the gates to the parking lot close after dusk and if your car is there when they close them, you may be assumed to be lost or injured. Check here before you head out to make sure the Coliseum trail is open. There is also a hiker registry at the trailhead which records who, what, when and where you are hiking in the park. This a necessary precaution to take for such an enormous park with lots of potential dangers to face.
More Hikes Near Coliseum Mountain
Lynn Canyon Park is an easy and strikingly beautiful park and yet another locals favourite. So close to downtown Vancouver at only 30 minutes away, yet you feel as if you are in a remote forest. There are a few different routes to take and this park is also connected to the Baden Powell Trail which adds to the hiking possibilities. Lynn Canyon Park is its own rainforest world deep in the forest of North Van. Part of the temperate rainforest that stretches from Alaska to Northern California. Lynn Canyon is filled with second growth, though still impressive, Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedars. Lynn Peak is a beautifully forested hiking trail is a local favourite running route comparable to the Grouse Grind. In 4.5k the trail rises 730 metres and hardly ever in a straight line. There are a few good viewpoints on the hike to Lynn Peak. It is convenient hiking trail, close to downtown Vancouver as it is only about a 30 minute drive away into the magnificent rainforest of North Van. From the trailhead at Lynn Headwaters Regional Park you will see a sign for the Lynn Loop Trail, there are maps here or click on the map to the right and print it out from the Lynn Headwaters Regional Parks site. You don't really need a map for Lynn Peak. You simply get on the Lynn Loop Trail and look for the sign for Lynn Peak shortly after the trailhead. The trail winds and ascends quickly from here for the 4k to the summit and the fantastic views. Rice Lake is a relaxing walk around a cute lake in Lynn Valley. It is a family friendly hike although dogs are not welcome. Rice Lake is near the trailhead to Lynn Headwaters Park and there is a 1k connecting trail from there to the Rice Lake Trail. There is also the more convenient parking lot at the Rice Lake trailhead at the end of Lillooet Road. There are several picnic areas and viewing areas with seats around the lake as there is quite a variety of wildlife in the area as well as some impressive Douglas Firs and Western Red Cedars. Fishing is also fairly popular at rice lake as it is stocked frequently with catchable sized rainbow trout. There is a large fishing dock perfectly located for fishing. Mount Fromme is the thickly forested Mountain next to Grouse Mountain. If looking from the direction of downtown Vancouver, Fromme is just to the right. It is infrequently hiked, at least partly due to the high number of amazing hikes surrounding it. Fromme gets a bit lost in mix. Recent years have brought an amazing array of mountain biking trails on the mountain and you are far more likely to encounter mountain bikers than hikers on the mountain. Everyone knows the Grouse Grind as the fantastically popular 2.9k, workout in Vancouver. What is less known is that it is the gateway, or rather back door to some amazing hiking in the Lynn Headwaters Regional Park. Dam Mountain, Goat Mountain, , Norvan Falls, , and quite a lot more lay across the horizon from the top of the Grind. Whether you start at the base of the Grind or at the top of the SkyRide, the beautifully addictive Grouse Grind is, for many, just the beginning of the trail to so much more. begins several kilometres away at the Lynn Valley trailhead and beautiful trails follow Lynn Creek for 7k to Norvan Falls.