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Goat Mountain at Grouse Mountain Resort

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Goat Mountain - Lynn Valley & Grouse Mountain Trails


Goat Mountain Hiking Trails Dog Friendly in VancouverGoat Mountain is a beautiful mountain to hike from Grouse Mountain.  It is challenging at times but fairly relaxing overall.  It is just 4k from the Grouse Mountain Chalet and should only take 3-4 hours roundtrip from the top of the SkyRide.  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.  From the Grouse Chalet on Grouse Mountain follow the path under the Peak Chair Lynn Headwaters Regional Park Mapuntil you reach the trailhead and hiker check-in station.  From here you follow the marked trail to Goat Mountain.

You can either hike via Dam Mountain, or take the easier Alpine Trail.  Both are roughly the same distance, but the Alpine Trail is a bit easier. The trail then leads to Little Goat Mountain and a fork in the trail.  Straight goes to the huge Crown Mountain ahead, and right goes to Goat Mountain just .7k away.

With the exception of the last, short climb to the summit of Goat Mountain, which is fairly steep, the trail is only moderately challenging.  For a more challenging hike, try the nearby Crown Mountain.  There are few creeks along the Goat Mountain hike so be sure to bring lots of water.  Click on the map  to link to the full size Lynn Headwaters Regional Park map.

Lynn Headwaters Regional Park begins several kilometres away at the Lynn Valley trailhead and beautiful trails follow Lynn Creek for 7k to Norvan Falls.  The trail then turns into Hanes Valley, connecting to Crown Mountain, Goat Mountain, Dam Mountain and finally leading to Grouse Mountain.  The trail from the Lynn Headwaters trailhead to Grouse is about 20k as it carves a giant arc through the valley.

Another amazing feature of this area is that both ends are connected by the Baden-Powell Trail.  Just 8.6k separates the Lynn Headwaters Park trailhead parking and the base of the Grouse Grind.  This forms a tremendous circle route that many have come to adore.  Print it out or pick one up at the trailhead.

Trailhead Directions for Goat Mountain


Goat Mountain Trailhead DirectionsThe parking area at the base of the Grouse Grind and Grouse SkyRide is just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver.  Leaving Vancouver via the Lions Gate Bridge take the right hand lane after the bridge into North Vancouver.  At the first set of lights you will need to then turn left on Capilano Road.  Follow this to the Grouse Mountain parking lot.  There are pay parking lots or you can park for free on the street nearby.

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More Hikes Near Goat Mountain


Grouse Grind - Hiking Trails Near Goat MountainBest Moderate Hiking Trails in VancouverEveryone 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, Crown Mountain, Norvan Falls, Coliseum Mountain, Lynn Peak 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. Lynn Headwaters Regional Park begins several Lynn Canyon Park - Easy Vancouver Hiking Trailskilometres away at the Lynn Valley trailhead and beautiful trails follow Lynn Creek for 7k to Norvan Falls.   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 Peak - Vancouver Hiking Trails 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 Mount Fromme - Moderate Vancouver Hiking Trailsaway 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 aRice Lake - Easy Vancouver Hiking Trails 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 Challenging Vancouver Hiking Trails - Crown Mountainas 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 Lighthouse Parkhave 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.  Crown 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 mountainsLighthouse Park is an extraordinarily little Coliseum Mountain in the Lynn Valleyknown piece of paradise, so close to to Vancouver as to see its tall buildings, yet immersed into a dramatically beautiful coastal rainforest.  A wonderful network of hiking trails winds throughout massive Douglas-fir trees and Western Red Cedars as well as golden Arbutus trees stretching toward the ocean.  There are so many great aspects of this hike.  The first is the beautiful drive to get there.  Marine Drive spectacularly hugs the rugged and steep coast of West Vancouver.  This beautiful stretch of road is a great attraction to Lighthouse Park as it takes you along an easily overlooked, yet beautiful area of Vancouver.  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.  12k from the trailhead to the summit.  More than half of that, 7k is along the very easy Black Mountain and Eagle Bluffs in Vancouver at Cypress MountainHeadwaters 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  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 Hollyburn Mountain in Cypress Provincial Parkdone 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 7.7k return trip to both Black Mountain and Eagle Bluffs.  The elevation gain is 350m in 4k.  Expect to need snowshoes December to May. Hollyburn Mountain, in Cypress Provincial Park, is an amazing place to snowshoe or go hiking.  The Hollyburn trailhead is an astonishingly close, 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver.  The 30 minute drive is quite something as well.  From the  always beautiful crossing of the beautiful Lions Gate Bridge, to the incredible Mount Strachan - Moderate Vancouver Hiking Trailsviews of Vancouver from the approach drive to Cypress Mountain and the Hollyburn Mountain trailhead. Mount Strachan is part of the trio of mountains, also Black Mountain and Hollyburn Mountain that form a bowl, or Cypress Bowl that give the resort its name.  The Cypress part of the name comes from the Cypress or Yellow Cedar that fills the valley.  Both Strachan and Hollyburn are easy hikes from the Cypress Resort parking lot.  For Strachan you can start near the main lodge walk directly up the gravel road past the chairlift and bear left.  The route is boring and uneventful as you are following ski runs, however the summit has amazing views.  Strachan is part of St Mark's Summit on the Howe Sound Crest Trail in Cypress Parkthe 29k Howe Sound Crest Trail as it lays at the one end of this span at the Cypress Trailhead. St Mark's Summit is a relatively easy way to get hiking deep into Vancouver's amazing mountains.  Starting this hike at Cypress means you drive most of the elevation.  Even though you still have another 460 metres in 5.5k to hike, the beautiful forest and frequent Howe Sound views make it seem quick and easy.  It takes about 1.5 hours to reach St Mark's Summit and the views are fantastic.  Not only because of the incredible vantage point over Howe Sound, but the abruptness of St Mark's Summit.  The cliffs below you are frighteningly vertical, making the views fantastically majestic.  Unnecessary Mountain gets its peculiar name from the fact it once was part of the route to reach The Lions whereas now the route avoids it.  This now, unnecessary mountain, no longer needs to be climbed to reach The Lions.  Unnecessary is part of the amazing Howe Sound Crest Trail in Cypress Provincial Park and is one of the many beautiful peaks to be climbed if desired on the 29k trail.

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