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The Lynn Valley and Grouse Map

The Lynn Valley and Grouse Mountain trails range from very easy to very challenging.  Coliseum Mountain is a very tough and long hike in the valley.  Lynn Peak is a moderately challenging hike from the same trailhead.  The Grouse Grind on the opposite side of the valley is a brutal run to Grouse Mountain Resort which is the gateway to Goat Mountain and Crown Mountain.  Lynn Canyon Park is an amazing place to visit even on a rainy Vancouver day.

Lynn Canyon Park in VancouverLynn 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.  The suspension bridge is much smaller than the popular and expensive Capilano Suspension Bridge, though still impressive.. and free.  There are in fact, several trails in Lynn Canyon Park.  The Twin Falls Loop Trail is a beautiful, 30 minute trail that takes you across the suspension bridge, then Lynn Creek at Twin Falls Bridge and over two waterfalls.  The Thirty Foot Pool Trail is a quick trail across the suspension bridge to the impressive Thirty Foot Pool.  The Beaver Trail leads away from the suspension bridge and Twin Falls area of Lynn Canyon and follows the Baden Powell Trail to Lynn Headwaters Regional Park.

Why should you go to Lynn Canyon Park in Vancouver?

Lynn Canyon Park has one amazing thing to see after another.  Just a couple minutes into the trail you come to the beautiful suspension bridge.  Spanning the river from high above you can look down at the swirling, green water far below.  Further along the trail you come to Twin Falls, the 30 Foot Pool and Pipe Bridge.  All these sights make the park quite an adventure.  You can spend just a few minutes in the park or hours depending on how much you want to see.  The more you hike, the more you see in this beautiful rainforest park.

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Lynn Peak in VancouverLynn 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.

Why should you hike to Lynn Peak in Vancouver?

Lynn Peak is a steady climb and excellent workout.  A popular trail running route for lots of Vancouver trail runners.  A nice, relaxing retreat from the big city.

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Rice Lake - Vancouver Hiking TrailsRice 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.

Why should you go to Rice Lake in Lynn Park?

Rice Lake is cute lake buried in deep forest.  Regularly stocked with fish, you will often see people fishing as well as walking along this scenic lake.  A very family and kid oriented place to fish.

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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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Mount Fromme - Vancouver Hiking TrailsMount 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.  There are at least three ways to reach the summit of Fromme, though the Per Gynt trail is a good route.  The trail is often steep however well marked through a well established bike trail network.  From the end of St Georges street walk the trail and turn right then left onto St Georges trail that rises steeply eventually leading to the Per Gynt Trail.

Why should you hike to Mount Fromme in Vancouver?

Mount Fromme is an ever-growing mecca for mountain biking and along with the challenging hike you will encounter elaborate bike ramps and bridges on the trail.

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Grouse Grind - Vancouver Hiking TrailsEveryone 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 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.

Why should you run the Grouse Grind in Vancouver?

The Grouse Grind is legendary in Vancouver.  Local hiking clubs gauge new recruits fitness level with one question.  "What's your Grind time?"  A rite of passage in Vancouver.  If you are an avid hiker or runner in Vancouver and admit to having not done it, people look at you with a confused expression.  What a strange and wonderful place Vancouver is.

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Goat Mountain at Grouse - Vancouver Hiking TrailsGoat 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 until 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.

Why should you hike to Goat Mountain in Vancouver?

Goat Mountain is a great way to escape the crowds at Grouse Mountain.  Just a short hike takes you up into the wilderness beyond Grouse.  Nice views and only moderately challenging.

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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 Lynn Valley.  If you hike in from this direction you can bring your dog as only the Grouse Mountain Resort direction is not dog friendly.

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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