Explore the most popular forest trails near Lions Bay with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 days ago

What we saw of the trail was great, solid climb. About 1.5km in we saw smoke and realized there was open flame. Fire fighters are aware and on site, but as of April 16 it's not safe to continue. We realized that at the bottom there are two entrances and one is blocked off with a sign saying the trail was closed with high risk of forest fires.
Long story short- forest fire, trail closed. Don't risk it.

on Tunnel Bluffs

hiking
14 days ago

Great trail with amazing views.

Traffic was a bit heavy on the trail and parking can be a bit tricky but overall a good hike.

hiking
28 days ago

Not amazing but good hike for the spring when you can't do higher summits, nice view at the top. Crowded and a bit muddy. Trail is in bad shape in a few places due to traffic. All snow is melted (April 22nd). We did it in 3:30 including a good lunch break.

hiking
4 months ago

Steep start of the hike, walking poles help! The views at the top are so worth while.

hiking
4 months ago

The hike was nice on the way to the top you will see about 5 different views. I did the hike in the snow it was fun but we underestimated it we took too long to finish it. When you go up in the snow get ready for some slippery rocks to step on.

hiking
6 months ago

I would call this hike hard for those who are not experienced hikers. However, we wanted to be thrown into a tougher environment. Lots of uphill. Great lookouts. Worth the hike. Pick up some sturdy hiking sticks along the way! It helped a lot!

Did it in September. Very steep and hard with our big backpacks for camping under the top. There are good camping spots up there, but no source of water so do not fotget to carry enough. View breathtaking. Definitely worths our effort.

A great hike but definitely challenging at the top. The climb to the peak is steep on loose material and once at the top be careful, its narrow with and you don't want to fall. The view is worth the trek

Great hike but be aware there is a good amount of snow for the last 1km or so. October 24th.

Amazing, super difficult and long but sooooo worth it.

hiking
7 months ago

Went there two days ago and we could have not been more lucky with the weather especially in October. Trail can be quite steep at the top but levels out and the views are spectacular.

pretty sweet hike

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful views up top. Hike up is a bit boring view wise but the top makes up for it. 1 hour 5 mins up, 50 mins down. The first bit is steep but then it flattens out. Parking situation is super annoying. I got there at 1:40 and waited for 20 mins for someone to leave. Trail wasn't too busy though today. My puppy had a blast.

Weather: Clear
Temperature: 21°c
Snow Line: n/a

A very demanding hike, however worth the reward of views across Howe Sound and down into Vancouver.

There were no free spaces available at the trail-head so we parked at the school.We started on the trail which starts out as a gravel road and turns into a gravel path. The path then takes a sharp turn into the forest (keep you head up looking out for a sign when you start to head west).

Once in the forest it was fairly easy to navigate the warn path through the felled trees (following the orange and pink markers and ribbons).

Exiting the forest we came to a large flat area which is a good spot for a quick break. Carrying on up we passed through a boulder garden which requires some scrambling.

Once at the top of the trail (not the top of Lions) you're greeted with some incredible views, we had a quick break and a couple of us attempted to hike up to the peak of Lions.... this is optional and is definitely not for the faint of heart. The first step required us to use a rope to climb down a small rock face (you'd have to be able to hold your own body weight to get down / come back up). Once down we made our way around the south face of Lions being very careful of hand and foot placement, one slip would result in a long fall that would cause serious injury or worse. Whilst making our way around we notice old pitons and climbing sling attached to the rocks, highlighting that this was an intense situation. After passing a tree we saw that the next goal to reach was a shrub with a small ribbon attached to it however between us and the ribbon was a very sketchy scramble which we decided was not worth it (given the drop below us).

After turning back we took our time going down and finally made it back to the car before dark.

hiking
8 months ago

Most challenging of the 'Moderate' level hikes I have done to date. No groomed sections. Lots of rocks and roots and some tricky footing. Good workout with a steep first1.5-2k.

8 months ago

Tough stuff but very much worth it. The climb is steep making it a double whammy for getting up there and coming down. 30deg C the day we hiked didn't help.. but there weren't many people on this one and the view is unbeatable!

8 months ago

Good trail. Great views at the top

hiking
9 months ago

A lot of incline and loose rocks and dirt - it's slippery so you're gonna wanna make sure you wear proper hiking boots and bring water. Though it does even out between sections and makes the hike not too difficult. The way down is a bit technical because of the loose debris and roots - take your time. Poles would be useful. Make sure you stop at all 4 lookouts before you hit the final bluff - they're gorgeous and it's a neat way to monitor the view during your climb.

hiking
9 months ago

6.5 hour return trip. Snow up top but easily traversed.

Hard steep and long climb up with few breaks in the grade: worth it though.

9 months ago

It is very difficult Mountain.

hiking
10 months ago

Following a strenuous initial push (same route as Tunnel Bluffs), the Hat Mountain trail begins at the fork to Tunnel Bluffs. Following posted signs and maps, the ascent to 1200m asl is fairly straightforward. Follow posted signage at all intersections. The final push (above 1450m asl) is a class 3 scramble up a hillside, often requiring crawling and climbing. Snowpacks remain in late July; crampons strongly recommended. The entire trail is marked with yellow markers, except the final 1-2 km (1450m - 1600m asl), which are occasionally marked with orange and pink ribbons. This hike took us 6 hours moving time, 8 hrs total -- plan for at least 10 hours to not get caught in the dark.

trail running
10 months ago

Beautiful views from the top..
First 2 km are on fire roads ... rest is pretty hard and steep

A tough hike but rewarding. I'd highly recommend poles and snowshoes (even crampons and ice axes) if attempting this in spring.

hiking
Monday, April 03, 2017

Great trail, April 2 2017. To reach the summit, you need at least crampons and poles (if you don't want to walk on all fours). Some people have snowshoes to hike a part on the top and it looks easier to them because the snow collapse many times. Beautiful view if you have the chance to see the sky without clouds!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Best view on the Sunshine Coast!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Great trail for a day hike but be prepared to work hard if you are planning to spend the night after the hike up. After 2/3 it becomes very steep over 50% grade up to 75% near the top. you'll climb from 650ft msl to about 5100 ft msl.
There is a junction before it becomes steepest where you can choose to go left to lakes or right to another mountain. it is possible to go right and find another way down but it'll take a few days. Look at Google earth to find the route. Also I suggest to bring min 4 ltrs of water if your are planning to spend the night up there since there is no water streams available after 1/4 of the way up.
Very shaded and in the am the sun rises on the other side of the mountain.

Enjoy!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Hiked this yesterday - it took 8 hours down to the minute (though, I took a few short breaks, and spent over half an hour at the top.)

hiking
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Worth the hard work. Camped over night near the summit. Crazy sunset

hiking
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

October 03,2015. Started at 6:15AM. Not many parking spots by the gate. Trail begins on an old service road. Creek crossing by 7:45AM. First views of the ocean by 8:35AM. Crossed the HSCT by 9:50AM. From here the trail gets quite steep. There is a very narrow but short ridge to the summit. Reached the top at 10:45AM.

hiking
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hiked this at the beginning of November and the last 2 km there was a ton of snow at the top we didn't account for. It's definitely a good challenge for the casual hiker. It took us just over 6.5 hours to get up and down. Great Hike!

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