Explore the most popular walking 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.

I would rate this trail as moderate difficulty. It took us about 3 hours in and out with about 15 min at the top! Great workout. I would recommend wearing shoes with some traction because the trail is quite loose in parts. The view is spectacular!

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7 days ago

This was a beast of a hike. It's harder than the Grouse Grind but more scenic and no steps! Only 4 stars because it has limited shade and gets hit with sun hard. It's so worth the views, bring food and 2L water. Below is the video of the gorgeous surroundings from Tunnel Bluffs;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAQtlRnyfPk

July 7-8, 2018: This was a difficult hike but well worth the gorgeous view at the top. The sunrises and sunsets from here are stunning. The incline is steep for 85% of the hike and requires some scrambling once you begin ascending the summit from the forest. With 40lbs+ backpacks, we hiked up in 4.5 hours and a gruelling 4hours down. There are very limited camping spots at the top, we were the only ones there overnight so we were able to choose the least rocky and flattest spot... maybe 5 tents max. Be very careful when climbing to the highest points, they call it a "no fall zone" for good reason!

Epic 360 view!

20 days ago

Steep trail at the beginning. Gets easier after 3 km. Worth the view!

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20 days ago

I just want to ask how was the trail from those who hiked couple of days ago. Planning to go on Sunday and hesitating if our group should go. Any suggestions? Hoping for a reply and will be very appreciated. Thank you!

Good view and great spot to have lunch at the top.
IG: transmutable

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28 days ago

Worth the gruelling uphill. 75% of it is steep uphill hiking so beware. Last 25% is mostly flat and a great break until you reach the main viewpoint. Took me just under 2 hours to get to the top. Descent took a little over an hour. A beautiful view of Howe Sound, Anvil Island, Bowen Island, etc. Sunset/sunrise here is stunning. On weekends this is a very popular hike; get to the parking lot before 8am or else you'll have to wait for a spot until someone comes down.

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1 month ago

Great views at the top overlooking Howe Sound and its islands. The hike up is tough - pretty much consistent hike uphill for 80% of the hike. Wouldn’t consider myself an experienced hiker but I’ve done plenty of trails and this one is tough bc of the incline. Definitely wasn’t moderate for us. Ended up taking about 2+ hrs to the summit and then 1 hr+ down. Bring lots of water, some lunch to enjoy the views at the top and grab one of the many walking sticks that people have left on the trail. We ended up having to park about a mile up the highway bc the closer lots were full.

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1 month ago

Really great trail. Powerful coming up from the highway, then a nice relaxing jaunt to the viewpoint after an hour and a half of hard hiking.

Looks like a fire happened recently around 2/3rd the way up, definitely saw debris on the trail (picked it up too) so please make sure to leave no trace.

1 month ago

This was an extremely hard hike. I have no idea how this could be considered moderate. It is steep and full of rocks, boulders, trees, logs.....you name it the hike has. The view at the top is gorgeous but the hike hard

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2 months 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.

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2 months 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.

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2 months 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.

4 months ago

Great for a 1 hr loop, to get the heart pumping. We prefer doing this loop anti-clockwise, so you return down on the logging trail, easier on the knees.

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6 months ago

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

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6 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.

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7 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!

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

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9 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.

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9 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.

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10 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.

10 months ago

Good trail. Great views at the top

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11 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.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

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.

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!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

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

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Intermediate and nice vistas.

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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.

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