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

hiking
22 hours ago

First part of trail was quite steep with loose rocks so can be somewhat slippery going downhill on the return trip. No snow left on trail but some parts are muddy. It was a cloudy, rainy day and we didn’t think we would have a view but we were lucky because the clouds parted as we reached the bluff. Nice hike with a beautiful view. There was a raven and a couple of chipmunks on the bluff waiting for food. Took us about 3 hours return.

hiking
23 hours ago

Went on a Saturday morning. Started the hike at 7:00 am and took us about 4 hours return including about 30 minutes on the summit. Very little snow on the trail. Lots of mud last 1/4 of trail. Also lots of mosquitoes and other flying bugs. Not many people on the trail early in the morning but must have passed at least 100 people going to the summit as we returned. Better to go early morning or weekday to avoid the crowds. The rating of moderate is accurate. There are a few steeper areas that require minor scrambling that some might find difficult but the view is worth it.

A very busy hike on a holiday Monday, I would recommend going on a weekday if possible. Snow is mostly gone, just the last 15 minutes or so are in snow but it's easy to traverse.

Beautiful walk in the woods. Enjoyed the sound of rushing water and the birds singing and flying all over the place. The signage is not clear, pay attention to your map . Thumbs down just because of signage, otherwise it is a beautiful place with quite well maintained trails.

Perfect views in a sunny day. First part of trails is really easy because the path is really well maintained. The second part is a bit more rough and pretty muddy - please don`t kill your white shining sneakers there. And mosquitoes - there are the worst! Don`t make my mistake and bring your bug spray because it kinda spoils the whole fun. On the top go to the farthest cliff - best views and almost no bugs there. One more thing - keep in mind that the creek is not a trail. At some point some people kept going downstream when they were supposed to turn - watch the signs!

The hike was basically a 15 min walk, so if you are expecting to hike for a good hour or two, this is not the one for you.The view is very pretty though.

Great hike! Lots of variety. The path is still muddy but manageable. Be warned there are swarms of mosquitoes the last 1/3 of the hike. Made it uncomfortable to enjoy the beautiful view at the top.

Beautiful views BUT too early in the year. I did it last week (last week of June) and there is still too much snow. Up until the Lions is okay, but after that steep snow gullies and snow bridges need proper snow hiking gear (ice pick, crampons, etc).
Also, this is not really a loop...you can leave a car at Porteau Cove and then come back to start the hike from Cypress Mountain, it's 28km one way and hard, not moderate.

Be prepared to get muddy. Fabulous view. Patchy snow totally doable without crampons. Go in the off hours (eg early morning) to avoid massive crowds. Took us 3.5 hours including a 40 minute lunch and photo break at the top.

just hiked nearly 9 kilometers on this Trail it was fantastic you can go to Vancouver Island on the west coast to Tofino and ucluelet but this is right up there with those trails that you'll find there

Visited on July 1. Some large groups visiting here. There is snow at the top, but not an issue to wear shorts, t-shirt, trail runners. the trail is quite muddy prior to the snow.

Great trail. Worth it for the view, but there are a ton of tourists so if you are trying to go somewhere to escape crowds, I would suggest somewhere else.

Great trail! Well maintained and easy to follow. there was only patchy snow at the top by July 2, but it was busy, at least 100 other people along the way!

walking
12 days ago

Very nice park, enjoyed looking in tide pools.
Also did a geocache in the park!

hiking
14 days ago

It was raining and foggy but a beautiful hike nonetheless! Steep to start but then fairly relaxed but a decent amount of mud and rocks along the way

Great, fun, challenging hike with beautiful views near the top. After a couple of miles of steady but smooth uphill walking, this hike becomes a climb. My friend is a strong hiker, but a so so climber, and it took us over an hour to clamber over boulders, roots, and rocks for the 4th mile. It turned out to be totally worth it with stunning views a mile from the top. If you’re a strong climber, you’ll really enjoy this, but if your experience is limits to hiking, you might consider turning back.

Very beautiful trail this time of the year, we saw huckleberries and raspberries along the trail.

hiking
18 days ago

Great hike. Amazing views. Only made it as far as the bump before Unnecessary Mountain.

Pretty easily to follow. Much more scenic than anticipated.

We went yesterday and we were not able to go further then the summit of Mount Unnecessary. Heavy snow on top with watery crevasses starting to appear. Be well prepared if you want to go further than Mount Unnecessary. I highly recommend trekking poles to helps you in the rooty roots on your way there and for the love of god, wear hiking boots. Total time 7h from the Cypress Bowl. An amazing trail for technical terrain. :D

DONT MISS THE COHO LOOP NEAR THE HATCHERY and besides from that, a great trail did it all the way down to park royal and public transport available from fonteyn and elson street line 236 to the city. it was Saturday and no crowds everyone is on the suspension bridge haha

walking
20 days ago

Take a beautiful afternoon/ evening and bring a picnic and enjoy the view.

We Hiked it 10 months ago on a beautiful day. We would do it agian. Not hard. Hike on a beautiful day and bring a lunch won't regret the view.

we were going to do the suspension bridge but decided not to after seeing the price. we joined the trail on the way back. nice lookout points and you can get down to the river in some areas.

Really nice hike for novices. Challenging! The first 1/2 hour is a bit grueling and uphill, but after that its fairly well varied. On a clear day, you can see Garibaldi from the peak, as well as an awesome view of the lions and Cypress ski area. Mid June, there was still a considerable amount of snow and sturdy hiking boots are highly recommended. Cabin lake looks like it would be a great spot to take a dip but it was still ice-covered. Maybe in August!

Gorgeous leisurely hike - took a slight detour and visited the Salmon Hatchery!

hiking
30 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Nice falls

One of the most amazing views!! This hike is perfect for beginners looking to step up their hiking game. The trail begins with some switchbacks, then you are mostly in the forest for the rest of the way. Incline, length, and difficulty is moderate with the best reward at the top! Pick a clear day or you won't see much!

Great hike, last third has some snow coverage but nothing too difficult or deep. First 2/3rds are pretty quick with an excellent path. Final 1/3 gets more rugged with roots and rocks etc. Finish up with the Bowen view spot, then cruise the highway like path back to the lot.

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