Beautiful trail and definitely challenging at times but not as difficult as it's made it to be. Would recommend a map since it's not always clearly labeled.

Great hike with beautiful views , took us about 3.5 hours

Was easy hike, loved the woodpeckers!

walking
4 months ago

Easy walk around the lake with a couple of short uphill sections. Good if you are with young or old family members. Views of the lake are nice but nothing very special. I'd choose the Mt Gardner hike if you only have one day on Bowen and want a challenge with a good reward.

Tough terrain at times. Great views!

Mid January 2018 trail is good shape no snow very enjoyable

Little bit of everything

This trail has a few spots of rough terrain, super easy to walk, clear trail markers all around the lake. Lake is gorgeous and many places to get the perfect pictures.

this was my very first mountain ... it was tough in parts but so worth the view. loved it.

gorgeous hike.. went up skid trail.. on the way back lost the loop trail but came back down the gravel road which was fine. we biked from the ferry and locked bikes at the trailhead. don't miss taking the trails from ferry to kilarney lake also.. very nice !

Moderate to difficult hike but a stunning view from the summit and the lookout point close to the summit.

hiking
Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Great views! There are several different trails to take up and I believe I took a couple on the way (not the best marked). It is a fairly challenging hike that rotates from very steep inclines to flat ground. At the top there are 2 views, one of Stanley park and Vancouver and the other of a beautiful bay. Bring snacks for a picnic there are great spots to set up

hiking
Monday, May 22, 2017

nice hike with perfect view to Vancouver city

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What a gorgeous, peaceful hike! Green mossy forests, ponds, creeks, and a great view of Killarney lake.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Took the lumberjack trail by accident, no regrets!

hiking
Monday, June 06, 2016

Easy hike, easily accessible from ferry stop.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Good trek

on Killarney Lake

hiking
Sunday, June 14, 2015

Very good... Nice easy trail

hiking
Monday, June 01, 2015

Victoria Day was a perfect day to do this hike. The map (& the descriptor that came with it) at the link below made life sooooooooooo easy! I opted for the less traveled N Gardner trail as described in the link and didn't meet the crowds until after I'd eaten lunch at the top of the north summit. There's a good mix of elevation & a nice push to the Sunshine Coast view point & north summit.

The trail is, for most part, VERY well marked if you have an idea of what you're looking for/which route you're going to take. However, unlike most other trails the red-orange diamonds you find on so many of our trails (thanks a million to the people who do this BTW) were tiny - not a complaint, just a heads up you might want to pay attention, which isn't a terrible thing when you're exploring - so it was nice to have this as a back up. Periodically there are also what look like painted bottoms of coffee tins and really nice large wooden signs with names & directional arrows carved into them.

Be mindful there are quite a few trails on here. That said I don't think you could truly get lost here. Just don't take the turn off for Bowen Bay unless you want to add, I believe, an extra 10km as pointed out in another comment.

My route was exactly as described in the link... and I also didn't bother with the South Summit... there's no view and well an extra few ft really wasn't worth the extra effort. Note there are two helipads - visit them both as they are on opposite sides so afford gorgeous views of different coastlines.

Take plenty of water - I saw no opportunities on my way and I drank the 4L I took plus more when I got back to Snug Cove.

It took me 2hr 58 min to do 10.71 miles. The elevation courtesy of my Garmin was slightly higher than that stated on the Vancouver Trails website. It actually took me longer to get home than to do the hike due to a 2hr wait for the ferry.... Certainly not the worst thing in the world. :)

http://www.vancourier.com/sports/hiking/hiking-stand-atop-bowen-island-to-see-vancouver-at-a-distance-1.595167

Thank you Mike Hanafin!

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