Explore the most popular hiking trails in Golden Ears Provincial Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

November 9th, 2018.
There was light snow starting at 7km into this hike, I made it to 9km and turned back as visibility had gotten to the point where I no longer felt safe to continue.
To the 9km mark and back to the Parking lot took me 7.5 hours

The snow will slow you down, and winter park hours may make this hike not possible unless staying the night.

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hiking
9 days ago

Definitely a tough trail. A steep climb most of the way with a bit of scrambling at the top. It took us a little over 2 hours each way. Beautiful views on a clear day.

walking
11 days ago

Love this trail. It is suited for a afternoon stretch.

walking
11 days ago

even it is short, in the trees, lots of root, wet that day, i still enjoy walk into the beautiful lake's backyard.
i took a super beautiful picture before sunset that the light just falling on the lake side.

It was a nice walk with the dogs

trail running
19 days ago

I've ran the trail today and it was really nice. We didn't encounter any wild life. On the summit it was really cold and windy. So much that I did not feel my fingers (didn't have gloves).

We ran majority of the trail except the steepest parts.

It was a great workout and it was great to go away from all the noise of the city. I really enjoyed it.

We did this in just under two hours, not a fast pace either. The trail down from east canyon to lower falls is a scramble. Not recommended for dogs or very young kids

hiking
1 month ago

Tough trail, not well marked and poorly maintained. Did this trail twice, once in winter and again on September 4, 2018. View was ok. Would not do it again. Most of the trail was a scramble, or it appeared as such. Treacherous in some sections so be careful. You will at one point on the trail need to pull yourself up with ropes. Passes close to the edge so caution is advised alone this trail. Took 8 hours to complete with 45 minutes for lunch at the top. I had to use some ropes of my own for the decent as it was quite STEEP. Would not recommend for kids and pets. Only view is at the top which is lovely but not worth the effort. This is not just a hike and definitely not “a walk in the park”.

hiking
1 month ago

Be aware of the park winter hours; 8am to 5:30m pm. Park gates are closed at 5:30pm and you'll be locked in if not out before then, so plan accordingly. We got to the trail head at 8:30am. Oct 13th. Some reviewers say this is a dull hike until reaching the top, but we found it beautiful. Gorgeous fall foliage and an abundance of interesting looking autumn fungi. At one point it seems you are hiking up a dry creek bed and the rocks in it would easily twist an ankle if you misplace a step. Be aware that there are numerous spots where the trail intersects other trails, best have a downloaded map to reference. Trail switches between wide gravel pathways to rocky, root filled forest and a few steeper inclines, but it's not all that difficult, just long. Once you reach the first pond it starts to look more alpine. The second tiny pond near the summit may not be there all year? Neither are the type you'd want to swim in or drink from. At the summit you get a super close view of Blanshard Needle, and great views of the valley below and mountain ranges to the northwest. There are plenty of nice spots on the alpine rocks to sit and have lunch while enjoying the vistas. We took our time going up, had lunch and explored the summit. Started back down at 2pm and made it to the car by 5pm.

hiking
1 month ago

a steep grind. First time I've done this hike and had a view

hiking
1 month ago

Total beginners
Took us 4:30h to climb and 2:30h to descent
2 passages with ropes at 94% grade.
This is just 25% grade non stop minimum, and half of it was more than 50% grade.
View was stunning!! Absolutely Worth it.

If you can find the trail to get to upper falls it's a cool little hangout spot that doesn't get nearly as busy as lower falls.

If you're okay with a little scrambling you can even make it right beside the falls to hang out on the rocks (not during Spring run off though)

Just hiked it again today on a clear day and finally got the views. Just amazing up at the peak! Love this hike! Car to peak in 4 hours and 40 mins, peak to car in 4 hours. Will definitely do again next year

Great variety of scenery, hike up is not too strenuous, great view of Alouette lake at the trail end.

hiking
2 months ago

It was an amazing day hike

hiking
2 months ago

long hike be prepared to be challenged and see amazing views i did no5 summit due to not enough water and hiking the day before to panaroama

hiking
2 months ago

Challenging, but awesome hike! I hiked it once last year and then again on July 13th of this year in one very long day. I don't recommend rushing this hike. It's so beautiful at the top. Take your time and soak it all in. I am planning on hiking it again by myself this coming Thursday (Sept. 13th) if anyone would like to join me.

Killer hike but the view is a priceless payoff!

Great steep rooty climb. I measured 5.6km to the top from the west canyon trailhead parking lot. It took us 2 hours to reach the summit. Awesome views from up there.

Hiked on Tuesday did it in 12 hours took our time enjoyed the views. My recommendation is to take 5 L of water, you don’t want to get cramps. Been looking at Golden Eras out my kitchen window for 20 years and finally did it! Well worth the bee sting. Very challenging hike with ropes and ladders. Makes you conquer your fears that’s for sure.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail was quite busy & there was a lot of trash along it so it shows just how well used it actually is. It was mostly frequented by teens. The walk along the river was nice & the falls itself was spectacular! The water was warm & was very refreshing. I felt like a new person after swimming around in it for a while.
I'll be going back for sure.

The heavily forested root filled trail is steep but beautiful. Bring excellent footwear and lots of water. Dogs may need their own water bottle/dish as well since there isn't a ton of water opportunities (at least not in late August of 2018)

Starting from the Golden Ears parking lot, the first section of terrain is a clear gravel path that is mostly flat. The Mt. Nutt trail starts on the right hand side where you'll have to turn off the gravel path (look for a small green sign nailed to a tree that says "Mount Nutt viewpoints") and start a short winding section to the base of the hill. Then it's all uphill from there - litterally. This initial section is a rooty uphill climb that eventually evens out for a brief period and leads to the small marshy lake. The lake is MARSHY and the earth here is really wet (not the best stop for a lunch) but it's the only water stop you'll get in the dry season so make sure your dogs get the chance to hydrate here. There is a separate small path the goes to the lake so don't miss it. Then, once you're done with the lake continue on the trail which will lead you uphill again through another rooty climb. The trail will eventually divide (twice) and some small white handwritten signs suggest that one way is "easy" and the other is "tricky". The first view point is a small outlook (it was misty and foggy so we couldn't see anything) and the final view point which is a bit farther up the trail and marked by another white sign that says "if you made it this far, you're nuts!" is a larger circle of trail around a big rock that branches out to a couple different lookouts.

The turnoff from East Canyon is not immediately apparent, you have to be looking to the right for the small Mt Nutt marker. Get ready for a steep, tough climb. Not the smartest in the rain it was quite sketchy coming back down. The beginning should probably be reworked as switchbacks.. Don't miss the lake turnoff it's a serene little spot. Heading up I went by "Tricky" it's nothing you haven't already done. Come back down on "Easy" for the switchbacks for your knees. I'm sure the views would've been good if I wasn't fogged out!

Start from the gold creek day use area parking lot.

I did the hike from the Lower falls trail, found the trail up to east canyon trail quiet easily. The climb from the lower falls to the east Canyon trail is well marked once you find the path, it is not marked with a sign but I found this path easy to find. Orange ribbons and black and yellow markers on trees mark the way (even though the connecting trail is not marked on the map at the parking lot). The climb is quite steep at times with lots of switchbacks, a little bit of scrambling. You probably should have some real hiking boots for this part with a good tread, it would be too slippery for Nike freeruns :-P

There is a sign from the east canyon trail that indicates the turn off to the lower falls so whichever direction you do the loop it should be easy enough to find the way.

The east canyon trail is marked as “not maintained” on the map but I found this trail very well maintained.

I would do this hike again for a good easy outing.

Fun hike. We hiked mid-week, started at 10 am, and didn't see anyone on the trail until near the end. Accurately rated as Moderate. We started at the North Beach Campground parking lot and hiked in a counter-clockwise direction. The East Canyon Trail goes along what appears to be an old logging road for quite a while, which makes it easy to follow. The West Canyon Trail has a steep up and down segment, hugging the side of the canyon wall, just west of the Creek. Going counter-clockwise allowed us to go uphill over what seemed to be the steepest grade; downhill is hardest on our 60+ yr old knees and ankles. Either direction is not a problem as long as you go slow. A hiking pole helps in this area. We use the off-line map feature but others have noted to look for the surveyors tape or ribbon markings on the West Canyon Trail to help with confusing areas.

Like the previous reviewer, we deviated from the loop a bit by continuing on the East Canyon Trail up to the Hiker's Beach and wading across Gold Creek there, rather than crossing at the bridge. This was a fun diversion. By mid-August the creek was only about 25 ft wide and was less than 12 inches deep at this point.

backpacking
2 months ago

Third time doing the west canyon trail, camped on panorama ridge on one of the nice wood tent-pads. Make sure to bring lots of water because from just before alder flats to the ridge there is none, in my experience there is usually running water at the emergency shelter. All in all this hike is doable as a day trip or overnight and has a great work / reward ratio and I highly recommend.

Excellent hike but the link between East Canyon Trail and Lower Falls Trail is NOT MAINTAINED. We had to search for the path by looking for the orange ribbons/yellow plaques on the trees; many fallen trees and roots to climb around on a steep downhill.
Make sure to go counterclockwise starting from East Canyon Trail, not the other way round.

Did this hike last Saturday 30th June, was actually quite dangerous and very difficult to see/manuever at the top with the snow, we had poles and boots which were a must. Couldn't find the hut or anywhere to camp so we had to turn back probably just before reaching it. I'd recommend waiting until the snow melts and doing this hike in late July through September.

Beautiful relaxing hike that ends at a sweet waterfalls.

Nike, challenging day hike. Very foggy up top so will be doing this again on a clear day. Took our group just a bit under 5 hours to get from parking lot to summit with a few water and picture breaks. Puppy made it to emergency shelter with ease but I backpacked her up to the peak and down. Crossing snowfield was not necessary as we could easily go around what was left of it. Pretty easy up to Alder Flats and getting steeper after that. I drank almost 5 liters of water and it wasn’t that hot so bring lots of water.

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