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Baden Powell Trail: Grouse Mountain Park to Lynn Valley

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Grouse Mountain Park

Baden Powell Trail: Grouse Mountain Park to Lynn Valley is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 9.3 mi Elevation gain 2,388 ft Route type Out & Back

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Stretching across the North Shore from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to Deep Cove in North Vancouver, the Baden Powell is a very well known and heavily trafficked 45 km point to point trail. While elite hikers do complete the entire length in one day, most will typically choose to break the trail down into several separate out and back sections. This length of the trail from Grouse Mountain to Lynn Valley is arguably the most rugged, unstructured, and unmaintained. This is particularly true between the trailhead and Mosquito Creek where the trail is very technical with lots of roots, rocky areas and drop offs to the side. Even footbridges have been omitted here and crossing the creeks via rocks becomes just another part of the adventure. No part of this trail is exceedingly difficult but agility will be a welcome attribute.  The next section crossing the base of Mount Fromme is a bit smoother but it is also very popular with mountain bikes and you will be required to share the trail. Awareness and coordination with the bikes is critical towards maintaining safety and mutual respect. The last stretch of the trail begins after crossing Mountain Highway. At this point, the bikes disappear and the hike returns to the more commonly known style of the Baden Powell with plenty of boardwalks, long staircases, and gravel paths.  This trail justifies a difficult rating due to the accumulated elevation and the 15 km out and back length. If a more manageable moderate hike is preferred, a 7.5 km point to point could be the right choice. For this, a popular option is to begin from the opposite end at the Lynn Valley trailhead. This direction also allows eye contact with the cyclists thereby avoiding surprises from behind. For parking, this is free at Lynn Valley although spots can be hard to find on the weekend. At Grouse Mountain, pay parking priced at ten dollars per day is readily available.

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Joanna Stich
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its closed to public but if plenty of people still on it. found it very poorly marked. rocky and muddy.

Mahrukh Tahir
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Hiking

Great trail!

Wynne Pruden
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Hiking

8 hour hike was well worth it at the end of the day topped off with a pint and burger/fries.

Brandon Mcbride
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Hiking

My dog got two ticks on him from Friday evening hike, just a heads up there still out and about!

Florence Servais
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Margo Gantner
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Hiking

Nice trail. Not too difficult. Can be sketchy sometimes. Hiking boots essential!

Mini Watanabe
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Hiking

8 hours hike so tired but lots of fun

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Barbara Vipond
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Hiking

My favourite trail! Beautiful and well maintained. Open year round. Dog friendly.

Behzad Esfan
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Hiking

I did this hike on May 5th. We parked one car at Grouse mountain and the other at Lynn valley. The trail is clear of snow/ice and well maintained. Watch for mountain bikers!

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Cassie and Eric
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Hiking

Hikers used to the perfect trails and bridges on the Baden Powell East of Lynn Valley will probably not enjoy this section. The first portion across the base of Grouse is a real, rugged hiking trail with no bridges or maintenance. We enjoyed that. But the rest after Mosquito Creek at the base of Fromme should probably be skipped. You need to share with a lot of bikes so they pass constantly. The forest is second growth so not green or beautiful. And the dusty trails will just get worse with the bikes through summer. There is another trail for Baden Powell Trail and Powerline Loop at Grouse which is better.

Tiago D'avila Rodrigues
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Hiking

Did this hike back in March. It’s long and easy to lose track of the Baden Powell trail because of many bike trails crossing it. It’s a nice workout. Some stairs closer to Lynn Valley Headwaters.

Graham Snowden
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Probably my least favourite section of the Baden Powell. Usually included on a trail running when training.

Timothy Tang
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Not my favorite section of the trail. It’s mostly easy with some sections around mosquito creek where it was very easy to lose the trail. There isn’t a whole lot to see during the hike but at least if it’s sunny out, you’re under canopy pretty much the whole way. Took me about 3hrs to go from the base of grouse to the suspension bridge.

Binshuo Hu
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Carl Steffens
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Hiking

Really easy trail if you only go one way. Took a slightly different route. Overall a nice walk with a good mix of Sun and shade!

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John LaGourgue
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Hiking

Great workout!

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James Martin
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Hiking

Great hike but very icy!

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Zicheng Zhao
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Nov.15 : Overall condition is fine with occasional slippery sections.

Steven Evans
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Hiking

Truly a wonderful hike! A bit busy for a Saturday but overall for 17km, you could not beat it!

Nick Heffelfinger
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Great trail. A few points were hard to follow based solely on trail signs, a good map is a must.

Karen Johnson
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Hiking

Easily accessible by transit at both ends of the trail

Sebastian Rakowski
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Hiking

Solid trail with good scenery.

Maddie Mackay
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This trail is so amazing . It feels like you will never get lost when you find this one .

Toni Liang
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Hiking

Just did it yesterday. hiking from Quarry Rocky to Grouse mountain. It was great hike.

Julie Pagtakhan
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Beautiful

Carlo S
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This is more of a 'through a valley hike' lost of variety in terrain. Lots of up and down hiking. The change of forest composition is great between deep cove and Lynn valley. Hard to find the connection at Lynn valley. There are several spots where you can see views.

Nic G
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I did this hike combined with the Deep Cove to Lynn Canyon. I took the bus from downtown Vancouver to Phibbs Exchange then another to Deep Cove. Painfree and fast. For my return I took the bus from Grouse to Lonsdale then hopped right onto a seabus. I wore hiking boots for this and was glad of them in the later stages (Fromme & Grouse) when the trail was pretty gnarly - lots of roots & rocks - so good ankle support helped me especially as I was obviously more fatigued here. There were a few patches of mud but nothing too taxing. There are enough up's to get a sweat on - up from the Lynn Valley Road makes me reminisce about one of a few "kill me now" moments. Not so much in terms of views bar Quarry Rock and the occasional peek through the trees if that's what you're looking for. I really noticed the changes in flora as I went through several different forests on the different mountains especially the trees. That was really quite wonderful. The crowds (though minimal as it was midweek) were unsurprisingly at Quarry Rock and Lynn Canyon but not enough to bother me - a school group kindly moved out of my way as I headed up to Quarry Rock. Parts of this trail are also shared with mountain bikers although I only came across one with his dog on Mt. Fromme, but keep your eyes peeled. The trail is pretty easy to follow - just keep your eyes out for the BP markers with the fleur de lys as well as signposts dotted along the way (you can also access it on your google maps). The comments made on Vancouver Trails about not being able to locate the trail and heading up to Powerline did not happen to me - the trail was well marked here (may be new?) You will have to meet up with the trail again along the Lynn Valley road from where you come up from Lynn Canyon. You can detour through the streets to meet back up with it further along but that, in my mind, kind of defeated the purpose. A great hike! From my Garmin: Distance: 15.03 miles/24.19km Time: 4:26:04 Elevation: 1707 ft

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