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Golden Ears Trail is a 13.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 13.5 mi Elevation gain 5,603 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Rocky

Snow

Description
Waypoints (5)

Quite a grind once you get past alder flats with extremely gnarled and steep sections. The upper campsite is wonderful with multiple (first come first serve) wooden tent pads, a shelter and bathroom. Some very steep and sketchy sections that aren’t super well marked on the way to the summit. People have left little stone shrine/markers but it’s still easy to lose your way here. The summit views are stunning and well worth the extra effort.

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Reviews (229)
Photos (481)
Recordings (129)
Completed (509)
Ollie Steiner
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Hiking

Definitely difficult but 100% worth it. Gotta get up early for good camping spots but tbh any spot on the top is great. High recommend!

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Sabrina Lin
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BackpackingRockyScramble

Went up Aug. 6 and returned Aug. 7. It was raining the entire way up, which had made the root sections of the incline more slippery. Definitely waterproof the contents of the backpack well if there is any chance of rain. The part leading up to the panorama shelter had very steep incline that requires serious scrambling. We were lucky to see the brief sunset after strong winds blew away the fog. Some bonuses to hiking in the rain/wet condition are less traffic and barely any mosquitos.

James Grieve
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HikingBugsMuddyRockyScrambleSnow

My feet still hurt from this hike. An exceptionally tough hike to do in one day, I’d strongly recommend staying at the camp site (which would have amazing sunrises and sunsets). Bring lots of water. It appears that the bug actually like bug repellant. The summit was spectacular. There’s also an emergency shelter near the top if you need it.

Andrew F
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HikingGreat!ScrambleSnow

Hiked up August 5th and returned on the 6th, 2020. Hiked the East Canyon route to Alder flats yesterday in about 1.5 hours. Panorama Ridge took 4 hours 23 mins (from the parking lot). Plenty of drinking water at Panorama ridge. The snow is still 6+ft deep in some sections. Trail is well-marked to this point. We had a quick break and took another 45 mins from there to the Summit. Did not require crampons, they would have been nice, but not necessary. The summit is well-marked once you get over the snow section. Basically head past the shelter, tent pads and up the long section of snow. At the top, take a right and follow the marked trail to the summit. We camped at Panorama ridge and had the whole place to ourselves. Bugs were not that bad either. It gets pretty steep past Alder flats, including a ladder and steep root sections. Not super dog friendly but I'm sure some could manage. Same goes for the Summit. Steep roots and rock sections at times with the aid of a rope.

Spencer Mason
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Hiking
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Zach Stuive
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Hiking

Hard trail. I clocked 27km round trip. Bring lots of water

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Camren Little
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BackpackingGreat!

Did this hike up to the shelter a month ago, had absolutely no view since it was still very winter like, not seeing two feet in front of you due to wind and snow. Decided to go up for a night again BC long weekend, absolutely incredible. Snow only starts past the shelter, if you want to summit. Trail was in great condition. Overall my best trip there yet. Glacier streams are up there as well due to melting snow, very tasty! Don’t let the warm sun fool you, gets quite chilly and blustery over night.

Chantal Schella
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Hiking

Did this hike yesterday to this morning. Amazing views but definitely one of the hardest I’ve done. Took about 7 hours to get up, with a 40lb bag. Bring a ton of water, proper shoes, and I highly recommend hiking poles, especially for on the way down. It’s a knee/ankle killer!

Crissy Renaud
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HikingBugsGreat!

Amazing first over night hike!! Was hard! Lots of bugs spray didn’t really work

Alek D
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CampingBugsRockyScrambleSnow

Absolutely epic hike! Final section from shelter to the peak is not for the faint of heart, snow spikes for shoes are a great help on some snowy sections going up. This time of year (August 1) there was plenty of water near panorama ridge from the creek. Lots of bugs, bug spray doesn't help much, nets would be super helpful. Going down is much faster but is extremely sketchy at times, very very easy to trip. Overall amazing experience and the views at the top are stunning!

Sasha Morley
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HikingBugsRockySnow

wow ! what an amazing experience my son and I had doing this hike. beautiful views ! hard hike , took us 6 hrs to get up to the emergency hut , and 5 1/2 hours to get down . lots of bugs up at the top so I suggest a bug net .

Joe H.
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HikingBugsGreat!

Tough doing this is one day. From Alder flats to emergency shelter alone took 4.5 hours with gear. Lots of bugs at higher elevation, but plenty of water at Panorama ridge. Amazing views!

Kevin Mueller
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HikingBugsGreat!RockyScramble

Awesome trail. Going past the shelter is more for those who are physically fit and fearless. The tough section is from the Ridge just above the snowfield up until past the rope assist. Once past there the summit is doable. Absolutely bring lots of water (more than you think you need), and proper hiking shoes/boots.

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