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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.

Weather
UV Index
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Reviews (236)
Photos (490)
Recordings (133)
Completed (521)
Emily Kasal
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BackpackingBugsGreat!RockyScramble

This hike was by far the most challenging trek of my life (and this is coming from somewhere that did the berg lake trail in one day) but had the most stunning payoff EVER. The day started out foggy and didn’t seem too promising, but after a gruelling 5 hours with heavy packs we made it to the emergency shelter. The bugs were bad only at a few areas and there were virtually none as you approach panorama ridge. The trail has recently been weed-whacked and hedgied, as well as cleared of some blowdown. It was freezing cold at the top, so bring your warmest clothing and some mittens and a couple packets of hot hands (trust me). The clouds and fog cleared up somewhat in the evening and made for a stunning sunset. The wind was howling at night but was so soothing, especially with the sound of the waterfall next to us (lots of fresh drinking water at the ridge!). After catching a breathtaking sunrise, I made my way to the summit alone because my friend was too mangled from the day before. The hike to the summit took around an hour because I had to stop several times to take in my surroundings. For someone who’s not a fan of heights, the vertigo was real! At the top you’ll get a 360 view of the entire north shore, north cascades etc. The feeling of being up there and having it all the myself was surreal– leaving the summit was definitely the hardest part of the hike; it seems like there’s never enough time to soak it all in. Slide down the glacier on your butt when you see the slide indent halfway down the summit, it’s your right of passage and makes for a more interesting way down! The hike down the mountain was brutal on the joints, I’m 22 and feel like I need a double knee replacement after this one lol. When you get down to Alder Flats you’ll be wishing the hike was over, the last stretch feels like it’ll never end. Would highly recommend making a victory trip to Costco afterwards to indulge in a greasy food court treat– it’ll be well deserved.

Alex Rodrigue
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Hiking

Challenging hike but the view worth it. Remember, if you want to start early, the gate of the park open at 7 am.

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Marisa Wong
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Hiking

so freaking gorgeous but this was the hardest thing i’ve ever done

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Marcus Naidu
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Marcus Naidu
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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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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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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 .

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